Ballina Bridge Congress 2018

Report

President: Nuala Doyle                      Hon. Treasurer: Mary Gilvarry
                            Vice President : Des Sweeney                 Hon. Secretary: Carthage Cusack                                                                                                         Entries Secretary : Huey Daly                     


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BALLINA BRIDGE CONGNGRESS 2019

Friday 12th July - Sunday 14th JULY 

Entries: Contact Huey Daly 353 087 792 7736 or entries@ballinabridgecongress.com

 

Ballina Bridge Congress 2018

Report

The 42nd Ballina Bridge Congress was held in Great National Hotel Ballina from July 13th - 15th .

The Congress President, Nuala Doyle, extended a warm welcome to  Mr Peter O Meara, National President CBAI,  Mr Fearghal O'Boyle President IBU, to Mrs. Anne McGivney, North West Region President CBAI and to all participants in the 42nd Ballina Congress.

The occassion was tinged with sadness as the Ballina Bridge Club had recently lost one of its beloved members John Mulkearns (RIP) in April 2018.  In paying tribute to John, Nuala said that " He was a stalwarth supporter of bridge in general and contributed greatly to the game at national, regional and in particular at local club level. He played a major role in the Ballina Bridge Congress down through the years, and with his  wife Breda had been an integral part in the planning and execution of previous congresses. Their Tournament Directing skills were renown for their friendly and efficient approach, which always guaranteed a quality bridge experience". Nuala concluded her tribute by saying " John is and will continue to be greatly missed ". 

   Ar dheis Dé go raibh  a anam dílis.

Nuala thanked all  past and present congress committees for the hard work and committment, which has gone into making the Ballina Bridge Congress so successful over the years. She made special mention of our sponsors and expressed sincere gratitude for their support. 

The National President CBAI and President IBU also paid tribute to John Mulkearns in their address to congress and spoke glowingly of his achievements and contribution to "Bridge "especially his development and use of innovative technology which was the forerunner for that in use in bridge today.

The National President CBAI Mr Peter O' Meara in his opening address recounted some of his experiences of bridge and his hopes for the future growth and development of the game. He recognised that the biggest challenge facing all bridge clubs is trying to grow membership and attracting new members from all age groups. He wished all participants good luck in the games over the weekend and encouraged all to "enjoy". 

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The Congress got under way with 16.5 tables in the Mixed Pairs competition and 30 tables in The Gala Open Pairs on Friday night.

Saturday  we had  21 tables in the Congress Pairs section and 25 in the Intermediate Pairs which were played over two sessions.In addition there were 12 tables for Open Pairs in the afternoon and 13 tables later that evening.  

On Sunday Congress Teams and Intermediate Teams had 18 and 12 tables respectively with an additional 13 tables in Open Pairs (am) and 91/2 tables in the afternoon.

On Saturday evening all players participated in a raffle with a special prize of  2 Nights B&B (plus 1 dinner) 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.   

It has now become the tradition that Fr. Joe Cahill celebrates mass in the hotel on Sunday morning for congress attendees which was followed by refreshments  (compliments of the Great National Hotel).

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The 42nd Congress was judged to be a great success and a very enjoyable occasion for all who took part.

In his closing speech, Mr. Peter O'Meara, National President CBAI, complimented the Congress Committee on the weekend event which he said was, extremely well-organized and went off without a hitch. He acknowledged all of the work that went on behind the scenes that ensured the smooth running of the Congress. 

He singled out the Tournament Directors for special mention on a job very well done. He paid tribute to The Great National Hotel, Ballina and its staff for the exceptional level of service throughout the weekend. He concluded by wishing the Ballina Bridge Congress further success in the years to come.

 


 
The Ballina Bridge Congress wishes to thank :
  • All who supported The Ballina Bridge Congress 2018
  • All our Sponsors
  • All who helped with the transport of equipment, set up, clean up and general day to day running of the Congress.
  • The Yeats Country Congress Committee for sharing equipment .
  • The Management and Staff of Great National Hotel Ballina for the excellent venue, facilities, and service provided over the weekend.
  • Our Tournament Directors, Fearghal, Diarmuid and Huey, who provided a supremely efficient and friendly game for everybody.
       OPENING NIGHT

   

Officiating at the Opening of The 42nd Ballina Bridge Congress , 13th July 2018

 Mr. Peter O'Meara National President (CBAI),   Mrs. Nuala Doyle Congress President,

 Mrs. Anne McGivney NW Regional President (CBAI) and  Mr. Des Sweeney Congress Vice President 

 WINNERS GALLERY 2018

 

Friday 13th July, 2018

Mixed Pairs

Gala Open Pairs

   Winners Gala Open Pairs 2018 : Frances and Jim Sproule with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President)

Runners - Up Gala Open Pairs  2018 : Ian and Niall Kilroy with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President), Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President) and Mary Gilvarry

3rd Gala Open Pairs 2018 : Ann Burke and Breda Naughton    with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President) and Mary Gilvarry

5th Gala Open Pairs  2018 : Frances Kelly and Sonya HIllis with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Mary Gilvarry

Winners Mixed Pairs 2018 : Sharon Bayne and Paul Gibbons   with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President)

Runners – Up  Mixed Pairs 2018 : Mary and Vincent Brennan with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President)

3rd Mixed Pairs 2018 : Teresa Rigney and Richard Elvin           with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President)

Best Pair NW Region Mixed Pairs 2018 :                                  Cathy Kilcoyne and Ray Nally with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Des Sweeney ( Congress Vice President)

 

Saturday 14th July, 2018

 

Congress Pairs & Intermediate Pairs

Winners Congress Pairs 2018 :                                                      Kay Cussen and Denis Sheehan with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

 

Runners – Up Congress Pairs 2018 :                                            Paul Delaney and Tomas Roche with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

 

3rd Congress Pairs 2018 : Marcin Rudzinski and Wojciech Gorczyca with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

1st Session Winners Congress Pairs 2018 : Josie Cawley and Phil Geoghegan with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Fearghal  O’Boyle, President IBU, Nuala Doyle (Congress President)  and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

2nd Session Winners Congress Pairs 2018 :Jeannie Fitzgerald and Gordon Lessells with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Best Pair NW  Region Congress Pairs 2018 :Eileen O’Connor and Assumpta Kelly with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Winners Intermediate Pairs 2018 : Margaret Murtin and Mary Nooney with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Runners – Up Intermediate Pairs 2018 :Kathy Monks and Nora Kelly with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

3rd Intermediate Pairs 2018 :                                                         Max and Marjorie McNeill with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Best Pair NW Region Intermediate Pairs :                                 Margaret and Tom Ginty with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

2nd Session  Winners Intermediate Pairs 2018 :   Mary Moriarty and Martin O’Brien with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

1st Session Winners Intermediate Pairs 2018 : Marion Coy and Deirdre McCoy with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Best Intermediate B Pair Intermediate Pairs 2018 :                          Clare Tallon and Marian Tubritt with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

 

 

Sunday 15th July, 2018

Congress Teams Championship

 

Winners Congress Teams 2018 : Wojciech Gorczyca, Marcin Rudzinski. Ena and AidanCleary with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI ,     Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Runners – Up Congress Teams 2018 : Paul Delaney, Conor Boland,  Tomas Roche and Michael McAuliffe with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

3rd Congress Teams 2018 : Sharon Bayne, Kay Cussen, Paul Gibbons and Denis Sheehan with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Sunday 15th July, 2018

Intermediate Teams Championship

Winners Intermediate  Teams 2018 : Anne Gavigan, Patricia Colleran, Helena Moran and Jo Moran with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

Runners – Up Intermediate Teams 2018 : Betty O’Loughlin, Paddy Doran, Marion Gallagher and Ita O’Sullivan with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

3rd Intermediate Teams  2018 : Harry Naaijkens, Margaret McCarthy, Declan Harte and Joann Naaijkens with Peter O’Meara National President CBAI , Nuala Doyle (Congress President) and Anne McGivney NW Regional President CBAI

 Results 2018

Mixed Pairs Gala Open Pairs Congress Pairs Intermediate Pairs Open Pairs Sat Aft
Open Pairs Sat Night Congress Teams Intermediate Teams Open Pairs Sun Morn Open Pairs Sun Aft

BALLINA BRIDGE CONGNGRESS 2019

Friday 12th July - Sunday 14th July, 2019 

Entries: Contact Huey Daly 353 087 792 7736 or entries@ballinabridgecongress.com