Billy Mullins, Tralee
2016 President’s Award Winner
The sad news of Billy’s death reached us this morning, 22 December 2016. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he has gone to join his beloved wife Peg, who passed away not long ago.
Billy was due to be presented with the CBAI President’s Award for 2016 by this year’s President, Pat Duff, at the Tralee New Year’s Congress, but typical of the quiet self-effacing nature of the man, he decided that he would not appear in any limelight.
We will not be denied the opportunity to extol Billy’s virtues that won him the President’s Award for 2016, reserved for the unsung heroes and heroines of Irish bridge.
Billy gave his life to the service of bridge – at club level, he was instrumental in the foundation and nourishing of the Tralee Community Bridge Centre; as a teacher, he was responsible for introducing many Kerry people in Tralee, Listowel and further afield, to our wonderful game; as a National tournament director, his knowledge and willingness to pass it on to others is recognised across the country. Indeed, Billy was one of only two Irish Tournament Directors to direct at the 1991 European Championships in Killarney.
His involvement in running the Bridge Congress in Ballybunion for many years, where he was assisted by Peg, and his friendship with Mary Walsh made him an automatic choice to act as tournament director at her bridge holidays overseas, a position he continued when Mary passed the baton to Bridge Overseas a few years ago.
Billy was heavily involved with bridge in the North Munster Region, where he held the position of President, Regional Secretary and latterly County Development Officer for Kerry.
I have no doubt that Billy is now directing all the friends who have gone before him with charm, efficiency and good humour, pointing out that he is now the proud recipient of the President’s Award for 2016 – without having to make an acceptance speech!
Congratulations Billy – I have no doubt your family will be honoured to receive this award on your behalf.
Irish Bridge has lost a great ambassador, a good friend – one of the good guys; thank you for all you have done!
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam