Rita McNamara and Barbara Seligman RIP

Barbara made her debut for Ireland in 1962 and played internationally for twenty consecutive years, much of it in partnership with another Irish great, Ruth Giddings. She won two European medals, silver in Ostend in 1973 and bronze in Beirut on her debut, and won all the major national titles in a total of 23 victories. She became Ireland’s first World Master in 1984.
Aside from her very obvious talent (rumour has it that when she first took up the game as a teenager, her teacher announced to the class that they were looking at a future champion), Barbara was also blessed with great tenacity and resilience. She battled a number of serious illnesses in recent years, and endured the loss of her loving husband, Don, also an international bridge player. She bore these burdens bravely and with good grace, and continued to play bridge at a very high standard, winning the five-week President’s Prize in the Regent Bridge Club only last May.
Barbara was also passionate about bridge, and a great advocate for the game. Only this summer, she had the pleasure of introducing her 12-year-old granddaughter Mia to the game, and brought her along to the CBAI’s junior summer camp. Hopefully another champion in the making.
All her friends in the bridge world will miss Barbara greatly, particularly those in the Regent, where she was a valued member of long-standing and served as President. We extend our sympathies to her children Max, Kerry-Anne, Kym, and Jeremy, to her nephew Adam Mesbur (another international champion), and to all her family and friends. May she rest in peace.
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Rita McNamara RIP

RITA MCNAMARA RIP

We are very sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend Rita McNamara (Wicklow and formerly Ballaghaderreen).

Rita was a past President of both the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland and the Irish Bridge Union and without doubt she was one of the most popular Presidents ever.  As well as being a top class player, a dedicated bridge teacher and an efficient administrator she also had that most important social skill of being able to mix with people of all levels and show us that it was possible to be a great player and still have fun at the same time.   There was always laughter at her table and opponents always left in better form than when they arrived – albeit with a lower score.  Rita’s contribution to the promotion of the game cannot be over-estimated.  Bridge needs more ‘Ritas’.  Those of us who had privilege to know her will remember her as a kind, caring, generous and loyal friend and we will miss her terribly.  We remember her many party pieces and funny stories and her most famous party piece ended with the apt line “Well I guess we’ll go home now, ‘cause that was the last rubber.”

We extend our deepest sympathies to her loving husband Jim, daughter Claire, sons Morgan and Michael, brothers Pat and Noel, daughters-in-law Iverna, Lale and Jill, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Daphne, Frank, Eileen, Meabh and Jane, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.  May She Rest in Peace.

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Dublin Summer Congress 26th to 28th July 2019

3rd Place in the Area Master Teams
Good Girl Cathy – 3rd Place in the Master Teams

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Area Master Teams (14 Teams)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records

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Area Master Pairs (13 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – First Session
Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Second Session
Overall Result and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records

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Mixed Pairs (21 Tables)

Novice Pairs (10 Tables)

Friday Night Open Pairs (9 Tables)

Congress Pairs (29.5 Tables)

Intermediate A Pairs (17 Tables)

Intermediate B Pairs (17 Tables)

Congress Teams (16 Teams)

Intermediate A Teams (21 Teams)

Intermediate B Teams (13 Teams)

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57th Yeats Country Congress – 7th to 9th June 2019 – Thank you for your wonderful support

A very big ‘Thank You’ to all of you who came and played in our congress or supported us in any way.  As well as being the last Congress in the CBAI season it was once again the biggest Congress of the year. It was our pleasure to have you as our guests and we hope you enjoyed your stay with us.  Well done to all the prizewinners and a special thank you to our hard working committee who have already started planning next year’s 58th Annual Congress.  Hopefully we will see you all back here again next year.

Chairman:  Jim Sproule

Administration:  Mairead Basquille, Frank Goodwin, Declan Gallagher, Assumpta Kelly.

Hospitality:  Margaret Dowd, Mary Kilfeather, Anne-Marie Tuohy, Gladys Sheridan and Dolores Crummy.

Setup:  Tommy Banks, Tom Byrne, Ronnie Kelly, Pat Lyons, Jim O’Malley, John Scanlon and Robert Wallace.

Tournament Directors:  Eileen O’Connor and Diarmuid Reddan.

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Yeats Country Congress 2019 Prizewinners

 

Mixed Pairs Championship  (22.5 Tables)
Results, Hand Records and Personal Records

 

Gala Open Pairs  (48.5 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records

 

FIRST  SESSION  PAIRS  COMMENTARY  ON  THE  HANDS

 

Result of Inter B & Novice Pairs Championship (20 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – First Session

Overall Results and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records

 

Result of Inter A Pairs Championship (25 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – First Session

Overall Results and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records

 

Result of Congress Pairs Championship (35 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – First Session

Overall Results and Second Session Hand Records and Personal Records

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Congress Teams (42 Teams)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records

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Open Pairs – Saturday Afternoon (18.5 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Section A – 11 Tables

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Section B- 7.5 Tables

 

Open Pairs – Saturday Night (20 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Section A – 12 Tables

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Section B- 8 Tables

 

Open Pairs – Sunday Morning (21 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – 21 Tables

 

Open Pairs – Sunday Afternoon (15 Tables)

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – 15 Tables

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CBAI Fun Teams – Saturday 25th May 2019 – Westmanstown Garda Golf Club

Best Dressed Fun Team

Session 1 starting at 12 noon,      Dinner Break 3.30 – 4.30

Session 2 starting at 4.30,      Prize giving at 7.30

Each county enters a team made up of a Novice, a Master, an Intermediate ‘A’ and an Intermediate ‘B’ player.

The Novice plays with the Master.  The Intermediate ‘A’ partners the Intermediate ‘B’ player.

At each table, the Master player sits North, The Intermediate ‘A’ player sits East, The Novice sits South and the Intermediate ‘B’ player sits in the West seat.

Both pairs must play a simple system – Stayman, Transfers, Blackwood and very little else.  Fun is the order of the day.

Copy of Simple System Allowed

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F I N A L   R E S U L T

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – First Session

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records – Second Session

Overall Results, Hand Records and Personal Records

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IBU Egan Trophy – Champions Cup – 10 top teams in Ireland

Follow the progress of this Premier Event on BBO from Saturday 1.30 p.m.

Results, Hand Records and Personal Records

 

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