Why Play Bridge?

If you have reached this page, you are obviously thinking of learning to play bridge. Congratulations – you’ve made a good choice!

Playing bridge has many attractions:

  • It’s fun
  • It’s social
  • It’s great value
  • It’s played all over the world, by people from all walks of life
  • It can be a lifelong pursuit
  • It involves continuous learning
  • It’s competitive, within a grading system that pits you against your peers
  • It’s primarily a game of skill, with a little luck thrown in
  • It provides mental stimulation
  • Research shows that it makes a positive contribution to your health, both mental and physical

These are just some of the reasons that keep people coming back to the bridge table, and why many busy and successful people always keep time in their schedules for bridge.  You can find a fuller rationale here.

Bridge is more than just a card game.  It’s a cerebral sport.  Bridge teaches you logic, reasoning, quick thinking, patience, concentration and partnership skills.  And no matter where I go, I can always make new friends at the bridge table. Hall of Fame tennis star, Martina Navratilova.

Bridge is such a sensational game that I wouldn’t mind being in jail if I had three cellmates who were decent players and who were willing to keep the game going 24 hours a day. Businessman and billionaire, Warren Buffett.

“It’s a game you can play at any age.  If you take it up young, you’ll have fun doing it the rest of your life.  A lot of games don’t have that depth.  This one does.” Entrepreneur and billionaire, Bill Gates.

“I remember the pure disappointment when the last game would have to be played, and life, in all its dullness, would have to be faced again with no cards in my hand.” Award-winning Irish novelist Colm Tóibín.  You can read his thoughts on bridge, and what he regards as its profound influence on his writing career, in full here.

Daytime and nighttime classes for beginners are available all over the country.  For more details, see below.

Bridge Classes 2018-19

All teachers listed on this site are CBAI-accredited.  If you need a qualified teacher to give classes in your area please contact us on (01) 4929666.  We do not recommend that you use unaccredited teachers.

New classes starting in calendar year 2019 are listed below  

Hotel Westport Learn Bridge Weeks (with tutor Michael O’Loughlin)

Refresher weeks: 6-10 May, and 3-7 June; Absolute Beginners 23-28 June.  Contact Hotel Westport (098-25122 for more details).

Dun Laoghaire & Mount Merrion – O’Keeffe Bridge

Beginners classes on Wednesday mornings at 10:00, in Dun Laoghaire Bridge Club, 2 Clarinda Park North, starting mid-January, and Improvers classes on Monday evenings at 19:45, in St Teresa’s Parish Centre Mount Merrion, starting on 7 January.  Contact O’Keeffe Bridge on 087-2866579 to book your place.

Sandymount & Glenageary – Peter Pigot

Peter Pigot is running classes for Beginners and Improvers on various days.  Full details are here.  Contact Peter on 086-8146230 to book your place.

Beechwood Bridge Club, Ranelagh

Beechwood Bridge Club is holding Improvers classes on Wednesday nights with tutor Rory Egan, starting on 9 January at 19:30. Email bridgeinbeechwood@gmail.com to book your place.

Dun Laoghaire Bridge Club, 2 Clarinda Park North

Beginners classes on Monday nights with tutor Helen Holman, starting 7 January 2019 at 19:30 for 10 weeks. Full details here.

Ballsbridge VEC, Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4

Beginners classes on Wednesday evenings with tutor Liz Taaffe, starting 23 January 2019 at 17:30 for 10 weeks.

In addition, classes for 2018-2019 that started in September are listed in the link below

2018-2019 Classes by region

Bridge classes for beginners are typically run over a period of between 20 and 24 weeks, divided into two terms of 10 to 12 classes each.  Generally, the terms are from mid-September to Christmas and from January to April.  A smaller number of teachers offer classes based on the calendar year, so January to mid-April, and September to Christmas.  The link above provides details of classes for the 2018-19 season that have been advised to us.  If there are no details for 2018-2019 for your area, we suggest you contact the teacher for last year’s classes who may be able to help.

Supervised Games for Beginners

On completion of classes we encourage teachers and clubs to provide a mentored, assisted game to help their new players in their transition from class to club bridge.  If you are in that category, the following supervised games may be of interest to you.


Liz Taaffe is running a supervised play group for beginners and intermediates in the VEC, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, on Tuesday nights between 17:30 and 20:00.  These sessions are aimed at recent students who wish to get more experience before joining a bridge club.


Blathnaid Trayer is running a supervised play group for beginners who have just finished their first course of classes.  It is designed to get you ready to play in a club and is held in the Wishing Well pub in Blackrock on Wednesday afternoons from April 2018.  See here for details.  Intermediate B players may also attend.


Michael O’Loughlin  is currently running a supervised play group for improvers at 10:30 every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in the Pastoral Centre, St. Mary’s Church, Sandyford Village.  You may attend whichever morning or mornings suit.  €7 per session. Email michaelolough@yahoo.com for further details.

Teacher Training

Click on the above link for further information

If you would like to become a CBAI-accredited bridge teacher, the next Teacher Training Seminar is planned for 22/23 June, at the Limerick Bridge Centre.

If you would like to register your interest for this or a future teacher training session, please contact Dermot at the CBAI (01-4929666), or email  info@cbai.ie for further details.

Schools Bridge

The recent development of the teacher training and school bridge programme has seen the number of schools Nationwide interested in including bridge in their pre Junior Cert and transition year programmes rise steadly.  If you are a school interested in Bridge please contact us.  If you are a bridge teacher interested in teaching in schools please let us know at the CBAI (01-4929666) or info@cbai.ie

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