The Duais an Uachtarain, which was postponed in September, will now be held on Saturday 30 October, in the Kingsley Hotel in Cork (please note the change of venue – not UCC as had been advised at one point).

The competition, which is open to Master and Intermediate A grades, will be over two sessions, starting at noon, and will finish at a time that means an overnight stay will not be required unless you wish to enjoy one. This will be the CBAI’s first foray back to a live national bridge competition since February 2020, and normal prizes and masterpoints will awarded. The table money will be €25, and pre-entry is required using the online entry system. Our new President Pat O’Mahony has been waiting for well over a year to welcome you to Cork, and we would encourage all members to support him in this competition. It will also represent a chance to meet up with your bridge friends for the first time in quite a while, and, for many players, a first opportunity to hold the cards in your hand again after what has seemed an endless wait.

Diarmuid Reddan will be the Tournament Director, and will keep us on track of all the rules we have forgotten while playing exclusively online. We are awaiting the revised government public health guidance before making a final decision on some of the health protocols, but it is our intention that protective perspex table screens will be in use.

Hope to see you there!