Recent news

  • Drogheda Bridge Congress 2014
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
  • Duais an Uachtaráin 2014 - FOB
    Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    My heartfelt thanks to everyone who played in my President's Prizes in Sligo at the weekend.  I am deeply humbled that so many of you came to play in this event and broke all entry records in the process!  My thanks also to those who were unable to attend but who nevertheless sent their good wishes.  Congrats to all the winners and I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend.  My personal thanks to my local Sligo team (headed by Mairéad and Frank) who worked extremely hard before, during and after the event to make sure that all our visitors were looked after.

    Duais Final Result (73.5 Tables)

    Duais Inter 'B' Result (8.5 Tables)

    ...and the 'Ice Bucket' challenge...  (a big thank you to the players who contributed €1200 on the night to Paul and myself).  Paul's Dousing


    Sean O'Lubaigh and Martin Brady with their Claret Jugs
    President's Prizes
    Mary Banks and Denise Cassidy - Inter B winners
  • Commonwealth National Bridge Championships
    Wed, Sep 10, 2014
  • Recent Deaths in the North-West Region:
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    It is with great sadness that I report the sudden death of Hugh Connolly (Longford) - one of the famous and much loved Connolly brothers.  Hugh was one of the great characters of bridge (cheerful, honest, decent, with a 'Bid Boldly-Play Safely' Bridge system) and we still remember fondly all the Connollys from their lively days in the North-West region.  We extend our deepest sympathies to Peter, James, Kieran and all his family.

    Beloved husband of Mary and devoted father of Emma, Hugh and David. Sadly missed by his loving family, mother Christina, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, kindly neighbours and a wide circle of friends.  Rest in peace. Reposing at his home in Corragarrow this Friday evening (August 8th) from 8 pm and on Saturday.  Mass of the Resurrection on Sunday in St. Mary's Church, Newtownforbes, at 1pm.  Burial afterwards in Newtownforbes Cemetery. Family flowers only.  House private on Sunday morning.


    We are also saddened to learn of the death of Paddy Oliver (Swinford).  Reposing in Campbells Funeral Home, Swinford on Sunday from 3pm until 5.30pm and then from 6pm until 7.30pm with removal to the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Swinford arriving at 8pm.   Mass at 12 noon on Monday with funeral proceeding to Kilconduff cemetery.   House Private Please.  Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Croí.


    We are just coming to terms with the death of Teresa McGrath (Kiltimagh), personal friend, colleague and former CBAI President.  Teresa also gave a lot to bridge in the North-West during her onerous term as Regional Secretary, as player, teacher and tournament director.  We express our sympathies to her family (Paul, Ann, Mark, Niamh and 11 grandchildren) and friends.  May She Rest in Peace.

    FOB and Teresa McGrath at the CBAI AGM 5th July

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