2023 – Ireland

Ireland: (l-r) Tom Hanlon, John Carroll, Adam Mesbur, Frederic Volcker, Tommy Garvey, Grainne Barton, Mark Moran

The Irish team will be appearing in the Bermuda Bowl later this year (though without Frederic Volcker who isn’t strictly Irish).

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.

Tommy Garvey: Tommy partnered John Carroll for 20 years both on junior and open Irish teams and has shared in the same successes mentioned above. Tommy and John are frequent attendees at the Lederer and have brought home the trophy three times, most recently partnering Nick Fitzgibbon and Adam Mesbur. Married to the lovely Kit, Tommy is also a proud dad of Tristan and Killian. Tommy works as an actuary in London and wants to be a golfer some day!

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.

Adam Mesbur: Adam is a retired banker living in Dublin. He has had a long-standing partnership with Nick Fitzgibbon stretching back to 1974. Representing Ireland was put on hold while both played active roles in bringing up their children during the nineties – he has a son and a daughter with twins – but they have regularly played in international events again since 2003. He also has played on Mark Moran’s team since 2019.

With Nick Fitzgibbon he won a silver medal in the Junior European Championships in 1974 and they were runners-up in the Common Market Pairs the same year. They finished third in the European Teams in Lausanne in 1979 and second in Warsaw 2006 and were fourth in the Lille World Mind Games 2012. He has four wins in the Camrose Trophy with Nick and most of the current team, which includes a win with team mate Mark Moran. The pair won the Senior Pairs for the Magerman Trophy in the 2013 European Open in their first ever senior event.

Mark Moran: Originally from Offaly, Mark represented Ireland at junior level, but for a long period after that bridge took something of a back seat to career and family. On returning to the game more seriously, Mark was a member of the 2005 Camrose winning team in partnership with Peter Pigot. Playing with Rory Boland and more recently, John Carroll, he has been a part of the Irish panel on a regular basis since 2013. Bridge highlights include winning the Camrose in 2015 and 2017 and the Gold Cup in 2020, and runner up in the 2013 Cavendish Teams.

Mark lives in Dublin, where he maintains some business and charity interests. Outside of bridge, he is a sports fan, especially rugby and hurling/gaelic football. He plays golf (a never-ending struggle to beat Tom Hanlon) and tennis. He enjoys the outdoors and travel, especially hill walking.

Now retired from telecoms, he has been playing on Mark Moran’s team for three years, reaching the quarterfinals in the Winter Games and a win in the Gold Cup during 2019. He helps his daughter Nicola with her showjumping career. She also has represented Ireland in European Championships in her sport.

Frederic Volcker is a French International who has represented his country many times in Junior, Mixed and Open events. Top results include gold in the European Championships in 2016, silver in the following Bermuda Bowl in 2017 and gold in the European Transnational Teams in 2019.