Monday 26 January 2015

Building a 'bridge' that stands the test of time

Alison Comyn

Published 19/07/2014 | 12:00

Drogheda and District Bridge Congress Celebrating 21 Years, Paddy Bonner the First President of the Congress and Catriona Bellew the Present President at the Westcourt Hotel Pic Jimmys People

IT'S BEEN 21 years since local bridge players Aidan Hodgers and Eithne O'Shea came up with the idea for the Drogheda & District Bridge Congress, a milestone that was celebrated in style last Saturday in the Westcourt Hotel.

Set up in 1994 as part of the historic 'Drogheda 800' year, the congress has gone from strength to strength, and now the committee encompasses all the bridge clubs in the greater Drogheda area.

'As well as many of the players down the years, we also had present most the original committee who founded the club,' says incoming President Catriona Bellew.

'I'm a relatively new recruit, but it was wonderful to hear so many wonderful stories from over the years.'

Tributes were paid to past presidents including Paddy Bonner, Tom Burke, Noel Hayes, Eithne O'Shea, Frank Stack, Aidan Hodgers, Roger O'Shea, Antoinette McGee, Ann Hodgers and Tony Reilly.

Held every October, the Drogheda and District Bridge Congress caters for all classes from Novice to Intermediate, pairs and team event, and players come to 'The Friendly Congress' from all over Ireland, Wales and France.

'From small beginnings, it is now a hugely successful congress and I look forward to being president in such an important years,' Catriona told the Drogheda Independent.

'We always welcome new players of all levels and we hope for continued success for many more years to come.'

Drogheda Independent

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