NIBU AGM 2021

The AGM for the NIBU will be held on June 27th at 2.30 pm in La Mon Hotel and Country Club. More details to be posted at a later stage.

NIBU Tuesday Gala Pairs

The NIBU Tuesday online pairs tournament is being discontinued. Diane Greenwood had kindly been running this for some time on behalf of Kevin Hinds and the Union is grateful to her for undertaking this.

The Thursday and Sunday tournaments will continue to operate under Diane’s direction.

Egan Trophy 2021

The Egan Trophy, the IBU All-Ireland Top Teams Championship, will be held on RealBridge over the weekend of 29-30 May 2021.

The 3 teams representing the NIBU are as follows:
– Brian McDowell & Alan Sharp; Michael McFaul & Neill Cauwood
– Rex Anderson, & Pat Barry; Wayne Somerville & David Greenwood
– Ian Lindsay & Ian Hamilton; Robin Burns & Diane Greenwood.

Primary School Bridge in 2020-21

Professor Samantha Punch is holding a major conference  ” BAMSA ” ( Bridge a mind sport for all ) in June. She has invited Norma Irwin and Norman Lacey to submit a presentation on the work they have accomplished in introducing Bridge into the Primary School curriculum in Northern Ireland. Here is their joint submission .

Terry Blackman RIP

We are sorry to hear of the death of Terry Blackman, from Warrenpoint GC Bridge Club.

Member, Michael A. Mc Namee writes:
“Terry was always a committee member in my time, and probably the principal driving force within the club. He was the person who brought Bridgemates, dealing machines and an on-line presence to our club. Very modest, his computer skills were breathtaking, and we shall sorely miss his abilities to set up and maintain the club website.”

Marjorie Kelso RIP

It is with sadness that I write this obituary of Marjorie (Margie) Kelso, widow of the late Billy who was both Hon Treasurer and Secretary of the NIBU for many years. Margie was a great supporter of all NIBU competitions and represented Northern Ireland on the Lady Milne team. She was also a NIBU representative on the IBU council. Although not holding an official position, she did a lot of work supporting Billy as Congress Organiser and International Match Manager. She was a founder member of the 75 club (now defunct).

She was a keen golfer, being a member of both Royal Belfast and Massereene Golf Clubs.

On a personal note, Alan and I enjoyed many trips to Donegal Congresses playing with them in the teams. She and Billy were the winners of the first Donegal Congress Pairs. We also played with them in a number of NIBU teams competitions as well as travelling with them to the the Moylan Cup on a regular basis.

The NIBU extends its condolences to the whole family circle at this sad time.

Heather Hill
Chairman NIBU