Bridge corner with Kay Molloy

Abbey Bridge Club - 28 Feb. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Mary Morris, Catherine Philpott, 2 Joan Cashin, Catherine Costello, 3Phil Kenealy/ Margaret Kiely, 4 Eilis Dillon, Brighid Kennedy. 8 Table Howell: 1 Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger, 2 Barbara Carroll, Mary Murphy, 3 Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan, 4 Catherine King, May O’Neill. Club ‘97 - 1 March 8 Table Howell: 1 Pauline Geoghegan, Grace Marshall, 2 Margaret Drennan, Deirdre Wilson, 3 Joan Fitzgerald, Martha Langton, 4 Bridget Holohan, Liam Holohan. 8 Table Howell: 1 Jim Denby, Kitty O’Brien, 2 Helen O’Mahony, Mary O’Reilly, Jt. 3 Ann O’Shaughnessy, Alice Walsh, Noreen Bergin, Mary Murphy..

Abbey Bridge Club - 28 Feb. 7 Table ¾ Howell: 1 Mary Morris, Catherine Philpott, 2 Joan Cashin, Catherine Costello, 3Phil Kenealy/ Margaret Kiely, 4 Eilis Dillon, Brighid Kennedy. 8 Table Howell: 1 Phyl Doyle, Ann Widger, 2 Barbara Carroll, Mary Murphy, 3 Ann Brennan, Margaret Drennan, 4 Catherine King, May O’Neill. Club ‘97 - 1 March 8 Table Howell: 1 Pauline Geoghegan, Grace Marshall, 2 Margaret Drennan, Deirdre Wilson, 3 Joan Fitzgerald, Martha Langton, 4 Bridget Holohan, Liam Holohan. 8 Table Howell: 1 Jim Denby, Kitty O’Brien, 2 Helen O’Mahony, Mary O’Reilly, Jt. 3 Ann O’Shaughnessy, Alice Walsh, Noreen Bergin, Mary Murphy..

Friary Bridge Club - 22 Feb. 10 Table Howell: 1 Ann Farrell, Mary Weadick, 2 Hannah Byrne, Brigid Dillon, 3 Eilis Dillon, Miriam Whelan, 4 Barbara Carroll, Leo Monagle.

Kilkenny Bridge Club - 28 Feb. 13 Table Scrambled Mitchell: 1 Jim Campbell, Jaime Martin, 2 Breda Butler, Elizabeth Delaney, 3 Breda Deevy, Pat Egan, 4 Jim Byrne, Hugh Donnelly, 5 Mary Egan, Esther Hackett.

Nore Bridge Club - 1 March 10 Table Howell: 1 Breda Deevy, Bobby Grace, 2 Pat O’Briain, Sheila Ryan, 3 Catherine McGoff, Leo Monagle, 4 Greta Langton, Kathleen Price.

9 Table Howell: 1 Teresa McGrath, Maura O’Brien, 2 JOAN Fogarty, William Fogarty, 3 Aileen Hehir, Antoinette Hayes, 4 Jim Campbell, Eamon Daly.

Ormonde, Castle Bridge Club - 27 Feb. 9 Table Howell: 1 Jim Campbell, Ellen Dowling, 2 Kay Creedon, Mary Gaffney, 3 Breda Butler-Davis, Bernadette Egan, 4 Noreen Cody, Sheila Ryan.

Book review

Bridge Made Simple by Maire O’Keeffe - A long-felt need in the bridge book market has at last been met with the publication of “Bridge Made Simple”. There are many beginners’ books whose value is experienced only following a series of classes. This is different. Designed for use step by step, week by week as the teacher introduces the various topics to the learners, it contains the beginners’ homework, revision and reference source all in one. Maire O’Keeffe, from Rathcoole in Dublin, for more than 20 years has been one of the country’s leading bridge teachers. No-one is better placed to understand what learners need. The nature of teaching Bridge has changed in recent decades. Few coming into the game nowadays have a tradition of card playing behind them. The game that was once a progression from twenty-five, forty-five, solo or whist, has become a foreign country with a strange language through which the traveller needs slow and patient guidance. What Maire has put in print here is based on her experience of the difficulties encountered by her learners. She skips the introductory stage when mini-bridge introduces the learners to tricks and their arrangement, the value of honours, the concept of trumps and so on (a stage well known to and used by the modern teacher and starts with one-level, suit-opening bids and the auction. Some elementary card-play skill is also covered. The text is punctuated by little rhymes to assist memory. This is a well produced publication on high quality paper with excellent use of cover. Use of traffic-light colours, green for go or keep bidding, yellow for invitational situations and red for pass is quite imaginative. It is what bridge teachers, but more important their beginner students, have been waiting for. Published privately; 36 pages, A5. €10 plus postage from CBAI shop at Templeogue House, Templeogue Road, Dublin 6W. (01-4929666 or from Maire O’Keeffe, bridgeataglance@gmail.com