We are saddened to report the death of Barbara Seligman, one of the true greats of Irish bridge.

Barbara made her debut for Ireland in 1962 and played internationally for twenty consecutive years, much of it in partnership with another Irish great, Ruth Giddings. She won two European medals, silver in Ostend in 1973 and bronze in Beirut on her debut, and won all the major national titles in a total of 23 victories. She became Ireland’s first World Master in 1984.

Aside from her very obvious talent (rumour has it that when she first took up the game as a teenager, her teacher announced to the class that they were looking at a future champion), Barbara was also blessed with great tenacity and resilience. She battled a number of serious illnesses in recent years, and endured the loss of her loving husband, Don, also an international bridge player. She bore these burdens bravely and with good grace, and continued to play bridge at a very high standard, winning the five-week President’s Prize in the Regent Bridge Club only last May.

Barbara was also passionate about bridge, and a great advocate for the game. Only this summer, she had the pleasure of introducing her 12-year-old granddaughter Mia to the game, and brought her along to the CBAI’s junior summer camp. Hopefully another champion in the making.

All her friends in the bridge world will miss Barbara greatly, particularly those in the Regent, where she was a valued member of long-standing and served as President. We extend our sympathies to her children Max, Kerry-Anne, Kym, and Jeremy, to her nephew Adam Mesbur (another international champion), and to all her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Barbara Seligman with Ruth Giddings on Ruth’s 100th Birthday

 

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