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
57th Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann 13th -21st August 2017
Friday, 11 August 2017
The first Fleadh Cheoil was held in Mullingar in 1951 and since then the event has blossomed into the greatest national festival of traditional Irish music anywhere in the world. Ennis is now hosting the event for the second consecutive year and following on from last year they are expecting the number of visitors to the town to grow by at least a third from the 400,000 at last years event. Many lessons were learn from last year by the organising committee and the town council and so this year the roads around the town won't close at the beginning of the week but only from Thursday. Also the Fleadh TV which was an outstanding success on TG4 will now be based in the Upper Market area and not the Temple Gate Car ParK area.
Having been here previously in 1956 and 1977 it is a fantastic boast to the town and huge thanks must go to the local Comhaltas branches, the local authorities, the Clare Vintners and local business for having the town looking so resplendent and ready to host this phenomenal event once again. All the hard work is done and all we need now is good weather which unfortunately we didn't get for the finale of the event last year when torrential rain poured down all day on the Sunday. The town has never look so well and I expect we will make a bold bid to win the Ireland's Tidy Town's Title this year so well is Ennis looking.
Here in Moroney's we will have live music from 13th -21st inclusive with well know musician an TV personality Tola Custy playing on the final day of the Fleadh. All at Moroney's wish the Fleadh committee continued success and hopefully this will be one of the best Fleadh's on record.
Liam Jones New Ennislusc President
Tuesday, 08 August 2017
It was a great day in Moroney's on Sunday evening last when the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club gathered for the first game of the new season which was being showed live on Sky Sports. Despite it clashing with the All Ireland Hurling S/F between Galway and Tipperary the fact that there are five TV's in Moroney's ment the clash was not a problem for locals wishing to watch the hurling. On the day Ennislusc had it's AGM and there was one change at the top table with the election of a new Club President after outgoing President Tommy Kelly's term came to a end.
Whitegate's Liam Jones is the new Ennislusc Club President succeeding Ruan's very own Tommy Kelly.Liam like Tommy before him are passionate Leeds fans for more years than they care to remember and have been members of Ennislusc since the foundation of the club. We are lucky to have such members in the club and all at the club wish Liam well in his new role. Incidentally the club secretary is Liam's son Mike who is doing trojan work in promoting the club on our Facebook page which he is administrator. Every club needs new blood and Mike has brought a new vitality and enthusiasm to the role. A word of thanks to John White and his staff at Moroney's for their continued and much valued support to the club. Marching On Together
Kentucky Derby Dream For The Dilgers
Tuesday, 09 May 2017
When one speaks of American horse racing the one think everyone has heard about is the Kentucky Derby which is part of the famed American Triple Crown series of races. Now little did we ever think that someone from Ireland might win it unless it was Aidan O Brien, Dermot Weld or Willie Mullins but the thought that someone from The Banner County would be saddling a winner was dream world stuff. However no one bargained for Hermitage native Gerard Dilger, better know to all his Townie friends as Stunt. One Saturday night last Always Dreaming won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby and he was bred and reared in Ger's Dromoland Farm Stud in Lexington, Kentucky. The win was celebrated in Ennis as word had come from the States during the week that Always Dreaming had a great chance and shrewd townie punters were on early for the winner who paid odds of 9/2.
Always Dreaming was sold at the famous Keeneland September sales in 2015 for $350,000 and to complete a famous day for Ger and his brother PJ who is an integral part of the operation they also were responsible for last year's winner Nyquist who was reared on the farm. After completed his secondary education at Ennis CBS, Ger completed the Irish National Stud course in 1977 and after some years working in various studs in Ireland left for Kentucky. In his younger days Ger was an excellent hurler and soccer player for both Eire Og and Hermitage while his bother PJ is regarded as one of the finest soccer players every to play the game in Clare.
All their friends in Moroney's would like to sincerely congratulate Ger, PJ and all the staff at Dromoland Stud on their fantastic achievement and look forward to seeing them when they are home in the future.
Hon The Bally Boys
Thursday, 16 March 2017
It will be a historic day for the hurlers of Ballyea when the run out on the hollowed surface of Croke Park on St Patrick's Day to take on Dublin side Cuala in the All Ireland Club Hurling Final. Little did anyone think that after losing out in the first round of the County Championship to Eire Og last May after extra time that the would win a county title which was their goal at the start of the season let alone compete for the ultimate club title prize. Now they are sixty minutes away from creating history and follow in the footsteps of Sixmilebridge and St Josephs Doora -Barefield in winning the Tommy Moore Cup.
It will also be a special day for Ger(Hanna)Hanrahan who works in Moroney's as it was his late grandfather Dan Joe Kelleher who found the Ballyea GAA club. Ger will be in Croke Park along with his brother Michael of Stockton's Wing fame who incidentally is a long time member of the Cuala GAA club but on Friday will be supporting the Ballyea boys.
All at Moroney's wish the players and management sincere good wishes and safe journey to all who are travelling to Croker for the match. If you can't be there you are welcome to join us in Moroney's where you can also catch the Gold Cup from Cheltenham and finger food will be served at half time.
Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Customers And Friends
Sunday, 01 January 2017
This last year was a great year for Ennis, hosting the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August which was an outstanding success and also being named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre in the 58th annual National Tidy Towns Competition. It also saw Moroney's win a seventh award for it's business floral display and a new man at the helm in Moroney's in John Whyte.
To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. John Whyte, Ronnie, Charlie, Ger Hanna and Sarah look forward to your continued support in 2017.
You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!