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Bridge is said to be the Rolls Royce of card games, offering the suspense of poker and the excitement of athletic sports in a social setting.

It is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world due to its unending variety. It is the most stimulating, most intriguing, most fascinating and most challenging of all card games. Each deal has some quality of strangeness providing enjoyment, laughter, and sheer entertainment.

In these days of rising financial pressures, increasing unemployment, and early retirements resulting in more leisure time and greater longevity, bridge is a wonderful pastime which stimulates the brain, improving memory and concentration.

Investing in a new sport can be costly. However, when you decide to take up bridge all you need is a deck of cards and three other players, a very inexpensive pastime. On average, 12,000 people worldwide are playing bridge for free on the internet at any given time from the comfort of their own homes.

When embarking on something new it is always better to develop the correct habits and methods from the start. Like every skill, bridge should be learned from a qualified teacher. At Better Bridge classes you will be taught the game in a structured format by a Contract Bridge Association of Ireland qualified and experienced teacher, Carmel Murphy.

Ms Murphy is the founder of Galway’s two newest bridge clubs, Galway Education Centre Bridge Club in Cluain Mhuire, Monivea Road, and Flannery’s Bridge Club in Flannery’s Hotel on the Dublin Road. Each class consists of tuition, sample games on a “big bridge board”, practice games, a comprehensive hand-out with self correcting exercises, recommended reading, and websites.

Attend Better Bridge classes this winter and learn the thrilling game of bridge. You will find its lure irresistible, it’s addiction heady and exciting, and it is guaranteed to become a lifelong pursuit. Long winter evenings will seem shorter when you play bridge with friends.

Beginners’ classes start on Thursday September 11th at 10am in Flannery’s Hotel, Dublin Road, and at Raftery’s Rest, Kilcolgan, at 7.30pm. Contact Carmel Murphy at 087 9240170 or (091) 637200, or email [email protected].