Now I would say I knew Ciara Burns but I did not really. I did not know she was from County Down and I did not know she was from Downpatrick. I knew she had a black car (because I put NIBU computers into its boot once or twice) and was very good bridge player. Before writing here I headed over to Ciara's facebook page and was hit by a headlined article " In Memory of Ciara Burns" by Samantha Punch of Scotland Open Bridge team which was originally written on http://bridgewinners.com
The article below which includes a summary of an interview done by Sam describes Ciara far better than I could. After all most of it is Ciara's own words.
The only other piece I can add is when Ciara sat down at the table as an opponent one hoped her partner was John Murchan and one hoped to play well and get a good score as then one could hope for one of the famous John Murchan quotes about bridge or non-bridge as the case might be.
Like most players I only remember the good boards but I was reminded a year or so ago about a 7 clubs hand I floored at Drogheda Congress some years back ...maybe 10 or so... I asked "Ciara how do you you remember that hand "
The response was " Myself and John were your opponents but you got a trick ahead of yourself and ruffed your winner from dummy "
Another time about 10 years ago I played a practice online match against Ciara and Mary Finn and against one 4H contract declared by Ciara I got the bright idea of leading a KING from Kx ala the famous Pat Walshe. Fortunately my Kx worked far better than most of Pat Walshes as Ciara had been dealt JTx and had Axx in dummy.
Axx .. JTx
So on the KING lead the unsuspecting Ciara ducked and the Galligan felt the feeling of something good so played another diamond and this was ducked in dummy as partner won with the QUEEN as
probably Ciara got a bad feeling. Another diamond came back and Galligan ruffed and beamed at his computer. The sound for messages was turned on ...so one heard an incoming BBO message.
Ciara had typed ... "You wee shite "
I think partner got a trump trick for one down ... otherwise we would not remember the hand.
I spoke to Ciara on Sunday April 16th 2017 outside Malahide Bridge Centre where she was playing bridge with Michael O'Kane. I had no idea it would be the last time.
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Above are the ratings from Bridge-Now up to last Wednesday May 03.
Declan the Donplayer dropped 10 points this week to a rating of 1470 after scoring 46% over 67 boards. 3 more hands and he would have had his 5 worst scores cut off and would have received about 49.5% average. Not too shabby for a guy who never attended a bridge class and is self taught.
"Eamon we need to talk about these transfers soon and why the computer keeps mixing up its hearts and its spades.