Another busy weekend of bridge. Many congratulations to Team RUDZINSKI (Marcin Rudzinski, Michelle Moloney, Karel De Raeymaeker, Anna Onishuk, Claudiu Dima, Sandra Newell) who emerged victorious from the second weekend of the IBU MIxed Trials, and will represent Ireland at the European Mixed Teams Championships in Herning, Denmark, in the summer, and at the World Bridge Games in Argentina in the autumn. This is a first cap for Michelle Moloney, who only took up bridge approximately twelve years ago, and has made huge strides in a short time, and a first Irish cap for Claudiu Dima, who has previously represented Romania at international level. We wish them the best of luck for the two tournaments. Commiserations to the second-place team WALSH (Terry Walsh, Bríd Kemple, Peter Stewart, Aoife MacHale).

IBU Mixed Trials Winners 2024

In Cavan, we had the IBU Open and Intermediate Teams Championships, for the Burke and O’Connor Trophies respectively. The former was won by the team of Martin Brady, David Dunne, Tomás Roche, and Paul Delaney (Dublin South), with Teresa Rigney, BJ O’Brien, Luca Crone, and Matthew O’Farrell (also Dublin South) second, and Denis Ellis, Connell McLoone, Sandra McGinley and John McGinley (Donegal) third. The Intermediate winners were Dara Voyles, Nicola O’Dowd, Sandra Peden, and Linda Walsh (Meath), ahead of Paul Clinch, Vicky Pigot, Jeremy James, and Mia Delaney (Dublin South), with Frances Daly, Simon Ridley, Kathleen Gibbons, and Mary Mulvey (Cavan) third.

Burke Trophy Winners 2024

O’Connor Trophy Winners 2024

Thanks to Brian Lawlor, who directed the trials, and to Fearghal O’Boyle and Huey Daly, who directed in Cavan.