Wednesday 7 December 2016

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Published 29/11/2015 | 02:30

The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. Yes folks, at the fantastic age of 104, the great Ruth Giddings has passed away. By far the best lady player of all time in Ireland, Ruth's records will never be touched. I am talking about championships won and international appearances. Her first victory in the women's pairs came in 1964 with Barbara Seligman, and she went on to win that title five times. She took the team title 11 times.

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Believe it or not, she won 54 Irish championships. She first represented Ireland in the World championships in Turin in 1960 and played in that particular event six times. On then to the European championships and she first played Amsterdam in 1955 and went on to play 13 times in that championship. Her total appearances at international level was 28, and she won two silver and one bronze medals. In European championships I had the privilege of playing with her and winning many, many times.

Congratulations to Marion Kilbride and her committee for a great Kilkenny Congress which attracted huge numbers. How to get to the unbeatable Grand Slam from the Lady Milne final trials. Bidding (lazy I am afraid) E S W N 1H P 2C P 2H P 2S P 4NT P 5S P 6NT.

This a real monster and unless there are some really foul breaks, 13 tricks cold. I think it was bid only once.

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