Moroney's Bar Wins Ennis Tidy Towns Business Award
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
At the recent Ennis Tidy Town Awards held in the Ennis Town Council Offices in Waterpark House, Moroney's Bar were the recipients of the Business Award for the Market Street Area. The judging for this award is based on the appearance of the building including painting, signage, flowers and the general appearance of the building as a whole. During the summer the two chimney stacks on the building which contain six chimney pots each and are listed ( all works have to be sanctioned by the conservation officer before they can be carried out) were repaired and now are an eye catching feature whether you come down the Market or enter it from O Connell Street.
We at Moroney'a are thrilled with the award and would like to thank all those who worked on the building during the year as the award is a thank you for your professional skills. Also to our loyal customers both at home and abroad who's patronage is so much appreciated , this is also a Thank You to you. Mile Buiochas one and all.
Firestorm Ellie Wins Bitch Of The Year 2018 At Limerick Greyhound Track
Sunday, 06 January 2019
Last night at Limerick Greyhound Track on the Dock Road, Firestorm Ellie owned by Mike McNamara and Johnny Moroney was crowned Bitch of The Year by the Limerick & Clare Greyhound Owners & Breeders Association. Ellie takes the award having won 8 times, being 2nd twice and 3rd on eight occasions during 2018 season and is trained in Tulla by Mike's son Donnacha. Indeed Donnacha only took out his trainers licence in January 2018 so this is a fantastic kick start to his career. This is a real Market Street affair as Mike was a neighbour of Johnny's in the Market in his youth where his parents had a public house between Moroney's and Paddy Quinn's before moving out to reside in Tulla.
Firestorm is the prefix that Johnny and Mike run their dogs under and Ellie was named by Johnny's wife Marian after singer songwriter Ellie Goulding. Others that have run under the prefix are Marina, Puma, Swift, Ruby, Flash, Arrow and Fury. Hopefully there are a few more wins to come from Ellie and we look forward to seeing her race in the coming months.
Indoor Footie, Friendships And OB
Tuesday, 01 January 2019
On Friday 14th December in Gleeson's Bar in The Turnpike there was a surprise party for Martin O Brien who retired from our indoor footie crew after thirty years being involved in organising and playing. What started off as inter pub team back in 1989 with Cheers and Woodies grew into a life long friendship for a group of lads thanks to Martin's drive and love for football. Back then in Ennis there was no hall available to play indoor football so Martin decided to bring us to Gort where his good friend and fellow Garda member Brian Brennan got us a slot in the local hall on a Monday night. Come hail or snow we drove up each Monday evening ( including one horrendous storm ) and the banter in the cars was as enjoyable as the footie. One would want thick skin as everyone was fair game for a slagging.
After a few years we came back to town when Martin secured the Colaiste Muire hall and this was a new departure for all of us. Of course Martin's motivation in all this was to keep the lads together and win the Inter Pub competition at some juncture. After many close calls against our great adversaries in Kelly's Bar, Carmody Street we finally won the competition representing Knox's Bar. The common denominator in the pubs we represented is that they were owned by Kieran Gleeson and Cyril Cusack who also played with us and indeed were always very generous in the way the looked after us. One member of that winning team was Seamie O Sullivan who has gone to his eternal rest but is never forgotten by all the group and his spirit and smile are always with us when we play or are on our night out.
For the last 14 years we are located in St Flannan's College and indeed we were the first group to be given access to the newly built hall by the then President Fr Moloney. This of course was due in no small way to Martin and we are still there to this day. Of course father time has caught up with many of us, injuries take longer to heal but what Martin started thirty years ago on a whim is still going strong. Yes the football is competitive, there are arguments and the odd expletive but once the game is over it's handshakes all round. The friendships made through the indoor have been lifelong and while we might not see one another for a few months in the off season all one has to do is lift a phone and help will be at hand if needed. That comradery can't be bought but thanks to OB's foresight all those years ago we are still together and for that we are eternally grateful to you Martin. Mile Buiochas OB from all the gang.
In the Photo Gallery under the heading OB's Indoor Retirement Party you will find 50 photos from the night out of great friends, great people and great memories.
Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Patrons
Sunday, 30 December 2018
With another year about to end we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers both at home and abroad for their continued custom. It is you who has put Moroney's on the map and made it the popular and award winning pub it is for which we are eternally grateful. Happy New Year and sincere Best Wishes from John White, Hanna and Ronnie. LookING forward to your continued support in 2019.
Newhall Missile Heads To Shelbourne Park For The Night Of Stars
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Tonight in Shelbourne Park there will be a big Ballyea contingent present to see Colin Barry's and Noel Coote's brilliant greyhound Newhall Missile go to traps in the Ted Hegarty Bookmaker Night Of Stars 575yds race which goes to traps at 11.00pm. The reason for the late start is due to the All Black's game in the near by Aviva Stadium which kick off at 7pm and racing has been put back until 8.30pm. This is a one off race with €10,000 to the winner and trainer John Browne is hopeful that The Missile has shaken off his recent injury woes. Having won the Boylesports Consolation Derby in September Newhall Missile was invited to run in The Night Of Stars which is a celebration of all the top greyhounds in Ireland racing over varying distances in one off races with exceptional prize money on offer.
Colin has been looking forward to this night for the last number of weeks and will make the journey to Dublin with his parents Gerry and Noelette. It's a fantastic achievement just to be in the line up with the top greyhounds in the country and fingers crossed The Missile will hit the lids running. Like the Ballyea hurlers he won't be found wanting for heart and every day gives of his best which is all one can ask of man or dog. All their friends in Moroney's wish John, Noel and Colin the very best of luck on this big night in the Irish greyhound calendar. Hon The Missile
31st Ennis Leeds United Supporters Trip To Elland Road
Thursday, 25 October 2018
This weekend Ennislusc will embark on their annual trip to Elland Road with the biggest group to travel to the holy grail since 2010. It's an early rise as many will be meeting at the West County at 4.55am to travel to Shannon Airport. It's a tribute to the club that there are 36 travelling to Elland Road for the game vs Nottingham Forest and the fact the Leeds are top of The Championship only whets the appetite.
No other supporters club in the region even those supporting the top Premiership teams can boast this number traveling across the water for a game that's being shown live on Sky Sports. On the trip will be Oisin Murphy who will be making his first ever trip to Elland Road and on his birthday as well.Least we forget Caroline Jones will be also making her first trip but this time as Mrs Jones since she married Ennislusc Secretary Mike Jones last August. The group will be gathering at the famous Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road on Saturday for a group photo and also to see for the first time the stone that Ennislusc sponsored.
All their friends at Moroneys wish the Ennislusc travelling supporters a safe journey and hopefully three points after ninety minutes. Marching On Together
Squad : Mike and Caroline Jones, Marty and Melissa Brennan, Dom and Ber O Rourke, Kevin, Noelette and James Barry, Paul, Geraldine, Ruth and David Nihill, Alan and Oisin Murphy, Ailish O Callaghan, David O Grady, Brian Woods, Sharon Breen, Brian O Connor, JP Buckley, John Kelly, Colin Ryan, Paul Harte, Seamus O Doherty, Richie Lynch, Bryan Williams, Orla Moroney, Steve, Jane, Zack and Darragh Underwood, Chris and Darragh Curren , Mick Parry and Michael ( Claw) Clohessy.
Friday, 19 October 2018
On Sunday Ballyea and Cratloe will contest the Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final at Cusack Park with thrown in @ 3.30pm. Having met earlier in the championship where Ballyea prevailed in extra time this promises to be another cracking contest. For those heading to The Park early they can taken in the Minor A hurling final where Clarecastle take on Clonlara. This will be The Magpies fourth final in six years and like the senior game both teams met earlier in the league format with Clonlara coming out on top. A big talking point is the €20 entrance fee and with the match programme costing another €5 it will certainly put off those with no affiliations from attending the finals especially as the game has deferred viewing on TG4.
All in Moroney's would like to take this opportunity to wish the Ballyea Senior hurlers and all our great friends in the parish the very best of luck in Sunday final.
Hermitage Contest 2nd Division League Cup Final
Saturday, 29 September 2018
This evening at Frank Healy Park Clare oldest soccer club Hermitage FC which is now in it's 58th year in existence will contest the Second Division League Cup Final against Bridge United B. The Tage as they are better know throughout the county and beyond were founded in 1960 by Johnny Quinn, Haulie Molloy, Paddy Woods, Tex Corry and John Hayes.Down through the years Hermitage was a great family club with numerous brothers playing alongside each other such as the Kennys, Woods, Ryans, Murphys, Gilligans, Considines, O Loughlins,O Briens, Dilgers, McCarthys, Corrys, McAllisters, Skerritts, Moloneys, Clohessys, Moroneys, Dinans and many more that are gone to their eternal rest. In 1967 a youths team was formed and when Clare won the Inter County Cup in 1971 it was backboned by Hermitage players Michael and Stephen Kenny, Martin Woods, Tony Considine, Gerry Gilligan and goalkeeper Billy Greer.
Over the years the club was in the guiding hands of people like Joe Shannon, Arthur Greer, the late Tommy Blake, Frankie Coote, Mike Quinn , Freddie Dinan and many more great people too numerous to mention. Over the last decade and more the club has been driven on by Mark Moloney who lives and breaths The Tage. The last piece of silverware to grace the mantle piece of The Tage boys was in 2010 when Eddie Walsh and Barry McNamara were in charge while the previous year Lenny Franks and Mark Cronin were at the helm when the club won the 1st Division title.
Hopefully the club can get back to winning ways tonight while all at Moroney's salute a great townie club and wish Mark and all the team sincere good wishes. HON THE TAGE
Oh What A Night
Thursday, 27 September 2018
You couldn’t make it up and boy are they right ! Six extraordinary weeks after starting out in The Boylesport Irish Greyhound Derby as a no hoper in everyone’s mind, the name of Newhall Missile is now known throughout the doggie world and beyond. The dog that Colin Barry named to much laughter lived up to his name and bombed out of Trap 4 to win the Consolation Greyhound Derby at a jam packed Shelbourne Park last Saturday night. Needless to say the odds of 4/1 were taken up by many of the Clare contingent in the crowd. The reception that Colin received when going out to the presentation area with co-owner Noel Coote was absolutely phenomenal. The whole stand stood to applaud and the icing on the cake was for Colin to be in Shelbourne Park for the second consecutive week. Every one of the six rounds Missile has run in the derby, he has been a rank outsider. And it’s safe to say the bookies are tired of hearing his name mentioned as he’s cost them dearly.
To complete a fantastic weekend for Colin, his other passion the Ballyea senior hurlers, overcame Inagh Kilnamona in the County Hurling Q/f in Cusack Park and he was there to shout them on. Afterwards there were celebrations in Moroney’s Bar where Colin's family and friends joined him to relive the race and match on TV. His old school friends and Ballyea senior hurlers Tony Kelly, Niall Deasy, Jack Browne, Barry Coote and Joe Neylon dropped in after the game to pass on their congratulations.
It will be strange not getting ready to head to Shelbourne Park this weekend but man, woman and dog need to rest now and it will be a few weeks before The Missile runs again. Hopefully he'll compete in the St Ledger in Limerick when no doubt he’ll have a big following again that night. However the cat is out of the bag now so don’t expect such favourable odds in the future. The dog that didn’t warrant a second look and whose name evoked laughter has proved all the doubters wrong (except for Colin who always had faith in him ! ). His dog Newhall Missile has lifted his spirits no end through some tough days and the pleasure he has brought to us all is beyond comprehension. He is now one of the leading track dogs in the country and Colin has had the last laugh with that great name he chose for his first greyhound. HON THE MISSILE
There are 34 photos in the photo gallery under the heading Newhall Missile Derby Consolation Winner so take a peek and enjoy.
The Missile And Colin Back For The Finale
Saturday, 22 September 2018
While there was some disappointment last weekend when Newhall Missile failed by the narrowest of margins to qualify for the Derby Final, there was certainly much to be grateful for as Colin got see his beloved Missile run in Shelbourne Park. And indeed he will be back this weekend to see Missile take his place in the Consolation Final. Considering the amount of time Colin has spent in hospital this year, one was afraid that he wouldn’t be well enough to travel but nothing was going to stop Colin seeing The Missile run in the Derby. Thanks to Enable Ireland Colin made the trip to Dublin along with his parents Gerry and Noelette. They were joined by his sister Emily, brother Ronan along with a bus load of supporters from Ballyea. Small margins in sport define a win from a defeat but to lose out by less than a length to qualify for the final may be hard to stomach but one couldn’t ask more of The Missile. He showed the same savage determination as his owner Colin and that’s all one can ask of man or animal when they tog out or take to the racetrack to compete.
The kindness that Colin received from the management and staff of Shelbourne Park was fantastic and sincerely appreciated as were all the well wishes he received on Facebook and from the general public. They say a dog is a man’s best friend and to see what Missile has done to lift Colin’s spirits when he was seriously ill is absolutely amazing and inspiring. Since last Saturday night all he’s talked about is going back up to Shelbourne Park and thankfully he’ll have that opportunity once more.Interestingly there will be a Ballyea and Clare connection in the Derby Final as Jaytee Taylor one of the favourites was previously owned by Noel Hehir from Inagh and Clare hurler Jack Browne son of trainer John owns his litter sister Coolavanny Spice who just had a litter of pups on Wednesday morning.
It's been a phenomenal few weeks for all involved with the exploits of Newhall Missile and it's not over just yet. We sincerely thank each and everyone for their good wishes to Colin throughout Missile's Derby exploits and there are 28 photos in the Photo Gallery under the heading Colin's Dog Newhall Missile so take a peek and enjoy.
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