2019 – Ireland

John Carroll: At the bridge table you will never see John be anything but cool and calm. His many bridge achievements – often playing with Tommy Garvey – include silver in Warsaw 2006, fourth in World Teams Championships in Lille in 2012, Silver in Cavendish Teams in 2013. When John gets a time off from bridge, he works as a software research and development manager. Married to Ann Marie, John is the proud dad of David and Zach.

Tom Hanlon: Achievements in bridge are numerous but include two Lederer victories. Tom plays with many top European and American players – he won the Dublin Regent Club’s 90th anniversary international pairs event (with Justin Lall), was on the team that won the Gold Cup in 2016 (playing with Zia) and reached the semifinals of the 2017 Spingold. His longest-standing partner is Hugh McGann with whom he played for over 25 years. They represented Ireland on many Junior and Open teams. Tom is the only full time professional bridge player on the team. He has a son Colm.

Donal MacAonghusa is a semi-retired poker player who has represented Ireland at bridge at all levels with a variety of partners and with mixed success. His current partnership with Mark Moran is in its infancy but he hopes it will be his last.

Mark Moran: Mark has been part of the current Irish Team since May 2013 and has enjoyed some excellent finishes notably the Silver spot in the Cavendish in 2013. Mark represented Ireland in the Camrose and was part of the victorious team of 2005 when he played with Peter Pigott. Mark has also captained the Irish Camrose team on several occasions and steered one such team to victory in 2000.

Mark graduated as a Chemical engineer, did an MBA and put his hand to many diverse employments. He is now semi-retired. Mark is married to Deirdre has four kids: Colm, Niamh, Clodaagh and Sorcha. A few years ago Mark and his wife climbed some of the highest mountains in the world including K2.