Team of Four Bridge Drive – Sunday 22nd January – Swinford
Gateway Hotel, Swinford starting at 5 O’Clock. Entries to Cathy Kilcoyne 0872108872 on or before Saturday 21st January. All welcome.
Congratulations to Granny Eileen O’Connor on the birth of her first Grandson Jack in Australia
Irish Bridge Union – Simultaneous Pairs (Well done Tommy and George)
Well done to Hugh McCafferty and Stephen Clarke who finished a brilliant 28th out of 1000 in the recent Monday Night IBU Sim Pairs and even bigger congratulations to Tommy Banks and George Brennan who finished 7th in All-Ireland heat on Wednesday night.
Frances Sproule is still making excellent progress
You will be shocked to learn of the death of Paddy Duggan – a naturally gifted card player who had just recently turned his attentions to Bridge -and recently winning the Regional Inter ‘B’ Championship at his first attempt with his brother Brendan. We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Pat and brother Brendan and all his family. May he rest in peace.
Bill Mullins RIP
It is with deep regret that we report the sad news that Mr. Bill Mullins of Tralee has passed away. Billy was one of our National Tournament Directors for many years and a pioneer in leading us into this modern era of computer scoring. His skills as a competent, wise, kind, helpful, considerate tournament director are legendary. His affable directing qualities made him ideally suited to organising the many many ‘Mary Walsh’ bridge holidays over the years. Billy was a very popular director and together with his late wife Peg they ran a great show wherever they went. He was an inspiration as well as a mentor to all of our current crop of tournament directors. Billy also served his time as a bridge administrator not only at local level but also at national level where he served on the CBAI Executive Committee and the National Tournament & Play Committee. He is also one of the very few Irish Tournament Directors to have been invited to direct at European Championship level. Despite reaching such dizzy heights Billy never forgot his roots and was affectionately known as ‘Mr Tralee’. Indeed to honour his outstanding unselfish contribution to bridge in Ireland he was the recipient of this year’s CBAI ‘President’s Award’ – the official presentation ceremony being due to take place next week in his beloved Tralee. He will be sadly missed by those of us who had the pleasure to have met him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.
We are shocked to learn of the death of Norma Perceval Price – a great supporter of all bridge events here in the South of Ireland. We extend our deepest sympathies to her husband Bill and their family. May she rest in peace.
Another member of our bridge community passed away last week – Helen Kerrin – we extend our deepest sympathies to her family. May she rest in peace.
We extend our deepest sympathies to Liz Sweeney on the recent death of her husband Tony. May he rest in peace.
We are sorry to learn of the passing of our good friend Paddy Morrissey (Navan Road, Dublin) – Paddy and Phil were great supporters of our Yeats Country Congress over the years as well as supporting other congresses around the country. May he rest in peace.
We are also saddened to hear that another good friend of our Noel Condon (Tipperary) passed away recently. We have fond memories of Noel and his sister Doreen McInerney (former CBAI President) both at and away from the bridge table. May he rest in peace.