Regional TD’s – New Laws Update

It is proposed to hold a workshop for qualified Regional Tournament Directors in order to update them on the many subtle changes to the new laws.  The seminar will take place in Templeogue on Saturday week 2nd September 11 am – 4 pm.   Names to info@cbai.ie

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Mai Porteous RIP

We extend our deepest sympathies to our esteemed CBAI Chief Executive Paul Porteous on the recent passing of his mother Mai.  May she rest in peace.  Margaret (Mai) Porteous  RIP, beloved wife of the late Paddy, and loving mother of Paul, Clare (Kelly, Castlerea), Edel (Devlin, Ballymoney), John, Mary (Gordon, Portstewart). Deeply regretted by her sons, daughters, daughters in law, Maureen and Una, sons in law, Greg, John and Donal, grandchildren, great grandchildren and family circle.

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IBU AGM

Our thanks and appreciation go to Gordon Lessells who steps down after serving his 5 year term as Secretary/Treasurer of the Irish Bridge Union.  Those of you who know Gordon will know that he is unselfish in his dedication to improving, developing and fostering Bridge in Ireland at all levels and has always gone out of his way to make sure that all participants at any of his events were well looked after and welcomed.  While Gordon might be stepping back – hopefully his testing quizzes will still make the odd appearance around the country.

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Sligo Bridge Resumes Monday 11th September

As we approach the end of the holiday period, it is time to shake off the cobwebs and dust off the ‘notes’.

Bridge resumes on Monday 11th September, followed by Wednesday 13th September, followed by classes for beginners and improvers on Thursday 21st September – all in the Southern Hotel at 7.30 pm each night.  All welcome.

 

 

Started: 2 weeks ago

Congratulations Bríd and Terry

Brid and Terry

 

 

Irish Youths representing Ireland in Slovakia

Irish in Samorin 2017

Our marvellous under 16’s, under 21’s and under 26 players with their coaches and captains taking part in the European Youth Championships in Samorin Slovakia.  Well done to all and thank you.

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Started: 1 month ago

End of Season Summer Dinner – Wednesday 21st June 2017

Started: 2 months ago

Yeats Country Congress – Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo – 9th to 11th June 2017

We had a record breaking congress and we say a big ‘Thank You’ to all who came along to play in any of our events – especially our many visitors who from all over the country and abroad.  We hope you enjoyed your time with us.

A special word of thanks to our local team who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in to the preparation of the event.

 

Prizewinners Open Pairs

 

Prizewinners Congress Teams  (43 Teams)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Congress Teams)

 

 

Prizewinners Congress Pairs DR  (33.5 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Congress Pairs) First Session

Overall Results, and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records (Congress Pairs)

Prizewinners Intermediate ‘A’ Pairs  (28 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter A)  First Session

Overall Results, and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter A)

 

 

Prizewinners Intermediate ‘B’ & Novice Pairs  (13 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter B & Novice)  First Session

Overall Results, and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter B & Novice)

 

Second Session Pairs – FOB Commentary – Boards 1 – 20

 

 

Results Novice Individual Championship  (3 Tables)

 

Prizewinners Mixed Pairs  (24 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Mixed)

 

Prizewinners Gala Open Pairs (53 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Gala)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUMMER  BRIDGE

There will be a Summer Game on Thursday Nights starting at 7.30 p.m. in  Murphy’s Hotel, Main Street, Tubbercurry.  All Welcome.

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Started: 3 months ago

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Yeats Country Congress – Radisson Blu Hotel Sligo – 9th to 11th June 2017

We had a record breaking congress and we say a big ‘Thank You’ to all who came along to play in any of our events – especially our many visitors who from all over the country and abroad.  We hope you enjoyed your time with us.

A special word of thanks to our local team who put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in to the preparation of the event.

 

Prizewinners Open Pairs

 

Prizewinners Congress Teams  (43 Teams)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Congress Teams)

 

 

Prizewinners Congress Pairs DR  (33.5 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Congress Pairs) First Session

Overall Results, and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records (Congress Pairs)

Prizewinners Intermediate ‘A’ Pairs  (28 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter A)  First Session

Overall Results, and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter A)

 

 

Prizewinners Intermediate ‘B’ & Novice Pairs  (13 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter B & Novice)  First Session

Overall Results, and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records (Inter B & Novice)

 

Second Session Pairs – FOB Commentary – Boards 1 – 20

 

 

Results Novice Individual Championship  (3 Tables)

 

Prizewinners Mixed Pairs  (24 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Mixed)

 

Prizewinners Gala Open Pairs (53 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records (Gala)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SUMMER  BRIDGE

There will be a Summer Game on Thursday Nights starting at 7.30 p.m. in  Murphy’s Hotel, Main Street, Tubbercurry.  All Welcome.

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TD Seminar – New Laws of Bridge

The CBAI will be adopting the new ‘World Bridge Federation Laws of Bridge’ as and from September 1st this year.  As there are a few significant changes, FOB will hold the first of his updates for Tournament Directors this coming Saturday 27th May in Templeogue Bridge Centre (12 noon to 4 pm).  This will be a most valuable opportunity to have the new changes explained as well as affording you the opportunity to have some of the existing laws clarified.  If you would like to attend then please email info@cbai.ie or phone 01-4929666.  All welcome.  Very few places left…..

For those who can’t wait til then.

 

 

 

 

Pa O’Flaherty RIP

Pa Fla

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing the affable and extremely popular Pa O’Flaherty.  In his heyday, Pa was ‘Mr. Bridge’ in Ireland, being involved at Club, Regional and National Level.  Bridge as we know it today, owes a tremendous amount of gratitude to the unselfish dedication and hard work of Pa.   His skills as a Tournament Director are legendary, and we in the current crop will never experience the charisma, popularity, love and respect that he earned from his players.  He taught us that it was possible to be efficient and in control while still ensuring that the players enjoyed their game.  He had that wonderful elusive skill of being able to penalise you in such a way that you actually enjoyed it.   Despite his 91 years, Pa embraced computers and modern technology with open arms and was among one of the first computer scorers in the country.  His subtle contributions to fostering good relations between the NIBU and the CBAI may never receive the wide acknowledgement that they deserve.  On a personal note, I was privileged to have had many occasions to work alongside my mentor ‘Pa’ in my early years.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his daughters Deirdre and Grania and their families.

 

 

Ciara Burns Warsaw from PS

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death of our dear friend Ciara Burns.  Everyone loved Ciara.  As well as being one of the top bridge players in Ireland, Ciara also possessed that rare gift of being down to earth and friendly as well.  Her bubbly, cheerful disposition was infectious and we were all taken by the fact someone so nice could also be so good.  Despite her very young age, Ciara was a multiple winner of most major national titles and also played at international level representing Northern Ireland in the Lady Milne and also in the Camrose Championships.  She was also selected to represent Ireland to play in the European Championships on three occasions.

Ciara, as well as reaching the top of her game, was also very generous with her time, being willing to help up and coming players and also prepared to get involved in the administration of the game, culminating in her becoming President of the Irish Bridge Union.  Ciara will by now have met up with the two people she missed so much – her father Hugh and her best friend Mary Finn.  

We will all miss Ciara and her wonderful laugh.  We extend our heartfelt sympathies to her mother Anne, brother Paul, and the rest of her family and to her broken hearted wide circle of friends.   May she rest in peace.