Remembering Carmody's Hotel Tragedy on the 60th Anniversary
Monday, 15 January 2018
Wednesday 15th January 1958 will be forever etched in the history of our great town as it signaled the biggest tragedy in our history when eight people lost their lives when the first floor of Carmody's Hotel on Abbey Street collapsed during an auction. The auction was part of a three day auction to sell off the contents of the hotel which had closed and was being carried out by Limerick Auctioneer Louis De Courcy. The room was crowded to such an extent that Mr De Courcy had asked for the doors to be closed which in hindsight probably saved many more lives. The floor collapsed in the middle some time in the afternoon as the auctioneer was auctioning linen which was piled on tables in the center of the room.
In journalist Gerry Quinn's excellent radio documentary As If Night Fell which was broadcast on Clare FM last night and was previously broadcast for the 40th Anniversary he gives an excellent account of what happened from relations of the victims, survivors and townspeople of Ennis. Gerry was inspired to do the documentary as his grandmother Mrs Nora Considine from Corofin was one of the fatalities. One of those to perish in the tragedy was Earnest De Regge who was the choir master and organist at Ennis Cathedral. Yesterday Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral for the victims with his composition The Mass Of Blessed Oiver Plunkett being sung by the Enniscorthy Choral Society under the leadership of Ennis man Donagh Wylde from Clonroad who's father Dennis was the photographer for The Clare Champion for many years.
The eight victims of the disaster were Mrs Bridie Byrne (38) Kilrush, James Fitzgibbon (65) Marian Avenue, Ennis, Mrs Michael Coffey (41) Killoo, Clarecastle, Thomas Donnellan (13) Bindon Street, Ennis, Ernest De Regge (57) Bindon Street, Ennis, Mrs Josephine Carmody (50) Barefield, Mrs Ellen McNamara (73) Crusheen and Mrs Norah Considine (60) Corofin. On the same day Miss Lena McNamara (45) a dressmaker from Francis Street Ennis collapsed and died on her way to the doctor and initially she was thought as being a victim of the disaster in the first newspaper reports. And the death toll didn't end there as a plane crashed in to the Shannon Estuary near Waller Island after taking off from Shannon Airport with photos for the following day's Daily Express of the disaster. The plane was piloted by Captain Arthur C Morgan who in a hurry to deliver the photos forgot to close one of the cock pit doors thus forcing the aircraft to crash.
Carmody Hotel which opened in 1804 comprised of two buildings and although the main part was demolished after the disaster the other is now part of Yolo's Bar and Restaurant. There is a plaque on the side of Yolo's which was unveiled on the 40th Anniversary remembering those who lost their lives. The Clare Roots Society launched a excellent book for the 60th Anniversary written by John Bradley who himself was a witness on that fateful day and documents the events in tremendous detail.
Today we pause for a few minutes to think of all those who lost their lives on a devastating day for Ennis, May They Rest In Peace.
New Greyhound Folk Photo Album Launched
Tuesday, 02 January 2018
Many people take photos at different events which never see the light of day again and I was in danger of doing the same until I had a conversation with greyhound enthusiast Frank White of The Halfway Bar. He asked what had happened to all the photos I'd taken over the years and hence the idea to launch a Greyhound Folk album was born. There are ninety photos in the album which is in the photo gallery on moroneysbar.com under the heading Greyhound Folk so take a peek and enjoy.
Wishing All Our Customers A Happy,Healthy And Prosperous 2018
Friday, 29 December 2017
This last year was a fantastic year for Moroneys's Bar which saw us win The Best Local Pub for Clare, Cork and Limerick in the inaugural Irish Pub Awards which were presented in Dublin in November. This was a tremendous award for a pub that's been in The Market area of Ennis since 1840 and has seen many changes over the years. However it has retained that feeling of the local pub where everyone is welcome,the banter is good and of course the drink is top class. However without our tremendously loyal customers this would not be possible and were are truly in debt for your continued support. Ennis hosted the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August for the second consecutive year which saw the biggest ever crowds attend a fleadh making it once again an outstanding success. To cap all that Ennis was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre in the 59th annual National Tidy Towns and only one point off the overall winner Birdhill.
To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. John Whyte, Trina, Ronnie, Ger Hanna and Jason look forward to your continued support in 2018.
Allthelights on the way to Clonmel For The Oaks
Sunday, 26 November 2017
It was a memorable day at the Killimer/Kilrush Coursing meeting for Sean Heaney, his sons Niall and Conor along with his great friend Tony( Camo) Quinn when their greyhound ALLTHELIGHTS qualified to run in the Oaks in Clonmel next February. Despite being the outsider in the final Allthelights ran a cracker to get the nod and herald great celebrations for The Four Thirds Syndicate. Sean and Tony are involved in greyhounds all their lives and have endured their fair share of slagging from Moroney's regulars but this week they will be basking in the glory and relieving the bookies of a few bob having backed Allthelights in the long odds betting.
Allthelights was reared in Cahercalla by Tony Quinn and indeed it was here that the great Cahercalla Rebellion who won the Oaks in 1950 for his uncle Paddy Quinn (Market St) was reared by his late father Michael. All their friends in Moroney's want to sincerely congratulate Sean, Niall, Conor and Tony on their great achievement and wish them all the best in Clonmel.
Ennis Is Officially Ireland's Friendliest Place
Saturday, 11 November 2017
On Saturday 4th November at the 20th Annual Retail Excellence Awards held in Killarney it turned out to be a great night for The Banner county as Ennis scooped the title of Ireland's Friendliest Place and in the process beaten off the likes of Trim (Meath), Swords, Waterford and Limerick City to the coveted title. It was a double for Ennis on the night as Willlow Boutique on O Connell Street was named as one of the top five shops in Ireland for 2018 which is a tremendous achievement for owned Jean McCabe and her staff.
It is hoped that this award would attract more visitors to our beautiful town and of course encourage other shopping outlets to set up businesses. We congratulate Ennis Chamber of Commerce for all their work over the years leading to this tremendous award and hopefully the town can build on this going forward.
24th Annual Ennis Trad Festival 9th -13th November
Wednesday, 08 November 2017
Following on from a hugely successful Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann it's now time for the Ennis Trad Festival and once again Moroney's will be playing host to live gigs. Kicking off with our very popular Wednesday night session featuring Ann Marie McCormack, Marcus Moloney and Kieran Kissane this promises to be a great evening as we kick off the festival early. Others to feature over the festival will be Martin Dermody on Friday night, Ruadhairi O Kane on Saturday and PJ King and friends with a 7pm session on Sunday evening. As always there is a huge programme of events from CD launches, master classes in fiddle, accordion, concertina, flute, sean nos dancing and singing, Teen Trad disco, Trad quiz and of course the pub session trail.
This is a great opportunity to hear some excellent musicians and enjoy a feast of top class music. Best wishes and continued success to the Ennis Trad Festival and committee from all at Moroney's.
Stockton's Wing Celebrate 40 Years On The Road
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Last night the council paid tribute to Stockton's Wing with a civic reception to honour them for their contribution to music scene over the last forty years. From playing their first gigs in Brogan's Bar back in 1977 the band has toured the world with their distinctive sound and at this years All Ireland Fleadh they played to a packed house in The West County which many described as the highlight of the week long event. When the band formed there were four All Ireland winners in the line up with Kieran Hanrahan, Paul Roche, Tommy Hayes, Maurice Lennon with the excellent Tony Cullinan making up the band. Mike Hanrahan, brother of Kieran joined in 1979 and he penned many of their hits including Beautiful Affair, Take A Chance and Walk Away.
Other members who played with The Wing over the years include Steve Cooney, Fran Breen, Tony Molloy, John Kearns and Peter Keenan while recent members in the band include Tara Breen and Karol Lynch who performed many times at the Wednesday night trad session in Moroney's. All their friends at Moroney's wish Stockton's Wing many more years on the road and thanks them for all the enjoyment they have given us over the decades.
Ennis Awarded Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Area 2017
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Ennis has been named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre in the 59th annual National Tidy Towns Competition having previously won the award in 2006, 2008 ,2009, 2012 ,2013 and 2016. This is a tremendous achievement and indeed Ennis was only one point off the overall winner Birdhill, Co. Tipperary ( Tidiest Village- 332 marks ). Ennis increased it's marks from 2016 and now the motivation will be to win the ultimate prize in 2018.
Each entrant is assessed under eight criteria with a total of 450 marks available as follows :
Community Involvement & Planning (60 marks)
Built Environment & Streetscape (50 marks)
Landscaping & Open Spaces (50 marks)
Wildlife, Habitats & Natural Amenities (50 marks)
Tidiness & Litter Control (90 marks)
Sustainable Waste & Resource Management (50 marks)
Residential Streets & Housing Areas (50 marks)
Approach Roads, Streets & Lanes (50 marks).
While a point may not seem a lot to make up it will involve keeping up the high standards already achieved, maintaining them and seeing where we can improve in the future. Great credit must go to Ennis Tidy Towns Committee, the Town Council and the hundreds of volunteers who give up of their time and are out all through the summer with their high viz jackets and bags cleaning up all approach roads to the town. Every little bit counts and every citizen can do their bit to have pride in their town insuring their area is kept clean and push on for the ultimate prize of Ireland's Tidiest Town. In the meantime let's feel proud to be living in Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Area.
Moroney's Wins Best Local Pub for Clare, Cork, Limerick Region
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
It was a fantastic night for Moroney's Bar yesterday evening in Limerick when the bar won the Best Local Pub in the inaugural Irish Pub Awards for the South West. This was for bars in the Clare, Limerick, Cork areas and we are now in the last 8 pubs in Ireland from an entry of over 500 to be crowned best Local Pub later in the year. Sincere thank to everyone who has helped over the years to win this award. To all the contractors who have worked on the premises, to Gearoid Moroney who designed our website back in 2006,to Brian John McCarthy and Charlie O Meara who put their indelible mark on Moroney's through their professional stewardship, Míle Buíochas.
Special thanks to John White and Trina who's dedication to running Moroney's as a friendly local pub has been reward with this award. John is the captain of the ship and Trina is an able deputy who keeps the bar looking spic and span and her little touches like flowers and perfume sprays in the ladies toilets have not gone unnoticed. Running a bar is all about the team and thankfully Moroney's has wonderful staff in Ronnie, Ger (Hanna) Hanrahan and Jason who provide a great service and welcome without which this award would not have been achieved. To our wonderful customers who's patronage is so appreciated and without who's contribution we would not have won this award we say a sincere Thank You as it is you who keep the spirit of the local pub alive and kicking in Moroney's.
Gentleman John Finn
Friday, 22 September 2017
It was with deep sadness that we learned early this morning that our great friend and Ennislusc member John Finn had gone to his eternal rest following a short illness. For many of us the first place we met John was when we entered St Flannan's College and stepped into his Irish class. Now Irish wasn't my strongest subject and I wasn't alone but John made it fun and enjoyable and unlike many other classes this was one you would look forward to. He was an excellent teacher and long after many of us left Flannan's we got to know John, the family man, golfer, drama player and above all Leeds United fan.
He wandered down one evening to Moroney's Bar, home of Ennislusc along with his good friend and ex Flannan's colleague Joe Hestor to watch a live Leeds United game. As he often told me it was in trepidation that he came down on that first night not knowing what to expect but what he said he met were great people who made him immediately feel at home and ended up becoming great friends. He came to Leeds with us and when the sing song started John would give his famous oration which lasted around ten minutes but would have everyone captivated.
Indeed one of my fondest memories of John is when Ennislusc went out to Teach Ol Bar in Tulla for the 3rd round televised FA Cup game on 3rd Jan 2010 between Man United and Leeds. It was an unbelievable day as Jermaine Beckford's goal gave us a famous victory and John savoured the victory along with his son Johnny. Of course when the sing song began John gave his now famous oration and brough the house down. Sadly from that infamous day on the windswept hill of Tulla our dear Ennislusc colleagues Mike McNamara, Jimmy Allard and Gerry Sheridan have gone to their eternal rest along with John Butler our driver for the day and a staunch Man United fan. One can only imagine the welcome they will have for John and will always be in our memories and prayers.
When Ennislusc ran the Mike Mac Golf Classic from 2011 to 2013 John who was a past Captain of Ennis GC and was the current President gave us invaluable advice and helped to make the tournaments an outstanding success. On the first occasion of the classic the club asked John to play along side Secretary Paul Nuggy Nihill, Cyril Slim Corry and his Leeds United hero John Giles. He said following the round that he could hardly hit the ball as he was so taken to be playing with a legend. To all his friends in Ennislusc John was our legend and his wit and smile along with his brilliant orations will forever be in our minds whenever we meet to watch Leeds United play.
To his wife Gert, sons Fergal, Pat and Johnny and daughter Sinead, all John's friends at Ennislusc wish you our sincere condolences on your great loss. We lost a true friend and gentleman to all of us who lit up our days and nights out. Marching On Together
You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!