Ballina Bridge Congress 7th - 9th July 2017

Report

President: Huey Daly, Vice-President: Nuala Doyle, Treasurer: Mary Gilvarry,
            Secretary: Carthage Cusack 


Ballina Bridge Congress is affiliated to the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland
North West Region CBAI: http://www.bridgewebs.com/northwestregioncbai/

 Venue: Great National Hotel Ballina Hotel Ballina 


Please support our sponsors

Great National Hotel Ballina is the Main Sponsor of Ballina Bridge Congress

|Hotel Ballina | Ballina Beverages (Coca Cola) |  Billy Heffron Auctioneers & Valuers | Cahill Trautt & Co Accountants | Hollister ULC  | J & E Hughes Fuel Oil Co. Ltd                              | Mayo County Council | Melvin Financial Services | McGowan's Funeral Directors | Moloney's Supervalu | O'Hara's Bakery Pat Kelly Autopoint | The Merry Monk Bar and Restaurant   | Topline Archers |

A special word of thanks to Kane Bridge Club, Ballina, and the Yeats Country Congress Committee for sharing equipment for the congress. 


Congress Report 2017

The 41st Ballina Bridge Congress was held in Great National Hotel Ballina from July 7th - 9th .

In his opening speech the Congress President, Huey Daly, welcomed everyone to the 41st Ballina Congress.  He welcomed Mr Jim O'Sullivan, National President, and Mrs. Patsy O'Hara, Regional President.

Huey thanked all  the past Presidents, Hon.Secretaries, Hon Treasurers, Master Points Secretaries and  past and present congress committees for their hard work and committment over the years.  

He also acknowledged the  very special contribution of  Vincent McMahon (Congress Secretary) and thanked him for his dedication and committment to the Ballina Bridge Congress over the past numbr of years, and wished him well on his well earned retirement from the post.

He expressed gratitude to all the sponsors and expressed his thanks to the Sligo Bridge Clubs and the Kane Club for the use of their tables and equipment.

The Congress got under way with 18 tables in the Mixed Pairs competition and 22 tables in The Gala Open Pairs on Friday night. On Saturday  we had  231/2 tables in the Congress Pairs section and 22 in the Intermediate Pairs. In addition there were 15 tables for Open Pairs in the afternoon and 12 tables later that evening. The Novice Competition was played as part of the Open Pairs Competition. Congress Teams and Intermediate Teams had 24 and 12 tables respectively on Sunday with an additional 101/2 tables in Open Pairs (am) and 91/2 tables in the afternoon.

All players participated in a raffle with a special prize of  2 Nights B&B for two people (presented by Great National Hotel Ballina) and a selection of wines sponsored by (Moloney's Supervalu) and a variety of cakes presented by O’Hara’s Bakery, Foxford.   

Once again our sincere thanks to Fr. Joe Cahill for reading mass in the hotel on Sunday morning which was followed by refreshments  (compliments of the Great National Hotel  and  Ballina Beverages (Coca Cola).

The Congress once again proved to be a great success and a very enjoyable occasion for all of the bridge players. The excellent venue, facilities  and the service provided by the hotel management and staff contributed greatly to its success. The whole operation ran very smoothly under the efficient and professional direction of Diarmuid, Huey, John and Breeda .

In his closing speech, Mr. Jim O'Sullivan, President CBAI, complimented the Congress Committee on their high standards and for an extremely well-organized and well-run Congress.  Tournament Directors Diarmuid Reddan, Huey Daly and John and Breeda Mulkearns also received special mention. He complimented The Great National Hotel  (Ballina) and its  staff on the high standards in the hotel and wished Ballina Bridge Congress the best for future years.

 


CONGRESS WINNERS 2017

Mixed Pairs Congress Pairs Intermediate Pairs Congress Teams Intermediate Teams
Gala Pairs Open Pairs Sat at 2 Open Pairs Sat at 7.30 Open Pairs Sun at 11 Open Pairs Sun at 3

             

Winners Gala Open Pairs 2017:  Marian O'Connor and Angela Murphy with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs Mary Gilvarry,                        Mrs. Patsy O 'Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Jim O'Sullivan

 

              

Runners-Up  Gala Open Pairs 2017: John  McGinley and Jimmy Gallagher with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs Mary Gilvarry,  Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Jim O'Sullivan

          

3rd Gala Open Pairs 2017: Rose Higgins and Nancy McKnight  with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Jim O'Sullivan

 

 

4th Gala Open Pairs 2017: Frances and Jim Sproule with  Huey Daly (Congress President)Mrs Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Jim O'Sullivan

             

Winners Mixed Pairs 2017 : J C Boyle and Phil Geoghegan with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

 

 

                Runners-Up  Mixed Pairs 2017 : Diane and David Greenwood  with    Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

                   

3rd Mixed Pairs 2017 : Anna Carr and Jim O Sullivan with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President

                  

Best NW Region Mixed Pairs 2017 : Kathleen Stewart and Paul Waldron  with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O Sullivan

 

 

            

4th Mixed Pairs 2017 : Siobhan Part and Connell McLoone with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

             

Best Inter Pair Mixed Pairs 2017 : Margaret and Patsy O Kane  with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Mary Gilvarry, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O Sullivan

 

                

  Winners Novice Pairs Frances and Robert Healy with  Congress President Huey Daly   

 

         

Runners up Novice Pairs Bridie and Phonsie Meade with  Congress President Huey Daly

Winners Congress Pairs 2017: Niall and Ian Kilroy  with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

Runners-Up Congress Pairs 2017:  Cass O Donnell and Martin Garvey with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

               

3rd Congress Pairs 2017:  Diane and David Greenwood with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

             

4th Congress Pairs 2017:  Martin Brady and Paul Delaney with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)Huey Daly (Congress President) 

Best Area Master Congress Pairs 2017:  Mairead Haugh and Michelle Moloney with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

             

1st Session Winners Congress Pairs 2017:  Frances Kelly and Mary kelly Rogers   with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

2nd Session Winners Congress Pairs 2017 : Michael Morrison and Tommy Banks with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

Best Region Congress Pairs 2017 : Mary and Vincent Brennan with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President).

Winners Intermediate Pairs 2017:  Mary Lonergan and Bridie O'Reilly with  Mary O'Dowd, Ms Siobhan Scally Dep. Gen. Manager Great National Hotel (Sponsor) Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

 

Runners-Up Intermediate Pairs 2017 : Jackie Bolster and Frank Gillen with Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

3rd Intermediate Pairs 2017:  Anne Gavigan and Pat Colleran  with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

4th Intermediate Pairs 2017:  Margaret and Patsy O'Kane with  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

Intermediate Pairs 1st Session Winners 2017:  Jerome Tarpey and Ray Nallywith  Mary O'Dowd, Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

           

Intermediate Pairs 2nd Session Winners 2017:  Rosaleen Keohane and Betty Gormley with  Mary O'Dowd,  CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

Intermediate Pairs 2017 Best Inter B :Mary Billie McCarthy and Catherine Sheehan  with Mary O'Dowd, CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan and Huey Daly (Congress President)

 

Ballina Bridge Congress 2018 

13th - 15th July

Great National Hotel Ballina

 Congress Teams Winners  2017:  Teresa Rigney, Joan Kenny, Diane Greenwood and David Greenwood with  Huey Daly (Congress President)and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

 

 

Congress Teams Runners-Up  2017 : Liz Clery, Andy Clery Ryan Stephenson and Richard Hartheimer with  Huey Daly (Congress President) and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

 

Congress Teams 3rd 2017 : Maria Whelan (Eileen O'Donovan, Wojciech Gorczya and Brian O'Farrell) with  Huey Daly (Congress President) and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

 

 

Intermediate Teams Winners 2017 Bridie O'Reilly, Deirdre McCoy Marion Coy and Mary Lonergan with  Huey Daly (Congress President) Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

 

            

Intermediate Teams Runners-Up 2016 Helena Moran, Jo Moran, Pat Colleran and Anne Gavigan with  Huey Daly (Congress President) and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

 

 

   

Intermediate Teams 3rd 2017 Una and Liam Flynn,  Breege Doherty and Mary Muldoon with  Huey Daly (Congress President),Mrs. Patsy O Hara CBAI NW Regional President and CBAI National President Mr Jim O'Sullivan

CONGRESS SPONSORS

HOTEL BALLINA 096-23600  http://hotelballina.ie/  

Ballina Beverages/Coca-Cola http://coca-cola.ie 

Billy Heffron Auctioneers & Valuers  Billy Heffron Auctioneers & Valuers

Cahill Trautt & Co. Accountants 096-22104 http://www.cahilltrautt.com/ 

Hollister ULC, Ballina  https://www.hollister.com/ 

J & E Hughes Fuel Oil Co. Ltd. 096-22277 J & E Hughes Fuel Oil Co. Ltd

Mayo County Council 094-9024444 http://www.mayococo.ie/en/ 

Moloney's Supervalu 096-24644 http://www.storelocate.ie/supervalu/ballina.html

McGowan’s Funeral Directors 096-70669  http://www.ballinafuneralhome.ie/ 

Melvin Financial Services  096-70244  http://www.melvinfinancialservices.com/ 

O'Hara's Bakery 094-9256114 http://www.oharasoffoxford.com/

Pat Kelly Autopoint 096-22033  http://ballina.patkellyautopoint.com/ 

The Merry Monk Bar and Restaurant 096-73990  http://tinyurl.com/gv6yocr 

Topline Archers 096-72777  http://www.toplinearchers.ie/