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  • Eileen Smith RIP
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    We are very sorry to hear of the death of Eileen Smith.  The development of Bridge in Sligo owes a great deal to Eileen - she worked tirelessly and unselfishly to encourage and promote the game in the North-West region.  As well as being a top class player, Eileen acted in many official capacities - as President, Secretary, Treasurer, Tournament Director and especially as the main scorer in all the local clubs - taking the score sheets home and working late into the night, night after night, week after week, month after month for over 40 years up until quite recently.  Such was her importance to local Bridge that some of us affectionately referred to her as 'The Queen'.  Bridge in Sligo and especially 'yours truly' owes Eileen an enormous debt of gratitude.  We extend her family and friends our deepest sympathies.



    Novice & Intermediate Congress Sligo

    We have just had the most fabulous weekend in Sligo with over 300 Novice and Intermediate Players in action.  Our thanks to all who attended especially all those who travelled long distances from all parts of the country.  We hope you all enjoyed your visit as much as we enjoyed looking after you.  Special thanks to the local bridge clubs for their support and especially the Yeats Country Congress.  We are indebted to the many hard workers under the direction of Mairead Basquille, Frank Goodwin and Joe Murray.  Special thanks to our organisation committee under the leadership of Ronnie Kelly, Jim O'Malley, John Macdonald, Gladys Sheridan and Assumpta Kelly.  There were many other volunteers who helped tidy up between sessions and your help was very much appreciated.  Thanks also to Kelsey for the good photos.  I am particularly proud of the hospitality shown by the local players towards the visiting players.  Well done to all - See you all back here again on May 22nd for the big 'Party - Yeats Country Bridge Congress'

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    CHARITY  DRIVE  in aid of Parkinsons on Sunday week 1st March in Swinford Culture Centre starting at 5 O'Clock.  Delicious Supper Served.  All welcome.


    Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    TORC BRIDGE CONGRESS March 6th - March 8th

    Brehon Hotel, Killarney

    Entries:  Marjorie Fleming 064-6631937

    Click Here for Congress Brochure


  • Acol - Phoenix Fixtures for 2015
    Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    Wednesday week 4th March  Charity Drive - Southern Hotel at 7.30 pm - Separate Inter 'B' Section



  • Jack Healy R.I.P.
    Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear friend Jack Healy.  Jack was the real 'scholar and gentleman' and one of the founders of the Summerhill Bridge Circle and was a tournament director's dream - you wouldn't know he was in the room.  


    Madge O'Kennedy

    It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of our great friend and colleague Madge O'Kennedy, Ard na Veigh, Sligo.   For more than 40 years Madge was at the helm of Sligo bridge as teacher, tournament director, club captain, club president, club secretary, congress secretary etc.    Her dedication, enthusiasm and support for all things bridge was second to none.  Madge got things done and she got them done fast - mostly by calling a 'spade and a spade' in her own nice way and but for her encouragement bridge in Sligo might not be where it is now.  We extend our deepest sympathies to her family.  May she rest in peace.

    Funeral arrangements: Reposing at Foley & Mc Gowan Funeral Home, Market Yard, on Friday evening from 5pm to 8pm and on Saturday morning from 10am with removal at 11am to Sligo Cathedral for Mass of the Resurrection at 11.30am. Interment in Sligo Cemetery afterwards.


    Helen Carroll R.I.P.

    One of the real gentle ladies of Irish Bridge passed away during the week.  As well as being a world class player she had the world class ethics and behaviour to match.  We extend our deepest sympathies to her son John, her husband Charles and the rest of her family.  We will all miss her friendly 'knowing' smile.  May she rest in peace.

    House Private.  Removal on Friday the 2nd of January to the Church of Saint Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud arriving at 5pm.  Funeral Mass on Saturday morning the 3rd of January at 10am followed by burial in Mt. Venus Cemetery.


    Malcolm Ryder R.I.P.

    We are sorry to report the death of a stalwart of the Western Region.  Malcolm's dedication to the promotion of Bridge in Galway and Connaught can not be overstated.  Bridge was his first love and he unselfishly gave his time to help others learn and develop their game and ensure that Galway stayed as one of the top Bridge counties.  As well as being an accomplished wizard at the table, Malcolm was a highly competent tournament director and for more than 30 years acted as Regional Treasurer.  May he rest in peace.


    Noel Grimes R.I.P.

    The Eastern Region lost one its most treasured members in November when Noel Grimes passed away.  Noel was always to the fore in organising bridge in Dundalk and the extended region over many many years.  As a tournament director he was un surpassed and was always keen to learn and experiment with a new movement.  We extend our deepest sympathies to Sheila and family.  May he rest in peace.


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