NEWS FROM THE BRIDGE CLUBS

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Abbey

There were joint winners in the league for the end of sea­son prizes be­tween Mar­garet Wal­she and Michael Glee­son at Abbey Bridge Club. Keith Clarke was third.

The fi­nal com­pe­ti­tion of 2017 was won by Aeda Wal­she and He­len Gor­man. Joan Mad­den and Anthea Good­body were se­cond and Joan D’Arcy and Pres­i­dent Eric Lev­ing­stone were third.

The club re-opened on Mon­day last.

Grand Slam

Or­gan­is­ers would like to wish all club mem­bers and friends all the best that 2018 can de­liver, whether at the bridge ta­ble or in the home. May each one en­joy a peace­ful and stress-free year with good com­pany, good health and enough for all of us to keep body and soul to­gether in our trou­bled world.

The club wishes to ex­press its deep­est sym­pa­thy to the fam­ily of the late Linda Saun­ders who died just af­ter Christ­mas. She was a great friend of bridge play­ers in so many clubs up and down the coun­try and served in the Eastern Re­gion ex­ec­u­tive. May she rest on peace.

The first bridge meet of the New Year took place last Wed­nes­day and was marred by the storm Eleanor fore­cast that kept mem­bers at home in front of their warm fires.

There were more par­tic­i­pants at the early tu­to­rial ses­sion than there were for the reg­u­lar com­pe­ti­tion and or­gan­is­ers were de­lighted to wel­come four new faces to that early ses­sion and to in­tro­duce them to the club.

The com­pe­ti­tion on the night took the form of a move­ment known as a Chicago. It cer­tainly was a very windy night! The top prize was shared by Una McGowran and Larry Ryan and Mar­ian Cana­van and Michael Ryan.

Be­cause of the storm, play fin­ished ear­lier than usual and ev­ery­one wished each other a Happy New Year.

The tu­to­rial ses­sion for begin­ners and re­fresh­ers takes place from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. each Wed­nes­day in the Do­mini­can Ecol­ogy Cen­tre con­fer­ence hall and will con­tinue each week. It is open to any­one in­ter­ested in hav­ing a go at this pop­u­lar card game. It is free of charge and at­tempts to in­tro­duce the gen­eral guide­lines in a re­laxed and in­for­mal for­mat.

Nep­tune

It is with deep regret that mem­bers learned of the death of much loved mem­ber Linda Saun­ders fol­low­ing a brave bat­tle with can­cer. May she rest in peace.

The Nep­tune Bridge Club re­opens on Thurs­day. Those at­tend­ing are asked to be seated at 7.20 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.

The last joint-winners of 2017 in north/south were Aeda Walsh and Eleanor O’Fla­herty, Joan D’Arcy and Maura Ka­vanagh. There was a tie for se­cond spot be­tween Ber­tie Hal­li­han and Mary Flynn, Phil Fox and Lyla Doyle.

On the East West side the winners were Ed­ward Kil­coyne and Pat Kerr.

There was a tie for se­cond place be­tween Cather­ine Black and Phil Lalor, Sta­sia Ha­gan and Joan Mad­den.

The over­all winners for the first sea­son were Mary Flynn, Anthea Good­body and Maura Ka­vanagh.

Play for the Pres­i­dents prize takes place on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 18. Play­ers are urged to make sure they have their name down to play.

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