Grand Slam Bridge Club wants new members as play returns to Dominican Eco Center

THE Grand Slam Bridge Club meets again every Wednesday evening at the Dominican College Ecology Center after further easing of Covid restrictions.

The laying resumed two weeks ago after a difficult period for the club and its members. The club had to close for 18 months due to the onset of the pandemic. After reopening in August last year, they then had to close again in December with the introduction of Covid restrictions, such as the 8pm closing curfew.

Grand Slam Bridge Club’s Michael Ryan is delighted the club is back.

He said: ‘You had the Covid restrictions of a closing time to 8 p.m. and a series of other government decrees warning society that the virus still runs around seeking to infect the innocent and not-so-innocent citizen without prejudice on gender, age, religion, race or drunkenness. It was and is a thankless time for all of our pre-pandemic social activities slowly returning to normal attendance after several months.

“Bridge clubs are no exception, but many bridge players have found solace in being able to play their favorite card game online from their fireside! But it’s not as fun as sitting around a bridge table. We were sad to hear that one of Wicklow’s bridge clubs folded and closed after serving the community so faithfully for a long time.

The results so far have seen the experienced duo of Ann McCarthy and Billy Dunne win, as they showed off a clean pair of heels from second place finisher Carol Wadden and Linda Walsh. Right behind that pair were Una McGowran and Larry Ryan.

Michael added: “The club has welcomed some new faces and would be happy to give a warm welcome to any other bridge players who would like to join us in the Dominican Ecology Conference Room any Wednesday evening before 7.30pm. Table money remains at €6 and this can now be collected by our SumUp tap credit card system Year membership also remains unchanged at €30 per person for the season until the end of June.

There won’t be a Valentine’s Day party this year in the current Covid climate, but hopes are high for the annual Easter egg extravaganza, to be held on Wednesday April 23, after Sunday Easter.

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