Staffords Dublin Summer Congress – Citywest – This Weekend – 29th to 31st July

Just a reminder that places are now filling up for this Congress that was such a success last year.  We have made a few changes this year:

We have booked more space in Citywest to allow for more comfort for our players.

Our new team of Tournament Directors, headed by Fearghal O’Boyle, have a new plan in place to make your experience more enjoyable.

We are introducing Swiss Teams for all Congress teams to allow for a fairer and more equitable tournament.

The committee hope to encourage players at every level to participate in the fun that congresses usually generate on so many levels. To this end, they are hosting separate Novice Pairs, Intermediate A Pairs, Intermediate B Pairs, Area Master Pairs and Congress Pairs on the Saturday and separate Novice Teams, Intermediate A Teams, Intermediate B Teams, Area Master Teams and Congress Teams on the Sunday.


The event kicks off this coming Friday evening with a Mixed Pairs competition. For those of you who would prefer not to play in the formal competition, there will be an Open Pairs competition on the Friday night and on the Sunday also, where pre-booking is not necessary.


The Bridge venue in Citywest Hotel in Saggart, County Dublin has been extended to accommodate the huge interest generated by last year’s competition and there will be a prize fund of over €9,000 to be enjoyed.


Entries should be made by email to –

or by text to 087 677 9406 by Wednesday the 27th of July.


PJ Coleman RIP (Brother of Kevin Coleman)

We extend our deepest sympathies to Kevin Coleman on the death of his brother Patrick.


Anne Kelly (Tubbercurry)  RIP

We send our heartfelt sympathies to Tommy Kelly and Sinead on the recent death of one of our most loyal members Anne.  May she rest in peace.



Yeats Country Bridge Congress – A Big Thank You

We say a big ‘Thank you’ to all who attended our 54th Annual Bridge Congress at the weekend.  We had a bumper entry in all competitions and as well as congratulating all the winners, we especially want to thank anyone who supported us in any way.  We are also indebted to CBAI President Freda Fitzgerald and to Chief Executive Paul Porteous for their help and assistance.  There were also apologies from regular visitors who were not able to join us this year and it was great to see some new players joining us for the first time.  A big ‘well done’ to the Management and Staff of the Radisson Blu hotel for looking after us so well.  Our goal each year is a simple one – provide a first class game in a first class venue with a first class welcome for everyone.  We hope we have succeeded in that.

We are lucky in Sligo to have a large hard working committee under the direction of our Chairman, Jim Sproule, and Jim especially wants to acknowledge the incredible work and dedication of Mairead Basquille (Accommodation), Assumpta Kelly (Hospitality), Declan Gallagher (Treasurer) and Frank Goodwin (Secretary) in putting themselves at the complete disposal of the visiting players over the weekend to make sure that everyone enjoyed their stay in Sligo.  Our ‘Open Pairs’ events in Sligo has become the ‘trademark’ of our Congress over the years especially because the players are completely pampered by our two Tournament Directors (Gillian Ballantyne and Eileen O’Connor).  Behind the scenes, there are never ending jobs that have to be done, setup, tidy up, with the venue needing a fresh setup at the end of each night and we are indebted to the following people in that regard Ronnie Kelly (Chief Steward), Jim O’Malley, Kathleen Maher, Gladys Sheridan, Mary Kilfeather, Frances Sproule, Dolores Crummy, Margaret Nally, Marie Kelly, John Scanlon, Kevin Coleman, Tom Byrne, Tommy Banks and Dave Flanagan and Kelsey Henry (photographer).  We are also lucky to have the voluntary services of our friend Diarmuid Reddan.

We hope to see you all back again next year.

Results Open Pairs Sligo 2016

Sligo 2016 Gala Open Pairs

Sligo 2016 Novice Pairs Result

Sligo 2016 Mixed Pairs Result

Results Sligo Congress Pairs 2016

Result Sligo Intermediate Pairs 2016

FOB Hand Commentary Second Session

Results Congress Teams Sligo 2016

Mary Finn RIP

Mary Finn Sligo Congress 2015

We are all saddened to hear of the death of our dear friend Mary Finn after a short illness – just a week after turning 50.   Mary was one of Ireland’s top Bridge players, attaining the rank of Life Master and representing Ireland at International level on a number of occasions.    Despite her young age, Mary won most of the National titles – winning the National President’s Prize as recently as last September.  Mary was favourite to win any competition she entered and she will be missed by her regular partners Ciara Burns, Cian Holland, Sean O’Lubaigh, Sean Gillan and many others.  Despite her prowess at the game, she still found time to mingle with the rest of us and was a great supporter of local Bridge Congresses all around the country – both North and South of the border.  Mary was one of those rare players that are a tournament director’s dream – you never knew she was in the room – she came in quietly, she played quietly and she left quietly.   She had that beautiful inner trait that helped her avoid any arguments or controversies either at the table or away from the table.   Although she was quiet she had a few good witty Bridge stories to recount.

We were honoured to have had her with us in Sligo for the past four years and I have instances of her refusing to take prizemoney and looking the other way when her opponents made mistakes.  She was always on hand to offer help and we will sorely miss her.  Irish Bridge has lost another of its truly Great People.  A special mention to Ena and Aidan Cleary who took Mary under their wings over the years.  We extend our deepest sympathies to her brothers and sister – Patrick, Jimmy, Tom, John and Catherine.