Thank You, Partner: A History of Bridge in Ireland

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  • "The author is very obviously passionate about a game that would send most of us to sleep but he manages to convey that passion in every story, anecdote and recollection the book contains. With stories about one woman who at 98 is still playing . . . and all sorts of love triangles/marital stories revolving around the card table, this book is certainly not just for bridge lovers but anybody interested in social history!" --Amazon.co.uk Reviews

Meet The Author

Seamus Dowling, a former president of both the Contract Bridge Association of Ireland (Republic) and Irish Bridge Union (All-Ireland), has won national championships and played in international competitions, as well as being an administrator, tournament director, teacher and journalist. A member of the International Bridge Press Association, he has written for several magazines and has won awards for his coverage of international bridge events for the Irish Times.

The first Irish bridge book and the product of ten years research, Thank You, Partner brings the reader up to March 2009. Official records and print have been trawled to trace the origins of the game, the changes which it underwent and the external influences which inspired the pioneers of the modern Irish game.

The game of bridge, introduced to Ireland as a drawing room pastime at the end of the 19th century, subsequently developed to become an international sport. Bridge clubs appeared during the 1920s, and in 1932 it became a nationally organised competitive game. Politics caused a rift in the 1950s and the Northern Ireland troubles of the 1970s cast their own shadows. Political figures have historically been involved with bridge, including participants in the 1916 Rising, such as Roddy Connolly, son of James Connolly.

Initially an activity for middle class professionals with a Protestant majority, following the conflicts of the early 1920s it was embraced by the wider population and became a unifying force. With a foreword by Colm Tóibín, this is a fascinating read for bridge aficionados and also those interested in social history.

Weight 0.675 kg