Siobháin O’Doherty RIP

We are deeply saddened to learn that Siobháin O’Doherty, beloved daughter of Phelim and Bridie died  unexpectedly.  We extend our heartfelt sympathies to Phelim and Bridie and also to Shane, Grainne (McCaughey), Phelim (jnr.) and Deirdre.  May Siobháin Rest in Peace.  

Phelim, Bridie and family would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to everyone who offered support in any shape or form at this difficult time.   As always it is touching to see how the Bridge Community rally round when one of their family is in need of support.







Tom Hanlon in winning form again

Heartiest congratulations to Tom Hanlon on winning the Copenhagen Invitational Pairs Championship.  This was a star studded event where the top 20 pairs in the world are invited to compete against each other every two years.  Tom was playing with Canadian supremo Vince Demuy.



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.





The Bridge World is sorry to learn of the passing of another ‘Bridge Giant’ John Cunningham.  As well as being a top level player, teacher, tournament director, past CBAI President, John was also a dedicated Bridge Administrator both at regional and national level.  His charismatic personality meant he was able to lead where others were afraid to go and their are many who have incredible stories to recant about his success at promoting and encouraging many successful bridge projects.


We extend our deepest sympathies to Marie and Ronnie Kelly and family on the passing of their daughter Edel Behan.  May she rest in peace.  You are in our prayers.  


We are 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.




CBAI Lady Milne Trials – Saturday 29th October – Monday 31st October

13 pairs have entered ….

Pair Pair Names
1 Jill Kulchycky, Petra O’Neill
2 Joan Kenny, Teresa Rigney
3 Jeannie Fitzgerald, Emer Joyce
4 Louise Mitchell, Lucy Phelan
5 Betty Cotter, Jean Kelly
6 Carol-Anne Cummins, Sandra Newell
7 Brid Kirby, Maureen Pattinson
8 Liz Taaffe, Kathleen Vaughan
9 Antoinette McGee, Aoife McHale
10 Cathy Bearpark, LizAnne O’Reilly
11 Dolores Gilliland, Bríd Kemple
12 Marian Croke, Catherine Lonergan
13 Eileen O’Donovan, Maria Whelan


Timetable for the Weekend




Our own Talented Tom Hanlon wins the ‘Gold Cup’!

Genius at Work

The prestigious English Bridge Union ‘Gold Cup’ has been won by the team of Simon Gillis, Zia Mahmood (both London), Espen Erichsen (Kent), Boye Brogeland, Espen Lindqvist & Tom Hanlon (Ireland).  This another remarkable victory for local hero Tom Hanlon – widely acknowledged as one of the best Bridge Players in the world.



CBAI Duais (Pat Duff Ardee)

Final Scores

Hand Records – Session 1

Hand Records – Session 2

Hand Records – Session 3


BEGINNERS  AND  IMPROVERS  CLASSES – starting this coming Thursday night in the Southern Hotel Sligo starting at 7.30 pm.  All Welcome





Full Details


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.






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

Invitational Premier Pairs

The Second Session of the Invitational Premier Pairs takes place this coming Friday 27th May in the Regent Bridge Club starting at 2 O’Clock.  We have 8 of the top pairs in action playing 8 board matches against one another and you can follow all the action on BBO.

Click here for Full Schedule.

Patsy McTeggart RIP

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Patsy McTeggart – one of the most cheerful and most pleasant players ever to grace a Bridge table.  Patsy was one of our founding members and as well as taking on the role of secretary she took on the even more important role of ‘social secretary’ and indeed there was no ‘party’ like a ‘Patsy Party’.  Her renditions of such party pieces as ‘Rindercella’ have left lasting memories on those of us who were fortunate enough to hear her in full flight.  When God meets Patsy he will wonder why it took him so long to call her – the ‘craic’ will be that good!  May she rest in peace.


Sue McCrory RIP

We are sorry to report the death of one of our great Bridge supporters Sue McCrory (Ballisodare).  Sue was one of those rare people – who as nice and beautiful at the table as she was away from the table.  We extend our deepest sympathies to her sisters Nan Dykes and Terry Martyn and her extended family.  May she rest in peace.

You are asked to keep Moira Moylan in your thoughts as Moira needs our prayers at this time too.  We send our best wishes to Joan Coleman.

Advanced Bridge Classes – This coming Thursday Night

To get you in the mood for our Congress (10-12 June), FOB will continue with the last in a series of 3 Advanced Classes tonight Thursday night (26th May).  These classes will be intensive with the aim of offering some helpful tips in the areas of bidding, play and defence.  Learn a few new conventions, learn how to defend against your opponent’s conventions and get those annoying questions answered for once and for all.  There is always something new to learn.  Southern Hotel 7.30 to 9.30.  All welcome.




CBAI National Teams Finals – Results – North-Western Region win the ‘Best Overall’ Region

Heartiest Congratulations to newly crowned 'National Champions' – Ann-Marie Tuohy, Mary Lipsett, Pat Lyons and Pat O'Sullivan winners of the National Intermediate 'B' Teams Championship in Athlone at the weekend.  The North-West Region also  won the National Intermediate 'A' Teams Championship with the team of Flor Higgins, Carmel Costello, Frances Burke and Fr. Gabriel Murphy.  A second Sligo team won the prize for the 'Best A2' Team (Denise Cassidy, Anne-Marie Keaney, John Scanlon and Dave Flanagan).  And to top it all off our Master Team (Eileen O'Connor, Tommy Banks, George Brennan and Michael Morrisonn) finished in the top half of their event to ensure that the North-West Region won the overall prize.  Brilliant Stuff!.  Well done to all.


Bankers Trophy (Inter A) – Final Result

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Inter A


Tierney Trophy (Inter B) – Final Result

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Inter B


Results – Kelburne Cup


CBAI Marie Cummins Trophy – awarded to the Region that scores best over all three events


Lady Milne Trophy 2016 – Belfast & Lambert Cup & Cooper Cup & JJ Murphy Cup Moyvalley

The Annual Lady Milne Trophy (Ladies Home International) took place last weekend in the La Mon Hotel and Country Club which is situated in the County Down countryside just 15 minutes from Belfast City Centre.  This event is contested annually by England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and NIBU.


Hand Records for Match 1 (Boards 1-16)

Match Records for Match 1 (Boards 1-16)

Hand Records for Match 1 (Boards 17-32)

Match Records for Match 1 (Boards 17-32)

Hand Records for Match 2 (Boards 1-16)

Match Records for Match 2 (Boards 1-16)

Hand Records for Match 2 (Boards 17-32)

Match Records for Match 2 (Boards 17-32)


LAMBERT  CUP  RESULTS (Area Master Pairs) Moyvalley Saturday 16th April

COOPER  CUP  RESULTS (Area Master Teams) Moyvalley Sunday 17th April

J J Murphy Cup (All Ireland Novice Championship) Saturday 16th April