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.
23rd Annual Ennis Trad Festival 10th - 14th November 2016
Wednesday, 02 November 2016
It's that time of the year again when the Ennis Trad Festival takes place and this year Moroney's will have six consecutive days of music to celebrate the festival. 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 year one of the highlights will be the Music Generation Express which will be outside Glor on 13th November from 10.00am -06.00pm. This is a mobile recording studio in the form of a renovated double decker bus and participants can book slots of 20 minutes (€15.00) and 30 minutes (€20) through the Eventbrite website prior to the event. Each slot guarantees a produced CD and this is a great opportunity for individuals or small groups to record their music.
This is a great opportunity to hear some excellent musicians and following success of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis everyone is looking forward to some mighty music sessions. Best wishes and continued success to the Ennis Trad Festival and committee from all at Moroney's.
New Shop Front Sign For Moroney's
Saturday, 01 October 2016
The recent makeover to Moroney's was completed on Wednesday last when the new sign was mounted over the front of the pub. The work was carried out by Peter Cronin Snr and Junior of C Signs, Upper Market Street who also erected the the previous sign which read James Moroney & Sons Family Grocers Ltd and it is a tribute to their professionalism and expertise how well it turned out. This was what was on the original sign from 1840 and later changed to J Moroney but now reads simple Moroney's with Established 1840 and Public House written in gold leaf lettering. Since it was erected it has got great reviews from the locals and hopefully has added to the street scape of the town.
Check out Moroney's Makeover Sept 2016 in the Photo Gallery to see photos of the new front sign and window design.
Moroney's On Tour To The Races
Friday, 23 September 2016
On Tuesday 13th September the annual Moroney's Bar outing to the Listowel Races took place with this year trip under the supervision of new boss John White who took over the running of Moroney's on 1st September from Charlie O Meara. The traveling part was collected by Glynns Coachs Ennis from The Market and the first stop on the journey was The Swanky Bar in Tarbert which is run by the Prendiville family. This is a great greyhound hot spot and all the walls are adorn with photos of the great Swanky greyhounds and of course All Ireland winning Kerry teams. John Prendiville always has a great welcome for us and provides a feast of food plus of course a few pints before we head to Listowel.
This racing festival is one of the highlights on the National Hunt calendar and attracts huge crowds. Lucky for us the weather was kind but unfortunately winners were in short supply. Of course that didn't dampen the spirits as we adjourned to Con Dillon's pub on Charles Street which is run by a son of Paddy Flannery who was the Clare Bar Supplies rep for many years until he took ill in recent years. After spending some pleasant hours there it was time to take the coach back to The Banner and of course the customary sing song ensued. Arriving back in town at 10.45pm it was in to Moroney's where John White generously land up a few rounds on the house to those still standing.
A super day out was had by all and a big thank you to John White for his generosity and all wish him well in his new venture. The traveling squad included Jimmy Fenton, Pat McCarthy, Marty Ryan, Sean Heaney, Tony (Camo) Quinn, Jacko White, Sharon Ball, Jamesie Gormley, Georgina Moloney, Wayne Hayes, Chris ( Locky) O Loughlin, Ronnie Delaney, John O Loughlin, Ann Ball, Michael (Claw) Clohessy, Paddy Collins, Michael Whyte, John Whyte, Francis Macklin, Dublin Paul and his daughter Linda Reynolds.
Moroney's Gets A Makeover
Monday, 05 September 2016
We took the opportunity last week to revamp Moroney's, closing for three days as we ushered in an new era with John White at the helm. Thanks to the skill and dedication of painter Eddie Hayes, steel fabricator and master of all trades TJ Scanlon, plasterer Eamonn Kenny, upholster Kevin Greene, TV specialist Enda Heaney and electrician Marty Ryan the pub reopened for business at 5pm on Friday last looking like a new pin. Also not forgotten are Ronnie Delaney, Pat McCarthy and Mikey Ryan who helped no end in getting the pub spic and span for the reopening, Míle Buíochas one and all.
The reaction to date has been extremely positive with everyone commenting on the new colour scheme and how bright the pub now looks. While the smoking area has now been turned into a non smoking beer garden with the addition of a 42 inch TV combined with all the sports channels this too has gone down well and adds another dimension to the bar. Also from next Wednesday night the Trad Sessions make a welcome return commencing at 9.30pm with Anne Marie McCormack, Marcus Moloney and Kieran Kissane banging out the tunes. These were always fantastic sessions and the trad musicians loved playing in the back bar as it's so homely and the acoustics are great so they are delighted to be back.
One will notice that the colour has changed on the front of the premises and while it's a far cry from the red front I think it's a really striking colour which will be shown off to full effect when the new letterers are up in the next fortnight. Gone will be James Moroney Family Grocer & Son and in it's place will be ESTD 1840 MORONEY'S Public House in gold lettering which is being designed by Peter Cronin Jnr of C Signs who also put up the previous sign.
So as a new era of Moroney's starts and after 176 years in business in The Market we would like to thank all our loyal customers past and present for their custom down the years and now hope to welcome them to the new surroundings for a chat and a pint.
See in The Photo Gallery under Moroney's Makeover for photos of the changes.
You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!