Tournament Directors Refresher Course – Tomorrow Saturday 27th August – Bring your Law Book

In an effort to help and update our healthy crop of eager Tournament Directors, FOB will give a refresher course for Regional TDs in Templeogue tomorrow Saturday 27th August from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course is also open to all aspiring Regional TDs, interested proficient Club TDs and any of our NIBU colleagues.  So sign up and get ready for the new season.

The aim of this intensive refresher will be to provide you with plenty of example cases to help you deal properly with the really important routine rulings such as Revokes, Leads out of Turn, Insufficient Bids, Claims, Misinformation, Unauthorised Information and more.  You will also learn how to quickly navigate your way through the daunting Law Book and help you understand and then apply the correct law when you do find it.

There will also be time devoted to setting up and scoring multi section, multi session events.  Most important of all this will be a superb opportunity for you to have all your niggling questions answered there and then on the spot.

If you think you have a reasonable knowledge of the laws – think again!


If you are interested in attending please contact the CBAI Office on 01-4929666 or email

If you have any specific topics or questions that you would like answered on the day then feel free to email




Sligo Bridge Re-opening dates

Acol Bridge Club and Phoenix Bridge Club re-open after the Summer break on Monday 19th September and Wednesday 21st September.  Classes for Beginners and Improvers start on Thursday 22nd September.  All start at 7.30 pm in the Southern Hotel Sligo.  All welcome.




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

CBAI versus NIBU (Sonya Britton Trophy)

Congratulations to the CBAI team led by CBAI President Pat Duff who won their annual friendly challenge match against our Northern Ireland friends NIBU at the weekend (Sonya Britton Trophy).  The Sonya Britton Trophy is an annual match between teams from the NIBU and the CBAI.  Each provides 6 teams; Open, Ladies, Officials, Masters, Intermediate A and Intermediate B.  The match venue alternates between the North and the South and is normally scheduled for the first or second weekend in August.

Final Result CBAI versus NIBU 2016

Hand Records


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.