Last weekend saw the North Kerry Congress live in the Rose Hotel, Tralee, and the Kilkenny Congress online on BBO. Well done to all involved in the organisation of these two events. The main prizewinners were:


  • Mixed Pairs: Aoife MacHale & Peter Goodman
  • Open Pairs: John & Kelan O’Connor
  • Intermediate B & Novice Pairs: Ursula Daly & Ciaran Broadbery
  • Congress Pairs: Kelan O’Connor & Peter Goodman
  • Congress Teams: David O’Brien, Deirdre O’Halloran, Phyllis O’Regan, Horst Rosler


  • Mixed Pairs: Jean Kelly & Tim O’Connell
  • Friday Intermediate B & Novice Pairs: John & Paul Woodlock
  • Friday Gala Open Pairs: Margaret Farren & Anna Carr 
  • Fast Friday Open Pairs: JC Boyle & John McGinley
  • Congress Pairs: Dan O’Farrell & Judith Lawson
  • Area Master Pairs: Patricia McCormack & David Cope
  • Intermediate A Pairs: Claire Tallon & Marian Tubbritt
  • Saturday Intermediate B & Novice Pairs: Ann Murphy & Grainne Burke
  • Saturday Open Pairs: Ann & Martin Knox
  • Congress Teams: Gilda Pender, Rebecca Brown-O’Keeffe, Eoin MacNeill, David Scannell
  • Sunday Intermediate B & Novice Pairs: Helena Murphy & Michael Doyle
  • Sunday Open Pairs: Freddie Langford & John Comyn

There are several national events upcoming, with entries open on our website here. December 10/11 sees the Master Pairs in Templeogue, with a substantial entry already. Over the weekend of 14/15 January we will have the Men’s and Women’s National Pairs and Teams Championships in the Westgrove Hotel in Clane, which still has rooms available at a rate of €109 for single occupancy, or €129 for double occupancy. Then on 11/12 February, we’ll have the Holmes Wilson Trophy in the Mount Wolseley Hotel in Tullow. The hotel itself is full (which is hopefully a good indicator of a strong turnout) but still has some of its houses available. And of course this weekend several of the regions have their regional pairs qualifiers – check with your local Regional Secretary for details.