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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.

Good Luck And Happy Retirement Charlie

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Tonight Charlie O Meara calls time for the final occasion in Moroney's after nearly five years at the helm. During that time Charlie has built up a huge loyal clientèle and the Moroney family are eternally grateful for the way he ran the bar which has been part and parcel of the town since 1840. While Charlie is stepping aside he will not be breaking all ties with Moroney's as he will lend a hand to John White who will be stepping into his shoes.

Of course every man needs a good team around him and in John White, Ger Hanrahan and Diane Clohessy along with many more too numerous to mention (but not forgotten) Charlie had a super team keeping the show on the road. A special mention must be made for Charlie's good wife Susan who was always on hand to feed everyone and her home cooked ham sandwiches are legendary in Moroney's. Thanks to Charlie dedication over the years to the Clare Vintners Society where as Chairman he was one of the driving forces in Ennis being awarded the hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann which was an outstanding success and thankfully will be in Ennis again next August.

All the Moroney family wish to take this opportunity to thank Charlie for his outstanding and tireless work in making Moroney's such a wonderful pub and wish him well in the future.

The New Indoor Market Finally Opens For Business

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Today the first traders took up residency in the new covered Market in Garraunakilla which is situaated in the Upper Market area. Although there were only six stalls there today it was great to see it finally open. It is geared more towards the farmers market and some of the traders that were there today will not be taken up residency as they are there due to no trading allowed in the lower market while the Fleadh is in progress.

Many of the local businesses including The Food Haven, Murphy Shoe Repairs, Meers's Butchers, Safeway Tyres and O Connors Newsagents and vegetable shops have suffered badly due to the road closures over the last months but hopefully now that the facility is open things will pick up. When not in use it will revert to an indoor car park all be on the small side.

We have take a photographic voyage of the building from beginning to end and this can been seen in the album section under the title Garraunakilla.

Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann 14th - 22nd August

Sunday, 14 August 2016

After all the months of waiting the big day has finally arrived when the Fleadh Cheoil returns to Ennis. 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 people who left no stone unturned in winning the right to hold this years Fleadh. This is the culmination of four years of hard work and all we need now is good weather. The town has never look so well and certainly the grant the council made available of €750 to paint local businesses has certainly helped. Indeed I expect we will make a bold bid to win the Ireland's Tidy Town's Title this year so well is Ennis looking.

All at Moroney's wish the Fleadh committee continued success and hopefully this will be one of the best Fleadh's on record.

Dalcassian Printers Calls It A Day

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Yesterday evening James Guilfoyle closed the door at Dalcassion Printers, 61 O Connell Street, Ennis for the last time signaling the end of one of the towns oldest printing houses. After 59 years working on the printing presses James took the decision to retire from a business that he took over from his later father Paddy (Whack) Guilfoyle in 1987. Paddy had served his apprenticeship with The Clare Champion, then working in Galway and England before returning to Nono's Printing house in O Connell Street. Later on he bought out the business and changed the name to Dalcassian Printers which printed posters,match sheets, handbills, circulars, window cards, raffle tickets, acknowledgement cards, memorial cards, calendars and bill heads.

While the business was situated on O Connell Street access was gained through the archway at the lane between The County Boutique and Pat McCarthy shoe shop. They had a very loyal local clientèle and indeed as a youngster I can recall going up there to collect bill heads for Moroney's and coursing cards for the local Ennis & Clarecastle meeting. Working alongside James for 34 years was Chris ( Locky ) O Loughlin who is well know to generations in Ennis for his work with the Ennis Scouts.

All their many friends in Moroney's would like to take this opportunity to wish them both happiness, success and good health as they begin a new adventure.

Happy 50th Birthday To The Legend Slim

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Tonight in the Ennis Golf Club our great friend and founder member of Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club, Cyril Slim Corry will celebrate his 50th birthday. I know many of you will say he looks a lot younger but he's aging like a good wine. While Slim has packed away his playing booths having been an excellent centre half with Cloughleigh Celtic, he has now found a new niche with the golf clubs. Presently he sits in second place for golfer of the year award at Ennis Golf Club and hopefully later on in the year we'll have reason to have another celebratory night for him when he picks up the award. He has extended a invite to all his friends to come and join him for a night of song, dance and reminiscing.

All his friends at Moroney's would like to take this opportunity to wish our esteem friend a sincere HAPPY BIRTHDAY and may the next half century of your life be as wonderful as the first half with a few more winners in Paddy Power's of course. And now doubt Marching On Together will get an airing.

Market Rejuvenation Project Nears Completion

Monday, 25 April 2016

While it has generated quite an amount of talk with opinion divide on it's value to the town the building is progressing at pace and well on target for it's July opening. Many have refereed to it as a concrete eyesore but like all projects one must wait to see it's completion before offering a firm opinion. While it must be testing the patience of the business people in the area with road closures, constant dust and noise I feel that the building will enhance the area and can only be a positive move for the Market area. As part of our pictorial project of the building we have added 18 new photos of the works in our photo gallery under the title Garraunakilla. Take a peek and see what you think of the new building.

The Mill Wheel Turns Once Again

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

One of the towns most iconic sights the Mill wheel near the Maid Of Erin is back up in full running order thanks to Ennis Civic Trust and Clare County Council.The completed restoration cost €110,000 and was carried out by Lenihan’s Ltd of O’Callaghans Mills. The wood and iron waterwheel, which is a protected structure and a recorded national monument, is the last remaining component of Ennis Corn Mill (later Whiting Mill which was owned by the McGuinness family who also owned Ennis Lifts ) which was constructed on the River Fergus during the 1830s and demolished in 1983. It was local man Martin Higgins who had the knocking of the Mill adjacent to what was then the Ennis Tennis & Pitch and Putt Club. Indeed I was luck enough at the time to purchase five lorry loads of cut stone from him at a total cost of £400 which today would set you back a hefty sum for such quality stone.

Works include the realignment and treatment of the existing wheel frames along with the installation of treated larch paddles plus fitted oak starts.The sluice gates are an exact replica of the original gates and a complete new mechanical system was also installed. The completed restoration project means that the wheel can now be safely operated and is enclosed for Health & Safety purposes. Local man Oliver Moylan who had campaigned for the wheel to be retained and refurbished for many years was thanked by Mayor Pat Daly for his endeavors over the years to see this project to fruition.

Chairman of Ennis Civic Trust Ger Dollard outlined that the area around the former Mill site will shortly undergo further regeneration. “The site was recently developed as an amenity area adjacent to Phase One of the West Clare Greenway. Close to the site of the restored Water Wheel will be the permanent site for the show garden from the Ennis Garden Festival 2016.

This is a fantastic addition to the walking trail in Ennis and will be a new cause of excitement for further generations. See in photo gallery under heading Mill Wheel for some photos of the walk and mill wheel.

New Market Rejuvenation Project Update

Thursday, 03 March 2016

On rambling down the Market now one will see a mass of concrete rising from the ground where the old car park was and the public reaction so far has been mixed. However one has to bear in mind that it is presently a building site and hold judgment until it's up for occupation in July. Personally I think it will enhance the Market and entice people to come into the town plus one must remember it's only phase one in the long term plans for upgrading the Market area.

In our photo gallery under the heading Garraunakilla we have a pictorial progression of the works since the beginning and to this end we added 15 new photos which bring us up to 28th February. Peruse and enjoy.

Ennis Market Rejuvenation Project Progressing Well

Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Phase One of the redevelopment of the Market at Garraunakilla, the present site of the Farmer's Market started on 17th November last. Of course for generations of Clare people the Upper and Lower Market areas were synonymous with the Saturday Market were everything from calves, bonaves, farm fresh vegetables, clothes, shoes and in the summer apples by the tea chest full were for sale from Seanie Moroney and Polo Guilfoyle. Unfortunately over the last 10-15 years the Market has declined but thanks to the Councils foresight and after many years in the offing the new building is due to open in July 2016.

Clare County Council awarded O’Brien Builders and Civil Engineering Contracts Ltd., Miltown Malbay, the contract (€1.471m) to undertake the works which will include a covered building for traders, parking, roads and footpaths, the upgrading of existing public roadways, site lighting, street furniture, the demolition of the existing structures, and landscaping and planting. Clare County Council have obtained a loan of €1.75 million for the works which will be completed in time for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August.

In October 2013 thanks to the dedication of Tony and Robert McCarthy (Hermitage) a plaque was erected on the house of the late Fred Coffey in Garraunakilla to commemorate the graveyard that was known to be in the area. Larry Brennan founder of the Ennis Roots Society published a commemorative booklet on the history of this part of Ennis and now it will get a fantastic makeover plus a new lease of life.

The centre of Garraunakilla was demolished between the 10th and 18th of February in 1970 by the Urban Council to make way for a public car park and toilets.The rubble was taken to Doora Dump to make the entrance roadway to the old dump and also up to Cusack Road to be used for filling. One of the great characters of the area Peter (Slavery) Guilfoyle who's house was demolished was re housed in The Turnpike Housing Scheme but his heart was always in Garraunakilla where his family had resided for 150 yrs.Incidentally Peter received the nickname Slavery from the Cronin twins who lived opposite him as he always complained about being treated like a slave. The nickname stuck to one of the true characters of the town for the rest of his life.A stone font that was unearthed during the lay out of the car park was presented to the Ennis Museum by Mr T Leyden of Carmody Street.

Others who lived in Garraunakilla were Maura O Connell well know Irish folk singer and now residing in Nashville, USA, Michael (Bowsie) Casey who had a curtain and fabric business at the corner of Garraunakilla Lane and Upper Market Street, Joe Daly of Dalys Cooperage, Senator TJ Keane, Peter Cronin CSigns, Anita Cronin singer and musician who resided in California and Paddy (Whack) Guilfoyle who was the owner of Dalcassian Printers which is currently run by his son James. Michael Downey who was born in Garraunakilla served in the US Air Force and lost his life on 10th Nov 1943 at Rabul, New Guinea when his aircraft was shot down was posthumously awarded the Purple Cross. Anthony Guilfoyle (brother of James) who left for San Francisco in 1957 was highly thought of in political circles and his daughter Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is an American cable news presenter with Fox News Channel.She is the ex wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during his first year as Mayor. It would be remit of me not the mention the late Fred Coffey who passed to his eternal rest on 25th July 2013. Fred lived all his life at Garraunakilla Lane and was a staunch member of the Federation Of Irish Salmon and Sea Anglers Association. Often to be see on the banks of his beloved River Fergus he was a fountain of knowledge of old Ennis and always eager to impart his extensive knowledge of fishing techniques to young fishing folk. The above synopsis of Garraunakilla was taken from an article on Moroneysbar.com on 29th October 2013.

In our gallery area under Garraunakilla we will give a photographic update on how works are progressing and we all look forward to next July which will usher in a new era for our beloved Ennis Market area.

Christmas Greetings and Happy New Year To All Our Customers And Friends

Thursday, 24 December 2015

With festive season upon us it's great to see so many faces home from far and wide for the Christmas and New Year as this is a time for family and friends.

To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Charlie, John, Hanna,and Diane look forward to your continued support in 2016.

Moroney's Wins Floral Award From Town Council

Friday, 13 November 2015

At a presentation at the Old Ground Hotel yesterday evening Moroney's Bar where honoured by Ennis Tidy Towns Committee for their shop front floral display. This is indeed a tremendous honour for the premises as Ennis were only two points off the overall winning total in the countries tidiest town award and won a Gold Medal for the 15th consecutive year. This is Moroney's sixth award since 2006 and plans are already afoot to increase the display for next year as the All Ireland Fleadh hits town along with the centenary celebrations for 1916. Thanks to one and all who voted for Moroney's and continued success to Ennis Tidy Towns in their drive to win the ultimate award.

Ennis Trad 22 5th -9th November 2015

Wednesday, 04 November 2015

Well the winter is here although in fairness the weather has been very good to us and it's time for the Ennis Trad Festival once again. Following the launch of the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Glor on 23rd October the town is gearing up for the week long festival next August and what better way to get into the spirit of things than with the trad festival.There is an superb line up of top class musicians, a session trail and master classes for the fiddle, flute, accordian, concertina and uilleann pipes. So get along to some of the sessions and all at Moroney's would like to wish the trad committee every success this year.

Eire Og Silver Hurling Silver Jubilee Team To be Honoured At County Final

Thursday, 08 October 2015

It's all of 25 years since Eire Og hurlers brought the Canon Hamilton back to the town and on Sunday next in Cusack Park the team will be honoured at half time in the senior final.On that infamous day The Townies beat The Mills 1-5 to 1-03 in what in truth was a dire game. If my memory serves me well The Mills missed a lot of scores in the first half with their free taker Tim Canny in particular being off target.The turning point was Pete Barry's goal into the Aldi end six minutes into the second half which drove The Townies on to their six and last county title. One of the stars of the team was 17 year old Tomas Corbett who went on to captain St Flannan's to Harty and Croke Cup title the following year.

A special word of congratulations to Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club members Shaun (Bombs) McCarthy, Gearoid (Mannix) Mannion and Paul Nuggy) Nihill who were all part of that historic occassion.The years don't be long passing and hopefully in the not to distant future The Townies will get back to the top table of Clare Hurling.

Eire Og County Hurling Champions 1990 ; 1) Eoin McMahon, 2) Michael Meagher, 3) Barry Smyth, 4)Francis Corey, 5)Tomas Corbett, 6) Michael Glynn Captain, 7) Shaun'Bombs'McCarthy, 8) Ger Cahill, 9) Colm McMahon, 10) Sean Heaslip 11) Gearoid 'Mannix'Mannion, 12) Gerry Barry, 13) Martin Nugent, 14) Pete Barry, 15) Declan Coote.

Subs: Johnny Corbett, Declan Tobin and John Russell.

Unused Subs: Seamus Durack, Michael McCarthy, Tadhg Lyne, Stephen McNamara, Michael Skelly, Paul 'Nuggy'Nihill, David McCarthy, Peter Kelly, Cathal Kilcawley, Tomas Fogarty, Colin Lynch, Tony McEnery, Noel Kenny, Sean Lyne, Gerry Kelly.

Best wishes to all the members of the Jubilee team from your friends at Moroney's and enjoy the reminiscing. Hon The Townies

No More Sweeping For Paddy

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

Our great friend Paddy Daffy retired last week from the outdoor staff of the Clare County Council after 35 years service. Paddy was a familiar sight to young and old around Ennis where he kept the streets and laneways clean as a whistle. He is rightly very proud of the towns recent achievements in the National Tidy Towns competition of which he was an integral part.

Paddy now hopes to take things easy,go on a few holidays and spend some time with his wife Mary and children William and Pamela. All his friends at Moroney's wish him a long,happy healthy retirement and look forward to seeing him for his usual tipple every Saturday.

Ennis Awarded Gold Medal In Tidy Towns 2015

Sunday, 04 October 2015

Once again Ennis has registered a fantastic score in the National Tidy Towns Competition being just two points short of the overall winner,Letterkenny. Ennis was awarded a Gold Medal and it is just reward for the local Council,Tidy Towns Committee and the hundreds of volunteers and local Resident Associations that put in some much voluntary hours to make the town look so wonderful. The council has a three year plan in place with the object of winning the overall title and on the following results and with a little extra push that dream could be realised sooner than we think.

  • Tidy Town Result Report Max Points Marks Awarded 2014 Marks Awarded 2015

Community Involvement & Planning 60 47 49

Built Environment & Streetscape 50 42 43

Landscaping & Open Spaces 50 47 47

Wildlife,Habitats &Natural Amenities 50 34 34

Sustainable Waste & Resource Mgt 50 19 20

Tidiness & Litter Control 90 55 56

Residential Streets & Housing Areas 50 34 36

Approach Roads Streets & Lanes 50 36 36

Total Marks 450 314 321

Countdown To Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Begins

Thursday, 20 August 2015

At the closing ceremony in Sligo last weekend Mayor Of Ennis Pat Daly addressing the event said that 'Today you pass on the torch to Ennis. In doing so we have been tasked with matching your wonderful efforts and Derry and Cavan before you,in hosting this landmark event. And so the big drive to make the Fleadh 2016 a huge success begins now and what a task lays in front of the Abbey Banch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. They along with officials from Clare County Council, Clare Hoteliers and the Vintners Association who's President is our very own Charlie O Meara travelled to Sligo last weekend to see first hand what faced them next year.

They received some invaluable first hand information from publicans and hoteliers of what they encountered and how they overcame these hurdles. It certainly was an eye opener and they have invited representatives of the Sligo organising committee to travel to Ennis in the not too distant future to go through the week long Fleadh in detail. Like building a house if you have a good foundation everything else will follow so hopefully this ground work thats being done now will provide us with an outstanding Fleadh next August. As Ger (Hanna) Hanrahan, brother of Stockton's Wing Kieran and Michael says 'There is a tsunami on the way when the Fleadh hits Ennis' and those of us who remember the Fleadh of 1977 would tend to agree but what an opportunity for Ennis and Clare. The work begins in earnest now for what will be the biggest event ever in the history of Clare and we are already counting the days. Bring it on.

The Late Fr Michael Hickey Market Street

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Fr. Michael Hickey,Florida & Ennis.1935 - 2015

Fr. Michael Hickey, Naples, Florida, died peacefully on July 9th, 2015. A native of Lower Market St.,Ennis, he was son of Daniel & Eli who ran a public house down where Silver Lining is today. He was educated at Ennis CBS before joining the Redemptorists, where he was ordained in 1964. He studied in Rome, receiving a Doctorate in Theology. Later he transferred to Miami Diocese, Florida and continued further studies in law. He worked in various parishes in the Dioceses of St. Augustine & Venice. His funeral took place in Naples. He is survived by his Sister Benty, who lives in London and by relatives and friends. Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solus suthain air.

10th Ennis Street Festival 3rd-5th July 2015

Monday, 29 June 2015

The Ennis Street Festival celebrates 10 years in existence and a fantastic weekend is in prospect for young and old. There will be plenty of entertainment featuring local,national and international acts and performances with many free events on the streets in Barrack Street, O Connell Square and Lysaghs Lane not to mention events in Glor and Templegate Hotel.

There will be a colorful mix of Street Entertainment, Circus, Theatre, Poetry, Comedy, Music Events, Dance, Visual Arts, Street Art, the local Art & Craft Market and the Duck Race, put together by both national and international artists and local community groups. It promoses to be a fantastic weekend and coupled with the big GAA games in Cusack Park on Saturday evening there certainly will be a buzz around the town for the weekend. List of events can be got on ennisstreetfestival.com.

History Of St Michael's Villas Launched By Clare Roots Society

Monday, 22 June 2015

Last Thursday night in Templegate St Michael's A History and Miscellany compiled by Cora (Hahessy) McNulty in association with Clare Roots Society was launched following Mass in The Cathedral which was said by Fr Tom Ryan ,himself a Michael's native. It is a magnificent history of the area stretching to 212 pages and approximately 350 photos and will bring many memories flooding back for all of us who know The Villas. The contents include 'The Dogs of the Villas, St Michael's Weddings, The Villas Twins, Children of the Villas, Hunting,Shooting and Fishing Folk, The Lodgers, Music,Song and Dance and numerous other event in what is a must read for all Townies.

Thanks to the dedication of the Clare Roots Society which was the brain child of Larry Brennan all these books will be there for future generations and give a glimpse of what life was like for their ancestors. We should be indebted to this excellent band of historians for their dedication to keep a written history of Ennis.The following is a list of their publications to date :

Corrovorrin Cemetery, Ennis , Co Clare

Drumcliff Cemetery:The Hidden History Of Ennis

Drumcliff ( Calvery Section)

Clarecastle & Ballyea : The Parish Remembers

O Connell Street, Ennis

Memorials of Past Lives: St Columba's Church Of Ireland, Ennis, Co Clare

From A Rock To A Hard Place : The 1948 Pan American Crash

A Terrace Of Houses ( A Passion of People) St Flannan's Terrace Centenary Book 1912-2012

Garraunakilla, Ennis

Steel's Terrace, Ennis

Ennis Cathedral: The Building & Its People

A Broad History of A Narrow Street: Abbey Street, Ennis

St. Cronin's Church, Crusheen

Old Cloughleigh Road

The Great War 1914-1918:The Clare War Dead WW1

Waterpark House, Ennis: From The Big House To The Council Chamber

Ennis At Work in the 19th Century

Memories of Cusack Road / Claureen

McNamara Park 1964-2014 : 50th Anniversary

Summerhill: Times Past / New Beginnings

The Grottos Of Ennis and surrounding areas

Bindon Street and Bank Place and the people who brought the street to life

St Michael's Villas : A History & Miscellany

National Flower Festival Ennis June 19th -21st June 2015

Friday, 19 June 2015

The National Flower Festival takes place in St Peter and Paul Cathedral and St Columba's Church this weekend in suppor of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. Well know RTE Sports commentator and Clare man Marty Morrissey will open the festival at Ennis Cathedral on Friday at 8pm. Members of the public can view the fantastic exhibits in both churches during the event with upwards on 3,000 people expected to travel to the town for the event.

The festival is organised by AO-IFA, the Association of Irish Floral Artists and it was founded in 1973 and has over 80 clubs spread all over the country. O Connell Street and O Connell Square will be closed to traffic on Saturday with the influx of visitors and there is also a concert on in The Cathedral on Saturday evening at 8pm, Ceiliuradh Na hInse.The exhibits in the churches are not like you would see at a wedding but will be decorative have biblical themes and all aspects relating to The Banner County like The Burren,music and sport. So get along to the exhibitions which are open from 11.30am to 6pm on Saturday and 1pm to 6pm on Sunday and you are in for an amazing treat.

Flannan's Fr Ollie A Man Swimming Against The Tide

Saturday, 23 May 2015

The death has occurred of Fr. Oliver O’Doherty better known to countless students in St Flannan's as Ollie Ba. Without his influence there would never have been gaelic football in Flannan's and indeed the present Clare football manager Colm Collins played under his guidance for many years. Obviously with hurling being the main sport in Flannan's he was fighting an uphill battle as many of the footballers were excellent hurlers and the big ball was an after thought. However this did not deter the flame haired Irish teacher who finally saw the Blues win the holy grail of Munster Colleges A football in 1993 and 95 beating the famed Tralee CBS and St Brendan's Killarney in the respective finals. Indeed they also contested the 94 final where Brendan's beat them. Although not in charge at the time Fr Ollie was there to witness these triumphs and everyone associated with Flannan's knew that without all his efforts in the barren years when Flannan's were in the B competition theses glory days would never have come.

Fr Ollie was a native of Huntsgrove, Templederry born in 1939 and was ordained in St Patrick’s College Maynooth on 21st June 1964. After ordination he served in Loughrea and Kilkenny before he was appointed to the staff of St. Patrick’s Comprehensive School in 1966 the year the school opened. In 1968 he joined the staff of St. Flannan’s College where he remained until 1993 when he was appointed a curate in the Silvermines.Two years later he was appointed Parish Priest in Dunkerrin/Moneygall. In the year 2000 he retired due to ill health and in recent years he was priest in residence in the parish of Nenagh.

He will be forever membered by ex Flannan's students as a great Irish teacher with a fantastic sense of humour who loved his fag at break time and of course his passion for the big ball. Mind you I'd love to have know his thought on present day football with 15 men behind the ball but that's for another day.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

All Roads Lead To Cusack Park And Thurles This Weekend For The Banner Men

Friday, 22 May 2015

Well all the waiting is over and all Clare GAA supporters will be heading to Cusack Park and Thurles to cheer on the footballers and hurlers in their Munster Championship clashes with near neighbours Limerick. First into action will be the footballers in Cusack Park with thrown in at 7pm on Saturday evening. With two Eire Og men taking the field in Dean Ryan and Ciaran Russell and Davy O Halloran waiting in the wings no doubt the attendance will be swelled with Townies and hopefully we can get one over on the Treaty men after our recent defeat to them in the National League. The Clare team lines out as follows : Clare team: Joe Hayes; Ciaran Russell, Kevin Hartnett, Martin McMahon; Shane Hickey, Gordon Kelly, Dean Ryan; Cathal O'Connor, Gary Brennan; Shane Brennan, Jamie Malone, Sean Collins; Eoin Cleary, Podge Collins, Pat Burke.

Then on Sunday it's off to the home of hurling in Semple Stadium Thurles for the eagerly clas with TJ Ryan's Limerick. The Banner will have to do without four All Stars from 2013 in Brendan Bugler (suspended), Colm Galvin (In USA),Conor McGrath (injured) and Paidge Collins who will tog with the footballers. It will be a big day for new comers to Munster Championship hurling in Gearoid O Connell and Shane Golden who are expected to team up at centre field but both are terrific hurlers and wont be found wanting.Ticket sales according to Clare GAA personnel are slow on the Clare side so expect Limerick to outnumber The Banner supporters by at least three to one but I doubt that will trouble Davy's boys. We have a fantastic squad of extremely talented hurlers,the best Clare ever assembled and Davy will have them in tip top shape. If you cant get to the match join us in Moroney's for all the action on our three screens and of course the banter in the bar. Hon The Banner

42nd Ennis Fleadh Nua 17th-25th May

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Since the inception of the Fleadh Nua in 1970 Ennis has been its spiritual home since 1974 and thus we kick start the 42nd event with the All Ireland Fleadh to come in August 2016. Fleadh Nua has developed from a 3 day event to a festival spanning 8 days and Ennis will comes alive to the sound of traditional music,song and dance. As always there is a huge programme of events with free events during the day in The Food Haven, Cafe Aroma, the new Maria Assumpta Hall, The County Museum, the O Connell Monument, Cois Na hAbhna, The Tea Cosy Market Street, Bia Agus Caife, The Cloister, The Community Centre Chapel Lane, O Briens Parnell Street, The Rowan Tree and of course the pub session trail. With Clare kicking off their Munster Championship this Saturday and Sunday it promised to be a hectic week of music in the Banner town. Best wishes and continued success to the Fleadh Nua and committee from all at Moroney's.

Fleadh Cheoil Na hÉireann Returns To Ennis

Sunday, 08 March 2015

After a lapse of 39 years the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil will return to the Ennis in August 2016. There was terrible disappointment this time last year when Ennis was pipped to the post by Sligo but this time around there was tremendous joy when the Ardchomhairle of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann made the announcement in Dublin yesterday afternoon. Ennis was awarded the honour of hosting the festival ahead of Drogheda and Sligo and it is estimated that it will bring a financial bonanza of €30 million to the town along with 300,000 plus visitors.

It was last hosted in the town in 1977 (prior to that 1956) and for those of us of a certain vintage it was an unbelievable event.The Fairgreen was a sea of tents,there were musicians on every corner and walking up O Connell Street was like leaving Croke Park after an All Ireland Final such were the massive crowds.The one thing which sticks out is the cultural parade which was held on the Sunday and was a colorful carnival of floats,bands and musicians.

The Fleadh will be wonderful for the town and great credit must go to the Working Committee who include Rory Casey Abbey Branch of Comhaltas, Gerard Dollard, Director of Service Clare County Council,Tom Coughlan, Chief Executive Clare County Council, Cathaoirleach Cllr. John Crowe, Frank Whelan, Micheal O Riabhaigh and Joe Arkins all of the Abbey Branch of Comhaltas, the Clare Licensed Vintners of whom our own Charlie O Meara is Chairman and many more too numerous to mention. Much work has to be done for the start of the Fleadh on 16th August next year but the motivation and determination that has already been shown will insure this is opportunity will not be lost for Ennis and County Clare

Keith Whyte King Of The Antarctic

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

It was on Union Glacier last Thursday in The Antarctic that our very owm Townie Keith Whyte wrote his name into the history books of Ultra Marathoners with his record breaking win in the 100K Ice-Marathon on Antarctica. He completed the race in 9 hours 26 minutes and two seconds on the 5 lap 20K loop course in temperatures that plummeted to minus 20 plus and where there is 24 hour daylight. To us ordinary mortals this is an extraordinary feat but one we have come accustomed to Keith doing over the years in Ultra Marathons all over Europe but this was on another level as even getting to the race was an ordeal in itself.Everything hinged on weather conditions and landing on ice on a Russian type aircraft is not for the faint hearted.

For those of us accustomed to seeing Keith on his trice daily training runs around Ennis one can only wonder in awe at his incredible achievements. Most of us would be delighted to run 10K but multiply that by ten and fifty for the conditions and one gets some inkling of Keith superb feat. Considering Keith works full time with Pat Foudy and Daughter Tyres Centre, Pound Lane just off The Mill Road it makes one wonder where does he get the time, energy, focus and determination to perform at this level.

All Keith's friends at Moroney's would like to congratulate him on his fantastic achievement and look forward to seeing him and his family on Saturday night next 24th January to celebrate his success.

Christmas And New Year's Greetings To All Our Loyal Customers

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Well that was a quick twelve months but as they say time does not stand still for anybody and we're all a year older now ! Well we did have a lovely summer and autumn even if we are paying for it now with constant rain. Here in Moroney's Charlie and his loyal staff have the bar decked out for the festive season and the shopping is all but complete with the final push tomorrow for last minute presents.

As we salute the end of another year Charlie and all the staff at Moroney's John, Hanna, Majella, Sarah Jane wish all their loyal customers a warm and Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year and thank you most sincerely for your continued support. We also think of lost friends at this time and hope they are looking down on us from on high. So do drop in and say hello over the festive period as you are sure of a great welcome.

Clare Roots Launch Book On Summerhill

Friday, 31 October 2014

Just published by the Clare Roots Society is an excellent book Summerhill (Ennis) Times Past New Beginnings by Nuala Kennedy (nee Naughton) who was herself born and reared in Summerhill. To people not familiar with Ennis, Summerhill is situated between Carmody Street and The Market area and is made up of 20 houses whose first tenants moved in on 26th February 1949. In her extremely comprehensive book Nuala details each and every resident from that day to the present with the book dotted with photos which will bring back memories of times and friends past.

Two present day residents Maura Verling and Carmel Healy recall moving into the houses just after they were built and there are also articles on sporting heroes Noelie Ryan, Vincent Nevin (Twice South Of Ireland Champion 1976+78)and his brother John Nevin of Clare hurling fame. Families synonymous with Summerhill are the O Briens, Hursons, Ryans, Meehans, Breens, Woods, Deacons, McMahons, Caseys, Healys, O Driscolls and many more too numerous to mention. Nuala also take into account No 21, 22 and 23 Summerhill which faced onto The Market and have since been demolished (building now occupied by Specsavers).They were completed in 1955 and many will remember Paddy White's barber shop at the bottom of Summerhill and his vegetable garden at the back. Completed in the same year were 11, 12, 13 and 14 Carmody Street whick back on to Summerhill and were occupied by the Meehan, Casey, O Donovan and Bradley families.

This is the 20th book published by The Clare Roots Society which was founded by Larry Brennan and it has captured a history of Ennis that may have well being forgotten but for their dedication. As Larry himself says it's only in 20 years time that all these publications will be really appreciated for their invaluable contribution to the history of Ennis.

Forgotten Names Of Ennis

Monday, 25 August 2014

Have you ever heard your parents or grandparents speak about neighbours or shops that are no longer around but were well know in old Ennis in their time and I'm sure the answer will be yes. When I was growing up in the Lower Market or to give it it's correct name The Mall I often heard my late father Gerry speak of the Guiton family who lived across the road from the pub but were long gone when I arrived on the scene. However thanks to meeting local historian and author Larry Brennan I was given an insight into the Guiton family.

The Guiton family lived in 35 Market Street (17 The Mall) which is now home to Subway or to folk of my generation My Lady boutique and overhead was Gallery's hairdressers. When Richard Guiton went to his eternal rest on Sunday 27th May 1957 the town lost one of it's most respected and popular citizens. He an accomplished tailor by trade and upon his death had four staff employed along with an apprentice tailor. One must remember that this was long before the ready made suit and everything was made by hand. Dick as he was better know as was also Chairman of the O Connell Club (since long gone down Cook's Lane ) and in fact back in 1917 proposed a resolution ruling out all discussion in the Club on politics.

The Guitons were one of the oldest families in the town having lived in the Market since cc 1860 and with the passing of Dick so saw the end of an era. He was survived by two sisters Marie and Julie having never married himself. Other families associated with The Market but no longer in the town are the Griffey's, Pratt's, O Shaughnessy's, Keeling's, Hourigan's, Honan's, Byrns's, Cole's, Blake's, Cunningham's, Sennett's, Ahern's , Sampson's, Connolly's, Degnan's and many more too numerous to mention, gone but not forgotten.

Good Wishes Alan

Tuesday, 05 August 2014

It was with shock we learned on Saturday 26th July that our colleague and staunch Leeds supporter Alan Murphy had suffer a torn achilles tendon in a charity game. In actual fact Alan only got the call on Friday night as numbers were short and true to form he was not found wanting when the call came.

Alan is now over his operation but faces a long rehabilitation and all his friends at Ennislusc and Moroney's wish him a speedy recovery.

It';s Matrimony For Sarah Jane And Fran

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Today is a monumental day in the life of Sarah Jane White and Fran Harding as they walk down the aisle in St Joseph's Church and tie the knot on their marriage. Sarah is well know to all the customers in Moroney's having worked behind the bar with her brother John and has the voice of an angel when she's called upon for a song.

Her husband to be Fran is an avid Tipperary supporter and a die hard member of the Tipperary Suuporters Club so you can imagine the slagging he puts up with living the The Banner County but no better man to fight his corner. All their friend at Moroney's wish Sarah and Fran years of happiness and look forward to seeing them after their honeymoon for a few sociables.

The Rocky Road

Saturday, 28 June 2014

On Saturday July 5th @ 12.00 noon Eire Og and Ennis Voices for Autism (EVA) will team up to host a sponsored charity walk along one of the town's best know areas, The Rocky Road. Generations of towns folk have gone up the Rocky picking nuts, mitching from school, courting,smoking fags or having the flaggen or nowadays cans of cider or beer and of course a leisurely walk with the dog. At the start of the Rocky was a small cottage now sadly demolished when the Riverside housing estate was built and owned by the Carroll family. The last resident was Frank Carroll who frequented Moroneys and always greeted passerby with a smile and a salute. To older towns folk also referred to the Rocky as The Hawn and in the year 2000 the right of way was nearly loss with the advent of the Ennis bypass.

It was proposed to put a roundabout in The Rocky but thanks to over 1,800 objections the roundabout was re located. However The Rocky was divided by the resultant bypass but the essence of the area is still intact and still frequented daily by towns people and tourists alike as it leads on to Ballybeg Woods. It is also know as The Pilgrim's Way To St John's Well which sits on the bank of Newhall Lake beside the ruins of Killone Abbey and in times gone by people walked the route on June 24, the feast day.

On the 5th July The Rocky Ramble will start from the Eire Og Clubhouse and it incorporates a 3K, 5k and 10K route with the two longer walks including a trek through The Rocky. It promised to be a great day out and is supported by Eire Og's and Clare hurling stars Shane O Donnell, Davy O Halloran and David Reidy along with Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald. Bring back those memories or indeed show the next generation the beauty of The Rocky and walk for a great cause.

Coincidence Or What

Friday, 27 June 2014

Last year Tipperary played Kilkenny in the National Hurling League Final, Cork beat Clare in the Munster Champions and Limerick beat Tipperary and played Cork in the final. In the Leinster Championship Dublin beat Wexford and Kilkenny drew their first game and drew Tipperary in the qualifiers. We got Wexford in the qualifiers and Waterford and Limerick contested the Munster Minor Hurling Final. And to cap it all Luis Suarez was suspended for biting. If this keep up we'll win the All Ireland !!!!!!

Iconic Shop Closes It's Door For The Last Time

Friday, 09 May 2014

One of Ennis's most well know grocery shops Guerin's on the corner of Cornmarket Street and Simm's Lane closed it's doors for the final time on Saturday last 3rd May. Made famous by the legendary Johnny Patterson ((1840–1889) singer,song writer and circus entertainer) from Kilbarron, Feakle in the song 'The Stone Outside Dan Murphy's Door' it is the latest in a long line of businesses to close it's doors in recent months.

For over sixty years it served the people of Ennis particularly those living in Carmody Street, Cornmarket Street, Considines Road, Hermitage and Cloughleigh and will be a huge loss to the area. Owened by John and Clodagh Guerin and previously by John's late father and Urban Councillor Michael you were always assured of a great welcome and chat but having been the victim of a spate of break ins since January this proved to be the final straw. With the Ennis National School moving to it's new location in Ashline along with the Eircom depot closing this impacted hugely on the business so the sad decision was taken to close the doors.

The good news is that the Johnny and Clodagh will continue to run their other store in Hermitage and we wish them continued success with this venture.

Successful 4th Annual Mike Mac Golf Classic

Monday, 28 April 2014

The weather may not have being kind on Saturday last for the 4th Annual Mike Mac Golf Classic run by the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club but it did not deter 18 teams from taking part and raising much needed funds for The Clare Crusaders and Cahercalla Hospice. Unfortunately this year the legendary John Giles couldn't join us as he had a prior engagement in Leeds but will join us in late July for a social round of golf in Ennis GC. He did however send his good wishes on the day via satellite link to Ennislusc member Alan Murphy who was celebrating his 50th birthday as in previous years Alan and his son Tadgh had caddied for John.

Considering the recent storms last February the course was in immaculate condition and our heartfelt thanks goes to green keepers Kevin Browne, David Hoey and their team. We cannot forget all our sponsors who have continued to support us down the years and to each and every person who played we thank you most sincerely. A special word of thanks to Kieran Ryan and his staff for all the catering and beverages provided and to the committee of Ennis Golf Club for allowing us the use of the facilities to run the Classic. Thanks to Frankie Woods ( home on holidays from The Hague for the event and for his great friend's Alan's 50th) and Kieran (Ryno)Ryan for selling the raffle ticket which helped to swell the funds for our chosen charities. Finally a big thank you to the Classic committee of Paul Nihill, Cyril (Slim) Corry, Dom O Rourke, Kieran Ryan, Phil Brigdale, Ger Hanrahan, Johnny Moroney, and Kieran (Ryno) Ryan who have driven this classic for the last four years and hopefully for years to come. Marching On Together

Winners Mike Mac Classic 2014

1.Kieran Collins, Gary Collins, Noel Collins, David Russell.

2.Kieran Ryan, Ian Myatt, Enda Heaney, Noel O’ Connor.

3.Ger Hanrahan, Christy Nestor, Eddie Hayes, Cha Mc Enery (Moroney's Bar)

4.Sam Doyle, Bomber Hanrahan, Liam Behan, Martin Moroney.

5.Phil Brigdale, Pat Garry, Gerry Hannon, Tony Flynn.

6.Patrick Murphy, Daragh Murphy, Ronnie Guinnane, Seamus Bowe.

Nearest the pin on 7th (sponsored by Eddie Hayes) was Ronnie Guinnane and on 16th (sponsored by TJ Scanlon) was Gerry Hannon.

Marty B Is Getting Married

Friday, 25 April 2014

And we all thought our Ennis Leeds United Supporters club stalwart Marty Brennan was never going to propose to the love of his life Melissa O Connell but our Marty caught us all on the hop and did it in style. He brought Melissa to New York for her birthday and proposed to her on the top of The Empire State Building.

Now Marty didn't say if he went down on one knee but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt and by all accounts it is some rock of diamonds that he melted Melissa heart with when she said yes. As we all know this is only step one for Marty in walking down the aisle and going on his track record to date it will be some while before that happens. Best Wishes to Marty and Melissa from all your friends at Ennislusc. Definitely Marching On Together is very appropriate for this happy couple.

Nicknames Of Ennis

Monday, 31 March 2014

Growing up in Ennis in the 70's one knew of many characters in the town with nicknames but that trend seems not to be the case nowadays. The conversation started over a few pints and led to a lot of debate so I decided to put together a list of nicknames that I knew of and had heard from my late father Gerry. Obviously there are many I missed but check out the following and if there are more that come to mind let me know at moroneyfamily@hotmail.com and we'll add to the list. But for now peruse and enjoy a trip down memory lane. **

Ennis Nicknames ** Tom (Hawker) Blake , Tony (Boston) Blake, Coco Broderick, Jim (Big) Burke, George (Dodo) Bradley, Michael (Foggy) Butler, Jigery Burke, Paddy ( Weesie) Carmody, Michael (Geets) Carmody, Jack ( Buster) Carroll, Michael ( Chief) Chandler, Michael ( Downey) Considine, Willie ( Dodger) Considine, Tom ( Dagger) Cooney, Johnny ( Joker) Coote, Mick ( Sutt) Coote, Cyril (Slim) Corry, Frank ( Shank) Costelloe, Paddy ( Giles) Coughlan,Barry (Baz) Coughlan, Bulmers Clohessy, Napper Cullinan, Michael ( Darby) Cullinan, Tommy (Lully) Cullinan, John (Nobby) Corry, Thomas (Tex) Corry,Frank (Fafa)Considine, Peadar (Dingus) Cosgrove, Eddie (Rambo) Daly, Bernie (Champ) Dilger, George ( Muscles) Dilger, Michael ( Gruggy) Dilger, Massey Dilger, Michael ( Bant) Dilger, Gerard (Stunt) Dilger, Michael(Doc) Doherty, Paddy ( Boo) Doherty, Michael ( Danno) Doyle, Paddy (Basil) Dinan, Michael (Champ) Dinan, Peter (Waif) Downey, Paddy (Brandy) Duggan,Billy ( Botch) Fahy, Edward ( Bucky) Flynn, Colm ( Red) Fitzgerald, Freddie ( Coggie) Gilligan, John Joe ( Doll Dido) Gilligan, Michael (Hopper) Glynn, Snaggers Gormley, Michael (Ganga) Griffin, Coppernob Goulding, Ned (Sailor) Gray, John ( Glory) Guilfoyle, Paddy (Polo) Guilfoyle, Paddy (Whack) Guilfoyle, Peter ( Slavery) Guilfoyle, Gerry (Cags) Gilligan, Michael (Dot) O Halloran, Frank (Frozen Francie) O Halloran, Gerard (Bubbles) O Driscoll,Frank (Soapy) Higgins, Michael D (Snowball) Higgins,Josie (Cockaball) Hogan, Christy (Click) Houlihan, Paddy ( Paudge) Hynes, Kansas Keane, Tommy (Gessler) Keane, John ( Dugger) Kearney,Paddy (Muscles) Kearney,Patrick (Horns) Kearney, Paddy ( Cus) Kelly, Sean (Torah) Kelly,Paddy (Bull)Kelly,Gerry (Diamond) Kelly, Rory (Lava) Kenny, Mick ( Cannocks) Kenny, Sean (Nobbers) Kelly, Brian (Speedy) Kelly,Brian (Mocky) Kelly, Kelso King, Martin (Custy) Linnane, Anthony (Miley) Linnane, Jack ( Taoiseach) Lynch, Seamus (Yorkie) Lynch, Michael (Dashie) Maher, Tony (Lowery) Maher, Michael (Pharoh) Mahony, Miko (Mixer) Molone, Pako (Brophy) Malone, Gearoid (Mannix) Mannion, John (Brudsy) McCarthy, Sean ( Bacchus) McCarthy, Sean (Bombs) McCarthy, Noel (Squaw) McCarthy, Mixie McGuane, Christy (Swaddie) McMahon, Paddy (Cock) McMahon, Noel (The Bull) McEnery, Seanie ( The Boot) McEnery, Tony (Marla) McEnery, Frank (Diver) McNamara, Patrick (Archie) Meaney, Christy (Tar) Meehan, Bomber Moloney, James (Dutcher) Moloney, Gerry (Stud) Moloney, Martin (Hansome) Moloney, Brendan (Barcelona) Moloney, Keith (Fly) Molloy,Tucker Molloy,Tony (Topper) Morrissey, Anthony (Cato) Moloney Paddy (Whacky) Murphy, Alan (Spud) Murphy, Michael (Nuggy) Nihill, Brudsy O Halloran,John (Chucks) O Sullivan, Michael (Paddence) O Loughlin, Christopher (Dabber) Pilkington, Noel (Lommie) Pilkington, Anthony ( Bulldog) Pigott ,John ( Langer) Rogers, Michael ( The Brain) Reynolds, Dinny (Lals) Rice, PJ (Pudsy) Ryan, Paddy (Sweeper) Ryan, Pat (Millie) Ryan, Liam (Scruff) Ryan,Tony (Beef) Shannon, James (Sham) Spellissey, Michael (Wag) Skelly, Michael (Beezer) Spellissy, Aidan (The Tut) Tuttle, Font Tobin, Francis (Spinky) White, Jimmy (Beery) White, Josie (The Goat) White, John (Gutna) White ****

25th Trip To Elland Road For Ennislusc

Thursday, 20 March 2014

This weekend sees Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club who meet regularly in Moroneys for televised games embark on their 25th trip to Elland Road for the game with Millwall. While gone are the days of the 40+ member trips never the less the hardy band that will depart from Shannon tomorrow will honour the club with their presence at the holy grail. It says a lot about the supporters club that despite the recent humiliating defeats they will still have 12 members at the game. Once a White always a White and they'll be Marching On Together. See you all Sunday evening for the sing song.

Good Luck To Grayacre Star In Clonmel

Thursday, 30 January 2014

This weekend end will be a very special one for Paddy Collins,Sean Heeney and his brother Michael when the head to Clonmel for the Classic Club Champion Stakes with their dog Grayacre Star.This is a fantastic achievement for the lads and no doubt their will be a big Banner roar when he goes to slips with Skellig Eoin on Sunday afternoon.They are all great doggie men and everyone at Moroneys wish the boys well and look forward to being regailed with stories of how the Star ran.HULAHUL

Back Hurling Once Again For The Banner

Saturday, 18 January 2014

On Sunday next at 2pm in Sixmilebridge the Clare senior hurlers will take to the field for their first appearance since the All Ireland replay last September when they take on near neighbours Limerick in the quarter final of the Waterford Crystal Cup. Now that all the celebrations have died down and the squad are back from their team holiday it's back to the grind stone for the hurlers.

It is a very experimental team that Davy will line out on Sunday with only two of the first fifteen that started the repay taking their place, Cian Dillon and Pat O Connor.All the Clare players that are at college will be lining out with their respective third level institutions so there is a big opportunity for the extended squad to show there talents. Now is the time for lads to stake their claim and with the National League starting in February the games will be coming thick and fast. So despite the bad weather we are back hurling and what better way to support the lads than to head to The Bridge on Sunday and shout on Davy and the boys.

Team to play Limerick : Donal Tuohy (Crusheen), Killian Ryan Ruan), Cillian Diggan (N-on-F), Cian Dillon (Crusheen), Conor Cleary (Kilmaley),Pat Kelly (Clarecastle), Pat O Connor (Tubber),Liam Markham (Cratloe), Shane Golden (SMB), Nicky O Connell (Clonlara),Cathal O Connell (Clonlara ), Alan ONeill (St Josephs), Bobby Duggan (Clarecastle), Conor Cooney (The Mills), David Reidy (Eire Og).

Christmas And New Year Greetings To All Our Customers And Friends

Monday, 23 December 2013

Well 2013 has been a uplifting experience for all Clare folk after the fantastic exploits of our senior and U21 hulers in winning their respective All Ireland titles. We knew we had a good U21 team having won the All Ireland title in 2012 but the seniors took us completely by surprise and gave us our best sporting summer ever here in The Banner County. Along with Ireland officially exiting recession in September and then exiting the bailout programme on 16th Dec it has been a positive time for the country. Hopefully 2014 will continue in the same vein.

Now with festive season upon us it's great to see so many faces home from far and wide for the Christmas and New Year as this is a time for family and friends. Here we'd like to make a special mention to Sean (Bombs) McCarty and his wife Maureen and family who are home from Colerado for the festivities and Pat (Millie) Ryan who is home from Germany where he's been based since 1979.

To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Charlie, John, Hanna, Diane and Majella look forward to your continued support in 2014.

Successful 24th Trip For Ennislusc

Friday, 29 November 2013

Last Friday 23 members (including five ladies) of Ennislusc flew from Shannon to Liverpool on their way to Leeds for their annual winter trip. It's strange how times fly as this is now the club's 24th trip since our first trip on 17th March 2002 when we faced Blackburn Rovers in The Premiership.Incidentally on this trip three sons of members (Eoin O Loughlin, James Barry and Gearoid Moroney) were making the trip up from London to add to the occasion.

On the plane over to Liverpool our ex President Cyril (Slim) Corry gave all on sundry a tip for the 3.40 at Haydock with a horse named Desoto County. There were six Everton supporters on the plane who also heard the tip and said they would back it.True to form from our tipster Slim, Desota skated home at odds of 10/3 and those that backed him got their weekend off on a high. Unlike previous years we returned to The Queens Hotel for our stay in Leeds as The Marriott was booked out and while we enjoyed it the general consensus is that we'll be returning in April or May to our first love.

We had fantastic seats at Elland Road,directly behind the home dugout thanks to our super Secretary Paul (Nuggy) Nihill and we even got a wave from manager Brian McDermott. While Leeds won the match 2-1 it was not a very convincing performance considering Middlesboro were down to 10 men for the entire 2nd half.Their goalkeeper was dismissed for a professional foul on Leeds striker Dexter Blackstock and while the stats showed that Boro dominated possession,goals from Ross McCormack (his 7th in 3 games) and Jason Pearce gave United the points.

On Saturday night we hit the town going to The Hour Glass (formerly Hog's Head) to watch the Carl Froch vs George Grove fight and then back to the hotel for our sing song. Mind you others had plans of their own but as the saying goes what goes on tour stays on tour.We had a bus laid on to takes us back to Liverpool where we caught the tail end of that gut wrenching defeat for Ireland vs The All Blacks in the airport lounge.

As is customary on arriving back into Shannon it was off to Moroneys to finish off what was once again a super weekend in Yorkshire.We were joined by our Evertonian friends who had been on the flight over and back with us and the slagging was mighty. Once again we finished with a sing song and talk was when would we be heading over for our Silver Jubilee trip in the new year. Thanks to one and all for making it another successful trip and especially to Nuggy who without his professional impute these trips would not be so successful. MARCHING ON TOGETHER

SQUAD: Ollie & Eoin O Loughlin, Bryan Woods, Marty Brennan, Steve Underwood, Damian Morris, Cyril Corry, Leon Quirke, James O Neill, Johnny, Marian and Gearoid Moroney, Kevin, Noelette and James Barry,Shauna Walshe, Mike Jones, Caroline Flannery, Seamus and Donal O Doherty, Paul Nihill, Dom O Rourke and Ber Duggan, Sharon Breene, Richie and Marie Lynch.

Clare Hurling All Stars 1970-2013

Saturday, 09 November 2013

Often a topic of discussion when hurling is discussed at work or in the pubs of Clare is how many All Stars have The Banner county won since their inception in 1970. As time passes by the old memory can fade and one can forget the great Clare stalwarts who won them before the class of 2013 won a record 8 All Stars this years. So to put you out of your misery here is a list of those 50 great Clare hurlers who have won the coveted All Star Award Award.

Clare's 50 Hurling All Stars

4 - Brian Lohan 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002 4 - Jamesie O'Connor 1995, 1997, 1998, 2001

3 - Seanie McMahon 1995, 1997, 1998 3 - Anthony Daly 1994, 1995, 1998 3 - Seamus Durack 1977, 1978, 1981 3 - Davy Fitzgerald 1995, 2002,2005

2 - Brendan Bugler 2012, 2013 2 - Colin Lynch 1997, 2002 2 - Davy Fitzgerald 1995, 2002 2 - Ollie Baker 1995, 1998 2 - Liam Doyle 1995, 1997 2 - Ger O'Loughlin 1995, 1997 2 - Johnny Callinan 1979, 1981 2 - Johnny Mc Mahon 1976, 1977 2 - Ger Loughnane 1974, 1977

1 each: David McInerney 2013, Patrick Donnellan 2013, Conor Ryan 2013, Colm Galvin 2013, Tony Kelly 2013, Conor McGrath 2013, Podge Collins 2013, Tony Griffin 2006, Niall Gilligan 1999, Frank Lohan 1999, Seán Stack 1981, Colm Honan 1978, Noel Casey 1978, Mick Moroney 1977

With Tony Kelly (Ballyea) winning both the Young Player of The Year 2013 and Player of The Year 2013 Awards at the All Stars function in Croke Park on Friday 8th November it has certainly capped a superb year for Clare hurling.Tony won the U21 Hurler of the Year Award in 2012 and the Minor Hurler of The Year Award in 2011 so at the tender age of 19 (he's 20 in Dec) he's completed an unbelievable hat trick of awards. Dream days for Clare hurling,long may they last. Come On The Banner

Ennis Trad Festival 7th-11th Nov 2013

Friday, 08 November 2013

It's that time of the year again when Ennis comes alive to the sound of traditional music,song and dance as it plays host to the 20th Ennis Trad Festival.As always there is a huge programme of events with master classes returning this year in fiddle, flute, banjo, accordion and whistle. For the dancers there is a céilí with the Four Courts Céilí Band, a sean-nós dancing workshop with Suzanne Leahy and a set-dancing workshop with Geraldine Greene.

On of the most popular part of the event is the Pub Session trail with sessions on in most pubs over the weekend includind Moroney's. With the county hurling final on in Cusack Park on Sunday between local rivals Newmarket and Sixmilebridge there certainly will be a buzz around the town and after the game you can head down to Moroneys for our regular Sunday session with Blackie O Connell, Karol Lynch and Seanie O Gorman. which we are eternally grateful for their wonderful musicianship.As always Moroney's will have many regular and impromptu sessions over the festival so get along and enjoy the music and craic. Best wishes and continued success to the Ennis Trad Festival and committee from all at Moroney's.

8 Clare Players On All Star Hurling Team 2013

Thursday, 07 November 2013

In what has already been a fantastic year for the Clare hurlers there was further good news today when eight Clare players were selected for the 2013 All Stars Team. There are 12 new recipients on the team with only Brendan Bugler (Clare), Liam Rush (Dublin) and Anthony Nash (Cork) having won All Stars previously.No less than five U21 hurlers are included with four of Clare's winning U21 winning team named David McInerney, Colm Galvin, Tony Kelly and Paidge Collins and they are joined by Danny Sutcliffe from Dublin. The All Stars were first selected 1n 1971 when they were know as the Bank Of Ireland All Stars and since then have become an integral part of the GAA calender.Incidentally it's the first time since 1996 that there has been no Kilkenny player on the team.

2013 GAA GPA All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeeper

1.Anthony Nash (Cork)

Full backs

  1. Richie McCarthy (Limerick)
  2. Peter Kelly (Dublin)
  3. David McInerney (Clare)

Half backs

  1. Brendan Bugler (Clare)
  2. Liam Rushe (Dublin)
  3. Patrick Donnellan (Clare)

Midfield

  1. Colm Galvin (Clare)
  2. Conor Ryan (Clare)

Half forwards

  1. Séamus Harnedy (Cork)
  2. Tony Kelly (Clare)
  3. Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin)

Full forwards

  1. Pádraic Collins (Clare)
  2. Patrick Horgan (Cork)
  3. Conor McGrath (Clare)

Garraunakilla-The Forgotten Ennis Graveyard

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Growing up in the Market one often heard the older generations speak of a graveyard in the Upper Market area known as Garraunakilla. Now thanks to the dedication of Tony and Robert McCarthy (Hermitage) who organized a commemoration ceremony with a plaque erected on the house of the late Fred Coffey and Larry Brennan for his fantastic commemorative booklet the history of this part of Ennis will live on for generations.

While it is not certain if a church existed in the area it may be more appropriate (per Editor Larry Brennan notes) to associate the burial grounds with the church at Chapel Lane which was erected in 1735.What is certain is that gravestones where found there the most well know been that of Jane Percy.This was discovered when work was being done to build piers for gates at McCullough's fuel yard and it can be see on the wall at the entrance to the yard.For old townies the names Cronin, Coffey, Guilfoyle, Scanlan, Darcy's, Queally,O Connell, Costelloe, Downey and Keane were synonymous with Garraunakilla.

The centre of Garraunakilla was demolished between the 10th and 18th of February in 1970 by the Urban Council to make way for a public car park and toilets.The rubble was taken to Doora Dump to make the entrance roadway to the old dump and also up to Cusack Road to be used for filling. One of the great characters of the area Peter (Slavery) Guilfoyle who's house was demolished was re housed in The Turnpike Housing Scheme but his heart was always in Garraunakilla where his family had resided for 150 yrs.Incidentally Peter received the nickname Slavery from the Cronin twins who lived opposite him as he always complained about being treated like a slave. The nickname stuck to one of the true characters of the town for the rest of his life.A stone font that was unearthed during the lay out of the car park was presented to the Ennis Museum by Mr T Leyden of Carmody Street.

Others who lived in Garraunakilla were Maura O Connell well know Irish folk singer and now residing in Nashville, USA, Michael (Bowsie) Casey who had a curtain and fabric business at the corner of Garraunakilla Lane and Upper Market Street, Joe Daly of Dalys Cooperage, Senator TJ Keane, Peter Cronin CSigns, Anita Cronin singer and musician who resided in California and Paddy (Whack) Guilfoyle who was the owner of Dalcassian Printers which is currently run by his son James. Michael Downey who was born in Garraunakilla served in the US Air Force and lost his life on 10th Nov 1943 at Rabul, New Guinea when his aircraft was shot down was posthumously awarded the Purple Cross. Anthony Guilfoyle (brother of James) who left for San Francisco in 1957 was highly thought of in political circles and his daughter Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is an American cable news presenter with Fox News Channel.She is the ex wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during his first year as Mayor.

It would be remit of me not the mention the late Fred Coffey who passed to his eternal rest on 25th July this year. Fred lived all his life at Garraunakilla Lane and was a staunch member of the Federation Of Irish Salmon and Sea Anglers Association. Often to be see on the banks of his beloved River Fergus he was a fountain of knowledge of old Ennis and always eager to impart his extensive knowledge of fishing techniques to young fishing folk.

Today Garranuakilla is know for it's Friday Farmers Market and in new proposals put forward by the Town Council it is proposed to put a new feature entrance with a covered pubic circulation area with awnings given cover to the stalls on market days. On non market days it would revert to a car park and if the proposals succeed it will give a huge boast in attracting people back to the Market area.This is part of a bigger plan to revitalise the whole Market area with the car park in Lysaght's Lane (know locally as Quinn's car park) also proposed as a area for market traders. The inscription on the plaque mounted on Fred Coffey's house reads: Garraunakilla **Garavyard-In Loving memory of all who sleep in this old Ennis graveyard which closed circa 1830-Tread softly because you tread on my dreams-WB Yeats-I solas bhFlaitheas go raibh siad (In light they were heaven) **

GPA Hurling All Star Nominations Dominated by The Banner

Thursday, 03 October 2013

The Gaelic Players Association announced their nominations for their All Star Hurling team of the year and included in the 45 nominations are 13 Clare players who lined out in the All Ireland Final replay last Saturday evening (Cian Dillon and Pat O Connor are the exceptions). These awards are voted on by the players and the team will be announced at an awards dinner in Croke Park on Friday November 8th.

On the night the Young Player of the Year will be announced and the three nominations are all Clare men, Tony Kelly, David McInerney and Paidge Collins. And it that wasn't enough Tony Kelly and Paidge Collins are also nominated for the Player of The Year along with Cork's outstanding goalkeeper Anthony Nash. Great times for The Banner and these outstanding young men who have brought such honour to the county. Long may they continue.

Hurling All Star nominations

Goalkeepers

Anthony Nash (Cork), Patrick Kelly (Clare), Gary Maguire (Dublin)

Full backs

David McInerney (Clare), Domhnall O’Donovan (Clare), Richie McCarthy (Limerick), Tom Condon (Limerick), Peter Kelly (Dublin), Shane O’Neill (Cork), Conor O’Sullivan (Cork), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Tomás Waters (Wexford)

Half backs

Brendan Bugler (Clare), Patrick Donnellan (Clare), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Michael Carton (Dublin), Brian Murphy (Cork), Wayne McNamara (Limerick), Gavin O’Mahony (Limerick), Kieran Joyce (Kilkenny), Michael Walsh (Waterford)

Midfield

Conor Ryan (Clare), Colm Galvin (Clare), Joey Boland (Dublin), Paul Browne (Limerick), Daniel Kearney (Cork), Kevin Moran (Waterford)

Half forwards

Tony Kelly (Clare), John Conlon (Clare), Colin Ryan (Clare), Séamus Harnedy (Cork), Patrick Cronin (Cork), Conal Keaney (Dublin), Danny Sutcliffe (Dublin), James Ryan (Limerick), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

Full-forwards

Podge Collins (Clare), Conor McGrath (Clare), Shane O’Donnell (Clare), Patrick Horgan (Cork), Conor Lehane (Cork), Paul Ryan (Dublin), David O’Callaghan (Dublin), Graeme Mulcahy (Limerick), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny)

Classy Banner Storm To Victory In Classic Final

Monday, 30 September 2013

All Ireland Hurling Final Replay 28th Sept Clare 5-16 Cork 3-16

You couldn't write it or dream it but what a game we had on Saturday.It had everything from fantastic scores, edge of the seat excitement right to the 72nd minute and a dream start for Eire Og's Shane O Donnell who was only told by Davy Fitzgerald at 2.50 that he would be starting in place of Darach Honan. In a Man Of The Match performance 19 year old Shane notched 3-3 and etched his name in the history books forever. This will go down as one of the greatest All Ireland's of all time and is the first time any Clare hurling team (junior, minor, U21, intermediate or senior) have beaten Cork in a final since 1932.

In front of 82,276 spectators O’Donnell hit all three goals in the opening 19 minutes of the first half and while Cork came from eight points down to draw level during the second half, The Banner had a kick left in them as goals from Conor McGrath and sub Darach Honan secured a fourth Liam McCarthy Cup victory for Clare. After doing all the hurling in the first half Clare only lead by four points at half time (Clare 3-09 Cork 1-11) and when Cork drew level on 60 mins one might have being having doubts but this Clare team is made of steel and unbelievable never say die attitude. Ever player to a man stood up and when the final whistle was blown on 72 mins it was greeted by unbridled joy by the thousands of Clare fans.

They say 95 and 97 were fantastic times but this victory surpasses those wins, a sentiment echoed by Ger Loughnane. These young men have given us a lifetime of memories and as we head into those long winter nights we will be replaying the match to death on the DVD player.Great times to be a Banner person, long may the last. An Clar Abu

Clare: P Kelly; D O'Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; B Bugler, P Donnellan [Capt], P O'Connor; C Galvin, Conor Ryan; J Conlon (0-2), T Kelly (0-3), Colin Ryan (0-7, [6f, 1x'65']); P Collins, S O'Donnell 3-3, C McGrath 1-1. Subs: C McInerney for Galvin [53m], N O'Connell for Collins [59m], D Honan (1-0) for O'Donnell [67m] S Morey for Kelly [71m]

Let's Finish The Job

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Well the big day is here again and at 5pm this evening the county will come to a standstill as Davy's men line out once again vs Cork in the All Ireland Hurling Final replay. It's as you were for the Clare team with the same XV taking the field while Cork have made one change with Cian McCarthy starting in place of Jamie Coughlan. More importantly for the Clare fans some extra tickets came back to the clubs on Thursday evening though while not sufficient to satisfy the demand. However there will be some roar when Pat Donnellan leads out his team on the hallowed turf of Croke Park and lets home we finish the job this evening and bring Liam McCarthy back home to The Banner County. CLARE ABU

The Banner Bangers On The Road To Croker

Friday, 27 September 2013

This evening outside the Clare FM office in Francis Street the radio station held a competition to find the best banger(car) draped in the Clare colours and offered a prize of €500 to the winning entry with €100 to the runner up. On a beautiful evening there was a good turnout of cars (and one tractor) and spectators with plenty of banter with the boys from O Briensbridge winning the top prize. It was a colourful occasion and when these cars hit the road to Dublin for the All Ireland replay they certainly will raise a eyebrow or two along the way.Well done to all concerned for the fantastic effort in doing up the cars and adding to the euphoria around the county for the replay. ** Check the Photo Gallery under Banner Bangers for photos of the cars and their slogans.**

Where Have All The TICKETS Gone To

Thursday, 26 September 2013

No matter who you speak to on the street, in the pub, outside the church or in the supermarkets in Clare the question is the same, have you got a ticket for Saturday's All Ireland Hurling replay. It's nearly three weeks since that epic draw and while everyone has been on a high for the last two weeks that has turned to frustration this week in the hunt for that elusive ticket.

Everyone one expected that with no minor game before the main event that there would be extra tickets available but the opposite has been the case. From talking to people in Eire Og, Clarecastle, Ballyea and Inagh-Kilnamona the allocation to the clubs has been considerable less than for the drawn game.In the case of Eire Og they have received 47 tickets less for Saturday and the big question on everyone's lips is why ? Where are the tickets going ? According to Croke Park the following it the break down of tickets and how they are allocated for the 2011 final: ** All-Ireland ticket breakdown for 2011**

Any changes from the 2010 allocation are indicated in brackets. County allocations: 58,401 (-604) Provinces: 335 (-50) Overseas: 470 (-29) Central Council and former Presidents: 798 (-107) Camogie: 120 Ladies’ football: 150 Rounders and handball: 147 (-15) Sponsors: 935 (-35) Press: 254 TV and radio: 74 Schools and educational bodies: 2,229 3rd Level: 240 (-38) Croke Park residents: 250 Match officials and national referees’ panel: 103 (-5) Irish Sports Council and health bodies: 60 (-10) Match day / Vertigo / minor teams: 148 (-52) GAA staff and sub-committees: 718 (-93) Jubilee teams: 68 (-69) Mini-sevens: 244 (-2) Term tickets: 4,144 (-11) Season tickets: 1,884 (+1,120)

Total available for distribution: 71,772 Premium and corporate seating*: 10,528

So I ask once again where are they ? Surely in this day and age the county board should be made to account for each and every ticket they receive and have some transparency for the general public. Well the search goes on but ticket or no ticket we'll be heading to Croke Park on Saturday evening. COME ON THE BANNER

Superb U21 Demolish Antrim To Claim All Ireland Title

Sunday, 15 September 2013

All Ireland U21 Final Thurles 14th Sept Clare 2-28 Antrim 0-11**

This was a truly unusual feeling for Clare supporters being the hottest of favourites to land back-to-back Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland Under 21 hurling titles and they didn't disappoint with a superb exhibition of point taking from play and place balls. The Banner County led throughout,held a 2-16 to 0-04 interval advantage with Eire Og club mates Davy O'Halloran (Man Of Match) and Shane O'Donnell netting their goals. Clare opened up a 22-point lead inside seven minutes of the restart and this allowed Joint Managers Gerry O Connor and Donal Moloney to take of seniors stars Tony Kelly, Paidge Collins, Colm Galvin and David McInerney.

It was a superb family occasion with a official attendance given of 11,148 but with U 16 allowed in free the true attendance was nearer to the 18,000 mark.Even before the final whistle was blown thousands of kids in Clare jersey lined both sides of the field getting ready to salute their heroes. In fairness to the authorities there was no rush after the presentation to clear the field and all the kids were getting jerseys, hurleys and hats autographed along with photos with their heroes. Now for the DOUBLE !!

Clare: R Taffe, P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne, S Morey (0-02), A O'Neill (0-01, 1f), S O'Halloran, C Galvin (0-03), T Kelly (0-03), P Duggan, P Collins, C Malone (0-02), C O'Connell (0-11, 10f), S O'Donnell (1-00), D O'Halloran (1-04).

Subs: K Lynch for Kelly (33), J Colleran (0-01) for McInerney (33), E Boyce (0-01) for Galvin (36), N Arthur for Collins (36), A Cunningham for O'Donnell (49).

Ennis Wins Ireland's Tidiest Largest Urban Centre for 5th Time

Friday, 13 September 2013

What a week for The Banner County.Following on from our fantastic result in the All Ireland Hurling Final coming back fro the brink there was more fantastic news for the county on Monday morning last when Ennis was named Ireland's Tidiest Large Urban Centre for the fifth time in the 55-year history of the National Tidy Towns Competition. The result was announced by Mr. Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government at the 2013 National Super Valu Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony in Dublin and is a unbelievable achievement from the hard working committee members of Ennis Tidy Towns.

Ennis has won this year’s Midwest Regional Award and has also retained the Clare County Award for the 15th successive year while it has received its 13th Gold Medal in as many years.The town was amongst 10 towns to receive a Tourism Towns Award, a category sponsored by Failte Ireland. The other winning towns were Cobh, Drogheda, Westport, Tralee, Murrisk, Mulranny, Kilkenny, Kenmare and Letterkenny. Mayor Of Ennis MaryCoote-Ryan said “The year-round work that has been put in by the Tidy Towns Committee and the wider community has reaped dividends and Ennis has reaffirmed its status as one of the best performing Tidy Towns participants in the country. Today’s success is testament to the spirit of volunteerism and pride of place that exists in Ennis and as Mayor I am honoured to have been present at today’s awards ceremony.”

To the hundreds of volunteers around the town who picking up papers day in day out, the council workers who clean the streets at ungodly hours, the gardeners from the Urban Council who do a superb job with their floral displays, the numerous Residents Committees who do trojan work we salute you one and all. We should be proud of our town and the spirits of the residents who makes these awards possible.Buíochas a ghabháil leat duine agus go léir.

Heart Stopping But The Banner Are Still Standing

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

All Ireland Hurling Final 8th Sept Clare 0-25 Cork 3-16

The All Ireland Hurling Final of 2013 had everything,fantastic hurling,superb score, unbelievable levels of fitness from both teams and what can only be described as a magical finish from Domhnall O Donovan to salvage a well deserved draw for The Banner. Having lead from the very first minute at various times by 3,4 and 5 points and four points up with 62 mins on the clock it looked like Clare were going to win their fourth All Ireland.However in the space of two minutes Conor Lehane and a Pa Cronin goal had Cork level. In the build up to Cork's third goal an attempted shot for a point from substitute Cathal McInerney (on for Darach Honan 61 mins) came back off the crossbar and Paidge Collins went to kick the rebound to the net but Anthony Nash saved and from the clearance came Cronin's goal. Such are the fine margins that define All Irelands.

Colin Ryan then put Clare ahead from a free but two points from Pa Horgan one a free, the second in injury time a sublime effort from play where he shortened the grip to prevent Brendan Bugler hooking him put The Rebels ahead for the first time in the game. Clare fans were dumbfounded and when Pa Kelly was forced out over the sideline with time nearly up it ooked like daylight robbery was going to befall Davy's fantastic young men. With the sideline going wide from Cork substitute Stephen Moylan (Douglas) it was odds on that Offaly referee Brian Gavin, himself the center of some dubious decisions against Clare (one is thinking of the chop on David McInerney that he indicated a free but then penalised him for steps and the charge by Conor Lehane on Colin Ryan that resulted in a pointed Cork free when to all on sundry the free should have been to Clare) would blow time when Pa Kelly pucked out as the two minutes injury time was played.However he gave us one last chance and Nicky O Connell and Pat O Coonor combined for Domhnall O Donovan to score that wonder point as he fell while hitting it over. Cork bemoaned the extra time played but in fairness to Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy in his post match interview he acknowledged that Clare didn't deserve to loose and he was more than happy with the draw given how well Clare hurled.

On a day when Clare scored 25 points, a record in the Championship against Cork they had heroes all over the field but in centre back Conor Ryan (Man Of Match) and his two wing backs Brendan Bugler and Pat O Connor they had the dominant line on the field which repelled the Rebels time and again. Tony Kelly, Paidge Collins (as always),Domhnall O Donovan and Colin Ryan were equally prominent and one can only admire the tremendous character,determination and above all the skill level of all these magnificent young Clare team. Say what you will about Davy Fitzgerald (and he was many detractors within the county) he and his back room staff had these lads in phenomenal shape and to be a Clare person in Croke Park last Sunday was the experience of a lifetime as every emotion know to man was tested to the limit. Now for the replay on Saturday 28th Sept with throw in at 5pm. An Banner Abu

Scorers for Cork: P Horgan (0-10, eight frees); C Lehane (1-1); P Cronin (1-0); A Nash (1-0, free); S Harnedy (0-2); D Kearney (0-2); B Murphy (0-1).

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan (0-12, 11 frees); T Kelly (0-3); P Collins (0-3); C McGrath (0-2); J Conlon (0-2); D Honan, Conor Ryan, D O’Donovan (0-1 each).

CORK: A Nash; S McDonnell, S O’Neill, C O’Sullivan; B Murphy, C Joyce, W Egan; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; S Harnedy, P Cronin (c), C Lehane; L O’Farrell, P Horgan, J Coughlan.

Subs for Cork: S Moylan for Coughlan (35); C McCarthy for McLoughlin (42); C Naughton for McCarthy (inj. 50); T Kenny for Egan (64); S White for Kearney (67).

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, Conor Ryan, P O’Connor; T Kelly, C Galvin; Colin Ryan, P Collins, J Conlon; C McGrath, D Honan, P Donnellan (c).

A Hurler's Prayer

Saturday, 07 September 2013

Grant me ,O Lord, a Hurler's skill

With strength of arm and speed of limb,

A cunning eye for flight of ball,

And luck to catch it where'ere it fall,

My my stroke be steady,my aim be true,

My actions manly,my misses few,

And no matter way way the game may go,

May I rest in friendship with every foe,

When the final whistle for me is blown,

And I stand at last at God's judgement throne,

Mat the Great Referee when He calls my name say:

You hurled like a man and you played the game.

Good Wishes from all at Moroney's to Davy and the Clare Team this weekend.

COME ON THE BANNER

Every Sinner In The County Is Gettin Ready For The Day

Saturday, 07 September 2013

The exodus has begun from the county with upwards on 35,000 Banner fans expected to descend on Jones Road tomorrow for the eagerly waited All Ireland Hurling Final against Jimmy Barry Murphy's Cork boys. It is 16 years since we have had an all Munster All Ireland Hurling final when Clare beat Tipperary in a repeat of the Munster Final thanks to a last minute point from Jamesie O Connor. While The Rebels won ( Cork 0-23 Clare 0-15) when these teams met on 23rd June in the first round of the Munster Championship many GAA experts put this down to an over confidence on the part of this Clare team but this was more exuberance on the part of these young hurlers who play with no fear.This will be the fifth meeting between the teams this year but previous clashes will count for nothing when the two teams line up for the pre-match parade.

In just his second year at the helm Davy Fitzgerald has guided Clare to their first All-Ireland appearance since 2002(when he played in goal vs Kilkenny) and he has successfully harnessed the county's exciting underage talent. The short passing game plan has reaped huge dividends and showed against Galway plus Limerick that the raw material is there to lift hurling's blue riband prize. Davy has always preached that to play this system you need players to buy into it,be extremely skillful along with huge levels of fitness which this team has in abundance. Living legend Jimmy Barry-Murphy guided the Rebels to All-Ireland success in 1999 and it would be a remarkable feat if he can do the same again 14 years later.He too like Davy came in for criticism early on in the year having decided to dispense with the services of well-respected players such as Donal Og Cusack,John Gardiner and Sean Og Halpin but he now stands just 70 minutes away from delivering a 31st All-Ireland crown to Cork.

It is a extremely hard game to call and tactics will play a major part in Sunday's outcome. Has Davy a Plan B if the sweeper system as he's been playing is not working,I believe he has and a Plan C. Nothing has been left to chance with this Clare team and they do everything in a highly professional manner and lets home at 5pm on Sunday evening Pat Donnellan from O Callaghan's Mills will be walking up the steps of the Hogan Stand to collect Liam McCarthy. If you are not traveling to Dublin why not come down to Moroneys and roar on The Banner.

Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan, Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin, Colin Ryan; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Conor Ryan; Pádraic Collins, Darach Honan, Conor McGrath.

Cork: Anthony Nash; Stephen McDonnell, Shane O’Neill, Conor O’Sullivan; Brian Murphy, Christopher Joyce, William Egan; Lorcan Mc Loughlin, Daniel Kearney; Seamus Harnedy, Pa Cronin, Conor Lehane; Luke O’Farrell, Patrick Horgan, Jamie Coughlan.

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Happy 50th Frankie

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Last Tuesday one of ENNISLUSC staunchest members Frankie Woods celebrated hid 50th birthday on the island of Maderia. Well if he couldn't celebrated it at home what better place for our sun worshipping Frankie to enjoy this auspicious occasion than with a beer and the rays beating down.

Frankie is on a three year assignment in The Hague and has already a year completed. Next week will see some of Frankie's friends head over for a few days and no doubt reminisce and celebrate the big 50 in style. Congratulations and Best Wishes Frankie from all your friends at MORONEYS and ENNISLUSC. ** MARCHING ON TOGETHER**

U21 Hurlers Into Their 2nd Consecutive All Ireland Final

Monday, 26 August 2013

U21 All Ireland U21 Hurling S/F Thurles Sat 24th: Clare 1-16 Galway 0-07

The dream continues for Clare hurling fans with the U21 into their 2nd consecutive All Ireland to follow their senior counterparts and they will meet surprise packets Antrim in the Final on Saturday 14th Sept with thrown in at 5pm in Thurles. While the first half was one to be forgot for hurling purists with the Clare shooting eight wides to Galways seven and the score standing at 0-05 to 0-03 in Clare favour the second half was what we have come to expect from theses talents young Banner Boys. Clare started with four seniors(Tony Kelly, David McInerney, Colm Galvin and Podge Collins) who togged against Limerick but none of the senior stars shone in the first half.Full-back David McInerney was the most positive but he was the one caught for all three Galway points in the opening half, two by full-forward Cathal Mannion, the third from Conor Cooney after he had been switched to the edge of the square. Midfielders Galvin and Kelly were almost anonymous however Podge did score a fine point but wasn't his usual self.This was due to the fact Galway played with a sweeper at the back, three in midfield and only four forwards up front in a bid to stifle Clare short passing game.

The game opened up in the second half with the turning point coming after eight minutes when Tots O Connell broke on to a Cathal Malone flick and gave Galway keeper Stephen Mannion no chance with a superb ground shot.From here on to the end it was one way traffic and the Clare boys gave a exhibition of long range shooting.The management had the luxury of taking off senior stars, Podge, Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin and the other senior panelist David McInerney pick up another Man Of The Match Award to follow his one vs Limerick the previous Sunday.Galway. Sub Cathal Malone notching two absolute beauties and Eire Og's Davy O Halloran had his best game of the campaign finishing with three points.

The defence was supeb with the full-back trio of captain Paul Flanagan, David McInerney and Jack Browne outstanding, centre-back Alan O’Neill a tower of strength with the pacy Seadna Morey racing forward for a dashing point and Clarecastles Stephen O’Halloran also having a blinder.So the Banner fans have two All Irelands to look forward to in the space of six days, happy days and ones to be treasured for sure. It's only once in a lifetime one will get to see such a talented group of players so lets get behind them and bring Liam McCarthy and The Cross Of Cashel (U21 Trophy) back home across the Shannon. THE BANNER ABU

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan (c), D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey, A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, T Kelly; P Duggan, P Collins, S O’Donnell; C O’Connell, A Cunningham, D O’Halloran. Subs for Clare: C Malone for Cunningham (30+2), D Keane for O’Donnell (47), M O’Neill for Collins (51), J Shanahan for Galvin (55), E Boyce for Kelly (55).

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell (1-6, 5fs), D O’Halloran (0-3), P Collins, C Malone (0-2 each), S O’Donnell, P Duggan, S Morey (0-1 each).

Status Quo At ENNISLUSC AGM

Friday, 23 August 2013

The Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club held their Annual AGM in Moroney's following the live televised game vs Sheffield Wednesday last Saturday afternoon. Secretary Paul Nihill outlined some of the highlights of the year and the success of the 3rd running of The Mike Mac Golf Classic. This was followed by Treasurer Johnny Moroney who said the finances were in a very healthy state and that €2,000 would be going to Cahercalla Hospice following the golf classic. All outgoing officers were elected en block and then it was open to the floor for questions.

The question of new club gear was raised and it was proposed that we check out the cost of polo tops and rain gear with a view to the club subsidizing them.It was proposed that the club's first trip would be to the Middlesboro game on Saturday 23rd Nov as the new Ryanair route from Liverpool would be running on Sunday evenings for the return trip. Alan Murphy said that the proposed charity game being organized by John Brooks involving the Leeds Supporters vs Chelsea Supporters was scheduled for Saturday 14th Sept. When pointed out that the All Ireland U21 Final was scheduled for this date (which could involve Clare) he said that they would wait until after the semi final on 24th Aug before finalising the game.

The meeting finished up with two presentation to ex Club President Kevin Barry who retired from the Mid Western Health Board after over 40 years service.Kevin has been a member of the club since it's inception and all club members wish him well in his retirement. Marching On Together

Superb Clare March Into All Ireland Hurling Final

Monday, 19 August 2013

All Ireland Senior Hurling S/F Clare 1-22 Limerick 0-18

What a day in Croke Park for the Clare supporters who though outnumber in a crowd of 62,962 were never found wanting in their vocal support for a truly masterful display by Davy Fitz's boys.The general consensus from the Clare supporters before thrown in was that we were well capable of winning but that it would take a huge performance. This we got in spades from this wonderful group of hurlers who from the first puck laid down a maker with a whirlwind start following captain's Pat Donnellan opening point following a brilliant Colin Ryan pass. After ten minutes Clare lead 1-03 to 0-01 with wing back Pat O Conner scoring a superb point and Pat Kelly making a fantastic save from live wire Limerick corner forward Graham Mulcahy.

At this stage Limerick's full forward and free taker Declan Hannon had missed two easy frees which seemed to dent his confidence and indeed The Treaty's men wide tally for the first half was 10. With Clare free taker Colin Ryan having an afternoon to remember knocking over 11 points in total(9 frees,2 play) this was a huge platform for The Banner boys to drive on and that they did in style. While the only goal of the game came on the 13th minute from Darach Honan it proved a huge score and allowed Clare keep their opponent's at arms length and going in at half time with a six point lead.One of the highlights of the first half was a super Tony Kelly point and he contributed three more in a superb performance from the 19 yrs old Ballyea youngster.

With Limerick bringing on Shane Dowling in the 32 mins the Na Piarsaigh free taker went on to have a tremendous game ending with 6pts (5 frees,1 65)and one wonders what would have happened if he had started the game. It was a near perfect performance from Clare who score 23 times from 28 shots on goal which is a super stats. However they lost the puck out stat quite heavily,something no doubt Davy and his management team will certainly look at closely before the final on 8th Sept. Each and every line contributed to a fantastic team performance with Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin dominating midfield and the full back line of Domhaill O Donovan, Cian Dillon and Man of The Match David McInerney not giving a inch to the vaunted Limerick full forward line. The half back line of Pat O Connor, Conor Ryan ( who's been a revelation since coming into the team vs Galway), Brendan Bugler and captain Pat Donnellan who played the sweeper role were impervious throughout and contributed two points from play.

In the half forward line Colin Ryan and Podge Collins had huge games but once again John Conlon had to be withdrawn injured (replaced by Fergal Lynch ) with a shoulder injury. His season has been blighted with injury and in particular his serious head injury vs Cork in the Munster S/F.The two man full forward line of Darach Honan and Conor McGrath worked their socks off and while they only contributed a goal their workrate was second to none and they ran to a stand still until being replaced late on by Cathal McInerney and Shane O Donnell.

Clare kept a low profile since the Galway game and were not caught up in the hype that surround the Limerick players who on the day were but a pale shadow of the team that beat Cork in the Munster Final. All roads lead to Croker for Sept 8th and now the hunt for those All Ireland tickets begins in earnest. Before that however it's off to Thurles on Saturday evening next for the All Ireland U21 Hurling S/F vs Galway on what hopefully will be another great day for the young Banner boys. Great days for Clare hurling, long may they continue. COME ON THE BANNER

Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; P O’Connor, Conor Ryan, B Bugler; T Kelly, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Collins, Colin Ryan; C McGrath, D Honan, P Donnellan (c).

Subs for Clare: F Lynch for Conlon (44); C McInerney for Honan (64); N O’Connell for Galvin (67); S O’Donnell for McGrath (70+1).

Scorers for Clare: Colin Ryan 0-11 (9f); T Kelly 0-4; P Collins 0-3; D Honan 1-0; P Donnellan, P O’Connor, C Galvin, C McInerney 0-1 each.

OB Off To The United Nations Peacekeeping Force

Friday, 16 August 2013

Well know Ennis Garda and ex League Of Ireland referee Martin O Brien has been chosen to take part in the United Nations Peacekeeping Force based in Cyprus. Martin is a member of the Ennis Traffic Corp and his duties for the year will include maintaining the buffers zone between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot forces. The UNFICYP is one of the longest UN peacekeeping missions being set up in 1964 to prevent fighting between the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on the island and bring back stability to the area.

This is a great honour for Martin and tributes were recently paid to him in the Ennis District Court by Judge Patrick Durcan citing his selection as a reflection of his high qualities as a garda. Tonight in Moroneys there will be a chance to wish OB well before he flys to Cyprus (tomorrow evening from Dublin Airport) when all his friends will gather to wish him Bon Voyage. Best Wishes OB from all your friends in Moroneys and keep in touch via our Facebook or the Guestbook.

Predict The Score-Clare v Limerick All Ireland Hurling S/F

Sunday, 11 August 2013

With a week to go to the eagerly anticipated All Ireland Hurling S/F between Clare and Limerick the talk around town and in the pubs is all about the game. With this in mind Moroney's have decided to run a FREE predict the score competition with a prize of 14 pints of Guinness, Budweiser, Carling or Heineken for the winner. One can either sign the sheets in the bar, log on to our Facebook page or put the score up on our website guestbook. COME ON THE BANNER

Bunnow Glory Storms Home

Friday, 09 August 2013

It was a great night at the Galway Greyhound Stadium yesterday evening for Sean Heeney who trained Bunnow Glory to a emphatic 6.75 length victory in the Fundraising For The Dogs A2 Final in a superb time of 29.07. More important to Sean were the generous odds of 3-1 he availed of with the bookies and once the traps were lifted Glory was home and hosed for Sean and co owner Patrick Cronin long before the finish. On the night Tony (Camo) Quinn who is also involved with Sean in the ownership of their other consistent tracker Cahercalla Risk was there to lend his support and relieve the bookies of some cash also. On arriving back to town the lads adjourned to Moroney's to celebrate their success and of course give some slagging to the locals as opposed to being on the receiving end as is often the case. Congratulations Sean, Pat and Tony from all your friends in Moroneys. HULAHUL

The Banner U21 Hurlers Tumble The Premier

Thursday, 08 August 2013

On a beautiful evening for hurling and on the best hurling field in the land Clare won back to back U21 titles when the defeated favourites Tipperary on their home turf. The young Banner boys were too quick and slick for a Tipp team that failed to score from play in the first half and relied on the Silvermines star Jason Forde for the bulk of their scores. On the day he scored 2-07 and without doubt is a player we'll be hearing lots about in the years to come. However Clare mentors Gerry O Connor and Donal Moloney who have been with this group of players since their U14 days had their team in tip top form and their positional changes before throw in had a bearing on the game. Davy O Halloran (Eire Og) replaced Daire Keane(Kilmaley) and Aron Cunningham went to full forward with Shane O Donnell coming out from the corner to wing forward.

With ten of last years All Ireland winning team on the field and six Clare regulars on the senior team The Banner had a lot of experience to call on and this proved decisive in the end. Full back on the senior team David McInerney gave a Man Of The Match performance and he was ably assisted by his Ballyea corner backs Paul Flanagan (Capt) and Jack Browne. Ronan Taaffe was superb in goal and made a fantastic save from Jason Forde with five minutes remaining. Alan O Neill was superb a centre back and time and again repelled the Tipp attack. Give that he was marking Jason Forde who had scored 3-16 in his previous games (vs Limerick and Cork) this was a tall ask but he proved well up to the task. His wing backs Stephen O Halloran (superb vs Waterford in S/F) and Seadna Morey were rock solid although Seadna saw red with a minute to go for a second yellow. Some might argue that he was lucky not to see red in the first half for batting down on Tipp wing forward Niall O Brien but at best it was a mis timed strike with no malicious intent.

Many argue that Tony Kelly's best position is midfield and along with Colm Galvin they provided the springboard for the Clare attack.So dominant were they that both Tipp midfielders were replaced during the game. Peter Duggan who must have ran David Mac close for Man Of The Match award was superb, catching everything and contributing Clare's lone goal. Shane O Donnell who worked tirelessly along with senior colleague Paidge Collins in the half forward line showed their class when on the ball and in the full forward line Cathal Tots O Connell gave a master class of corner forward play aka Joe Deane. He was excellent from dead balls missing only one free and Aaron Cunningham scored two points from play.Davy O Halloran won a great free in the first half and buzzing around as is his style of play.

Tipp emptied the bench and in dual minor star Colin O Riordan they have a star in the making.He caught some great ball when introduced and one wonders why he didn't start. Clare have now won 3 U21 titles in five years and next up for them are Galway on Saturday 24th August. However before then there is a small matter of Limerick in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday week 18th August so it will be a busy few weeks for these young players but they have shown time and again they are up for the challenge. We are in a fantastic era for Clare hurling with the calibre of player that we have at our disposal and these players deserve our support going forward starting with Croke Park on Sunday week. THE BANNER ABU

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, J Browne; S Morey, A O’Neill, S O’Halloran; T Kelly, C Galvin; P Duggan, P Collins, S O’Donnell; D O’Halloran, A Cunningham, C O’Connell.

Subs for Clare: J Shanahan for D O’Halloran (54); C Malone for Duggan (56); N Arthur for Cunningham (60).

Scorers for Clare: C O’Connell 0-8 (6f); P Duggan 1-0; T Kelly, C Galvin, P Collins, A Cunningham 0-2 each; S O’Donnell 0-1.

The Banner On The Way To Croker

Monday, 29 July 2013

It's not often we have days like this in Thurles but Clare supporters were in jubilant form leaving the home of hurling after Davy and his management staff master minded a super victory over The Tribesmen. Tactically playing captain Pat Donnellan in the sweeper role behind debutant Conor Ryan put the shackles on Galway star Joe Canning and this went a long way in driving The Banner too a famous victory. However it must the said this was a superb team performance with each player giving his all and substitutes Fergal Lynch and Nicky O Connell both chipping in with points when introduced.

This is Clare's third victory on the trot in the qualifiers and they now face near neighbours and Munster Champions Limerick in Croke Park on Sunday 18th August in what is surely going to be a fantastic occasion. Clare are improving with each outing and yesterday they brushed off Galway’s two attempts to stage a second-half comeback when Clare teams in the past would have capitulated. It says something about their resolve and never say die commitment that this team can kick on when they coughed up two gifts of goals and Galway looked to be in the ascendancy. But each time they hit back with superb points from Colin Ryan, Brendan Bugler,Tony Kelly and Paidge Collins to close the door on Anthony Cunningham's men.

On a day when Clare supporters were well outnumbered (Att 33,383) those that did travel will look forward to being back in Croke Park (last S/F 2006) and now that the rush for tickets is on let's hope these genuine supporters are first in line for those stand tickets. With nine of Davy's squad on the U21 team who play Tipperary in the Munster U21 Final on Wednesday week in Thurles it's going to be a busy and costly few weeks for the Clare supporters but we wouldn't have it any other way. COME ON THE BANNER

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan (0-10, eight frees), C McGrath (1-2), P Collins (0-4), J Conlon, D Honan, P O’Connor, B Bugler, T Kelly, F Lynch, N O’Connell (0-1 each).

Scorers for Galway: J Canning (0-7, five frees, one 65), D Hayes (0-3), J Glynn, N Healy (1-0 each), A Harte, C Donnellan, D Burke (free), J Cooney (0-1 each).

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O’Connor; Colin Ryan, C Galvin; J Conlon, P Collins, Conor Ryan; C McGrath, D Honan, T Kelly.

Subs for Clare: F Lynch for J Conlon (55), N O’Connell for T Kelly, S O’Donnell for D Honan (both 48), C McInerney for C McGrath (69), S Morey for C Galvin (70+1).

GALWAY: C Callanan; K Hynes, F Moore, D Collins; J Coen, J Grealish, S Kavanagh; A Harte, A Smith; D Burke, J Glynn, C Cooney; N Burke, J Canning, D Hayes.

Subs for Galway: I Tannian for A Smith, J Cooney for J Coen, D Glennon for C Cooney (all ht), C Donnellan for N Burke (48), N Healy for A Harte (60).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly).

All Roads Lead To Thurles

Monday, 22 July 2013

On Sunday next 28th July the Clare senior hurlers will take on near neighbours Galway in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Q/F at the home of hurling (Thurles) with throw in at 4pm. Now The Banner are 70 minutes away from a All Ireland S/F but they have a major task on their hands in upsetting The Tribesmen. With Galway playing well below par vs Laois and Dublin and Clare on the receiving end of a drubbing from The Rebels it's a game that extremely hard to call. Even the bookies find them hard to separate with Paddy Power quoting Galway at 5/6 and Clare 11/10.

If you can't get to Thurles for the game you can see it live on the 4 screens in Moroney's with finger food served at half time and a trad session to follow at 6pm so a evening not to be missed. COME ON THE BANNER

Moroney's Gets A Makeover

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Last week during the heatwave local painter and Moroney's regular Eddie Hayes gave a new lease of life to the front of the pub with a full paint job. As everyone knows Eddie is a real character and he was regaling all the locals and tourists alike with stories while applying the paint. Now there were more than a few half truths there but what a job Eddie did despite all the interruptions that no doubt must he instigated himself.Well done Eddie on a top class from all your friends in Moroney's.

Ennis Wins International Purple Flag

Friday, 12 July 2013

Ennis has become the first town in Ireland (Dublin is the only city)to be awarded the International Purple Flag which is a tremendous achievement for the Banner capital town. Now I hear you say what is a Purple Flag and how does it benefit the town in the long term. Well the Purple Flag proves Ennis to be the friendliest town in Ireland along with Excellence in appeal and Management of town centres in the evening and at night.

Brian O’Neill, chairman of Promote Ennis, said: “We are delighted to be the first town in Ireland accredited with the prestigious international Purple Flag award proving Ennis claim to be the Friendliest Town in Ireland. It is a huge honour and credit to the town, the people of Ennis and Clare and our dynamic working group – a collaboration incorporating the Ennis business community, Ennis Town Council, Shannon Development and Ennis Gardai. Visitors to the Town can enjoy a vibrant, appealing, well-managed and safe evening and night-time economy. This distinguished accreditation brings with it increased tourism potential for Ennis and ranks the county town among over 35 towns and cities in UK who are proudly flying Purple Flag, many of which have direct connections into Shannon Airport.”

Benefits of Purple Flag for Ennis:** - Being the FIRST Irish town to get prestigious international Purple Flag award - Responding proactively to Ennis residents requests in Ennis 2020 initiative - Raising awareness of Ennis being a vibrant, appealing, safe and well-managed evening and night-time destination - Making Ennis an attractive space for a wide variety of night economy suppliers - Using accreditation for tourism promotion for Ennis and Clare in general Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and London all have Purple Flag areas and direct connections to Shannon airport.

This is indeed a fantastic accolade for Ennis and all those involved from the Promote Ennis Committee,the business people of the town,the Gardai,the Town Council,Shannon Development and all the other agencies involved deserve our heartfelt thanks for all their tireless work in securing this prestigious award for our town. We always knew we were a friendly town but now we have the proof to back it up.

New Irish 100K Record For Keith

Thursday, 27 June 2013

It was a magical moment last Saturday evening in Belgium for Keith Whyte when he broke the Irish 100K record when finishing second in the Night Of Flanders race. The 33 year old Ennis native clocked 7hrs 3 mins for the ultra distance and in doing so knocked two minutes off the previous best set in South Korea in 2006 by Fermanagh's Thomas McGuire. This achievement is all the more astounding when one thinks that Keith only took up running in 2007 with Ennis Track and and is now a established Irish International on the Ultra running circuit while also holding down a full time job with Pat Foudy & Daughter Tyre Centre, Pound Lane,just off The Mill Road in Ennis.

Congratulations Keith on your wonderful achievement and continued success in your running career from all your friend in Moroney's.

New Ennis Market Proposals Update

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Last evening in the Ennis Civic Offices traders from the farmers market,the regular Friday & Saturday markets and shopkeepers gathered together to hear proposals for the upgrade of a new market area for the town.The power point presentation was made by Richard Rice (Healy & Partners Architects Limerick) and focused on the market transferring to Lysaght's Lane and to the Lower Market St area with traffic closed off from the roundabout. Proposals for a covered area with power and water points for traders were outlined as is the case in the Limerick Milk Market.

As was stressed from the outset these were only initial proposals with the local council wanting to hear traders fears and opinions as this plan was very much in it's infancy. When opened to the floor for discussion Market Street publican John Quinn said that Lysaght's Lane was a gem in the town and he praised the council for their foresight in looking to open the area up to a new market area. However he said they had only one chance in getting this right and the major problem in his opinion was there was only one outlet for vehicular access.He had asked the council down the years to buy properties that had been up for sale (to no avail)to give the area another vehicle access point and with Moran's (O Connell St) up for sale this was the council's last chance to really give the town a much need boost.

Other's to speak on the evening were Martin Cullinan (Club Dangan), Johnny Flynn (Ennis UDC), Rita McInerney (Ennis Chamber CEO), David Woodford (Irish Shop), Peter Moylan (Ennis Cash Co) and many of the traders from the farmers and Saturday Markets. Issues that arose were parking, size of stalls, type of cover proposed and vehicular access. It was stressed on more than one occasion that nothing would be done without consultation and this would be the first of many meetings. From here the idea put forward will be digested by the councils engineers,architects and Richard Rice and the July meeting of the Town Council will be updated on this meeting.

While everyone present was delighted that the council is finally looking at upgrading the Market there was some skepticism that this could be a long time in the offing given the cost involved. However the ball is now rolling and it's up to each person with a love of the town to have their input and see that this idea comes to fruition sooner rather than later. And we'll leave the parting shot to John Quinn who finished up with the quote from Field Of Dreams,If you build it they will come.

Ennis Street Festival 5th - 7th July

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

The annual Ennis Street Festival is around the corner and this year there will be a variety of workshops for kids and adults running from 1st -5th July in association with Glor.As always there will be Acrobatics, Music, Dance, Visual Art, Street Art, Puppet Shows, Workshops, Theatre,Craft Market and a Duck Race put together by national and international artists along with local community groups. It is always a colourful occasion and certainly one not to be missed especially for the younger generation.

Hurling Is A Simple Game,Why Complicate It

Monday, 24 June 2013

The Banner came to the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick looking for their fourth victory over Cork in five months but a understrength Cork (minus three certain starters in Captain Pa Cronin,Paudie O Sullivan and Lorcan O Loughlin) completely upset the odds and fully deserved their eight point victory. As one knowledgeable GAA man said Jimmy Barry Murphy is no fool and he had his homework done on Clare. Firstly after winning the toss The Rebels played against the wind and then stand in captain Brian Murphy who was selected at full back came out to centre back and completely snuffed out Clare's teenage star Tony Kelly. Championship debutant Seamus Harnedy who never played for Cork at underage level was another who contributed handsomely with three points from play and caused all sorts of problems for Clare captain Pat Donnellan.

Once again Clare supporters will question the wisdom of Davy Fitzgerald's tactics of hand passing the ball at every opportunity a tactic that led to at least four Cork points after balls were intercepted (Domhaill O Donovan was guilty twice in the last ten minutes with wayward passes).Some will argue that as we are not a physical team we have to play in this manner but we do it to excess and the end product is not bearing out it's worth.We have a highly mobile full forward line that would thrive on quick ball but their potential is not being realised with our game plan.

Yes we started very well yesterday but a three point lead at half time was never going to be sufficient with a near gale behind Cork for the second half. Their goalkeeper Anthony Nash (he scored two marvellous frees in either half and gave a Man Of The Match performance between the sticks) was booming his puck outs down on the Clare full back line and it was always going to take a herculean effort to deny The Rebels a final spot. Interestingly Clare have been spoken about re their huge levels of fitness but Cork were not found wanting in this department and indeed the Banner boys looked stuck to the ground.

At least the qualifier draw has been kind to Clare and we have Laois at home on Saturday 6th July with Tipperary playing the loser of Dublin or Kilkenny on the same weekend. Well time to regroup and hopefully now with the shackles of our young hurlers they can express themselves and go on a good run through the back door which has always being kind to us.The Banner Abu.

CLARE: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, D McInerney, C Dillon; P O’Connor, P Donnellan (c), B Bugler; N O’Connell, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, Colin Ryan; C McGrath, D Honan, P Collins.

Subs for Clare: A Cunningham for Conlon (inj. 19), F Lynch for Ryan (43), S Morey for O’Connell (55), S O’Donnell for McGrath (61).

Att:19,049

New Proposals To Move The Market Traders

Sunday, 16 June 2013

On Tuesday 25th June at 6pm in the Ennis Civic Offices a proposal for the transfer of the market traders to the Lysaght's Lane car park will be outlined to shopkeepers, home owners and the general public. This would also entail the Friday's Farmers Market transferring there and also pedestrianising from The Mall (from Xtra Vision) down to the entrance of Lysagh's Lane. One would have to say initially that this seems to be very forward thinking on behalf of the Urbam Council as the Saturday market has dwindled over the years and this is the shot in the arm that it needs.

Lysaght's Lane has three entrances,two from Parnell St,one from the Market and with no traffic allowed during markets it certainly would encourage people to visit the area. Over the last year traders in the Lower Market have not been allowed to have their stalls facing the road for Health & Safety reasons and if it were to transfer there would be no such problems. Also the loss of parking in the Lysaght's Lane car park would more than be made up with the extra parking available in the Upper and Lower Market Street area.

It certainly would brighten up the drab car park and would encourage more traders to return to the market knowing they have a designated area for trading. Obviously access to premises for deliveries etc will have to be addressed but all in all it could be the shot in the arm to rejuvenate the famous Saturday markets in Ennis.

The Banner Finish With A Flourish

Monday, 03 June 2013

After staring like a whirlwind with four points in the opening six minutes it looked like things were going to plan for Davy Fitz's boys but a bad clearance by captain Pat Donnellan let in corner forward Jake Dillon for a Wateford goal and suddenly the whole complexion of the game changed. By half time Waterford were four points to the good (1-09 to 0-08) and but for some terrible bad wides would and should have been up by at least 7 or 8 points ahead.

The opening ten minutes of the second half saw Wateford hit four more wides and following a super point from Tony Kelly (who soloed from his own half leaving Brick Walsh in his wake) the Clare revival was on the way. Pointed frees from Colin Ryan brought Clare level before Shane O Donnell goaled after Tony Kelly's 21 meter free was saved and Peter Duggan blocked down Kevin Moran's attempted clearance. Now the momentum was with the Banner and a further goal from a otherwise quite Conor McGrath and two super points from Colm Gavin gave Clare a first Munster Championshipo victory since 2008.

This victory will give the players confidence as they face Cork in Limerick on Sunday 23rd June for the fourth time in five months (Waterford Crystal in Sixmilebridge 1st Feb, National League in Pairc Ui Rinn March 15th and League Play Off in Limerick April 15th ) and hopefully the Banner fans will travel in bigger numbers than were in Thurles yesterday (Att 12,103).

CLARE: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O'Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan (capt), Patrick O'Connor; Colm Galvin (0-2), Seadna Morey; John Conlon (0-3), Tony Kelly (0-4), Colin Ryan (0-7, 0-6f, 0-1 ‘65’); Darach Honan (0-3), Shane O'Donnell (1-0), Conor McGrath (1-0).

Subs used: Peter Duggan for Morey (29 mins), Padraic Collins for O’Donnell (55), Fergal Lynch (0-1) for Duggan (68).

Let's Hear The Banner Roar Once Again

Sunday, 02 June 2013

All roads lead to Thurles today for the eagerly awaited Munster Senior Hurling Q-F clash of Clare and Waterford. The Banner are seeking their first Munster Championship win since 2008(vs Limerick) and also revenge for their defeat by The Deise last year at the same venue. Clare will start with debutants David McInerney (Tulla and son of the Jim of 95 fame) and Shane O Donnell (Eire Og) and also included other U21 players in Seadna Morey, Tony Kelly and Colm Galvin.

The bookies have made Davy's boys 4/7 favourites which seems very prohibited odds given the fact that Waterford have beaten Clare on the last three occasions they have met.However The Deise have 10 changes from last year's team that lined out against Clare in Thurles so it's not surprising the pundits are going for The Banner.The Munster Council are expecting a crowd of between 12-14,000 which tells it's own story and gone are the days of trains travelling from Ennis for the game. If you are not heading to Thurles you can see the game live on any of our 4 screens and enjoy the trad session after the game in Moroney's . Come On The Banner

Fleadh Nua Ennis 19th - 27th May

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

When the month of May arrives you know that it's Fleadh Nua time in Ennis for the 38th consecutive year. First held in 1970 the Fleadh has been held in Ennis every year since 1975 and although it does not draw the huge crowds off old it still a very important commercial and tourist attraction for the town. One of the highlights of this year's festival is a documentary film on the life of Spancilhill balladeer Robbie McMahon called Last Night As I Lay Dreaming which will be shown in The Cloister on Sat 25th May at 2pm.

Fleadh Nua will celebrate The Year of the Gathering with a special concert, honouring Brendan Mulkere, a musician and teacher who has played a major role in the promotion and development of Irish traditional music in London for more than 30 years. This concert will take place at The West County on Sat 25th May at 8pm. Also included on the programme for Fleadh Nua 2013 will be the usual concerts, céilithe, sessions, street and gig-rig entertainment, Irish language classes, set dancing competitions, Sean-Nós dancing competitions and performances, story telling, Singers Club and much more.

As always Moroneys will be holding sessions throughout the festival with all musicians welcome. The following is the programme for Moroneys:

Weds 22nd Marcus Moloney,John Kelly,James Duddy and Ann Marie McCormack.Session Begins @ 9.30pm

Saturday 25th Andrew McNamara, Conor McCague and Johnny McDonagh Session Begins @ 9.30pm

Sunday 26th Blackie O Connell, Karol Lynch and Seanie O Goraman. Session Begins @ 6pm

Looking forward to seeing all our regulars and old friends over the week and to some great trad sessions. Best Wishes and continued success to the Fleadh Nua from all at Moroneys.

Ennis Chelsea Supporters Present POY Award To Juan Mata

Saturday, 11 May 2013

The 28th April was a special day for the Ennis Chelsea Supporters Club who meet in Moroneys for televised games when they got to present Juan Mata with the Player of The Year Award pitch side at Stamford Bridge. On the day club chairman Neil O Hanlon and club treasure Eugene Ryan presented the brilliant Spaniard with his award before their Premier League game vs Swansea which they won 2-0.

Each year Chelsea ask all supporters clubs throughout the world to nominate their Player of the Year with Mata winning the accolade this year.Each club who nominated Mata is then included in a draw and the club drawn receives the honour of presenting the award at Stamford Bridge in person. A photo of the presentation was also printed in the Chelsea match programme for their Europa League sem final vs Basle last Thursday evening. Congratulations to the supporters club from all their friends in Moroneys and good luck in the Europa League Final vs Benfica on 15th May.

Monuments And Sculptures Of Ennis

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

You may past it on your way to work,school or on your way to Lahinch but do you know what The Maid Of Erin monument represents ? We all take things for granted and I suppose it's only as one gets older we begin to appreciate our surroundings and take a interest in where we live.It is with this in mind that we decided to launch a pictorial tour of the Monuments And Sculptures of Ennis which hopefully lead to many a discussion and enlighten your knowledge of our great town.

Take a look in the Photo Gallery under the title Monuments And Sculptures of Ennis and enjoy the tour.

All Systems Go For The 3rd Annual Mike Mac Golf Classic

Friday, 12 April 2013

Well we are a day away from the 3rd Mike Mac Classic and all is in readiness for another great day While the number of teams are down on last year which is to be expected in the present climate the committee (Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club) is more than happy with our present number of 26 teams.Hopefully the man above will smile on us with a fine day though I'm sure Mac will have a quite word in his ear for us. This year all the proceeds from the Golf Classic are going to Cahercalla Hospice which is a fantastic facility and one that is dear to all our hearts.

The course is in pristine condition thanks to the efforts of green keepers Kevin Brown and David Hoey so scoring should be above average. Guest of honour John Giles will be arriving at the course at 12.30pm and he tees off at 2.10pm with Slim Corry, John Brooks and Paul Nuggy Nihill. Looking forward to seeing all our members and friends at the Ennis Golf Club for the presentation of prizes which kicks off at 10pm and a great night is assured. Marching On Together

Peter Keane Pens The Gathering Song

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

In 1999 Peter Keane penned The Gathering after he returned home having spent years on the music circuit in Boston and New York. Peter who hails from the Lower Market in Ennis where his late parents Maura and Paddy ran a newsagents and tarmacadam business had little idea that 14 years later how appropriate that song would turn out to be.The song tells of a emigrant's absence from his homeland and looking forward to a home-coming in Ireland. Peter's ambition was always to professionally produce the song and with this in mind he approached the Gathering Clare 2013 Steering Group for support and advice.

The Steering Group adopted the song as one of its major initiatives for the Gathering 2013 year. On Monday 11th March the song was officially launched at Áras an Chontae with local group Socks In The Frying Pan performing the song with vocalist Aodán Coyne and brothers Shane and Fiachra Hayes. Speaking at the launch, Peter said, “Fourteen years ago I had an idea in my head about a Gathering concept, trying to connect with people around the globe. “I wanted it to be a happy song of welcomes and homecoming. For people who have left, six months ago, or 30 years ago, I wanted the song to let them know that we are still thinking of them no matter what part of the globe they are. At the launch Mayor Of Clare Pat Daly himself a neighbour of Peter's in Parnell Street said he was ahead of the posse with the song and also complimented the band on their performance.

The song is available as a digital download on iTunes, the video is on You Tube and it is also on the Clare Gathering Facebook page. All Peter's friends in the Market and customers of Moroney's which him success with his song and look forward to hearing it on the airwaves throughout 2013 and beyond.

3rd Mike Mac Classic on 13th April

Sunday, 17 March 2013

On Saturday 13th April at the Ennis Golf Club the 3rd Mike Mac Golf Classic will tee off with Leeds legend and RTE pundit John Giles once again guest of honour on the day. Give the times we live in we still anticipate a fine turnout on the day with all proceeds this year going to Cahercalla Hospice.

Once again we are in debt to our main sponsors PJ Kellys Bar Carmody Street, Fafa's (Mark Kelly) Parnell Street, Moroney's Bar Market Street, P & M Golf Superstore and Eoin Doohan Financial Planning Dundalk for their continued support which help to make this event such a popular outing for golf enthusiasts. The event is open to teams of four with entry fee €100 and bookings can be made to Kieran Ryan 087-8055306.

The presentation on prizes will be made on Saturday night at 9.30 pm in the Clubhouse and all are welcome. John Giles will be on hand to present the prizes and will be only too willing to sign autographs or pose for photographs. There will be finger food and dancing so come along to what promises to be a great night.

40th Anniversary Of Ordination For Fr Michael Neylon

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

On Saturday 3rd February Fr Michael Neylon late of Lower Market Street Ennis celebrated 40 years in the priesthood with Mass in St Joseph's Church,Lifford. Michael was born on 5th September 1948 in Tiermaclane and moved to Market Street in the early 50's. The family home was were Cornucopia is today and his late father Joe was a well know rate collector. After doing his Leaving Cert in St Flannan's College Michael then went to St Patrick's College Carlow where he studies for the priesthood from 1966 to 1972.

On completion of his studies he worked as a Deacon in St Gregory's Parish, Langton ,Stokr-on-Trent and was ordained by Bishop Michael Harty on 13th January 1973 in the newly built Church of St Joseph's. Fr Michael has spen all his priesthood ministering in England and currently is Parish Priest Of St Austin's in Stafford. We congratulate Fr Michael on his 40th Anniversary and all his friend in the Market and Ennis wish him well in his future ministries.

Good Luck To John Quinn And Kermadec in Clonmel

Friday, 01 February 2013

For all greyhound folk all roads will lead to Clonmel on Saturday morning for the opening day of the 88th National Coursing Meeting at Powerstown Park. This year the Irish Coursing Club have gone away from the traditional Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday fixture for the Derby and Oaks and opted for Saturday ,Sunday and Monday with coursing starting each day at 11.30am. One of the Clare representatives is Kermadec a 33/1 shot in the Derby and owned by our next door neighbour and publican in the Market, John Quinn.

Indeed the Quinns are steeped in coursing with John's late father Paddy winning the Oaks in 1950 with Cahercalla Rebellion. The silver jug that was presented to the winner sits proudly behind the bar as does the trainers badge worn by the great Mickey Reddan from Sixmilebridge. This badge was in the possession of Gerry Moroney who along with Mick Hennessy, John Daly, Brendan Spellessy and Paddy's brother Michael where all in Clonmel on that famous afternoon but now sadly gone to their eternal rest. When Gerry passed away last February his son John presented the badge to John Quinn who wasn't aware that the badge existed and indeed there are photos in both Quinns and Moroneys of that famous day.

Now John who will be having his fifth runner at the National Meeting in Clonmel ( 4 in Derby ,1 in Oaks) will once more try to emulate that fantastic feat of Cahercalla Rebellion with his dog Kermadec who is trained in Loughrea by Ger Mahony. All his friends in the greyhound world and in Moroneys wish John good luck and will be in Clonmel to support him in his quest for glory on the famous stretch. HULAHUL

St Joseph's Church Ennis Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Thursday, 31 January 2013

St Joseph's Church in Lifford which is attached to the hospital celebrated it's 40th Anniversary on 16th December.This popular Ennis church which seats 500 people was opened and blessed by Most Rev Michael A Harty in December 1972 having being built by local builders McCarthy Brothers. The milestone will be celebrated on 19th March, the feast of St Joseph and Fr. John McGovern the Administrator is hoping to put together an exhibition of photographs and memories of the church down through the years. If you have any photographs of baptisms, communions, confirmations, weddings etc associated with the church Fr John would love you to get in contact where they will make copies and return the originals. So off you go and search those photo albums and relive many of those memories of times past.

Stockton's Wing Maurice Lennnon Visits Moroneys

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Last weekend customers and regulars to Moroney's were treated to a surprise visit from one of Ireland's greatest fiddle players when Maurice Lennon of Stockton's Wing fame played impromptu sessions in the bar on Saturday and Sunday evenings. On Saturday Maurice and Michael Whyte of Country Feaver fame entertained the customers with songs and a many of Maurice's own compositions.Then on Sunday evening Maurice happened to be in the pub for the televised FA Cup game involving Leeds United and Spurs. As the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club were viewing the game we learned that Maurice had supported Leeds in his youth and he celebrated the shock victory with the lads after the game.

Every Sunday evening there is a great trad session in Moroney's hosted by Blackie O Connell, Karol Lynch and Seanie O Gorman and they invited Maurice to join them.The session was due to start at 6pm but as there was a sing song taking place after the game the music kicked off at 7.30pm. However what followed was over three and a half hours of fantastic traditional music that kept the regulars enthralled. Indeed some visitors to the bar videoed the session so they will have some great footage to look back on when they return to the Netherlands.

A big thank you to Blackie, Karol, Seanie and of course Maurice for a superb evenings entertainment that will live long in the memory of those in attendance.Indeed it was also great to see Brian John McCarthy who ran Moroney's for over six years and put bar on the map as a traditional music venue there to enjoy the evening even it he was disappointed being a Spurs supporter. Maurice also met up with his great friends Ger Hanrahan and Tony Roche brothers of Kieran and Mike (Hanrahan) and Paul (Roche) of Stockton's Wing and they reminisced about the early days of the band and the changes in the town since their first gigs in Brogan's in the early 80's.

A big thank you to Maurice from all his friends in Moroney's and we thank him sincerely for the fantastic music he treated us to over the weekend. Photos from the session can be see in the photo gallery under the heading Trad Nights.

The Magic Of The FA Cup

Saturday, 26 January 2013

On Sunday at 2pm the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club will meet in Moroneys for the FA Cup 4th round game vs Premiership side Spurs. While the team has fallen from the glory days of Champions League football the Ennis Supporters Club has gone from strength to strength. Now with over sixty members the club will be holding a meeting after the game to finalize details for their second trip of the season in April. As always there will be some Spurs supporters present and the banter no doubt will be great especially when the Leeds lads stat singing the anthem Marching On Together.

Christmas Greeting To All Our Customers And Friends

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Despite the doom and gloom over 2012,the deluge of rain throughout the year and of course the harsh Budget that was announced two weeks ago Christmas is now just around the corner. It's a time for families and friends to get together,welcome relations home and above all for the kids the coming of Santa Claus on the 25th.

Charlie, John, Hanna, Diane, Mairead and Sarah would like to wish all our loyal customers and friends and their families a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year. We look forward to meeting and greeting our customers and friends over the festive season for a friendly drink and chat.

Chelsea And Leeds United Supporters Club Clash In Capital Cup

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

On Wednesday evening Leeds play Chelsea in the Qr-Final of the Capital Cup at Elland Road and it's live on Sky Sports with KO at 19.45. What makes this tie most interesting for Ennislusc fans is that the Chelsea supporters club also meet in Moroneys so one can only imagine the banter on the night.

Ennis Chelsea Supporters Chairman Jim McMahon has been rallying his troops and while they will be firm favourites on the night they will earn it to out shout the Ennislusc boys who have over 60 members in the club. At the end of the night win lose or draw it will be handshakes all round and the obligatory sing song along with a lot of slagging no doubt. Not a night to be missed !

Clare People's Pub Spy Visits Moroney's

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

In last Tuesdays weeks ( 4th Dec ) edition of The Clare People, Moroney's Bar was featured in the Pub Spy section of the paper. We were all thrilled and delighted with the comments following the printing of the article and thank The Clare People for their excellent review. The following is the article in it's entirety from the paper :

**PUB SPY

There is nothing like hearing the voice on the radio announcing that there are only 20 shopping days left until Christmas,combined with your youngest once again asking how many sleeps are left to Christmas to put a grown man into something short of a blind panic on the first Saturday in December.To add to the horror,the Santa letters still have not been finalised and previous experience has thought many a parent that shopping before the letters are rubber-stamped and posted is a recipe for disaster.

With this in mind ,I stood over the kids last Saturday afternoon like a old school matron while they wrote their wants.Once signed,I reminded them that they are legally-binding contracts between themselves and Santa and any change of mind could jeopardise the whole spirit of Christmas.

So on Saturday afternoon.armed with said letters and my poor beleaguered credit card,I headed into the town of Ennis to start my shopping. After the stressful morning I'd had I felt I deserved at least one pint to settle myself,which is how I ended up in Moroney's pub in the Market in Ennis.The minute you walk in to Moroney's,you get the feeling of being in a pub like pubs are meant to be.At the far end,a fire blazed,there was football on one TV and racing on another.The clientele was a good mixture of young and old and there was lively banter going on between a couple of punters and the bartender

I settled myself on a stool at the end of the counter and my pint of Guinness was served promptly and at €3.90,quite reasonable(until the Budget at least!). As for the quality,ahhh...It was so good and the atmosphere so conducive to having a pint or two that I ordered a second.

While a debate raged around me about the upcoming Budget,I took a stroll around the well appointed bar. The seating is comfortable, the fireside inviting and the walls decorated with old local sporting photographs.There is even a very comfortable smoking section,complete with TV. When I returned to my stool,the conversation had moved to Angela Merkel and the Germans. One pinter reckoned if the Germans really wanted their money back,we collect up all the leaf blowers,angle grinders,and other Thursday specials we purchased in Lidl over the years and send them all back.If only it was that easy.

I drained my pint and reluctantly left Moroney's with a smile on my face,having finally understood what was meant by retail therapy. Later when I got home,I counted the sleeps to Christmas for my youngest(24) and then the shopping days for myself (19,My poor liver). **

100th Anniversary Book On O Connell St Ennis

Monday, 03 December 2012

On Thursday next 6th December at 8pm in the Old Ground Hotel Mayor of Ennis Peter Considine will launch a new book to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the name change of Jail Street to O Connell St by local historian Larry Brennan. This has been a labour of love for Larry over the past number of years and something dear to his heart as he was born next to the Cathedral on O Connell St. Some interesting fact in the book show that there are 89 building on the street and that Moloney's is the longest trading shop followed by Moylan's and Maurer's who have all traded for over 100 years.

It also identifies that Heaslips and O Dea's are the only traders still living on the street and that it produced a number of councillors with Ahern, Brennan, Costelloe, Kelly, Malone and Tuttle all associated with it down the years. Larry has other interesting facts on O Connell St from the Troubles when two people lost their lives, the post office box which is over 100 yrs old and other interesting facts on the Daniel O Connell Monument.

It gives a great insight into old Ennis and of the businesses and families long since gone.As Larry, who is a member of the Clare Roots Society says the purpose of the book is for genealogical purposes, to allow current and future generations trace their families and their place of origin. We congratulate Larry on his enthusiasm and determination to log the history of O Connell St for generations to come and wish him well with his ongoing research.

Ennis Tidy Towns Floral Award For Moroney's

Monday, 12 November 2012

On Friday last at the Ennis Urban District Council Offices in Drumbiggle the annual Ennis Tidy Town Awards for 2012 were presented and Moroney's Bar received one for their window box displays. Since Moroney's reopened in June 2005 following extensive refurbishment this is our fifth floral award but our first in the last four years. The award was accepted by Charlie O Meara on behalf of the Moroney family and now the work begins to insure that we are among the awards once again next year.

Moroney's prides itself in have a year round floral display of window boxes and it's always nice to get positive feedback from customers and the general public alike. The summer window boxes have now been replaced and in their place are the winter boxes which add some welcome colour in these drab days. So the next time you are passing down the Lower Market or The Mall area to give it it's official name take a look at the boxes and hopefully they'll bring a smile to your face in these winter days.

Barber Shop Returns To The Market

Friday, 09 November 2012

The Market has always been synonymous with a barber shop going back to Mickey White in the forties and fifties and then followed by his son Paddy who had his premises at Summerhill which is now home to Specsavers. When Paddy retired some years back that signified the end of the barber shop in the Market but that all changed since July of this year. Now the barber poll is back in the Market with the opening of Joseph Woulfe Barber Shop ( www.josephwoulfebarbershop.ie) in Lower Market Street.

West Clare native Joe is no stranger to town having previously worked in D Barber Shop in Francis Street and also having his own premises in Milltown Malbay. Joe's motto is You Grow It We Cut It and he offers a unique gents hair cut with a pampering Indian massage and also hot towel shaves. One feature of Joe's shop is a special kids unit with a car which should be a big hit with the youngsters having their first hair cuts. All at Moroneys welcome Joe to The Mall (the rateable name for the Lower Market ) and wish him many years of success in his new venture. Joe can be contacted on 085-7678000 for appointments.

18th Ennis Trad Festival 8th - 12th November 2012

Tuesday, 06 November 2012

Well it's a sure sign winter is here when you have the Ennis Trad Festival about to get into full swing on Thursday evening next.The festival is a great celebration of Irish traditional music, song and dance and this year there is a record 13 CD launches. For those of you interested in ordering copies of theses CD's and many others Custy's in Cooke's Lane just off O Connell Street is the place to go and you are sure to get a great welcome from proprietor John O Connor. Here in Moroney's Charlie and his team have some great musicians lined up over the five days and hopefully the weather is kind for patrons who will be going on the pub session trail over the five day festival.

Musicians such as Marcus Moloney, Michael Butler, Martin Breene, Kieran Kissane, Blackie O Connell, Murty Ryan, Dermot Lernihan, John Joe Kelly, Martin Dermody,Maurice Lennon,Seanie O Gorman,Karol Lynch and Ann Marie McCormack to mention but a few have all been regular contributers to many memorable sessions in Moroney's over the years and to which we are eternally grateful for their wonderful musicianship. As usual Moroney's will have many regular and impromptu sessions over the festival so get along and enjoy the music and craic.

Congratulations John and Carol

Sunday, 14 October 2012

On Thursday night last the O Loughlin and O Brien families gathered in Moroney's to celebrated the home coming of John O Loughlin and Carol O Brien following their honeymoon. The happy couple celebrated their wedding on 21st September in the Ennis Cathedral followed by a reception in The Armada Hotel, Spanish Point. Both John and Carol are working in Dublin and have been a item since their early teens. On the night many of their family and friends turned up and John's parents Eamonn and Ruth and Carol's parents Martin and Joan were on hand to welcome everybody.

Stories were swapped and plenty of slagging took place and a great nigh was had by one and all. On the night John White provided a feast of food and Ger Hanrahan kept the refreshments flowing, well done and thanks guys. All at Moroney's would like to wish John and Carol many years of wedded bliss, health and happiness and we look forward to seeing for a drink when your down home in the near future

Check The Photo Gallery from photos from the night and the wedding.

Munster Hurling And Football Championship Draws 2013

Friday, 05 October 2012

No sooner has the All Ireland Championships of 2012 been completed but the draw for the 2013 Championships were made live on RTE 2 last night. Once again Davy Fitzgerald's Clare hurlers will play Waterford in the Q/F of the Munster Championship with the winners meeting Cork in the S/F. On the other side of the draw Tipperary play Limerick in the S/F so all in all from a Clare point of view one has to be happy with this draw.

In the Munster Football Championship the power houses Cork and Kerry have been seeded and The Rebels will start their defence with a tie vs Limerick with the winners to play Clare in the S/F. On the other side of the draw Kerry play Tipperary with the winners meeting Waterford in the S/F. While the Clare footballers will be happy enough with this draw much work has to be done to instill some confidence in the playing squad after their Munster Final defeat to Cork starting with the appointment a new manager for the coming season. All Ireland hurling Champions Kilkenny meet the Ollie Baker managed Offaly in the Leinster Championship while newly crowned Football Champions Donegal start their campaign with a extremely tough tie against Mickey Hart's Tyrone in what is the tie of the Championship.

Good Luck And Thanks Irene

Tuesday, 02 October 2012

After worked at the weekends in Moroney's since it reopened in June 2005 Irene Hehir has bade farewell as she takes a break from bar work for the foreseeable future. As everyone knows Irene is one of the driving forces behind the Lifford Ladies Soccer Club and has the distinction of representing the Republic at International level on many occasions.

It is with this in mind that Irene has taken up some coaching roles at the weekends with Lifford and will no doubt impart some of her extensive knowledge and skill to the next generation of young footballers. All her friends and customers at Moroney's wish Irene continued success in her new role and look forward to seeing her outside the counter in the future for a drink or two.

Charlie's Annual Outing To Listowel Races

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

On Tuesday last Charlie O Meara organized his 8th annual outing to the Listowel Races for his staff and customers.Always a might day out and this year was no exception. We met in Moroneys at 9.30 for some refreshments and a hour later we were on the road to Listowel. A compulsory stop is The Swanky Bar in Tarbert where the owner JP Prendiville laid on a feast of food and copious pints of Guinness and beer. Marty Ryan organized a mini pool tournament while we were there and Paddy Collins won the pot.

It was on to Listowel then and while some went to the races other hit the local hostelries in the town to sample some of their hospitality.This is the 154th Anniversary of the races and being on for a week is a major source of revenue for the town. Now Irish racing is notoriously hard to pick winners and this meeting was no exception for those of us that ventured a bet. A win rate of one out of seven races was our lot but we had a great days racing and also met the bookmaker Paddy Power who as always had a smile on his face.

On the journey home we had a sing song and made a final stop in The Bucket Bar in Clarina which is owned by Charlie's friend Gerry O Dea. A total of 28 traveled on the outing and when we hit Ennis just after midnight bed was the order of the day. Sincere thanks to Charlie for his generosity and kindness and a super day out.

In the Photo Gallery there is a album of photos entitled Listowel Races Outing Sep 12, so take a look and enjoy.

The Quiet Man Paddy Culliney

Sunday, 23 September 2012

On Tuesday last Moroney's lost one of it's oldest customers when Paddy Culliney from Cloughleigh passed to his eternal rest. Paddy was a customer for over 50 years and was one of life's true gentlemen. He worked in Gardisette (curtain factory on Clonroad now long gone) and later at Braid's on Station Road. Paddy was a dapper dresser and when calling to Gerry's for his customary drop of whiskey and pint of Guinness he always wore a suit and tie. His life long buddy Paddy Ryan (St Michael's Villas) would always be in his company and as kids growing up both my brother James and I would always be treated to the bottle of orange from Paddy at the weekends.

Paddy was a avid reader and could hold a conversation in any company.He was always the quiet man in the corner who wouldn't say much but when he spoke you certainly sat up and listened. In the last number of years Paddy didn't come down the town at night but when he passed down the Market on his way to Dunne's he would always stop for a chat. To Paddy's brother Michael, sister Bridie and extended family all at Moroney's extend their deepest sympathy on the passing of our dear friend Paddy. May He Rest In Peace

Goodbye To Your Dear Colleague Jimmy Allard

Thursday, 20 September 2012

It was with deep sadness that we heard yesterday morning of the passing of our dear friend and Ennislusc member Jimmy Allard. A native of Mullingar, Jimmy grew up on the banks of the Royal Canal where he swam and fished as a young boy.Here he learnt how to set night lines to catch the pike which were decimating the trout stock and so his love of fly fishing began. Jimmy moved to Newmarket on Fergus in the 60's living in Ballycar with his wife Cait and indeed winning a Junior County Football Championship with Maughaun. The family then moved to the Turnpike in Ennis and later on to Beechpark where Jimmy resided until his untimely death.

Jimmy was well known around the town and county in his business life as a chimney sweep. However Jimmy was far ahead of his time in this respect having machines when the old brushes were still the norm and never leaving a speck of dirt. Always one for the chat he was extremely popular and was never a man to refuse the cup of tea and a scone. Of course it was as a Champion fly fisherman that Jimmy was known throughout Ireland and beyond. He is the only man to have won the All Ireland Wet Fly Championship three times and represented Ireland in the Home Nations. Wearing the green jacket for his country was always a proud moment for Jimmy and of course the flies he made and used were a closely guarded secret.

Jimmy had his own private lake (Lough Bunny) which he stocked with trout and used to bring tourists on fishing days out and lending them his extensive knowledge. He is also the only person to win an All Ireland Fly Fishing Championship as an able bodied and disabled competitor. When we were over in Leeds on a club trip he invited the owner of the Prince Of Wales, where we used drink,to come fishing in Clare. When Paul came to stay in Ennis not alone did Jimmy bring him fishing on one day but for five consecutive days. Paul said it was like one of us playing football with the likes of Jack Charlton or Johnny Giles such was the thrill fishing with a legend.

Another legacy Jimmy has left the people of Ennis are the ducks that are residents in the River Fergus along the banks of the Post Office field. With the help of his son Kevin, they stocked the river out of their own pockets and today the ducks are part and parcel of the town of Ennis. Young and old down the years have fed the ducks and when you wander down the Parnell Street car park in the future spare a thought for the man responsible for your enjoyment.

Jimmy loved his football and contrary to many stories Jimmy was first and foremost a Leeds United fan. He was a regular in Moroneys for live Leeds games and was on numerous trips with the club to Elland Road. All at Ennislusc send their sincere sympathy to Jimmy's family,wife Cait, sons Tyrone, Kevin, George, Seamus and daughter Cait. Also to his brothers Brendan, Pat, John and sister Bridie along with his extended family and friends. Now that you have a ringside seat with the man above Jimmy don't forget to have a word with him about Leeds. Always in our thoughts, your friends at Ennislusc. Marching On Together

Magnificent Clare Storm To All Ireland U21 Hurling Title

Sunday, 16 September 2012

All Ireland U21 Final, Thurles 15th September Clare 2-17 Kilkenny 2-11

A superb second half performance where Clare held Kilkenny to just four points (3 from frees) secured a second All Ireland U21 title for the young Bannermen. Clare enjoyed an excellent start to the game, when good work from Captain Conor McGrath set up Catal O’Connell for the game’s first goal as The Banner stormed into a 1-05 to 0-02 after eight minutes. Wing backs Pat O Connor and Seadna Morey scored two excellent points in that first half but it was the Cats who grabbed the game with to goals in three minutes just before half time.

The first was from a penalty ,give for Tulla's David McInerney holding back John Power who converted the penalty to level the score.Then as the game entered injury time corner forward Ger Aylward latched on to a long ball and gave Ronan Taffee no chance in the Clare goal. This certainly rocked Clare as they went in three points down (2-7 to 1-07) after starting brilliantly but fading in the latter stages. Whatever joint managers Gerry O Connor and Donal Moloney said at half time certainly had the desired effect as Clare stormed from the blocks.

Points from Cathal O Connell (3) and Cathal McInerney who finished the game with four points from play put Clare a point up before Conor McGrath scored a great goal following a pass from fellow Cratloe team mate Paidie Collins. The Cats weren't having it all there own way up front as a jittery Clare full back line in the first half came to life and sniffled out the threat of Ger Alyward,John Power and Walter Walsh. No more so than Ballyea's Paul Flanagan who was a colossus and mopped up at the back and never wasting a clearance.

And there were few signs of a late Kilkenny comeback, with Shane Golden, Cathal McInerney and Tony Kelly (he scored a mammoth free near the end ) making sure of a Banner victory.Diarmuid Kirwin's final whistle sparked a wave of Clare supporters onto the hallowed turf of Thurles to salute their heroes. Cathal O Connell received the Man Of Match award but in theory each and every Clare player gave their all. Hopefully on Sunday evening when the team are given their civic reception and show the trophy off in O Connell Square in Ennis that the Clare people young and old will come out to salute these magnificent young Clare hurlers.An Banner Abu.

CLARE U21H: Cathal O’Connell 1-6 (0-5f), Cathal McInerney 0-4, Conor McGrath 1-1, Seadna Morey, Colm Galvin, Patrick O’Connor, Aaron Cunningham, Shane Golden, Tony Kelly (0-1f) 0-1 each.

KILKENNY U21H: Kevin Kelly 0-6 (0-4f), Ger Aylward 1-1, John Power 1-0 (1-0 pen), Walter Walsh 0-2, Padraig Walsh, Geoff Brennan 0-1 each.

CLARE U21H: Ronan Taaffe (Tubber); Paul Flanagan (Ballyea), David McInerney (Tulla), Killian Ryan (Ruan); Patrick O’Connor (Tubber), Conor Ryan (Cratloe), Seadna Morey (Sixmilebridge); Colm Galvin (Clonlara), Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge); Tony Kelly (Ballyea), Padraic Collins (Cratloe), Aaron Cunningham (Wolfe Tones); Cathal McInerney (Cratloe), Conor McGrath (Cratloe), Cathal O’Connell (Clonlara). Subs: Peter Duggan (Clooney-Quin) for Cunningham (48), Niall Arthur (Inagh-Kilnamona) for Collins (59).

KILKENNY U21H: Dylan Walsh (Thomastown); Jason Corcoran (John Lockes), Willie Phelan (Dunamaggin), Brian Kennedy (St Lachtain’s); Luke Harney (Kilmacow), Richie Doyle (Barrow Rangers), Joe Lyng (Rower Inistioge); Geoff Brennan (St Patrick’s), Ollie Walsh (Dicksboro); Kevin Kelly (St Patrick’s), Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan), Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro); Walter Walsh (Tullogher-Rosbercon), John Power (Carrickshock), Ger Aylward (Glenmore). Subs: Martin Gaffney (Dicksboro) for Ollie Walsh (38), Cathal Kenny (Barrow Rangers) for Padraig Walsh (56).

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork)

When TJ Met Averil

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Last weekend many of Moroney's loyal customers including The Boss Charlie O Meara, set off for Adamstown ,Co Wexford to attend the wedding of TJ Scanlan and his bride Averil Furlong. Now we have all heard about the Sunny South East and Wexford is known in many circles as The Model County, The Slaneysiders or The Yellowbellies but the one thing that struck us all was the quality of the land. Now it's not that we know much about farming but with not a rush in sight, acres of tillage and crops of all description, one could not but admire the beautiful countryside and of course buckets of sunshine.

Adamstown is a picturesque village around 23K from Wexford town and probably best know as the home of Irish soccer star Kevin Doyle who incidentally is a great family friend of the Furlongs. Unfortunately he couldn't make the wedding as he was on International duty with the Republic Of Ireland vs Kazakhstan, where he won the Man Of Match Award but he did send his good wishes to TJ and Averil. Now TJ promised us a quick ceremony but even we were take by surprise with the speed of things.Then it was into Wexford town and the four star Talbot Hotel for the wedding reception.

Now if you came in off the street you were left in no doubt that this was a golfers weddings as the theme on all the tables was golf courses and we even had our own professional in Martin Ward in attendance. All we were short of hearing was FORE around the hall and my advice to Averil is you better take up this game if you want to see TJ. The meal was superb, the wine top class (well done Averil on your choices), Bestman Marty Ryan and Bridesmaid Florence Furlong played blinders while the band were brilliant. We even got renditions from Slim Corry, Mike Doab and Gerry Kenny but our Wexford counterparts were shy to follow these lads and who could blame them.

Now they say going to a wedding is the makings of another so we'll keep our fingers crossed to see what happens down the line. TJ and Averil flew out to New York on Tuesday morning on the first leg of their honeymoon and the beginning of married life. Sincere thanks to TJ and Averil for a super weekend and wishing you long life, health and happiness in your married life from all your friends in Moroney's and beyond.

Check the Photo Gallery for TJ's and Averils Photo Album

New Photo Gallery For Moroneys

Thursday, 13 September 2012

With nearly 800 photos in our gallery we though it would be a good idea to streamline it and make it more manageable for viewers to navigate. So with this in mind it was over to our computer whiz kid Gearoid Moroney (www.syncostyle.com) who is now based in San Francisco to come up with the new format. When the site was first launched in 2006 it was Gearoid who designed it and since then we have been tweaking at the design to make it more user friendly.

Our new Facebook page is managed by John White and we thank him sincerely for his daily uploads and witty photos. If anyone has any ideas on how we can enhance the site or comments to make please feel free to used the guestbook or email john@moroneysbar.com.

Ennis Wins Top Award In Tidy Towns 2012

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

In what was a fantastic result for all the hard work of Ennis UDC and all it's loyal volunteers, Ennis received the Award for Ireland's Largest Urban Area in the 2012 Super Value Tidy Towns Awards which were announced yesterday. Ennis gained 313 pts and was also awarded a Gold Medal in Cat G,the Gum Litter Task Award (Urban Winner),Tourism Award (Failte Ireland), The County Award and a Regional Award ( Mid West) which was a truly tremendous achievement.

Anyone walking through Ennis and it's enviorns can only admire the beautiful floral displays and note the cleanliness of the streets and that every sign post and metal pillars are painted.It is only right that we should feel proud of our town and the sterling work that many dedicated people are putting in to help us achieve these National Awards. Around the county there was a Endeavor Awards for Connolly ( 241 pts increase of 7.589% on 2011), Small Town Award for Newmarket On Fergus, Tourism Award for Ballyvaughan and also awards for Kilkee, Ballynacally, Kilrush and Mountshannon. Well done to each and every community on their awards and to the trojan work done by the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who give endless hours striving for every vital point that makes the difference in the end.

Lanes Of Ennis

Monday, 27 August 2012

Growing up in Ennis one takes it for granted about the amount of lanes in the town but do we all know their correct names ? Many towns people call the lanes by their adopted names such as Quinn's Lane, Enzo's Lane, The Beehive Lane, Ganga's Lane and so on but it's always a source of discussion especially in pub quizzes as to their correct names. Some years back the Ennis UDC decided to put plaques up on the lanes identifying them but if you asked most town's people where Shank's Lane is I very much doubt they would be able to tell you unless they are of a certain vintage.

It was with this in mind that that we decided to do a feature on the lanes of Ennis and hopefully put a end to all the debates. In the photo gallery you will find a section with Lanes Of Ennis which features photos of all the lanes and their correct names. Hope you enjoy the journey through the town.

Gearoid Enjoys SummerSlam In Los Angeles

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Last Sunday at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles the 25th SummerSlam WWE (professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV)) took place and our own Gearoid Moroney was there to enjoy the event. Having got into watching wrestling on Sky Sports and following the SummerSlam down the years it was always a ambition of his to perhaps one day attend the event and so it happened this year.

Presently working in San Francisco (ironically on Market St) as a Electronic and Computer Engineer, Gearoid saw his opportunity to go to SummerSlam this year but securing a ticket was going to be a problem for this sell out event. However after weeks of searching his luck finally came up trumps when he secured his precious ticket all-be at a exorbitant price.

Highlight of the trip for Gearoid was meeting John Cena (12 time World Champion and actor) and also getting to see Mike "The Miz" Mizanin ( his favourite wrestler) retain his Intercontinental Title. According to Gearoid the atmosphere was amazing and a once in a lifetime experience.

Photo Of Gearoid in Photo Gallery under heading People with John Cena

Golfer Of The Year Award For TJ

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

On Sunday last at the Ennis Golf Club TJ Scanlan won the title of Golfer Of The Year Award following the final points scoring competition of the season. TJ was 17pts ahead going into the weekend from his nearest rival Leo Herbert and he held on to win the title by 15pts. This is a tremendous achievement for TJ who's late grandfather Tony Kenny introduced him to the game. All his friends at Moroney's wish TJ continued success on the fairways and on his upcoming marriage to Ms Averil Furlong on 8th September in Adamstown,Co Wexford.But more about that big day later !

Ennislusc AGM At Moroney's Sat 18th August

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Finally after the Euro 2012 Championship and the Olympics all soccer fans are looking forward to the start of the 2012/2013 season on Saturday with much anticipation. And for all Leeds fans as we kick off our Championship with a live TV game against last season's Premiership boys, Wolves at Elland Road the dream of most fans is promotion or at the very least a top six finish. Manager Neil Warnock has been extremely busy in the transfer market bring in Jason Pearce, David Norris, Luke Varney, Paddy Kenny,Jamie Ashdown, Adam Drury, Paul Green, Rodoplh Austin, Andy Grey and El Hadji Diouf (who certainly will not be popular with many United fans) so there will be a lot of new faces on show come 12.45pm.

Immediately following the game Ennislusc will hold our Annual AGM in Moroney's Bar, Market Street.As usual the election of officers, proposed trips for the season, update on Mike Mac Golf Classic and any other business will be order of the evening.All new and existing members welcomed with open arms. Marching On Together

U21 Munster Hurling Title For Clare, But We Nearly Blew It

Thursday, 09 August 2012

The Banner boys entered the game at 1/3 favourites after their demolition of Waterford in the semi final while Tipp who had accounted for Cork and last years Champions Limerick were on offer at 11/4. Many of the official crowd of 8,739 at Cusack Park were in a state of shock with Tipp leading by a point as the game entering the two minutes of injury time signaled by referee John Sexton. Then up stepped the three substitutes Cathal McInerney, Peter Duggan and Inagh -Kilnamona's Niall Arthur to turn a defeat into a unlikely victory. This set off great celebrations which banished the memories of 2008 when The Banner lost the final at the same venue to Tipp with a disputed refereeing decision ( disallowing a Clare free and deeming Clare goalkeeper Donal Touhy for stepping outside the small square and awarding Tipp a free to win ) at the end of the game.

In fairness it should never have come down to those late heroics as right from the thrown in Clare looked to be the better team but woeful inaccuracy (nine wides in a scoreless opening quarter) looked like costing them dearly before senior star and U21 captain Conor McGrath got them off the mark with a free. At half time Tipp lead by a point after living on scraps and having their captain and free-taker John O’Dwyer as their main man in the scoring stakes.

As tough as it was at one end for Clare to eek out their scores, it wasn't any easier for Tipperary against a Clare defence in which the all-senior half-back line of Seadna Morey/Conor Ryan/Patrick O’Connor proved a major barrier. In the 48th minute, however, that barrier was breached, Jason Forde finding O’Dwyer with a perfect pass and his angled drive gave Ronan Taaffe no chance in the Clare goal.Game on now and would we see the young Banner boys be able to react to such a devastating blow and boy did they gave us our answer.

On 55 mins Sixmilebridge's Seadna Morey, one of Clare outstanding players on the night got the score of the game when soling from his wing back position at breath neck speed and scoring a rallying point for the Banner. One worth the admission price alone and reminiscent of Ciaran Carey's point for Limerick vs Clare in 1996, yes it was that good. However it was Ballyea's Tony Kelly ( TG4 Man of Match) who finished the game with 7pts (3 from play) that was Clare's main man on the night. His accuracy from frees and his general play especially in the first half was a joy to behold and Tipp had positioned their star center back Brian Stapleton on the him to curb his influence but to no avail.

Then the God's shone on the Banner and we got out of jail with a late late goal! A sideline ball by Clooney's Peter Duggan was latched onto by Cathal McInerney ( Cratloe) who hared forward and dispatched to Niall Arthur who was only on the field over two minutes and he shot to the net despite having three Tipp defenders around him. It was a brave decision by Niall as a point would have leveled things but he thankfully he went for the juggler and sent the Clare fans into ecstasy. Truly heart breaking way for for Tipperary to lose, Munster Grand Slam ambitions also gone, but really, justice done on the night, the better team winning and justice done in the longer term also! Come On The Banner

Scorers for Clare: T Kelly 0-7 (2f, 1 65); N Arthur 1-0; C O’Connell 0-3 (1f); C McGrath 0-3 (3f); P Collins 0-2; S Morey 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 1-7 (3f); C Hogan 0-2; J Forde, D Maher, L McGrath, E Murray, A McCormack, 0-1 each.

CLARE: R Taaffe; P Flanagan, D McInerney, K Ryan; S Morey, C Ryan, P O’Connor; C Galvin, S Golden; A Cunningham, P Collins, T Kelly; C O’Connell, C McGrath (c), D O’Halloran.

Subs: C McInerney (O’Halloran 42); P Duggan (O’Connell 50); N Arthur (Cunningham 58). Blood sub: S O’Halloran (O’Connor 42/45).

TIPPERARY: P Ryan; S Maher, A Ryan, P Ryan; B Stapleton, W Ryan, J Cahill; D McCormack, N O’Meara; L McGrath, S Curran, D Maher; J Forde, C Hogan, J O’Dwyer (c).

Subs: E Murray (McCormack 41); A McCormack (Hogan 55); P Greene (Curran 59).

Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Pubs In Ennis

Monday, 06 August 2012

While strolling down the streets of Ennis recently I was asked by a American gentleman for directions to Brogan's Bar in O Connell Street and it dawned on me that I should do a pictorial tour of the pubs of the town. Like everything it is only when you take the time and effort to check out such things that you realize we have a fantastic selection of bars on our doorstep. Unfortunately over the years many pubs have closed their doors such as McEvoy's (Upper Market St), Pauline McInerney's (Upper Market St), Flan Bar (Carmody St), Henry J's (Upper Market St), The Derrynane (O Connell St), Tuohy's and Paddy Arthur's (Parnell St), The Arkle Inn ( O Connell St), The Corner Bar (Parnell St) and Darcy's (better know as Cheers) to mention but a few. The Irish pub is a unique experience and we in Ennis are fortunate with our selection of hight class and friendly bars. Now I'm off for a pint, CHEERS.

In the Photo Gallery under the heading Bars of Ennis ( which can be found at bottom of page) one will finf photos of all the pubs in the town. Take a browse and enjoy.

King Of The Road Keith Whyte

Monday, 23 July 2012

Yesterday history was made on the streets of Cardiff when Ennis native and Ultra Marathoner Keith Whyte became the first Irishman to win the 100K Anglo Celtic Plate. To us mere mortals 100K equates to 62 miles 241 yds and to do so in a PB of 7hrs 16 mins was a awesome achievement on Keith's part considering he only took up running in 2007. Recently I had to get one of my car tyres replaced at Pat Foudy and Daughters garage on Mill Road and it was Keith who did the job. We got speaking about running and he told me he was running 180-200mls per week and I was astounded as I don't even driving that many miles in a week ! That just puts into context the dedication, determination, sacrifices and drive that Keith has to achieve his goal while at the same time holding down a full time job and making time for family life.

Keith will be arriving into Shannon this evening where he will be greeted by family and friends along with members of the press. From there he will head to his local Moroney's, where on the rare occasion he enjoys a tipple with his brother John, sister Sarah and dad Michael,the well know musician of Country Fever fame. Hats off on a superb achievement Keith and here's to many more victories on the Ultra circuit from all your friends and supporters in Moroney's.

Barry The Busker

Saturday, 21 July 2012

On Saturday morning while John White was getting ready to open Moroney's he could hear someone playing guitar and singing outside on the street. On opening the door John found young Barry Sunderland busking outside the door and giving a rendition of the Stockton's Wing song Strange Affair. Barry was wondering if he would have to move on but John reassured him that he would only be good for business.

Barry who has been playing guitar since he was seven enjoys busking around town and also is in the process of starting a band with his friends Richard Daly, Oisin Bates and Ethan O Brien. As of yet they have not decided on a name but as Barry says it's a work in progress. Even the Market's oldest resident Peggy Kearney was impressed with Barry's music as she stopped to drop some money in Barry's kitty. We look forward to hearing Barry busking on a regular basis outside Moroney's and entertaining the people of Ennis.

There is a photo of Barry in the PHOTO GALLERY under the heading People which appears at the bottom of the page in the Gallery page.

Big Ask For The Banner

Friday, 13 July 2012

On Saturday all roads lead to Thurles where Clare take on Limerick in the All Ireland Hurling Qualifiers with a place in the last eight at stake. After a super win over Dublin last weekend (when Clare were reduced to 14 men just a minute into the 2nd half when Nicky O Connell was sent off but rallied to beat a fancied Dublin team by three points on a scoreline of 1-16 to 0-16) it is a big ask for a young Banner side to face into a tough match just seven days later. They have already played Limerick three times this season in the Waterford Crystal and National League and the Shannonsiders have yet to beat The Banner.

However the bookies make Limerick 5/6 favourites and it's hard to argue with those odds.The game is live on TV at 7pm so if you are not going to Thurles drop in to Moroney's to enjoy the game in high definition. Best wishes to Davy and all the squad, Come On The Banner.

Clare Team vs Limerick Sat 14th July 1 Patrick Kelly 2 Domhnall O Donovan 3 Cian Dillon 4 Seadna Morey 5 Brendan Bugler 6 Pat Donnellan 7 Nicky O Connell 8 Colm Galvin 9 Sean Collins 10 Fergal Lynch 11 John Conlon 12 Tony Kelly 13 Aaron Cunningham 14 Darach Honan 15 Conor McGrath

Davy vs Dalo in The Qualifiers

Friday, 06 July 2012

Tomorrow evening in Cusack Park the Davy Fitzgerald managed Clare will line up against Dublin who are managed by former Clare All Ireland winning captain Anthony Daly in the All Ireland Hurling Qualifier series with throw in at 7pm. Clare were somewhat unlucky in the MHSC S/F vs Waterford but the Dubs were on the receiving end of a hammering from Kilkenny so should be out to save face on Saturday evening after much was expected of them this year.

The Clare County Board are expecting a bumper crowd for the game so get there early to avoid congestion at the gates. The game is being shown live on TG4 and if you can't make it drop in to Moroney's and see all the action on high definition. Come On The Banner

Fingers Crossed For Tony, Sean And Cahercalla Risk

Wednesday, 04 July 2012

On Thursday evening,5th July at Galway Greyhound Stadium the Sean Heeney and Tony Quinn owned Cahercalla Risk will contest The Murphy Commercial A3 525 Final. Risk has five wins to his credit to date and this certainly would be a popular win for the well know duo if he could make it six. Sean who has held most positions with the Ennis And Clarecastle Coursing Club including Chairman has been involved in greyhounds all his life and is no stranger to the winners enclosure down the years.

Tony is son of the late Michael Quinn of Cahercalla Rebellion fame who won the Oakes in 1950 and was reared on the family farm. It's great to see the Cahercalla prefix being carried on over 60 years later and all their friends at Moroney's wish the lads every success.

Davy's Banner Boys Take On The Deise

Friday, 15 June 2012

On Sunday next all roads for Clare GAA fans will lead to Thurles where The Banner men take on Waterford in the Munster Championship Semi Final with throw in at 4pm. This is a intriguing clash as after four years in charge of The Deise, Davy Fitzgerald is now in charge of his native Clare. Having gained promotion to Division 1A of the hurling league the Banner boys now set their sights on winning a Munster Championship game for the first time since 2008 when they beat the same opposition in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. It was after this game that the then Waterford manager Justin McCarthy got the sack and Davy took over and got the Deise men to the All Ireland Final where the suffered a humiliating defeat to Kilkenny.

While this is a very young Clare team that have buckets of skill and are flying fit they are meeting a battle hardened Waterford who have reached the All Ireland Semi Finals for the last four years. While down the years we associate Munster Championship days with baking hot days unfortunately this year the weather men are predicting showers and with these recessionary times the GAA are only expecting a attendance of around 17,000 for the game.

For those not able to travel down for the game it will be shown live on RTE. Now in Moroney's we have high definition TV's so it will feel like you are sitting in the stands in Thurles. After the game there will be the traditional Sunday trad session so if you are around why not drop in and shout on the boys and enjoy the crack. Good luck to Davy and the boys, Come On The Banner.

Republic Of Ireland Kick Off Their Euro 2012 Campaign

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Well tonight at 7.45pm every sports fan in Ireland will be glued to the television sets watching the Republic Of Ireland's opening fixture vs Croatia in the 2012 European Soccer Championship. With 35,000 fans expected to travel including our own Townies Slim Corry, Donie Neaylon, Frankie Woods, Kieran and Kaki Ryan there should be some atmosphere in Poznan.

As always all the games can been see live in Moroney's in surround sound and high definition. There will be complimentary finger food at half time tonight (and for all the Republic games) while one lucky customer will win a Irish jersey when there is a draw for same at half time. So Come On You Boys In Green and we look forward to cheering you on from Moroney's.

Maurice Lennon And The Magic Of The Fiddle

Saturday, 02 June 2012

Last weekend Maurice Lennon of Stockton's Wing fame played in Moroneys during the Fleadh Nua weekend much to the delight of regulars and visitors alike. Maurice who is a renowned genius on the fiddle having won his first All Ireland Senior title at the age of 17 was renewing acquaintance with his great friend Ger (Hanna) Hanrahan who is a brother of Stockton Wing members Kieran and Mike Hanrahan and works in Moroney's.

As a true musician when the talking was over Maurice played some gigs and reels much to the delight of all and also took part in the trad sessions over the weekend in Moroney's. This was his first visit to the bar and he was delighted with the reception he received and loved the atmosphere of the trad sessions. Maurice has his own website (www.mauricelennon.com) and he has already promised that when he returns to Ennis he'll be stopping off in Moroney's to catch up with the news and play some tunes. Hopefully that will not be too long in the distant future.

Magical Night For Chelsea Supporters Club In Moroneys

Monday, 21 May 2012

One couldn't write the script for the wonderful conclusion to Saturday nights Champions League Final especially for all those Chelsea fans gathered in Moroney's for the game. You see Moroneys is the home of the Chelsea Supporters Club in Ennis and with three minutes remaining it resembled a morgue, Chelsea a goal down and seemingly no way back. Then a corner (Chelsea's only one to Bayern's 20 in the game) on 88 mins was swung in by Juan Mata and there with a bullet of a header was Didier Drogba and suddenly the bar erupted.

We then went to extra time and it looked like Drogba had gone from hero to villain when he tripped Franck Ribéry and a penalty was awarded. However cometh the hour cometh the man and Chelsea keeper Petr Cech made a superb save from his ex colleague Arjen Robben. After thirty minutes of extra time it was down to the dreaded penalty kicks and Chelsea fans were casting their minds back to the final of 2008 when the lost out to Manchester United on 21 May at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow after Captain John Terry missed his kick. However there was no Terry on the pitch this time as he was suspended for the final and there was hushed silence for the penalty shoot out.

First up for Bayern was captain Philipp Lahm who blasted to the net and when Juan Mata missed the first spot kick for Chelsea the odds looked bleak for the Blues.Gomes and goalkeeper Neuer scored the 2nd and third for Bayern as did David Luiz and Frank Lampard for Chelsea. Then Olic's spot kick was saved by Cech and up stepped Ashley Cole to level it with four kicks taken. Then German International Schweinsteiger steps up and he's hit the post! He stopped and waited, trying to dummy Cech and then he sidefooted it off the inside of the right post. Actually Cech got a slight touch to the ball,it just grazed his fingertips before hitting the post. What a save! Well if you wanted any man to take the final kick to win the Championd League well it had to be Didier Drogba and he didn't disappoint sending Neuer the wrong way to spark fantastic celebrations for all Chelsea fans worldwide.

It was no different in Moroneys where after looking down and out Chelsea had risen from the dead to win the premier trophy on offer for club football in Europe and the celebrations started in earnest. For Jim McMahon, Colm Fitzgerald, PJ Gilligan, Michael Ryan, Tony Guilfoyle, Des and all the Blues supporters it was a night to remember. Little over two months ago one of Chelsea's greatest ever captains Ron Chopper Harris visited Moroneys and he said at the time was that his one wish was that Chelsea would one day win the Champions League well the dream came through on Saturday night for Ron and the faithful Chelsea supporters.

Their anthem Blue Is The Colour reverberated around the bar and many other supporters from other clubs in the town including Paul Nuggy Nihill ( Sec of Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club)came in to join the celebrations. One man that was very happy was Colm Fitzgerald or Cullie as he's know to one and all. When Chelsea were beaten 3-1 away to Napoli in the 1st leg of the QF he put a €20 double on Chelsea to win the FA Cup and Champions League at odds of 50/1, nice one Cullie.

Congratulations to all the Chelsea Supporters on a wonderful achievement from Charlie and his staff not to mention all the customers of Moroneys. Any for those of you who don't know the Chelsea anthem well here are the lyrics so you can join in when you here them lifting the roof once again next season :-)

Blue is the colour, football is the game We're all together and winning is our aim So cheer us on through the sun and rain Cos Chelsea, Chelsea is our name.

Here at the Bridge, whether rain or fine We can shine all the time Home or away, come and see us play You're welcome any day

Blue is the colour, football is the game We're all together and winning is our aim So cheer us on through the sun and rain Cos Chelsea, Chelsea is our name

Come to the Shed and we'll welcome you Wear your blue and see us through Sing loud and clear until the game is done Sing Chelsea everyone

Blue is the colour, football is the game We're all together and winning is our aim So cheer us on through the sun and rain Cos Chelsea, Chelsea is our name.

Blue is the colour, football is the game We're all together and winning is our aim So cheer us on through the sun and rain Cos Chelsea, Chelsea is our name.

Welcome To Fleadh Nua Ennis 20th - 28th May 2012

Saturday, 19 May 2012

It's that time of the year again when the Fleadh Nua returns Ennis for the 37th consecutive year. First held in 1970 the Fleadh has been held in Ennis every year since 1975 and although it does not draw the huge crowds off old it still a very important commercial and tourist attraction for the town. As usual there will céilithe, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment and of course the parade through the streets on Sunday 28th.

The programme for Fleadh Nua 2012 will include concerts, céilithe, sessions, street and gig-rig entertainment, Irish language classes, set dancing competitions, Sean-Nós dancing competitions and performances, story telling, Singers Club and much more. Most of the activities are as always free of charge with the main concerts taking place in Glor and Cois na hAbhna where the opening also takes place at 7.30 p.m. on Sunday 20th May.

As always Moroneys will be holding sessions throughout the festival with all musicians welcome. The following is the programme for Moroneys:

Sunday 20th Blackie O Connell, Karol Lynch and Seanie O Goraman. Session Begins @ 6pm

Weds 23rd Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane and Martin Dermody. Session Begins @ 9.30pm

Friday 25th Grace Kelly, Peter Browne and Alan Maguire. Session Begins @ 9.30pm

Saturday 26th John Joe Kelly, Darragh Murphy and John Kelly. Session Begins @ 9.30pm

Sunday 27th Blackie O Connell, Karol Lynch and Seanie O Goraman. Session Begins @ 6pm

Looking forward to seeing all our regulars and old friends over the week and to some great trad sessions. Best Wishes and continued success to the Fleadh Nua and it's outstanding and hard working committee from all at Moroneys.

Dónal Lunny Surprise Visit To Moroneys

Thursday, 17 May 2012

There was a surprise in store for regulars and visitors alike for the Wednesday night trad session in Moroneys when one of the legends of Irish Traditional music Donal Lunny appeared along with banjo player Dessie Kelleher and well know concertina player Pádraig Wynne. Regular musicians Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane and Martin Dermody were thrilled to see Dónal who immediately sat down with his friends and the session took off. Dónal has played with Christy Moore, Planxty, Moving Hearts, Sinead O Connor,The Bothy Band and the Emmet Spiceland and is also a well know producer. He was the producer and music director of the soundtrack of Bringing It All Back Home, a BBC television documentary series charting the influence of Irish music throughout the world. He produced albums for Paul Brady, Elvis Costello, Rod Stewart, Indigo Girls, Sinéad O'Connor, Clannad, Maurice Lennon, Baaba Maal, and Five Guys Named Moe.

Dónal played bouzouki but is also well know for the bodhrán. On the night he was introduced to Ger Hanrahan (Hanna to one and all) who works in Moroneys and he was delighted to hear that well know Stockton Wing musicians Kieran and Mike were his brothers.Of course the obvious question was asked of Hanna as to what instrument he plays but that's a long story, suffice to say Dónal is still laughing with Hanna's reply. It was a great night for trad music and those present will treasure the memory and the photos.

On leaving Dónal thanked all the musicians, Charlie and Hanna behind the bar and everyone for the kindness and hospitality and said that he loved the session and atmosphere in Moroneys. Hopefully we'll see Dónal back again in the not too distant future for another mouth watering session.

Blue Is The Colour On Saturday Night

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Next Saturday night will be a big night for the Chelsea Supporters Club when their beloved Blues take on Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena (which happens to be the home of Bayern) with kick off at 7.45pm. The supporters club have been meeting in Moroneys since 2005 for all their live games and founder Jim McMahon and all their members will be out in force hoping they can finally land the trophy. It promises to be some day of sport as in addition to the Champions League Final, the Heineken Cup Final ( Leinster vs Ulster KO 5pm), Scottish Cup Final ( Hearts vs Hibs KO 3pm) and the Championship Play Off Final ( West Ham vs Blackpool KO 2pm) are all being shown live on Sky Sports.

So get down to Moroneys on Saturday for a great day of sport and good luck to Jim and all the Chelsea supporters. Looking forward to hearing your anthem Blue Is The Colour ringing around the bar before during and after the game.

Happy Birthday Karol

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

On Saturday night last Karol Lynch one of Ireland's most accomplished bouzouki players celebrated his 30th birthday with a party in Jonnos Bar, Doora. Despite partying into the wee hours Karol was back in Moroneys for his regular Sunday evening gig with his good friends Blackie O Connell and Seanie O Gorman. Once again true to form this was another outstanding trad session from the lads. Charlie and all the staff and customers of Moroneys wish Karol a Happy Birthday and sincerely thank him for all the great sessions he's thrilled us with over the years.

Superman Keith

Monday, 30 April 2012

Now many people love to go for a leisurely walk to keep fit, some like to cycle others to run but few if any would tackle a 100K run but that's part and parcel of Keith Whyte's life as a International Ultra Marathon runner. Keith who is a brother of Sarah and John who both work in Moroney's is not just your average guy as he trains up to three times per day while at the same time working full time and making time for family life. And this is all the more fascinating as Keith only took up running in 2007 with the Ennis Track Club and now is a established International runner.

On the 22nd April Keith was part of the The Irish men's team that finished a magnificent 6th in the World 100km Championships in Seregno, Italy. Keith ran a time of 7:25:56hrs and was third scoring team member on the Irish team.The cumulative times of the top three finishers establish team rankings and the new Irish team record of 21:49:48 hrs ensured 6th position overall. This was a phenomenal achievement by Keith and hopefully will be the first of many in the years to come. All in Moroneys wish Keith a injury free 2012 and continued success on the roads of Europe and beyond !

List of Keith's races from 2011

Feb - Donadea 50km 1st place

March - Ireland debut ACP 100km 7.28

April - Connemara Marathon 3rd Place

May - Kildare Marathon 1st Place

May - Newry City Marathon 3rd Place

July - Trail World Chapionships

August - Longford Ultra Marathon 39.3 miles 1st Place

September - World 100km Championships

October - Sub 3 Hour Pacer in the Dublin Marathon

December - Clonakilty Waterfront Marathon 1st Place

Ennislusc 22nd Trip To Elland Road

Thursday, 26 April 2012

The Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club who meet in Moroneys are off on their travels once again. Tomorrow at 12 noon from the West County four cars will set off for Dublin Airport on our first leg of the journey to the holy grail for all Leeds fans, Elland Road. Unlike previous years we are not traveling from Shannon as unfortunately we couldn't find a flight to suit so our next best option is to fly direct from the capital. However we won't be the first to arrive in Leeds as Marian Moroney will travel over on Friday morning to Manchester and will be in Leeds for 9am !

We have also other members such as Noel and Gary Collins, George and Gary Browne, Damian Morris and Ollie and Eoin O Loughlin making their own way to Leeds so come kick off at 12.30pm on Saturday we will have 35 members at the game which is a fantastic number in this day and age. Despite our disappointing season their is optimism that during the summer Neil Warnock can strengthen the side and make a all out assault for promotion. Saturday for us Leeds supporters is a chance to thank the players for their efforts (NO MATTER HOW BAD WE THINK OUR BACK FOUR PERFORMED :-)) and bade farwell to many of them who will be playing at Elland Road for the last time as the hatchet comes down on their stay with The Whites.

As always our excellent Secretary Paul Nuggy Nihill has organized a bus to bring us to and from Leeds/Bradford at a very reasonable cost of ten pounds sterling. Also Nugs has sorted the match tickets so anyone who hasn't paid can furnish Paul with fifty euro at the West County or in The Marriott Hotel in Leeds. We are all eagerly looking forward to the weekend and as the saying goes it will be planes,boats, trains and automobiles at the ready to get us to Leeds. Marching on Together

Our Squad for the Leicester game:

Names

Martin Brennan Brian Woods

Cyril Corry Mike Jones

Richie Lynch Marie Lynch Cathal Lynch

Alan Murphy Paul Nihill Tadhg Murphy

Kevin Barry Noelette Barry

John Moroney Marian Moroney

Eoin Doohan Enda Howard

Kieran Ryan + son

Bernie Duggan Dom O'Rourke

Noel Collins Cedric O'Flaherty

Ollie O'Loughlin Eoin O'Loughlin

Jane, Ruth, Katie Underwood Steve Underwood

Gary Collins Eoin O'Meara-Daly

David Casey Declan Kelly

Earnan McNulty Ronan Pigott

Damien Morris

John Giles Visits Moroneys

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

On Saturday evening last the legendary John Giles paid a surprise visit to Moroneys. John was in town for the 2nd Annual Mike Mac Golf Classic and accepted a invitation to visit Moroneys, the home of Ennislusc who were promoting the event. On entering the pub he was given a standing ovation and he was delighted to meet with many of the locals including, Mark Moloney, Wayne Skerritt, Jimmy Fenton, Ronnie Ryne, Terry Hayes, Lockie, Jamesie Gormley and Mayor Of Ennis Mickey Guilfoyle.

John loved the atmosphere of the pub and even went behind the bar to pose for photos with bar staff Sarah and John Whyte. All present will testify to his easy going nature and having spent over a hour in Moroneys he returned to the Ennis Golf Club for the presentation of prizes. However John did promise that all going well he would love to revisit Moroneys next year when he returns for the Classic and of course we would welcome him back with open arms. As he says himself when referring to a top player on TV " A class act" and that certainly applies to John, a true gentleman.

Check out the Photo Gallery under the heading John Giles Visits Moroneys for photos from the visit.

Classic Day For The Mike Mac At Ennis Golf Club

Monday, 16 April 2012

The only worry the committee had facing into Saturday morning was how would the weather fare but obviously Mac had a word with The Boss and we were provided with a beautiful day for the 2nd Mike Mac Golf Classic at the Ennis Golf Club. While the number of teams competing was down on last year which is understandable give the economic climate none the less the event was once again a outstanding success. We are indebted to our main sponsors PJ Kelly's Bar, Carmody St., Considine's Bar, Parnell St., Moroney's Bar Market St., Doohan Financial Planning, Dundalk and P&M Golf Superstore, Ennis and all our tee box sponsors who once again were not found wanting, Mile Buiochas to one and all. Also many thanks to Eddie Hayes (Painting Contractor)and TJ Scanlon (Ventilation & Stainless Steel Specialist) for sponsoring nearest the pin in two at the 2nd and at the par 3 16th.It would be remiss of us if we did not make a special mention to Paudie Carmody and his friends from Lissycasey who sponsored no less than 8 tee boxes and also entered a team in the event although they were heading to a stag in Limerick immediately after finishing their round. Our main prize in the raffle a Midweek Break for 2nts in The Kilford Arms Kilkenny was again sponsored by Michael (Champ) Dinan which is a tremendously kind gesture and much appreciated.Thank you Champ.

One thing all the golfers commented on was how well the course was looking ( although they also said it was playing tough )and to greenkeepers Kevin Browne and David Hoey we appreciate and thank you for your efforts in having the course in pristine condition. Once again the legend John Giles ( voted the Best Irish soccer player of the last 50 yrs in 2004) graced us with his presence which is a tremendous honour for our club and the Classic. John is a true gentleman who had time for everyone. In his speech at the presentation of prizes he said he hoped he would be back again next year as he was among friends and thoroughly enjoyed the event. We thank you John most sincerely for your continued support of the Classic. Ennislusc Secretary Paul Nihill designed a special score card for the Classic with each hole on the course associated with a event in John Giles life and the great man himself was delighted with the thought. Well done Nugs.

Events like this take a huge effort to organize and in this case we are blessed to have a exceptional committee. While not all are Leeds supporters :-) the one common denominator is their loyalty and friendship to our late dear friend Mike Mac. Around December the seed was sown for this years classic and for the last few months meetings have taken place, posters printed, emails flying around by the lorry load and calls made for sponsorship. Our Classic Committee is made up of Paul (Nuggy) Nihill, Cyril (Slim)Corry, Phil Brigdale, Kieran Ryan, Frankie Woods, Johnny Moroney, Ger Hanrahan, Dom O Rourke and Kieran (Ryno) Ryan and without their efforts the Mike Mac Classic wouldn't be one of the most successful events at the Ennis Golf Club.

Of course the object of the exercise is to raise funds for charities with the two main benefactors being Cahercalla Hospice and The John Giles Foundation. At the presentation Mary Moloney (Fundraising Manager at Cahercalla Hospice) gave a moving speech about how their are ten beds in the hospital which are free of charge to patients but they only get funding for two and a half bed, the rest has to be raise voluntarily. She said she was thrilled to get the call again this year from Paul to say funds from the event would be going to the hospice and on behalf of the hospital she thanked everyone associated with the Mike Mac Classic for their kindness and efforts.

It is ironic that the Classic winners this year hail from Newmarket on Fergus home of the late Mike McNamara. No doubt he was smiling down from the heavens when he heard that the Collins family of Newmarket Celtic fame ( Bernard, Noel and his son Gary along with Jason White) were this years winners of the Classic. The trophy was presented to the winning Captain Noel Collins by Mike's sisters Helen and Ronnie and in his acceptance speech Noel said he was thrilled to win the event as Mike and his brother Jack were great friends of theirs since they first kicked a football with Newmarket Celtic.

John Finn once again was a brilliant and eloquent compere. Ennislusc President Cyril Corry gave a excellent account of stories relating to Mike's life and how they were best friends despite the 20 year age gap. On the night the McNamara family were represented by Helen (Frawleys) and Ronnies ( Moloneys) families and Mike's niece Siobhan Malone and her husband Ronan. Finally we would like to thank Ennis Golf Club Bar Manager Kieran (Ryno) Ryan and his staff including Chef Mark O Neill for their superb efforts on Saturday which helped to make the day a outstanding success.

Mike Mac Classic Results 2012

1st Bernard Collins, Noel Collins,Gary Collins & Jason White 90 pts

2nd Sam Doyle, Niall Heaney, Liam Behan & Stephen Gulfoyle 87pts

3rd John Kelly, James Ball,George Mulvey & Brian Connellan 87pts

4th Peadar Cosgrove, PJ O Neill,Johnny Cullinan & Sean Fitzpatrick 87pts

5th Brian John McCarthy, Colm McNevin, Karol Lynch and John McInerney 86pts

6th John Giles, Cyril Corry, Eoin Doohan & Paul Nihill

7th Kieran Ryan, Johnny Ryan, Jim Carmody & Joe Guilfoyle

Nearest to Pin 3rd (2nd shot) Tom Glynn

Nearest to Pin on 16th Jason Andrews

Fortnight To Go For 2nd Annual Mike Mac Golf Classic

Sunday, 01 April 2012

We are fast approaching the 2nd Anniversary Mike Mac GolfClassic which takes place at Ennis Golf Club on 14th April with the legendary John Giles once again guest of honour on the day. Even in these recessionary times there is great interest in the event and we hope to have nearly 40 teams taking part on the day with all the proceeds going to Cahercalla Hospice, The John Giles Foundation and local charities.

We are very grateful to our main sponsors PJ Kellys Bar, Fafa's ( Mark Kelly), Moroneys Bar, P & M Golf Superstore and Eoin Doohan Financial Planning for their continued support which help to make this event such a popular outing for golf enthusiasts. All are welcome to the clubhouse on Saturday night for the presentation of prizes and to meet and have photos taken with JG. There will be dancing and finger food and plenty of crack so if your free get on up to the Ennis GC where a great night is assured. For golfers wishing to play in the Classic there is a timesheet in operation and Kieran Ryan 087-8055306 will facilitate any individuals or teams. Now fingers crossed for a fine :-)

Jeru Cavendish Sprints To Famous Victory In Irish Cup

Monday, 05 March 2012

What a day for the real coursing folk from Clare at Limerick Racecourse on Sunday 26th Feb when Jeru Cavendish owned by Ms Jenna O Donoghue, Cree and trained by John Browne (of the famous Burnpark prefix) Ballyea sailed to victory in the JP McManus sponsored Irish Cup. Jeru who is named after Jenna and Ruth O Donoghue daughters of Johnny and Naomi and Cavendish is after the famed Isle Of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish. Having won a trial stake at Borris-In-Ossory Jeru headed to Powerstown Park Clonmel with high hopes for the Derby but went out in the 2nd round to Cuine Boy. He had run in the Corn Na Feile at Abbeyfeale after Christmas but got injured in the second round and in trainers John Browne opinion didn't run anywhere near his full potential. In consultation with Johnny O Donoghue it was decided to enter him in the Irish Cup and take his chances with the seasoned all age dogs. This was to prove a master stroke for the two Johnny's.

In the first round Jeru beat Crafty Denso ( who went off line, Won 32 Trial Stake Gorey) and followed this up with wins over Dresden Call ( Won All Ages in Ballyduff and Co Kerry ) and Arise Sir Mark. At the start of the third day Jeru was quoted at 7/1 ( having been 33/1 at start of coursing) and little did we know the controversy that lay ahead. In the quarter final Jeru lead Smart Touch ( Won 32 Trial Stake Rathkeale) by four lengths but both were unsighted and the judge (Tom Lawler) sent them back to slips. After a fifteen minute interval they both went to slips again and Jeru got the flag much to the delight of the big Clare crowd. He was now the 5/1 outsider for the semi final but be bombed out of slips and beat the Pa Fitzgerald trained Chelsea Speed by a length when the hare was turned. The final is the things that dreams are made of and when Richie Quinn slipped Jeru and Killmore Matey ( the 7/1 long odds favourite before coursing) there was no doubt after fifty yards as Jeru strided to a emphatic seven length victory. With Gaisce Mor winning the Patsy Byrne Select Bitch Stake for The Gaisce Syndicate from Mullagh it was a great day for the coursing folk from Clare.

The celebrations started after the presentation when Noreen McManus invited all the Jeru supporters to her private suite at the racecourse and continued in the Cuchulainn Bar in Patrickswell and finished up in Walshes Bar in Cree. However the locals were not to be denied their day and all the Ennis & Clarecastle members were invited to Navins in Clarecastle on Monday evening to continue the celebrations. And now Johnny O Donoghue has asked the famed balladeer PJ Murrihy to compose a song about Jeru's fabled victory and with a big night planned for Cooraclare in a few weeks all will wait with baited breath for the finished song.

Jeru has now earned a well earned rest and will go back to the O Donoghues for the summer. No decisions have been made for next season but no doubt Jeru will be aimed at a few of the local All Age stakes and another crack at retaining the Irish Cup. With the O Donoghues owning both his sire Siena Steel and dam Jeru ( who is also in pup to Siena once again) it looks like there could be a few more great days on the horizon for Clare coursing folk. HULAHUL

In the Photo Gallery there are 30 photos taken at Clonmel and the celebrations at Greenmount. When you click on the gallery scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the album GREYHOUND FOLK CELEBRATE and enjoy.

Remembering Gerry Moroney

Friday, 17 February 2012

On Friday morning, February 17th, at 2.24am, Gerry Moroney, one of Ennis' oldest and most respected citizens passed to his eternal rest. Gerry had reached the ripe old age of 91.

Born in Ennis in January 1921, Gerry went to school in the local CBS. On leaving school, he immediately went to work in the family grocery and pub business. His late father John was a former Chairman of the Ennis Urban Council and despite numerous approaches to stand in the local election this was never an option for Gerry.

First and foremost, Gerry was a stalwart of Ennis hurling and football. He played with the Market, Dals, Rovers, Turnpike and Eire Og in hurling, where he won two Senior Championships in '56 and '57 while also winning four Senior Football Titles with the great Faughs teams of '47, '48, '52 (which he captained) and '54. In Ollie Byrne's superb book on Ennis hurling, Around The Square, the great Jimmy Smith wrote, "Gerry Moroney was one of the recognised stalwarts of the game. Apart from his ability as a player and he was a good one, I admired him for his leadership qualities. He was an all-rounder and saw good in everything and everybody. He was respected in the country and in the town. He attracted to his pub the core and worth of young and old. When you saw him walking his greyhounds or playing games he exuded this rare aura of dependability, and decency. He had no sides, like it or lump it, honesty had to prevail." [page 322]

Gerry's other passion was greyhounds and going to coursing meetings all over the county and beyond. One of his greatest days on the coursing field was in 1950 when his good friend and fellow publican Paddy Quinn won the Oaks in Clonmel with Cahercalla Rebellion. One of his longest memories is of hunting hares in Rineanna in 1933 when he was 12. The rushes were taller than him and he feared of getting lost. When told that they were proposing to build an airport there he thought it was preposterous, but that dream became a reality and to this day the hares still roam the airfield in Shannon.

He was also a noted historian, and had an immense wealth of knowledge of his beloved Ennis and its families. Sean Spellissey, who has published many books on Ennis, its traders and people, used to get Gerry to proofread some of his books before sending them to be published. While many of us young townies would call lanes by their local names, such as Quinn's Lane, Gerry would insist that the correct name was Lysaght's Lane. He was later proved correct when the Urban Council put plaques up to give all the lanes their correct names.

Gerry is now reunited with his beloved wife Mary who passed away on May 22nd, 2004, and no doubt he will be hurling a few balls and coursing a few dogs with all his great friends who have gone before him to their eternal rest. Hulahul Gerry and thanks for the memories.

2nd Mike Mac Golf Classic

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Plans are already afoot for the second Mike Mac Golf Classic at the Ennis Golf Club with Saturday 14th April been penciled in for the tournament. Following last years outstanding success the committee is confident that the classic will be well supported once again this year.

Last year nearly €7,000 was distributed to Cahercalla Hospice, The John Giles Foundation, Ennis Old Folk, The McMahon Fund,The Clare Crusaders and Clarecastle Day Care Centre. While that figure was beyond our wildest dreams we hope once again this year to help out many local charities in the area. Of course the star of the show last year was the appearance of John Giles at the classic and once again contact had been made with John and the committee are hopeful he will once ahain grace us with his presence.

The committee is arranging a meeting in Moroneys on Thursday 26th January to kick start the event and anyone that wishes to help is more than welcome to come along. Even if you can't get involved you may have a idea for the event and we would be only too glad to hear from you.

Ennis Chelsea Supporters Club Social On 21st Jan

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Ennis Chelsea Supporters Club which meet in Moroneys for live televised games are holding a social on Saturday 21st January 2012 in The Templegate Hotel, Ennis at 8pm. Guest at the social is Chelsea legend Ron Chopper Harris ,a Chelsea player from the 60's and 70's and captain of their 1970 winning FA Cup final team. In the 70's there were some great battles between Chelsea and Leeds United and he will be speaking about these and this will be followed with a Question & Answer session.

There will be a meal, raffle ,spot prizes and also a comedian accompanying Ron on the night. Tickets cost €25 for adults and €10 for Juniors. Anyone interested in attending can contact Club Secretary Jim McMahon at 086-8119086 for further details.

Ennislusc Coming Home

Sunday, 08 January 2012

After a absence of 5 months Ennislusc will return to Moroneys for tomorrows nights televised 3rd Round FA Cup game away to Arsenal. While Moroneys was closed we returned to Considine's in Parnell St and all the members and committee of Ennislusc would like to thank Mark Kelly and his staff for the hospitality they afforded the club while we were homeless.

New man in charge of Moroneys, Charlie O Mara is looking forward to meeting all the Leeds supporters and assures them they will be welcome with open arms. He admits to not knowing the words to the Leeds anthem, Marching On Together but he won't be long finding out when Ennislusc start singing me think !

Christmas Greetings And New Year Wishes To All Our Customers

Saturday, 24 December 2011

After a year in which Moroneys was closed from the 24th June to 25th November due to Brian John retiring from business and renovations taking place it's great to be back open for the festive period. It's four weeks since Charlie O Mara took over the reins at Moroneys and he's been thrilled with the response he's received from his old customers in The Usual Place and the loyal following that BJ had built up.

Charlie his wife Susan and all his staff John, Majella, Diane, Hanna and Irene would like to wish our loyal customers, their families and friends a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and hope that the New Year brings health and happiness to you all. Hopefully we will get to meet a lot of our friends over the holiday period and especially those who have returned home for the Christmas. You can be assured of a great welcome, smile, craic and and some super trad sessions if you come down to Moroneys over the Christmas.

Supporters Clubs Return To Moroney's

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Following on from the AGM of the Chelsea Supporters Club on Tuesday night last they have now confirmed that they will be returning to Moroneys for all their televised games. The club is run by a great committee comprising of Jim McMahon, PJ Gilligan and Tony Guilfoyle to mention but a few.

Also returning to Moroneys will be the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club and Charlie will have his first experience of the club for the televised 3rd Rd FA Cup game on Monday 9th January vs Arsenal. One think for sure is he'll have to get to know the words of the Leeds anthem Marching On Together. Both clubs would also like to acknowledge the kindness and generosity of Brian John McCarthy and his staff over the years and hope he's on the road to a full recovery.

Welcome Charlie

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

On Friday night next 25th November Moroney's will re open it's doors and the new gaffer in charge will be none other than Charlie O Mara. Many of you will know Charlie from The Usual Place in the Upper Market which he has ran in one capacity or another since Clare All Ireland winning year of 1997. There is not a lot that can be said about Charlie other than the Moroney family are extremely lucky to have him on board such is his standing in the bar trade. He has been extremely professional in his approach and has been hands on with changes in the bar.

Charlie has a great team around him in the Usual Place in John White and Diane Clohessy ,both of whom have been with him for years and will now be behind the counter of Moroneys. Also some old faces will be seen with Ger Hanrahan and Irene Hehir lending a hand and smile while our famous Wednesday night trad sessions with the great Marcus Moloney will be returning. As always there will be a Cead Mile Failte to all our old and new customers who walk through the door and you can be assured of a smile, craic and of course a great pint from Charlie and his team.

See in Photo Gallery under New Moroneys for some photos

Moroney's Undergoes A Facelift

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Following the retirement of Brian John from Moroneys the pub has been closed since the 24th of June but thankfully will reopen on Friday night next under the stewardship of Charlie O Mara. While closed we took the opportunity to do some work on the premises and we were very lucky to have the services of some top class tradesmen on hand. When one decides to do some renovations you always seem to find something extra to do but none of that phased our top team of Brian Fitzgerald (Builder and Carpenter), Tony Guilfoyle ( Painter & Decorator),TJ Scanlon ( Steel Fabricator) and Marty Ryan ( Electrician).

Interestingly Tony, TJ and Marty are townies and although Brian hails from Inagh his offices are overhead Cahill's Shoe Shop across from the pub so we didn't have to go far for talent. While a lot of the changes are in the background such as the store rooms and new kitchen area the addition of a new fireplace which was part of the original house is a welcome addition and gives a lovely feel to the lower bar area. In the main bar some seating and tables were removed to give a more open feeling to the bar and new stools and table tops were added. While the changes are subtle, hopefully they will be welcomed by our loyal clientel who are eagerly looking forward to the reopening.

A sincere thank you on behalf of the Moroney family to Brian, Tony, TJ and Marty for their superb skill, time, patience and were always at the ring of a phone away when called upon. There was no point in telling these men what to do as they were always a step ahead of the job in hand and experts in their fields. Lastly I would like to take the opportunity of thanking my great friend Ger (Hanna) Hanrahan for his support while the work was going on and we look forward to seeing him back pulling pints in Moroneys once again.

See in Photo Gallery under New Moroneys for some photos

The Townies Are Back

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Clare Intermediate Hurling Final Eire Og Ennis 1-14 Ruan 0-06

After three years in the Intermediate ranks Eire Og are back in the senior hurling championship. The final which was played in a constant downpour on a superb surface in Clarecastle, the Townies proved too strong for Ruan who were tasting defeat in the final for the second year running. On a day when scores were hard to come by freetaker Danny Russell was superb as were ex Inter County Seniors Barry Nugent and Fergus Flynn who was nominated as Man Of Match. On the other hand Ruan's freetaker John Punch had a off day but in the conditions this was quite understandable.

Great credit must go to the team management of Michael ( Chief) Chandler, Tony and Martin Nugent and team trainer John O Mara who hails from Sixmilebridge. As captain Mark Fitzgerald said in his acceptance speech they have been in training since last February and the panel consists of 37 players who gave everything to get back to senior rank. We congratulate all involved with the team ,not forgetting the legendary club man Mattie Murphy on their great success and all at Moroneys wish them well in the senior ranks. Townies Abu

Thanks And Good Luck BJ

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

It was with deep regret last June that Brian John McCarthy (know to all his friends and customers as BJ) let it be known that he would have to retire from managing Moroneys due to health problems. When BJ took over the reins in 2005 he quickly established Moroneys as a popular pub for sport, trad music and a great pint. BJ always prided himself in cleaning all the beer, lager and guinness lines every ten days and it was this diligence that insured you received a top class pint.

Of course every man needs a good team around him and in Tracy, Colm McNevin, Cathal McCarthy, Ethan McCarthy Irene Hehir, Ger Hanrahan and many more too numerous to mention (but not forgotten) BJ had the A Team. Gerry Moroney and all the Moroney family wish to thank BJ for his outstanding and tireless work and are indebted to him for putting Moroneys back on the map as a great pub. Thanks for everything BJ, a true gent.

Our Friend JB

Thursday, 04 August 2011

It was with deep sadness we learned of the passing of our dear friend John Butler RIP, know to all as JB on Sunday evening last. JB although a fanatic Man United fan was always seen at Leeds televised matches in Moroneys along with his great friend Colm McNevin. He loved the slagging with the Ennislusc supporters and if the truth be told I would say he was slightly envious of our club despite our lack of success on the playing field.

One day which we remember fondly in the company of JB was the 3rd Jan 2010 when Man United played Leeds United in the televised 3rd of the FA Cup. It was decided that Ennislusc would travel to Teach Ol in Tulla for the game so JB was enlisted to drives us there and back. He arrived to pick us up in Moroneys decked out in his Man U gear and the slagging began in earnest. Little did we expect Leeds to dethrone the mighty Reds at Old Trafford and when the game ended JB was on the receiving end of some stick as the only Man U person in the pub.

Not to be outdone when the camera came out to taking photos to celebrate the occasion he put his Man U hat on Club President Francis Spinky White while he donned the Leeds hat and no one copted the change until the photos were developed. Needless to say JB got some great mileage out of that stunt for quite some time. True to form when we arrived back in Moroneys he parked up the mini bus and joined us for his favorite tipple, a pint or two of Guinness.

JB had always a smile for everyone in his working life with Aer Lingus in Shannon, on the road in his mini bus or on the golf course in Ennis he certainly was one person who's company you enjoyed. When JB was diagnosed with his illness he didn't let it stop him getting out and about and was still a regular for Leeds games and trad sessions in Moroneys complete with his oxygen tank. One had to admire his fighting qualities and most importantly his positive outlook right to the end.

To his wife Breda, sons Keith and David, daughters Yvonne and Laura, brother Michael and great friend Colm we extend our deepest sympathy on their great loss. JB will always be remembered when Ennislusc gather for televised games and no doubt he'll be looking down with a wry smile when we start singing Marching On Together, a song he even knew the words of as a closet Leeds fan. Ar Dheis De go raibh a Anam.

New Home Needed For ENNISLUSC

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Tonight Moroney's will close it's door for the last time as Brian John reluctantly has to retire for health reasons. Since BJ took over the pub in June 2005 it has been our home for all televised matches and if the walls could talk some tales would be told. Not least our despair at relegation and play off finals, our ecstasy at gaining promotion to The Championship, the visit of the Leeds United coaching staff,the mighty sing songs we had and of course all the friends we made over the years in Moroneys.

On a sad note we also remember those true friends who enjoyed those night in our company and are sadly gone to their eternal rest and will in our eyes never be forgotten. Brian John has asked me to convey his sincere thanks to all the Ennislusc supporters for the custom, generosity, wit, songs and friendship over the years and now that he's retired he hopes to come on one of our trips in the near future. Well he should know the words of Marching On Together at this stage as we sung it often enough for him ! Good luck and best wishes BJ, health and happiness from all your friends in Ennislusc.

Happy 50th Birthday Mary

Friday, 27 May 2011

Tonight in Moroney's Mary Fenton from Ard na Greine will celebrate her 50th birthday in the company of her brother's Tony, Jimmy Jnr, Brendan and her sister Veronica along with her many friends. The Fenton name has been synonymous with Moroney's for over 70 years as Mary's late father Jimmy was a regular on his way to bingo in the CYMS in Chapel Lane and has often been said was the best dressed gentleman of his day.

Like her later father Jimmy, Mary too worked in Shannon Airport Catering Division for over 25 years until she retired some years ago and now has the time to pursue many of her hobbies. All at Moroney's and her many friends wish Mary a sincere Happy Birthday and remind her that at 50 you are only reaching your peak :-)

41st Fleadh Nua Ennis 22nd - 30th May 2011

Sunday, 22 May 2011

You know the Leaving Certificate Examinations are looming when the Fleadh Nua comes to town. Even as a young lad I looked forward to the Fleadh more so then for the magical parade on the final Sunday than the music as the town would be packed to the wrafters and we always seemed to get great summers back then. Now it's all about the music as the crowds have dwindled to a trickle but the musicians and singers are still coming in their droves.

The Fleadh Nua has been held every year in Ennis since 1975 and now is one of the main events of the year in the town. As always Moroneys will be featured on the Session Trail and you can be assured of a Cead Mile Failte and some great music and singing during the week. Brian John, Cathal, Ger and Irene look forward to seeing all their old friends and regulars during the Fleadh for a bit of banter,ceol agus craic.

Wed 25th Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane, Dermody and friends. Session starts @ 21.30.

Fri 27th Barry Kerr, Michael Queally,Seanie Fitz and friends. Session starts @ 21.30.

Sat 28th Neil Byrne, Eamonn Riordan,Darragh Murphy and friends. Session starts @ 21.30.

Sun 29th Laura Kerr,John Joe Kelly,Aodan Coyne and friends. Session starts @ 21.30.

Ennis Oldest Resident Passes Away

Tuesday, 03 May 2011

It was with deep sadness that we learned on Sunday evening last that our neighbour Mae Quinlivan ( nee Frawley) of 33, Lower Market Street had passed to her eternal rest at the fantastic age of 102 ! Mai lived all her like across the road from Moroneys and indeed was at the re-opening night of the pub on 30th May 2005. She was great friends with Gerry Moroney ( who is now in his 91st year) and to listen to both of them talk about old Ennis was a history lesson of epic proportions. Mai's late husband Jim was a well know Clare hurler in his early days and was a native of Tulla but won a county medal with Ennis Dalcassians in 1941 ( beating Clooney in the final) alongside such great townies as Larry Blake, Michael Aoner Sheridan and Christy Glynn.

Mae was a deeply religious woman and without doubt The Market have their own saint to pray to now when in need of help and guidance. To Mae's family, sons Brian, Ken, Eddie and Dermot and daughter Rita we expend our deepest sympathy and thank God for the privilege of knowing such a lovely lady.Mae will be buried after 11am Mass in Drumcliff on Wednesday 4th May. May she rest in Peace.

Mike Mac Classic Is Outstanding Success

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Mac Would Have Loved It (Script-Paul Nuggy Nihill)

On Saturday April 9th last, the greatest day in the short history of Ennis LUSC took place at Ennis Golf Club. Some months ago The Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club (www.ennislusc.com) announced that “The Mike Mac Memorial Golf Classic” would be held this year in memory of our much loved former President Mike Mac. Mike sadly passed away last summer and has been missed by all his friends and family since. Originally from Newmarket-on-Fergus, Mike spent most of his working life in Ennis where he worked with Tool and Mould in Beech Park, and became widely known and very popular amongst friends and colleagues alike over a long number of years. Mike played soccer for Newmarket Celtic and Lifford among others, and also starred for Ennis RFC on many occasions. He was a keen sportsman and a lifelong follower of all things Leeds United.

A memorial golf classic was held in his honour last week with the intention of raising much needed funds for local causes. At our initial meetings we expressed a fervent hope that in excess of 50 teams would take part resulting in a tidy windfall for Cahercalla Hospice and The John Giles Foundation who were this year’s main beneficiaries, although other very deserving causes will also receive a donation once we have received all the moneys pledged. In the end, we had to “settle” for only 49 teams but this “disappointment” was offset by a phenomenal effort by the committee ensuring that over €2000 was raised in tee box sponsorship alone. When all is said and done, the event will have donated approximately €6000 to charity. I’m sure you'll agree that this will take some topping next year, but (un)like our beloved Whites, we are aiming for the top!

As an added bonus to the prestige of the event this year the great Johnny Giles, who was one of Mike’s idols over the years, very kindly offered to play on the day and attend the presentation of prizes that evening in the clubhouse.

A truly remarkable day kicked off at just after 7am when head green keeper Kevin Browne hoisted the Leeds United flag high and this signaled time for Slim and Kieran Ryan to take to the fairways in a buggy, ready to adorn the tee boxes with signs of our many generous sponsors on the day. Play began soon after when Fergal McNamara’s team hit the first shots up the fairway. They were followed quickly by a hungry Paudie Carmody, and the first “Mike Mac” as it is now known was well and truly underway. A steady stream of competitors filed through the clubhouse all day, all ready to fill up Dom’s magic red box with their entry fees as things progressed like the well-oiled machine it had to be, given the committee involved.

Guest of honour John Giles arrived at 12.45 and duly posed for his first photograph of the day which was the result of a security lapse which allowed Gilhooly in the gate wearing a Man United Supporter’s Club shirt – a lesson for next year! Mr Giles was then presented with a piece of crystal by Tommy Brennan of Ennis Town Council before welcoming him to Ennis on behalf of the people of the town. Following a quick cup of tea, and many more photos and autographs, Mr Giles finally made his way to the first tee at 1.50 ready for play. While neither he nor his playing partners played their best it was a most enjoyable round and to see all the groups on the course stop and admire Nuggy’s swing the legend that is Johnny Giles as he walked the fairways was a great sight and one that we’ll always remember. He even had time for hugs with Carmel Verling’s team as they came off the 17th green. After the golf, where he was accompanied by Slim, John Finn, and Nuggy, a fantastic night ensued in Ennis Golf Club. Mr Giles displayed what a class act he is by posing for photographs and signing autographs for all comers and having a kind word for everybody who approached him. His humility and generosity of spirit have to be seen to be believed. We sincerely hope that he returns next year, and maybe he’ll bring Eamon with him. After all, it’s not a “”good event” it’s a “great event”!

The presentation of prizes and speeches were marshalled by the one and only John Finn and one has to say, what a job he did! It’s the Oscars next year for you John. Representatives from the McNamara Family, Cahercalla Hospice and Ennis Golf Club spoke before Mr Giles regaled us with tales of the glory days at Leeds United. The formalities were completed when Alan Murphy took the stage to lead us all in a rousing rendition of Marching on Together – certainly a first for Ennis Golf Club but hopefully not a last if we have anything to do with it.

DJ Pat Murphy then got things moving as everyone relaxed and really got into the swing of the occasion. It was fantastic to see the clubhouse bursting at the seams as people from everywhere waited to get an opportunity to speak to their hero. There was a carnival atmosphere all night as the singing and dancing took off. Facebook is going to be a lonely but funny place when all is said and done! Some ate, some drank, some slept, some danced, some sang, some played air guitar with a pitching wedge – but everyone laughed, and then laughed some more until the wee small hours when finally the batteries ran out. Even in Johnny’s camera – now when that happens it’s certainly time for the cot.

With our sincere thanks to everyone. Until next year..... Oh, and the Roll of Honour as is follows:-

1st Sam Doyle Niall Healy Stephen Guilfoyle Liam Behan 97pts

2nd Adrian Kearney Cormac Walsh Seamus Kelly Brian Kearney 95pts

3rd Alan Butler Sean O’Gorman Mike Torpey John White 92pts

4th Stephen Keane Noel Kenny David Rushe Adrian Rushe 90pts

5th David O’Connor Ian Myatt Ronan Ryan Noel O’Connor 90pts

6th Robbie Dormer Jason Dormer Mikey Kelly Martin Dormer 90pts

7th Tony Roche Malachy White Coley Smith Martin Corry 89pts

8th Tim Sheehan Kieran D’Arcey Mark Timmons James Divine 88pts

9th Eamon Kelly Michael Butler Brendan Considine Cha McEnery87pts

10th Tom Glynn Gary Stack Jack Normoyle Ollie O’Loughlin 85pts

Photos from the day can be found in the ennislusc.com ( a link can be found on the home page of this site)gallery under the heading Mike Mac Classic. As there were over 370 photos taken on the day please bear with us while we upload them over the coming days. Many thanks to Flann Howard who provided 25 photos of The Classic for the gallery and gave of his time on the day.

Lockie's And Pat's Walk In The Burren

Friday, 11 March 2011

On Sunday next 13th March Christopher O Loughlin (or Lockie to all his friends) and Pat O Connell who are scout leaders in the Ennis Scouts are organizing a 10K walk in The Burren for their friends in Moroneys. The boys who are well used to outdoor hiking have a gear list drawn up for those wishing to join them on the walk and this can be checked out when signing up in the bar. The one no no for the hike are jeans and it's also advisable to bring a packed lunch.

On the way home the group will be stopping in Bofey Quinn's for soup and sandwiches and of course the odd pint of porter. They plan to be home around 7pm and will adjourn to Moroneys for a debriefing :-) Hopefully the weather will pick up for Sunday and a enjoyable day will be had by one and all.

The Classic Is Marching On

Wednesday, 09 March 2011

We are now just a month away from our Mike Mac Golf Classic at Ennis Golf Club and things are progressing well. Presently we have 15 teams on the timesheet, our main sponsors are on board, the tee box sales are somewhat slow but as has been said at many of our meetings these only take off in the last ten days. The Dunne family have sponsored a beautiful trophy for the winning team and we got confirmation last Saturday that Johnny Giles would most definitely be there on the day.

We will be having both a raffle and auction on the day and our staunch clubman Steve Underwood has secured both signed Republic of Ireland and Leeds United jerseys for the occasion.Great work Steve ! And not forgetting the Johnny Giles signed jersey which will also be on offer on the night. Our posters for the event are up around town and in Newmarket on Fergus ( Mike's birth place) and everyone that has seen them has commented how well and professional they look. Hat's off to Dara for his efforts there on our behalf. So it's all systems go now for the next month and make sure even if you are not playing that you make it up on the night for the celebrations

Ennislusc Launches Mike Mac Golf Classic

Friday, 11 February 2011

Last night in Moroneys the Ennislusc committee that has been designated with running the inaugural Mike Mac Golf Classic met and got the wheels turning for the classic tee off on April 9th in Ennis GC. As one would expect there is a wealth of experience on the committee who have lent their time and effort to insure the success of this classic where the funds will be evenly divided between Cahercalla Hospice Ennis and the Johnny Giles Foundation (theses funds will be spent only in Clare area ).

The committee are now in the process of getting four main sponsors for the event, tee box sponsorship, posters printed and of course most important a time sheet in place for the event. To further publicize the event Phil Brigdale has a page on Facebook ( under events section, Mike Mac Classic) and regular updates will be found on moroneysbar.com and this site. With Johnny Giles gracing us with his presence it has kick started the classic and he has also kindly donated a shirt from the FA Cup 1972 winning team for auction on the night.

There is a timesheet being put in place and Kieran E Ryan ( of Avenue Utd fame) 087-8055306 and Kieran Ryan ( Hermitage and Cloughleigh Celtic) 087-2340378 will be only too happy to accommodate you with your preferred tee time. Any of the following committee members can be contacted if you wish to play on the day:

Paul Nihill 086-8346091

Dom O Rourke 086-2401126

Phil Brigdale 087-623303

Johnny Moroney 087-6749855

Frankie Woods

Eoin Doohan

Ger Hanrahan

Johnny Giles To Play In Mike Mac Golf Classic

Tuesday, 08 February 2011

Having got out of bed at 4.50am this morning I wasn't looking forward to my first day back at work after a weeks holidays but then again I didn't expect the call I received at 11.23am either ! You know when you see a number appear on your phone with no name it's someone looking for something,a long lost friend or else a wrong number. As my ringtone Marching On Together rang out I wondered who could be at the other end of the line.

When I heard the words Hello Johnny, this is John Giles I didn't know whether to roar or start singing Marching On Together. He had promised us on Saturday at the launch of the Walk Of Dreams in the Auburn Lodge that he would let us know by Wednesday if he was available to take part in our Mike Mac Memorial Golf Classic on the 9th April at Ennis GC. True to his word he got back to us and a day early too with the brilliant news that he not alone would be there on the day but for the night also.

It is certainly a great honour for Ennislusc to have a true legend and gentleman of Leeds United and Irish soccer fame take part in our inaugural Mike Mac Classic tournament. One can only wonder what Mac would think, having his hero honour him with his presence in his home town. It's now all hands on deck in our efforts to get 50 teams of 4 (cost €120 per team)to tee off on the day when all monies collected will be split with Cahercalla Hospice and the Johnny Giles Foundation. As Mike God Rest him used say See you there Old Bean !

Meeting Our Hero Johnny Giles

Saturday, 05 February 2011

Today five members of Ennislusc (who's home base is Moroney's) had the pleasure of meeting ex Leeds great and Republic Of Ireland captain / manager Johnny Giles at a private audience in the Auburn Lodge. Johnny is in town to launch the Walk Of Dreams which is being promoted by the John Giles Foundation and will take place on March 27th and also to present the schoolboy/girl awards.

We were invited by CSSL Chairman Ronnie Pyne and Vice Chairman Mickey Guilfoyle to meet Johnny in relation to our proposed Golf Classic on 9th April at Ennis Golf Club and for their kindness we're eternally grateful. The classic which is being run in memory of our ex friend and club President Mike McNamara is also collecting funds for the Johnny Giles Foundation and Cahercalla Hospice in Ennis.

With this in mind we asked John about his availability to play on the day and he promised to let us know by next Wednesday when he's checks his diary. It would be a tremendous coup to have John present and fingers crossed he'll be there on the day. Also present in the Auburn Lodge was Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny who took the opportunity for a photo shoot with the great man as he prepares for the upcoming general election.

It's not every day you meet your boyhood hero but the true measure of the man is that he lives up to your expectations and that's exactly what Johnny Giles did for Steve Underwood, Paul Nuggy Nihill, Dom O Rourke,Tommy Kelly and myself today. Hopefully we'll get him down to Moroney's for a pint or two on the 9th April to meet the club members.Marching On Together

Harp And Eagle Tours Visit Moroneys

Friday, 21 January 2011

On Wednesday night while the trad session was in full swing Peter Clements ( Director Of Irish Tours, harpandeagletours @yahoo.com)) from Milwalkee wandered into Moroneys with some of his friends who were staying in the Old Ground Hotel. As luck would have it they had been in John O Dea's for a drink when they bumped into Anthony ( Bulldog) Pigott who said he was heading down the Market to Moroneys for the weekly Wednesday night session and they were welcome to join him.

Peter runs the County Clare Irish Inn & Pub In Milwalkee ( www.countyclare-inn.com) and they based their Irish Tours in the Flynn owned Old Ground Hotel. They will be running tours to Ireland so wanted to sample some of the pubs in the Ennis area and Peter exchanged his business card with Brian John on the night. He also met some of the local Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club members who were in on the night for the televised FA Cup game vs Arsenal and the banter was good. Peter was also presented with four Moroney mugs on the night by Johnny Moroney and was also introduced to well know musician Marcus Moloney who knew some of Peter's musician friends in the States.

Hopefully links can be forged with Peter's tours and as he was told on the night there will always be a Cead Mile Failte to him and his group ant time they visit Moroneys.

Moroneys Christmas Draw Results

Monday, 17 January 2011

As always there was a great crowd in Moroneys for the Annual Christmas Draw and Brian John and all the staff were delighted to welcome many of their regulars,friends and indeed some cousins who were at from home for the holiday period on the night. Stories were told ,songs sang, crack was had and porter drank on what was as one of those great night. As the saying goes Go mBeirimid Beo ar an ainm seo aris.

Moroney’s Christmas Draw 2010

1) Weekend for 2 in Kilford Arms Kilkenny – Ronnie Delaney 2) 19 Inch LCD TV – Chris Shannon 3) Massive Christmas Hamper- John McInerney 4) Slab of Heineken- Michael Durack 5) Slab of Bulmers- Conor O Sullivan 6) Slab of Budweiser – Willie Donnellan 7) Bt of Brandy- Aine Derrane 8) Bt of Jameson – Bella Hehir 9) Bt Of Vodka – Fiona Lyons 10) Bt Of Bacardi – Flan Mangan

Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Customers

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Despite the trials and tribulations of 2010 with the banks fiasco, builders going bust, frozen pipes, water rationing and a horrendous Budget that was announced just two weeks before Christmas we are now looking forward to 2011 for some positive and uplifting news. It was great to see so many faces home from far and wide for the Christmas and New Year as this is a time for family and friends. Here we'd like to make a special mention for Sean (Bombs) McCarty and his wife Maureen and family who are home from Colerado for the festivities. On the 31st December there will be a big Trad Night in Moroneys to usher in the New Year so if you are around pop in and you'll be assured of a Ceid Mile Failte.

To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Brian John, Tracy, Ethan, Zara, Irene, Cathal, Hanna and Colm look forward to your continued support in 2011.

BJ On The Mend

Thursday, 30 December 2010

Thankfully Brian John has made a full recovery from his recent illness scare and is looking forward to the New Year with gusto. We'll be seeing him pounding the roads in the new year as he begins a new fitness regime so when you see him walking the bypass give him a beep or a wave of encouragement. Unfortunately Brian's dad Sean broke his elbow in a fall just before Christmas and he too thankfully is now on the road to a full recovery. Good luck with the training BJ from all your supporters in Moroneys.

Get Well Soon BJ

Monday, 13 December 2010

It was with some shock we learned on Sunday morning that Brian John McCarthy who runs Moroney's was rushed to the County Hospital Ennis. Brian had suffered a severe nose bleed which continued to bleed despite treatment and after some hours in hospital was finally under control. He is now undergoing a barrage of stress and heart test and will be in hospital for a few more days.

All the staff and his many friends both at Roche and Moroneys wish BJ a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back on his feet shortly.

Wedding Bells For Kiki And Majella

Friday, 03 December 2010

On Saturday at 2pm in Corofin the lovely Majella Kenny will walk down the aisle to marry well know Ennis townie Christopher (Kiki ) Shannon. The happy couple will then head to the Woodstock Hotel in Ennis for the wedding reception and no doubt the party will go on into the small hours.

Brian John and staff along with their many friends in Moroneys wish both Kiki and Majella many years of health,luck and happiness and look forward to meeting them for one or two sociables over the coming weeks.

Emmet Marches To The Top

Monday, 22 November 2010

Our good friend Emmet Moloney who is a regular in Moroney's for Leeds games has just been appointed Chief Executive Of The Clare People newspaper. This is a tremendous accolade for Emmet who began his career in London with the Irish Word and then progressed to the Kerryman as Deputy Editor. After that it was on to the Farmer Journal as Editor, a role he has excelled at and received high praise for his excellent articles and positive reaction from all the farming community.

Emmet is also involved with the well know GAA internet forum An Fear Rua which has over 8,500 signed up members and is a great source of information for our exiles all over the world particularly with regards to match reports. On behalf of all his friends at Ennislusc we sincerely wish Emmet our best wishes in his new role and look forward to catching up with him at televised Leeds game in the near future.

Tulla Road Ceili Band Takes The Honours At Ennis Trad Festival

Thursday, 18 November 2010

On Saturday night last at Glor the Árd Ghaisce na mBuíonta (the Great Céilí Band Challenge) took place with 14 of the best ceili bands in Ireland competing for the overall title and a cash prize of €5,000. A good ceili band should knock the socks off you and have you begging for more and this is what the Marcus Moloney Tulla Road Ceili Band achieved at a packed Glor on Saturday night. Marcus is recognized as one of the best banjo players in Ireland and is a firm favorite with all Moroney regulars ever Wednesday night for the past six years. Everyone that knows Marcus will tell you he is always smiling and brings so much energy to each session that it's no wonder he's a legend in the trad field.

However the Tulla Road Ceili Band is made up of some of the best exponents of trad music in their choose field in this country and along with Marcus on bango the members are as follows: Brendan Vaughan on drunms, Ann Marie Rynne, Carmel O Dea and Finnola Ryan on fiddles, Trish Clarke on piano, Teresa O Dea on concertina, Tracy O Dea and Niamh O Dea on flutes and last but not least Murt Ryan on button accordion. After receiving their accolade as the Best Ceili Band they retired to Moroneys to celebrate a truly marvelous achievement with one mighty trad session which was appreciated by all that had the privilege of witnessing theses superb musicians at their best.

Once again on Sunday night many of the musicians returned to play with the great John Joe Kelly on bodharan and we were treated to another foot stamping ans awe inspiring session. Sincere congratulations to Marcus and the Tulla Ceili Road Band on their tremendous achievement from Brian John,staff and all your friends in Moroneys. Also a word of thanks to the organizers of the Ennis Trad Festival who put on another superb programme of events for the 17th year. Go Merimid Beo Ar An Am Seo Aris

Ennislusc 22nd Trip To Elland Road

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Tomorrow morning 37 members (7 more are departing from Dublin on Saturday) of Ennislusc (who meet in Moroneys for matches) will set off from the Auburn Lodge, Ennis on a bus to Knock Airport for our 11am flight to Leeds / Bradford airport. Unfortunately there are no available flights from Shannon on Friday so hence our early morning rise. The only consolation in this case is we won't have any traveling when arriving like here to fore when we arrived in East Midlands, Manchester or Liverpool and had a two hour bus journey to look forward to. Furthermore we'll be in Leeds at 12.30pm,our earliest arrival time yet and when flying home it will be into Shannon from Manchester.

As always these trips would not be possible without the tremendous and unselfish work of our superb secretary Paul (Nuggy) Nihill. It's no mean feat collecting all the money for flights, printing the boarding cards ( which is a comlpete nightmare for those of you who travel with Ryanair as one mistake and it could prove costly with name spelling etc),booking buses, match tickets and not forgetting hotel rooms. It is quite a task multitasking like this and it must be stressed that this is not just for one trip but the preceding 21 also.So now you get an insight into the work that Nugs does for the club and I hope that each and everyone appreciates his committment and dedication to Ennislusc.

Obviously we are hoping for a home win after a run of three losses and one draw against Bristol City who themselves had a great win on Wednesday night away to Swansea City. Unfortunately one of our stalwart supporters Francis Spinky White will be unable to make the trip due to illness. Also out through doctors orders is John Dooley and all at the club wish both lads a speedy recovery.No doubt the trip will not pass without a thought been spared for our dear departed friend and ex President Mike (Mac) McNamara RIP and we all now he'll be with us in spirit.

Here's to a super weekend and three points! Marching On Together

17th Ennis Trad Festival 11th to 15th November

Sunday, 07 November 2010

It's hard to credit that a year has passed by since the last Ennis Trad Festival took place and as the old saying goes time does seem to be flying by these days. And so we are here once again looking forward to another great week of fantastic music, renewing old acquaintances and enjoying the company of top class musicians. Moroney's has a great tradition of trad sessions and one must compliment Brian John McCarthy in this respect. On taking over the management of Moroney's over six years ago Brian made it one of his missions to promote top class trad sessions on a regular basis and to this day the Wednesday night session are legendary.

Musicians such as Marcus Moloney, Michael Butler, Martin Breene, Kieran Kissane, Murty Ryan, Dermot Lernihan, John Joe Kelly, Martin Dermody and Ann Marie McCormack to mention but a few have all been regular contributers to many memorable sessions in Moroney's over the years and to which we are eternally grateful for their wonderful musicianship. As usual Moroney's will have many regular and impromptu sessions over the festival and the list of musicians playing is as follows;

Wed 10th Nov. Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane, Dessie Kelleher and friends @ 10pm.

Fri 12th Nov. Brian Mooney, Kieran Kissane, Dessie Kelleher and friends @ 10pm.

Sat 13th Nov. Kieran Hehir, Ronan Moloney, Elaine Hogan and friends @ 10pm.

Sun 14th Nov. Marcus Moloney, Murty Ryan, John Joe Kelly and friends @ 10pm.

As always all musicians are welcome and will be Cead Mille Failte by Brian John and all his staff. So we look forward to seeing all our friend for some magical sessions, ceol agus crack. Best wishes to all the the organizers of Ennis Trad Festival for your continued dedication to promoting this festival from all your friends at Moroney's.

Our Zara In Fair City

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Last Tuesday night our very own Zara McCarthy made her TV debut in the well know Irish soap Fair City, swapping Moroneys for McCoys ( the bar in the series!). Zara who has a degree in TV & Film Production along with a Diploma in Acting is well know to all Moroney customers as she has been working in the bar when on holidays from college. So on Tuesday night at 8pm all the locals tuned in to RTE 1 for episode 154 ( this is year 21 of the series) and none were more prouder of Zara's than dad BJ of her great achievement.

Hopefully this is the start of a great career for Zara and all her friends, colleagues and customers in Moroneys wish her every success in her future career.

Banner Ladies Win All Ireland Sevens Championship

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

On Saturday last the Banner Ladies got some compensation for their recent county final defeat when they won the All Ireland Intermediate Sevens title after seven tough games in Dublin. The Kevin Greene managed Banner Ladies were winning the title for the first time and emulated the achievements of the clubs U 14 teams who won All Ireland Feile na nOg titles at A and B level in the last decade. In their first game they beat Kinnegad (Westmeath) by 7-09 t0 0-09 and followed this up with victories over Garda( Dublin) by 9-09 to 2-07, Grainne Mhaol ( Galway) by 6-05 to 0-07 and St Brigit's (Antrim) by 4-08 to 2-05 to teach the quarter finals.

In the quarter finals they came up against a fancied Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) but came through on a 1-09 to 0-04 scoreline. Their opponents in the semi final were Railyard (Kilkenny) and after a tough encounter the Banner came away with a 6-08 to 4-05 victory and in the final they beat Cappawhite (Tipperary) 8-05 to 4-05 to secure a famous victory. Captain Louise Henchy collected the cup amid great celebrations which continued long into the night.

On Sunday night Kevin Greene along with members of the panel and management paid a visit to Moroneys on their return from Dublin with the cup as a thank you for sponsoring the ladies leisure tops. Despite being shattered after all the games, celebrations and traveling the gesture was much appreciated by Brian John and all staff and customers of Moroneys. We look forward to cheering the ladies on to victory in the League Final which is due to be played in the next fortnight. Congratulations to all the management and panel from all at Moroneys on your fantastic achievement. Onwards and upwards for The Banner Ladies.

All-Ireland Intermediate Sevens Winning Panel Emma O’Driscoll, Laurie Ryan, Sarah Hoey, Aoife Martin, Niamh Walsh, Mary Tierney, Megan Haugh, Louise Henchy (C), Sonya Maher, Naomi Carroll, Niamh Keane, Niamh O’Dea. - Kevin Greene, Claire Walsh and Alan Copley.

Glory For John Finn And Ennis Senior Golf Team

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Today in Woodenbridge in The Garden County of Ireland the Ennis Senior Golf Team won the JB Carr All Ireland Title after a titanic struggle with a gallant Galway team. One of the stalwarts of the team is our very own Ennislusc member John Finn and we sincerely congratulate him and his colleagues (Noel Pyne, Michael Culliney, Sean O Gorman, Aidan Lynch, Eamonn Corry, Tony Keogh,Luke and Tony Coote,Paul Higgins, Paddy Cahill and Tim McAllister and manager Jimmy McNamara ) on such a tremendous achievement. This competition is a Men's Team event for the Over 60's and it is played in the Scotch Foursomes format.

Ennis won on a 3-2 score line with Noel Pyne and Michael Culliney winning on the 19th to ensure victory. Also there shouting on the Ennis men was another Ennislusc member Eoin Doohan ( himself a scratch golfer) and it's said that our anthem Marching On Together got a airing in the bar afterwards. The captain of the Galway team, Jeff Brennan had himself connections with Ennis as in 1955 he won a county senior football medal with the famous Ennis Faughs and indeed named out the entire team to John Finn. One man he inquired about was Gerry Moroney and John was only too happy to tell him that he was alive and well and that he'll be having a pint in Moroneys pub on Friday night next.

Obviously the celebrations will go on long into the night and no doubt Master Finn will perform his famous party piece that was last heard on another great day last January when his beloved Leeds beat Man U in the FA Cup. That was in Teach Ol on the windswept hill of Tulla and boy did he give some oration that had everyone enthralled. We look forward to seeing John on Friday night next for the live Doncaster Rovers game and congratulating him on his tremendous achievement

A Bridge Too Far The Banner Ladies

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Despite a brave second half comeback the Banner Ladies relinquished their county crown to West Clare Gales, who were winning their first senior title on a scoreline of 4-10 to 1-14. As the old adage goes,goals win games and so it was in this case but the Banner Ladies can be very proud of their efforts. Indeed they were back training on Thursday night last in preparation for the League Semi Final where once again they will meet West Clare Gales and the All Ireland Sevens which takes place in Dublin in two weeks time.

The girls were thrilled with their new casual tops which they wore on the night and were sponsored by Moroneys Bar. Indeed after the game the girls made their way back from Cooraclare to Moroneys and despite their loss partied into the night. They also made a presentation to Moroneys of a crest of the Banner Ladies and Moroneys which will now be mounted on the wall of the bar. There is still a lot for the girls to play for and hopefully we'll have a few more parties to look forward to in the near future, all be with a trophy.

Three In A Row The Target For Banner Ladies

Thursday, 02 September 2010

On Saturday evening next in Doonbeg the Banner Ladies will try to emulate Clonbony and Fergus Rovers in completing a hat trick of Clare Senior Ladies Football titles when they play West Clare Gales. This year the Banner are coached by Kevin Greene who led his native Newmarket to their only senior title in 1991 and is determined to add another title to his managerial CV. The Banner beat Cooraclare last weekend to reach the final and will be captained by Louise Henchy who also led Clare to the TG4 All Ireland Intermediate title last September.

The Ladies have a very experienced panel with a host of well known players including Sonya Maher, Emma O Driscoll, Niamh Keane ,Michelle Delaney and Niamh O Dea to mention but a few. However it must be emphasized that it's the panel that is the strength of this Banner team and each girl on it has put in a superb effort this year as the seek to create their own bit of footballing history. And they will need to be at their absolute best on Saturday to beat the West Clare Gales who are the current Munster Junior Champions and will be seeking their first senior title.

Of course all at Moroneys will be keeping an eye out for our own Irene Hehir who works behind the bar every weekend ( we'll give her this weekend off !) and as well as being an accomplished footballer is equally adapt on the soccer pitch with Lifford FC as are many of the Banner Ladies. Moroneys ( Brian John McCarthy and Johnny Moroney) are sponsoring a set of training tops for the entire panel for Saturdays final and sincerely wish all the ladies and their management best wish in their three in a row quest. Ironically Moroneys has always been know as a football pub as Gerry Moroney won four senior county titles with the Faughs, captaining them in 1952 so here's hoping we will be celebrating a Banner Ladies victory on Saturday night into the wee hours.

Squad and Management of Banner Ladies Senior Final 2010

Emma O'Driscoll Laurie Ryan Jane Kennedy Aoife Cavanagh Sarah Hoey Michelle Delaney Aoife Martin Louise Henchy (Captain) Emma Glynn Mary Tierney Niamh Keane Sonya Maher Irene Hehir Niamh O'Dea Rebecca Coughlan Maria McMahon Naoimi Carroll Shónagh Enright Megan Haugh Niamh Walsh Louise Woods Catriona Hennessy Clare walsh Susan McNamara Rachel Grogan Rebecca Culligan Niamh Cavanagh Shauna Crowley Orlaith Lynch Eleanor Carey Helen Hehir Orla Hennessy Roisin Crowe Eadaoin Fitzgerald

TEAM MANAGEMENT Kevin Greene - Manager Jim McMahon - Selector Claire Walshe - Selector Siobháin Hennessy - First Aid Laura Brennan - Team Kit Alan Copley - PRO Pat O'Driscoll - Mentor

Missing Owing To Family Committment Paul McKenna Maura Cavanagh

Aches,Pains, Fun and Laughter At Noelie Ryan Tournament

Monday, 30 August 2010

The inaugural Noelie Ryan tournament took place at St Flannan College ( courtesy of Vice Principal John Minogue) on Saturday 21st August and despite a torrential downpour before proceedings the day turned out to be a tremendous success. In total 16 teams took part in both the O/35 and O/45 sections with teams from Kilrush, Corofin, Shannon Airport and many of Noels ex playing colleagues making up the remaining Ennis teams. Indeed Noel son Barry who plays in goal for Galway United entered his own team for the event. The monies raised will go to the Sunset Foundation who help the visually impaired and will help fund a trip to Lourdes later on in the year. This was a cause close to Noel's heart as it was set up by his good friend Paddy Murphy who worked with Aer Rianta Catering in Shannon and was himself struck down with a serious illness that has affected his sight.

In the 0/45 section the winners were the John Lavery led Glenstar who beat BJ's (Moroneys Bar) in the final with Moroneys Vets and the Screening Brothers ( Shannon APO's) the beaten semi finalists. The 0/35 section was a keenly contested tournament with the APO's Shannon beating surprise packets Moroneys Youths in the final 0n a 2-0 scoreline. The highlight of the game was the superb opening goal from Clare Oscar Traynor member Brian Jocks Kelly who hit a screamer from twenty five yards that was worthy of winning any game. Other teams taking part were Hammonds Hereos, Avenue Utd, Kilrush Rangers, Corofin Harps, The Alymers Rest, PJ Kellys, Ediie Walshes Boys,Ryans Rebels and Barrys Boys. The presentation of the trophy was made in the Eire Og Clubhouse ( another team dear to Noel's heart) by Noel's daughter Gemma to APO captain Brian Kelly. Many sore limbs could be found here but the sight of the BBQ and a few drinks seemed to revive the spirits.

It is intended that this will be a annual event and already plans are being put in place to make it a real family day out with BBQ's, bouncing castles, face painting etc being part of next years event. Special thanks must go to organizers Alan and Paidge Murphy, Eddie Walsh, Noel McCarthy and his colleagues in the Airport Police Fire Service and referees Frankie Coote, Brian Corry and Noel Bennett who helped make the event a such a success in honoring one of Ennis and Clares finest sportsmen.

See picture gallery under heading Noelie Ryan Tournament for photos of event.

The Noelie Ryan Memorial Tournament

Friday, 20 August 2010

On Saturday morning at 10am in St Flannan's College sports fields the first Noelie Ryan Memorial Tournament kicked off. The soccer tournament is split into two sections for O/35,s and O/45,s and will be run on a league basis. It was the brain child of his colleagues in the Airport Police Fire Service who have put up a beautiful plaque for the occasion and the money collected will go to the Sunset Foundation. This is a cause that was close to Noel's heart as it's run by his great friend Paddy Murphy ( who also worked in Shannon Airport ) and will help over 30 people with visual problems travel to Lourdes later on in the year.

Noelie, one of Ennis greatest sportsmen was born in Summerhill and played hurling and football at all grades for Clare and Eire Og. However he is probably best know for his soccer exploits playing for Braids, St Michael's and of course Cork Celtic in the League of Ireland. His sons Barry and David are both goalkeepers and play in the LOI with Galway and Limerick respectively. At last count there were 16 teams entered so a great days football looks on the cards. Afterwards there is a BBQ in Moroneys and no doubt many stories will be told of sore limbs, missed chances and goals scored on what is a great way to honour one of Ennis finest gentlemen.

Coming Home To The Market

Friday, 13 August 2010

Market native Bob Kearney who left Ennis in the early 50's for Kansas was home on a visit to his birth place recently and used the opportunity to catch up on some old friends. Two of the people he looked up were Mai Quinlivan ( who resides across the road from Moroneys) and in October will be 101 making her Ennis's oldest resident and his great friend Gerry Moroney. Bob who's sister Peggy and brother Tommy still live in Ennis said that Ennis has changed out of all proportions especially in the last twenty years. Bob home house was on the site of the Post Office beside Willie McCannon's so he's a true Market man in every sense of the word.

He called into Moroney's during his stay and took many picture of the posters on show with all the old shop bills that are long gone but well know to him during his youth. While looking at the pictures he was delighted to see a picture of himself along with his late brothers Paddy and John and being served three pints of Guinness by Gerry. If that was a surprise to him, then the picture of his going away party taken outside Jack Connolly's in the Turnpike ( now Gleeson's) in 1953 was some shock. This picture is on display in the lower bar and is often commented upon as there are over 25 people in the photo but not a lady in sight. Obviously ladies didn't frequent public houses in those days!

Before returning to the USA on Wednesday last Bob called to his life long friend Gerry Moroney on Monday evening and the conversation was like being taken on a historical tour of old Ennis and its inhabitants. They discussed all the old families, shops, greyhounds and hurling clubs such as the Dals, St John's etc and of course the Faughs. All one could do was sit and absorb this history class of the town. Bob of course did enjoy a pint or two of Guinness in Moroney's and professed that it was as good as in Gerry's day, praise indeed. He also said that his son Brian keeps abrest of things by logging on to moroneysbar.com and indeed his own photo appears on the site with a Moroney's polo top. Great to see you Bob and best wishes from all your friends in Ennis and the Moroney family.

Blazing A New Music Trail At Moroneys

Thursday, 12 August 2010

On Sunday night last Brian John changed the music scene at Moroney's from the traditional sessions when he booked the group Blaze to play. It was like a blast from the past as Blaze features Joe Mulcahy formerly of the Limerick group The News who played in Woody's, Darcy's and Brandon's in the 90's and his wife Nuala. The session went down very well with the locals and Joe was delighted to meet up with his great friend Ger Hanrahan on the night and enjoyed being back gigging in Ennis. It's now hoped that Blaze will be a regular feature at Moroney's in the coming weeks and months.

This Saturday night Dave Mulcahy will play in Moroneys ( gig starts at 10.30pm) and his fabulous repertoire of songs should go down a treat with the regulars and visitors alike. So now you know where to go for a good sing song !

New Display Units For Moroneys

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Two new display units have been fitted in the smoking area of Moroneys which can now display 120 photos. They were designed and fitted by local man TJ Scanlon and today will see them display photos from the Hermitage 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance. A special thank you must go to Willie Donnellan who took these photos and played for The Tage as a scoring forward for many years. Many regulars and locals have offer us pictures to display over the last few years but it was not always been possible to do so as our previous display unit was not of adequate size.

Now that these units are in place we hope to have regular photo updates both of old and new events which should generate some talking points. Already we have received offers of photos to display so if you have any that may be of interest be sure to drop them into to Moroneys where they will be gratefully received and returned in pristine condition after the display period.

Clare Are Munster Minor Hurling Champions

Monday, 12 July 2010

What a contrasting weekend for Clare hurling supporters with the seniors beaten by thirteen points in Croke Park by the Anthony Daly managed Dubs while in Thurles yesterday the minors bridged a gap of 21 years to bring back the Munster crown. Being one of a small band of Clare supporters to travel to the home of hurling one has to be very proud of these young men who were beaten in the first round on 29th April by this Waterford side on a scoreline of 1-21 to 0-16. They then had to go the backdoor route beating Kerry, Tipperary and Limerick before beating The Deise 1-16 to 1-11 yesterday.

On the 1989 winning team Davy Fitzgerald and Jamesie O Connor went on to further honours and one would like to think that in the years to come some of these young lads will made the senior team. It was great to see young Eire Og hurler David O Halloran ( son of ex Clare footballer and St Michael's soccer team Jarlath) win the Man of The Match award and his goal will long live in the memory and put the Banner on the road to victory. They are now into the All Ireland semi final which is down for decision on 15th August and hopefully they will get a bigger Clare following behind them in Croker.

Great credit is due to the joint managers Gerry O Connor (Eire Og) and Donal Moloney (Scariff), selectors Eamonn Fennessy (SMB), Jimmy Browne (Clonlara) and trainer Paul Kinnerk who had these young lads playing a superb brand of hurling with a never say die spirit. Well done to all concerned.

Clare Minor Team: 1) Ronan Taaffe (Tubber) 2)Haulie Vaughan ( Inagh Kilnamona) 3)Paul Flanagan ( Ballyea) 4)Seadna Morey (SMB) 5)Enda Boyce (Cratloe) 6)Kevin Lynch (SMB) 7)Stephen O Halloran ( Clarecastle) 8) Colin Gavin ( Clonlara) 9) Tony Kelly ( Ballyea) 10)Cathal Malone ( Ennistymon) 11) Paudge Collins ( Cratloe) 12) Jamie Shanahan (SMB) 13) David O Halloran ( Eire Og) 14) Niall Arthur ( Inagh Kilnamona) 15) Daire Keane ( Kilmaley)

Subs 16) Niall Woods (Newmarket), Noel Purcell (SMB), Aaron Cunningham ( Wolf Tones), David McInerney (Tulla), Alan Mulready (SMB), Cathal O Connell ( Clonlara), Jarlath Colleran ( Doora -Barefield), Cathal Doohan (Ballyea),24) Darragh Corry (Tulla).

Farewell To Our Dear Friend Mike Mac

Monday, 28 June 2010

On Friday last, news filtered through just after 5pm that our great friend, member and ex President Mike McNamara had gone to his eternal rest. Mac as he was known to all of us had only been in hospital for little over a week so it came as a tremendous shock. Ironically at the club AGM in Moroneys a week previous, his best friend Slim Corry was elected President, something which Slim took great pride in telling Mac on visiting him in hospital.

To us Mac was a true gent whose smile and wit we will miss. But most of all it's his company on our trips to Leeds or watching live matches in Moroneys(when he would give full commentaries on the failings of his beloved Leeds)that we will miss most of all. When the club was formed in Nuggys ( Fafa Considines in Parnell St) in 2001 the first man at the inaugural meeting was Mac and he was duly elected our first President, something he was intensely proud of and never let us forget !

Many did not realize what a great sportsman Mike was in his younger days. He was a top class goalkeeper with Newmarket Celtic, Lifford and lined out for the Clare Oscar Traynor Cup team. Rugby was another sport Mike excelled at, with St Senans Shannon and Ennis RFC where he lined out with Tim McAllister, Peadar Cosgrove, Aidan Guilfoyle, Liam Murphy. Being from Newmarket and growing up in the sixties one would expect that Mike had to tog out with the Blues on the hurling field,and so he did playing in goal up to Clare Cup level until bureaucracy intervened in the form of local GAA officials.

One evening while waiting for hurling training to begin Mike, Pat Cassidy and Mike Malley started kicking a football around aka soccer style and as the Ban was in at the time this was frowned upon. The upshot was that what was Newmarket hurling's loss was Celtics gain as none of the lads ever caught with a hurley again and went on to many honours on the soccer field.

Mikes other passion when his sporting life was over was to travel. Over the years he has been to the States with Phil Brigdale who does the driving with Mike acting as co pilot. On their last trip to the States when they were traveling down to Virginia Phil said he had to pull in and Mike said what's wrong. Phil said that flashing light behind us is a police car and we are being pulled over. For what said Mike, speeding said Phil. Well you can't blame me as you're the driver! However true to form Mac paid the bill for $130.

His great friends Liam, Alan and John Murphy brought Mike to France and in the last year they went to the States together. One must remember that to be in Mac,s company was a tonic and a constant laugh. No matter where he went he'd strike up a conversation with someone and this was no different when we went on our annual trips to Leeds. It was his idea to drink in the Prince Of Wales in Leeds and over the years the proprietors Paul and Angie have been over to Ennis on invites from Mike. I think that anyone who was on an Ennislusc trip would tell you stories of the slagging that went on between Mike, Slim, Spinky, Phil and Richie were better than any soap opera and his presence on future trips will be sorely missed. However it's true to say Mac will be mentioned often and not forgotten.

Mike thanks for all the memories, great laughs, words of wisdom and above all that welcoming smile when we met. Now that you have a ringside seat with the man above don't forget to have a word with him about Leeds. Always in our thoughts, your friends at Ennislusc and Moroneys. Marching On Together

Happy 50th Frank

Friday, 18 June 2010

Today is a very special day in the life of our good friend Frank Mitchell as he celebrates his 50th birthday. Now Frank is not the type of guy that likes a fuss and no doubt he'll be shocked when we sing Happy Birthday to him tonight when he comes in for his regular pint but I'm sure he'll take it in good spirits.

Best wishes Frank, long life and happiness from all your friends and staff in Moroneys.

Hermitage FC 50 Years And Counting

Thursday, 10 June 2010

On Saturday night last in the West County Hotel the culmination of months work came to fruition for Hermitage FC when they celebrated their 50th year in great style with over 300 guest at the clubs Dinner Dance. Many great players and committee members from past eras were present including Mickey Kenny, Arthur Greer, Gerry Gilligan, Seanie Clohessy Joe Shannon, Ollie O Loughlin, Mike Leahy and PJ Dilger who traveled home from Kentucky for the event. Guest of honour on the night was FAI Chief Executive John Delaney who praised the club on their milestone and presented the founding members families (Johnny Quinn, Paddy Woods, Anthony Higgins, Tex Corry and the late Haulie Molloy) with tickets for the forthcoming soccer international on 27th Nov in the new Aviva Stadium ( formerly Lansdowne Road) between the Republic Of Ireland and Argentina. He did'nt stop there as he also presented 50 tickets to the Hermitage A and B teams for the same event. A lovely gesture and much appreciated by the large attendance.

Among the speakers on the night were club Chairman Freddie Dinan, Vice Chairman Gerry Scanlon, Mickey Quinn ( who's uncle Johnny founded the club and traveled from England for the event),Joe Shannon , Frank Healy ( Clare League) Mickey Guilfoyle ( Ennis Urban Council) and Paddy Dunne ( Clare Soccer Referees). Former Club Chairman and current referee Frankie Coote gave a brief history on how Hermitage was founder, some of the characters in the area including the late Michael Tierney and he also thanked all those who supported the club down the years and here he made special mention to our late Presidents Sean Casey and Michael Howard and also to local business man and former councilor Michael Guerin. Frankie also made a special point of thanking the Ryan family from Circular Road for their contribution and highlighted the fact that in the 1983 Haughey Cup Final four Ryan brothers ( Declan, Liam, Fintan and Kieran) togged out for The Tage vs the dominant team of that era Newmarket Celtic. This achievement has never been equaled before or since.

Presentations were made to the club founders on the night along with trophies for the A and B Players of The Year and of course medals to the A team who won the League 1 title under the steward ship of Lennie Franks and Mark Cronin. They will now play Premier football next season and with such a young team we look forward to them pitting themselves against the best teams in Clare and beyond. Interestingly the B team player of the year was Eoin O Loughlin and his dad Ollie who himself won a League title with Hermitage in 1981 was also a former Youths Player of The Year. The first presentation of the night was made to long serving Club Secretary Sinead Moloney for her outstanding contribution over the years in keeping the club moving forward. There was also a special presentation to Michael Guerin accepted by his son Johnny for his sponsorship and kindness to the club and its members over a thirty five year period. The final presentations were made to Mark Moloney, Derek Frazer and Mark Moloney who have been a the helm with the Tage since 1995 and are Hermitage men to the core.

Finally to all the committee, players and supporters of Hermitage FC many thanks for a superb night and continued success to The Tage for the next 50 !

Photos from the night are in the Gallery under title Hermitage 50th. A special thank you to Willie Donnellan who is responsible for many of the photos taken on the night.

Bon Voyage Eoin

Monday, 31 May 2010

On Saturday last Eoin O Loughlin said goodbye to all his friends in Moroneys as he headed across the Atlantic to work in California for the summer. Eoin who recently qualified as a Civil Engineer from NUIG hopes to pursue a Masters Degree in his choose field when he returns after his summer vacation. Eoin had just finished pulling his last pints of Guinness in Moroneys when it was time for a few hours sleep and then off to Shannon Airport to board a plane to the US.

All his friends and customers in Moroneys wish him the best of luck Stateside and trust he'll show them how to pull a real pint of porter.

Fleadh Nua Ennis 23rd - 31st May

Thursday, 27 May 2010

It's that time of the year again when the Fleadh Nua returns to the capital of the Banner County. First held in 1970 the Fleadh has been held in Ennis every year since 1975 and although it does not draw the huge crowds off old it still a very important commercial and tourist attraction for the town. As usual there will céilithe, music, song and dancing workshops, street entertainment and of course the parade through the streets on Sunday 30th.

During the Fleadh Moroneys will be hosting trad sessions along with it's now famous Wednesday night session with Marcus Moloney. The programme in Moroneys is as follows:

Friday 28th May : Noely Ryan, Laura Kerr and Grace Kelly, Session Begins at 9.30pm

Saturday 29th May : Alan Kelly, Fabian Joyce, Jessie Healy, Session Starts at 9.30pm.

Sunday 30th May: Maebh O Hare, Ann Marie McCormack, John Joe Kelly,Session Starts at 7.00pm

Looking forward to seeing all our old friends over the weekend and to some great sessions.

Let's Go To The Dogs

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Our good friends in the Rineanna Syndicate are really gone to the dogs now. Having purchased their first greyhound two years ago and named him Oscar Two they have now gone along and bought two pups from Kieran Browne of the famed Burnpark Kennels near Kilmihil. All the lads work in Shannon Airport and now that Oscar has recently been sold ( he'll continue his career racing in Scotland) the lads felt it was time to purchase once again. Having scoured the papers and internet for possible new recruits for the syndicate news finally filtered through that there may be a chance of purchasing a pup from the Burnpark dynasty.

On Tuesday evening Austin Clair, Mike McNamara (who was born next door to Moroneys but now resides in Tulla) and Johnny Moroney went back to Kilmihil with the intention of buying a 11 month old pup for the syndicate. Two hours later the syndicate were the proud owner of not one but two pups and now look forward to racing in the new Limerick Greyhound Stadium which is due to open in September. When the others in the syndicate ( Paddy Ryan, Enda and Noel Howard, Jason Roche, Stephen Wynne, Val O Sullivan, Gerry O Connor and Declan Cullinan) heard the news that they were now the owners of two greyhound pups they were somewhat surprised but delighted that we had secured such quality breeding.

In three months time the dogs will start training and hopefully next October they will be having their first races. Until then it's fingers crossed that the stay injury free and now we have to choose some names for these dogs. That should be fun !

See in Picture Gallery under heading Rinneanna Syndicate 4 for photos of the new purchases.

Clare Soccer League Chase Oscar

Friday, 14 May 2010

On Sunday next in Doora the Clare Soccer League team will endeavor to win the Oscar Traynor Trophy for the second time in their history (their fist success was in 2005) when they entertain the Wexford League with kick off at 2.30pm. When Davie Russell leads out the team on Sunday they will be thinking of their late great manager Hughie Kelly who sadly passed away little over three weeks ago and has been a driving force in Clare soccer for over 25 years. Indeed Hughie managed the team to it's 2005 triumph and as the present team will testify was more like a father figure than a manager.

Last Sunday in Turners Cross (Cork) the Clare League beat the current holders Cork AUL by 1-0 with inspirational captain David Russell scoring the all important goal just before half time. With selectors John O Malley, Don McMillan, Donie Garrihy and Pat Basil Whelan (First Aid) in charge this Clare team is superbly prepared and with Hughie looking down on them I expect a huge performance from the boys on Sunday. Hopefully the Clare public will turn out in force and give the lads the extra lift. It promises to be a great day tinged with sadness but hopefully come 4.30pm the Oscar Traynor will be coming to Clare for a second time. Good luck to all the management and players.

Squad: John Healy (Avenue Utd), Liam Crusher Murphy (Newmarket Celtic),Richie Lillis (Bunratty), Mattie Nugent (Avenue Utd), David Russell Capt (Avenue Utd), Con Collins (Bunratty),Trevor Maxwell (Bridge Utd),Mike O Malley ( Newmarket Celtic),Derek Fahy (Bridge Utd),David McCarthy (Avenue Utd),Adrian McDonagh (Avenue Utd),Daryl Eade (Avenue Utd),Ger O Connell (Bridge Celtic),Eoin O Brien (Newmarket Celtic),Eamonn O Reilly (Avenue Utd),Michael Devitt (Newmarket Celtic),Aly McMillan(Bunratty),Gary Collins (Newmarket Celtic),Barry Nugent (Avenue Utd) and Kieran McGlynn (Newmarket Celtic).

Welcome To Moroneys Hanna

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Tonight we welcome Ger Hanrahan ( better know to one and all as Hanna) to the staff of Moroneys and we are delighted he was come on board. Ger is well know in Clare sporting circles as one of the best footballers ever to grace the soccer fields having lined out for St Michaels, Villa United, Newmarket Celtic and Avenue United winning numerous League titles and Cup medals. In a week where Clare play Wexford in the Oscar Traynor Final I'm sure Ger like all the rest of us will be in Doora on Sunday to shout on the boys as Hanna played for many years on such Oscar teams for the county.

Ger retired from Element Six ( former De Beers) last year and has since been seen regularly on the bypass cycling mad and he's also playing more golf another sporting passion of his. Many will know Ger's brothers Kieran and Michael from the famed Stockton's Wing band so he'll enjoy the trad nights in Moroneys. As Ger himself is a Moroneys regular this new experience will be an easy transition and I'm sure he'll be given a great welcome by the regulars. Good luck from all at Moroneys , Ger.

Off To Wembley

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

All roads lead to Wembley next weekend for eight of the Ennis Chelsea Supporters Club members and volcanic ash or not Jim McMahon, Eugene Ryan, Colm Gallagher, Pat Dingle Daly, Mike Considine, Matt and Darragh Kelly along with Ger and Ethan Butler will be there to shout on The Blues. Having secured the Premiership on Sunday last the elusive double is now on and it will be some experience for the lads if Frank Lampard and the boys defeat Portsmouth to win the cup.

As everyone knows it next to impossible to get your hands on cup final tickets but with Jim McMahon in charge and the standing of the supporters club this did not pose a problem. All at Moroneys wish you the best of luck, safe travel and bring home the cup. Blue Is The Colour

Congratulations To Leeds And Chelsea Supporters Clubs

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

It was a great weekend in Moroneys for both the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club and the Chelsea Supporters Club who both had plenty to celebrate. After three years in League 1 and having endured misfortune in the play offs for the previous two season the Gods finally smiled for Leeds fans on Saturday and boy how the needed it. With Brian John, Colm McNevin, Paul Nuggy Nihill, Dom O Rourke and Gearoid Moroney working all morning to get an internet connection for the game ( as it was not being shown on the normal channels) all seemed fine until just before kick off. Then we lost the pictures but we had commentary and looking back it probably added to the tension on the day.

A man down after 30 minutes, a goal down three minutes into the second half and Moroneys looked like a morgue with desperation etched on all the Leeds fans. Then suddenly we got the pictures back, substitute Johnny Howson who was just on the field five minutes scored a brilliant goal from 25 yards and Leeds were back in it. Four minutes later the roof was nearly lifted off the pub when top scored Jermaine Beckford scored his 31st goal of the season and the miracle was on. Thirty minutes later and the Leeds anthem Marching On Together was ringing around Moroneys.

The celebrations lasted long into the night with Spinky White, Cyril Slim Corry, Dom O Rourke, John Brooks, Alan Murphy and co singing their hearts out. Immediately after the game Brian John broke open the bottles of champagne and after three years on ice they tasted fantastic. All the locals in Moroneys were delighted for the Ennislusc boys after all the agony and slagging they have had to put up with since being put into administration over five years ago.

The focus then was on Super Sunday when the Chelsea Supporters Club were hoping to win the Premiership at home to Wigan and as is norm they gathered in Moroneys for the clash. Before the game Jim McMahon presented a hand made mounted Chelsea crest to Brian John to display in the bar and this was very much appreciated and will be going up this week. Unlike the Leeds game there were no need for nerves from the Chelsea supporters as the romped to a 8-0 victory and a third Premiership title. For Jim, Colm Gallager, Eugene Ryan, Colm Fitzgerald and the boys this was a sweet victory as they denied Man United the title by one point and also a four in a row. As always the Chelsea anthem Blue Is The Colour rang out in Moroneys and celebrations lasted long into the evening. It's now off to Wembley for Chelsea when they try to win the double with victory over already relegated Portsmouth and no doubt some of the Ennis Supporters Club will be heading over for the occassion.

Sincere congratulations to both supporters club from all at Moroneys and many thanks for your continued custom.

The Late Aoner Sheridan

Wednesday, 05 May 2010

On Sunday 24th April the late Aoner Sheridan was laid to rest in Drumcliff and with his passing the town lost one of it's great characters. He served for 27 years on the Urban Council and was Chairman in 1975 but it was his prowess in GAA circles that he first came to prominence. He grew up in Barrack Street and played hurling with the Market in the town leagues and later with the Turnpike where he resided for most of his life at 22 Dalcassian Park but it was with Ennis Dalcassians or The Dals as they were better know as that he made his name.

Aoner won two County Senior Medals with The Dals in 1934 and 41, a Clare Cup medal in '37 and an Intermediate title with Ennis Faughs in 1945. Among those on the Faughs team of '45 were Paddy Duggan ,Ralphie Burns, Brudsy NcCarthy, Miko Ball, Tony Strand with Tim Smyth and Jack Buster Carroll as team mentors. While small in stature Aoner was renowned as a excellent corner forward and played senior hurling with Clare from 1936 to 41.

While most people knew him as Aoner he was in fact christened Michael. In Ollie Byrnes excellent book Around The Square-The Story Of Ennis Hurling, Aoner relates how he got his nickname. A soldier asked him was he a Free Stater or a Sinn Feiner ( De Valera was a Sinn Feiner then) as Barrack Street and The Market area were all Sinn Fein at that time. Thinking fast he said he was an Aoner and as we all knew the name stuck.

To his sons Tom, Gerry and John, daughters Mary and Breda we send our sincere sympathy and remember a true Townie and great friend to all.

The Townies Are Back

Thursday, 29 April 2010

No one in Cusack Park would have given the Eire Og U21 hurlers a chance when they trailed Sixmilebridge by 8 points ( 1-05) to no score after fourteen minutes in the County U21 hurling final but as team mentor Declan Coote ( himself the last man to captain a winning Eire Og U21 team in 1977) said in an interview afterwards, this team has character in abundance. It was a tremendous game played in a true sporting manner and with superb performances and scores from both sides. Eire Og could be backed at odds from 3/1 to 5/1 depending where you went and many of the team themselves could not resist a flutter and who could blame them.

The Bridge had beaten Clarecastle by over 30 points in the semi final whereas Eire Og had to beat Clonlara and Inagh Kilnamona to reach the final, two extremely tough games that stood to them in the long run. In his acceptance speech Kevin Brennan spoke highly of mentors Declan Coote, Colm Mahon and team trainer Alan Dunne and also thanked all those who helped with this team from it's infancy with the Urban Board.

This was a superb team effort but special mention must be made of Stephen O Halloran ( grandson of Eire Og President Paddy and son of dual star Jarlath) who score 13 points and Man Of The Match Kevin Moynihan who gaves a Seanie McMahon performance at centre back for The Townies. Hopefully this will spur on the club to win the Intermediate Title and bring back Senior Hurling to the town again. It was great to see the red and white parade through the town as the team walked from the Queens Hotel ( their sponsors) to the club house on Clonroadmore where the celebrations when on until the small hours. Well done to all concerned.

Best Wishes To Eire Og U21 Hurlers

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Today at 3.45pm Eire Og will do battle with arch rivals Sixmilebridge in the Clare U21 hurling final at Cusack Park. Having defeated Inagh /Kilnamona and Clonlare in the semi final the Townies are very much up against it as the BRIDGE destroyed Clarecastle in their sem final and are rank outsiders with the bookies.

However this will suit Kevin Brennan ( Capt and goalkeeper) and co down to the ground and with Alan Dunne having them in tip top shape don't write these guys off. With talent such as Kevin Moynihan ( surely this years county U21 centre back), David O Halloran, Danny Russell, Graham Glynn and Ciaran Hanna in their ranks an upset is on the cards. It's all of 33 years since Eire Og won the cup with a team that had Declan Coote as captain and formed the bases of the teams that won the Senior Championships in 1980 and 82 so heres hoping the Townies bring back some long awaited success to Eire Og.

Boys, Boarding Cards, Wine, Songs And Celtic

Thursday, 01 April 2010

Well the Edinburgh 16 are home and can look back on some great memories and laughs from a great weekend in Scotland. The drama started before we even departed these shores when on arriving at Shannon Airport we found that Brian John had no boarding pass printed. Panic set in, computers were found thanks to kindness of the Airport Police but as we had not the correct email address our plight looked doomed. With twenty minutes to take off BJ was told to go back to the Ryanair desk and see could he purchase a late ticket. Just as the aircraft door was closing who appeared like a mirage but BJ complete with suitcase and boarding card. Even now a week later we are still wondering how he pulled off this miracle traveling with Ryanair but he's putting it down to his charm !

On arrival at Edinburgh airport we had a mini bus waiting thanks to the contacts of Frankie Woods who had also sorted out our accommodation at the Capital Hotel on the outskirts of the city. After breakfast we went on a mini tour of the city followed by some shopping and of course socializing were the order of the day thereafter. Some of our more adventurous members including John Hanrahan, John Casey, Paul Cusack and Phil Brigdale went on a underground tour of the old city which by all accounts lived up to it's billing as a must do tour. Later that evening following a relaxing swim and sauna and even a gym session by Pat Hennessy it was out on the city for some pints and in Mickey Conlon's case some wine ! It's safe to say Mickey will remember this trip and as he proves is a great man for hide and seek in a packed car park at Celtic Park.

The highlight of the trip was our trip to Celtic Park and watch Celtic play Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premier League. We had secured Executive Suite tickets which were fantastic value at £60 and allowed us the freedom to come and go from our leather seats and enjoy the facilities of a bar and complimentary food at half time. Only two of our party ( Colm McDonagh and Pat Hennessy) had been to Celtic Park previously so to the rest of us it was an eye opener. While the game itself was quite poor save for a super opening goal by Robbie Keane it was also the first game in charge for stand in manager Neil Lennon who received a tremendous reception from the home fans. When the lads were seated the got a surprise when looking at the big screen and seeing a birthday wish to Brian John ( Monday 29th was actual day) from themselves and accompanied by a group picture. If this caught them by surprise this was followed shortly after on the screen by a good lucky message from Moroneys Bar who are also home to the Ennis No 1 Celtic Supporters Club. Following the game while making our way back to the bus some of us were lucky enough to meet Celtic playeres Lee Naylor, Scott Brown ( Capt.) Darren O Dea and Robbie Keane ( although he stayed in his jeep).

On the Saturday nigh dinner was organized for the group in the hotel and this was superb and lead to some great slagging. All one can say is that no one was immune from the slagging and founding member Martin O Brien gave a short speech. As Fergie O Loughlin says he would not be short of words if he pulled you over for speeding so few were the words from OB but such was the banter. The city center beckoned then, taxis ordered and it was off to the Royal Mile for some sociable pints. Later that night in the hotel bar Tom Tobin, Phil (Boulagovue) Brigdale, John Casey, Paul Cusack, Ger and John Hanrahan, Pat Docka Donlon, BJ and Cyril Cusack had a sing song and despite some strange looks from a group of English guest attending a black tie reception the boys rose the roof with their songs.

What started out as an inter pub soccer team 23 years ago is still going strong and the friendships and camaraderie has endured all those years is a tribute to those involved and I feel proud to call each and every one of the lads a true friend. Where to for our next tour was the talk in Moroneys on our return home on Sunday evening and places such as Westport, London and many sun destinations were mentioned. However for now we will be back training for our return to indoor football in Flannan's next September for our 24th year, more slagging, more tackling, fighting but as always when the hour is up it's handshakes all round. As the Swarbriggs song went " That's what friends are for ".

Pictures from the trip can be seen in Picture Gallery under heading Edinburgh March 10

Edinburgh Here We Come

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Next Friday it's off to Edinburgh for Martin O Brien's Indoor Soccer Boys who are now in their 23rd year playing footie together. What started off as a serious attempt at winning the Ennis Inter Pub competition many years ago has now lead to some long lasting and loyal friendships. While the years have passed and we've got slower the skills and will to win can be seen every Tuesday night in St Flannan's when for an hour we do battle in a six a side game.

When Edinburgh was decided upon as the destination for a weekend away it was only natural that we couple that with a football game and what better place to go than Parkhead and watch Celtic play. Our decision to go to watch them play Kilmarnock has proved a great one especially since Robbie Keane has signed. We will be watching the game from the Executive Suites and hopefully it will be a day to remember for all of us.

It's an early start for us on Friday with our flight departing Shannon at 6.40am but being in Edinburgh early has it's advantages. A special word of thanks to Frankie Woods for organizing a bus for us over the weekend and sorting our hotel accommodation. It promises to be a great weekend and on Sunday night we'll be back in Moroneys to relive the highlights and drink some pints.

Traveling Squad: Martin O Brien, Tom Tobin, Ger Hanrahan, John Casey, Cyril Cusack, Mickey Conlon, Colm McDonagh, Phil Brigdale, John Hanrahan, Pat Donlon, Johnny Moroney, Brian John McCarthy, Paul Cusack, Frankie Woods,Fergie O Loughlin and Pat Hennessy.

Happy St Patrick's Day and Best Wishes Kilmurray Ibrickane

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Well St Patrick's Day is upon us and everyone is in good spirits following the great spell of fine weather we've had for the last four weeks. Hopefully it will keep up for the parade tomorrow which starts at 11.00am and finishes in the Market. Paddy's Day is also a huge day of sport and tomorrow is no different with racing from Cheltenham and most of all the All Ireland Club Hurling and Football Finals in Croke Park.

However it's the football final which will capture all Clare people attention with Kilmurray Ibrickane being the first ever Clare team to contest a football final. Their opponents are the experienced St Gall's from Antrim who where beaten in the 2005 final and will be hot favourites on the day. That will suit the men from the Quilty / Mullagh parishes who relish the roll of underdogs and will not be found wanting. You can be sure all in Moroneys will be routing for our arch rivals from the West for a hour at least. Come on Ibrickane.

Well where ever you are tomorrow here wish you and yours a very happy St Patricks Day from all in Moroneys and if you feel like singing remember do sing an Irish song.

Our Thoughts Are With John Joe

Saturday, 27 February 2010

It was was with deep regret during the week that we learned of the death of Hughie Kelly father of John Joe Kelly the well know and highly acclaimed bodhrán player. All trad fans will know John Joe for his great sessions here in Moroneys and although we all know him as a extraordinary bodhrán player he is well able to play the banjo too as Marcus Moloney will testify to.

All at Moroneys wish John Joe and his family our sincere sympathy and are thinking of him at this sad time.

We're All Behind You JB

Saturday, 27 February 2010

All at Moroneys were shocked and upset to hear that our good friend JB Butler was diagnosed with a serious illness recently and had to enter the Galway Clinic for treatment. JB who is an avid Man United fan had driven 16 Leeds fans out to Tulla on 3rd Jan for the FA Cup game between both sides which was shown live on Sky and just to irk the boys he dressed up in full Man U gear. Needless to say he endured some slagging on the way out but when Leeds scored and went on to win he was given the mother and father of a going over from the boys.

However in true spirit JB dropped the boys back to Moroneys, parked up the bus and then went down to drink porter with them and endure more slagging. Little did we know then that JB was so ill. However last Wednesday night he appeared in Moroneys with his great friend Colm McNevin and was a sight for sore eyes. While he has a lot more treatment to come he was in good form and we hope and pray that things will go well for a true gent and friend to all at Moroneys in the coming months.

Hermitage AFC 50th Anniversary

Thursday, 11 February 2010

This year Hermitage football club will celebrate fifty years in existence with a host of events culminating in a Dress Dance in the West County on Saturday 5th of June. 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. It's home ground was originally the Fairgreen and then they transfered to the One Mile Inn thanks to the generosity of the late Club President Senator Michael Howard and today they play their home games back in the Fairgreen. 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.

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 the late goalkeeper Billy Greer (R.I.P). Unfortunately today Hermitage does not have a youths team, something it hopes to rectify in the near future but does have two junior teams competing in the Clare League.

When celebrating the clubs 21st Anniversary in 1981 the club held a Dress Dance in the West County on Friday 27th February with ex Limerick and Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Kevin Fitzpatrick as guest of honour. This year the committee including Chairman Gerry Scanlon, Eddie Walsh, Mark and Joe Moloney and Robbie Kenneally have gone for the same format with FAI chief John Delaney as guest of honour for the dinner dance. In April a golf tournament will take place at the Ennis Golf Club with proceeds going to a local charity and this promises to be a great day for past and present members to catch up on old times.

In 1981 Hermitage won the Youths Cup, FAI Area and League and the junior side won the League 1 Championship but beaten in the Haughey Cup Final by Newmarket Celtic. The present Tage A team is 2nd in League 1 and still in the Cup so all will be hoping that there could be more to celebrate at the end of the season and particularly promotion to the Premier League. So all in all it looks like the Tage are on their way back to the pinnacle of Clare Soccer, a position they richly deserve.

Roll Of Honour List :Division 1 League 1962, Fergus Cup 1969 (now Haughey Cup),Div 1 Shield 173 and 1975, F.A.I. Area 1975, Division 1 League 1981.

Tournaments : Ennis Harvest 1975, One Mile Inn 1975, 1979, 1980. Newtown 1981.

Youths best season was 1980/81 when they won the Munster Youths ( Clare Area), F.A.I. (Clare Area), Youths Cup and Youths League and were beaten by Southend Utd ( Waterford) in the Munster Youths Cup Final in Ozier Park Waterford. The club was also honoured that season when Noel Galvin was selected for the Munster Youths.

Rival Supporters Marching On Together In Moroneys

Saturday, 06 February 2010

On Wednesday night last Moroneys was rocking for the FA Cup replay between Leeds United and Tottenham Hotspur. As most people in Ennis know Moroneys is the home of the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club and Brian John McCarthy who runs Moroneys is a die hard Spurs fan as is his son Ethan so obviously the crack was going to be good. After the first game ended 2-2 with Leeds scoring from the penalty spot in the 95th minute, the roof nearly lifted off the pub when Beckford scored so this game was always one not to be missed.

With Ennislusc fans having their flags up in the lower bar, the front was decked out with Spurs flags so the scene was set for some fun. With standing room only in the bar Spurs took a deserved lead through Jermaine Defoe but in first half injury time Leeds equalized and the place erupted. The banter and crack at half time was something else but in the second half Defoe completed his hat trick and Leeds went out of the cup. Bragging rights were with BJ on the night and he certainly enjoyed slagging us Leeds boys.

After the game Marcus Moloney and friends kept everyone entertained with some superb trad music and a good night was had by all. On Tuesday night next Leeds play in the 2nd leg of the Johnstone Paints Trophy ( Northern Section ) vs Carlisle and it's true to say the Ennislusc boys will be out in force once more. As their anthem goes Marching On Together and these supporters are true to the cause and always welcome in their spiritual home Moroneys.

Jack Frost Closes Moroneys

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Last weekend when the whole country was brought to a standstill on the roads and people struggled with frozen and broken pipes we too at Moroneys had our own troubles thanks to the freezing conditions. On Saturday morning (9th Jan ) after temperatures dropped to minus 11 overnight the pipes going to the ladies and gents toilets froze even though they were doubly lagged. Despite the best efforts of Colm McNevin, Paddy Dunne and Dara Moroney they were unable to free the pipes and the decision was reluctantly taken to close the bar on Saturday until such times as they could be freed.

Despite been closed over the weekend we were very luck in that the pipes did'nt burst unlike our neighbouring businesses Tony's Fashions and The Wine Rack who opened their doors on Monday morning to be greeted by the sight of water. On Monday morning TJ Scanlon (Ventilators & Ventilation Systems, Lissane East Clarecastle ,Ennis ) arrived and spent two days enclosing and lagging the pipes and his good friend Mikey Ryan (McNamara Park) showed all his expertise as a plumber to free the pipes and sort out any airlocks. To both lads we are deeply thankful for their quick responses in our time of crises and their expertise in their particular fields.

A big thank you to Colm, Paddy and Dara also and to everyone who enquired and offered assistance during the closure. It's at times such as these that one appreciated the goodwill of neighbours and friends who when called upon were not found wanting. Mile Buiochas to you all. On Tuesday evening the pub opened it's doors once again and not a happier sight was there to see.

Moroneys Christmas Draw Results

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Moroneys party night is always a great event to thank customers for their continued support during the year and one of the highlights of the night is the annual Christmas draw. With music, food and crack the order of the night it needs not be said that it was a huge success once again. Congratulations to all the winners and sincere thanks to all our loyal customers,looking forward to seeing you in 2010.

Draw Results

1st Deirdre Hussey ( Weekend away in the Kilford Arms Hotel,Kilkenny)

2nd Barry O Loughlin ( TV and DVD Combo)

3nd Pat O Connell ( Massive Christmas Hamper)

4th Paddy Daffey ( Slab of Heiniken)

5th Trevor Chandler ( Slab of Bulmers)

6th Conor Dempsey ( Slab of Budweiser)

7th Lockie ( Bottle of Brandy)

8th Edel Murphy ( Bottle of Jameson)

9th Louise Dunleavy ( Bottle of Vodka)

10th Ethan McCarthy ( Bottle of Bacardi)

Moroneys Christmas Party 29th Dec

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Tuesday night the 29th December will be another great night in Moroneys as the annual customer party and draw will take place. With lines selling at €2 a go for the 200 Club there has been a great take up by the locals and with a top prize of a weekend away in the Kilford Arms Hotel Kilkenny it's easy to see why they are being snapped up. Other prizes include a TV and DVD Combo, slabs of Budweiser,Bulmers,Heiniken, Guinness along with numerous bottles of wine, whiskey and brandy. As always there will be plenty of food and music and a great night is assured. So come along and join us for a evening and night to rememer in Moroneys.

Seasons Greeting To All Our Customer And Friends

Friday, 18 December 2009

Despite the doom and gloom over 2009, the Ennis floods and the terrible Budget that was announced last week Christmas is now little over a week away. It's a time for familys and friends to get together, welcome relations home and above all for the kids the coming of Santa Claus on the 25th.

To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy and Peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year. Brian John, Tracy, Ethan, Zara, Irene, Cathal, Trevor and Marita look forward to your continued support in 2010. D

Doonbeg A Jewel In The Banner County

Friday, 18 December 2009

When I think of Doonbeg I always think of playing football there with Hermitage and the wind blowing a storm on Doughmore Beach and wondering what on earth I'm doing here on a Sunday morning instead of staying in bed. However nowadays it's associated with the five star Doonbeg Hotel and Golf Club and it was with anticipation that I traveled there (on Sun 6th Dec) via the villages of Kilmihil and Cree to meet my good friend Travis McDonagh. Travis who now resided back in Canada came to Ennis in the early 90's and set up a thriving chiropractor practice in the town opposite the Vocational School. Today they are based in the Grove Shopping complex on the Tulla road and it was through my wife Marian who works for the clinic that I got to know Travis.

Travis to those that don't know him is a true all rounder having played basketball with the Ennistymon Admirals, won the South of Ireland tennis Championships a record seven successive times, boxed for his home country Canada at International level and ran the Dublin Marathon with the Clare Crusaders. However it's his easy going disposition and his fantastic knowledge of the working of the human body that made him so popular with friends and clients alike. Indeed he treated all the panel of the Clare 95 and 97 teams over the years and to this day is still great friends with Dalo, Jamesie and Sean McMahon in particular. He is also partial to a pint of Guinness and tells some great stories of his days at the Galway races with his hurling friends from Clarecastle.

So I didn't know what to expect when I got to Doonbeg as I'd never been inside the door before but to say it's a different world would be an understatement. As the saying goes "this is how the other half lives". That said I was made to feel at home in the members bar ( there were only 4 other people there) and both Marian and I had a beautiful lunch there looking out on the 18th green with fifteen foot waves in the background. This was picture postcard type of scenery and at €20 for two course ( you wouldn't eat any more with all the food) it was tremendous value in such a luxurious setting. It made me think that perhaps the recession has now made such places accessible to the ordinary public and not the helicopter set we were led to believe frequented such places.

This point was borne out last weekend when 8,000 people turned up there for the French Christmas Market where everything from food to hand made gifts were for sale.When one thinks of beaches in Clare Lahinch, Spanis Point, Fanore, Seapoint and Kilkee are always mentioned but Doughmore Beach is one that never springs to mind. To me it is a well kept secret as the best beach by far in Clare to go for a stroll and the scenery is spectacular but unfortunately it's not safe to swim due to the currents.

That evening both Marian and I came home refreshed and in awe of Doonbeg and it's surroundings. True to say we have some spectacular scenery in the Banner County but from now on I'll be making more frequent visits to Doonbeg for a strool on the beach and to chill out and watch the golfers stressing themselves out on the Championship course. As always Travis was an excellent host and now he has a Moroneys polo top and mug to take home to Canada which will remind him of The Banner County. Keep in touch Travis and that pint of Guinness awaits you in Moroneys on your return.

Maura O Connell Nominated For A Grammy

Friday, 11 December 2009

Well know Ennis singer Maura O Connell who hails from the Upper Market has been nominated for a prestigious Grammy Award for her latest album Naked with Friends. This is Maura's second time to be nominated fot this award having been previously nominated in 1991. Unaccompanied singing has been a part of Maura's music since her earliest days and on this album she is joined by a host of well know musicians including Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Kate Rusby, Paul Brady, Mary Black, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Darrell Scott, Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still), Sarah Dugas (The Duhks), Mairéad Ní Mhaorigh, Moya Brennan, Liam Bradley, Declan O'Rourke, and her sister Áine Derrane. This is a bold move by Maura to launch such an album but those of us who knew her mother Amby ( nee Costelloe ) will testify to the great singing voice she possessed and was obviously inheritated by both Maura and Aine.

Nowing living in Nashville since the late 80's Maura was home this summer to play a gig in Glor where she was also joined on stage by Aine. The Grammy Awards ceremony will take place on January 31st and all her friends in The Market and Moroneys will be cheering for Maura on the night.

Happy Birthday Marie

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Last Saturday night was a special day for the lovely Marie O Byrne as she celebrated her 30th birthday in Moroney's. As Marie and her boyfriend John Joe Kelly are very well know in the trad circles what better way to celebrate your birthday that with a good old session ! All who had the fortune to be in Moroney's on the night enjoyed the session and boy can John Joe play that bodhran.

Sincere best wishes to Marie from all her friends at Moroney's.

Ennis Floods Worst In Living Memory

Thursday, 26 November 2009

On Thursday evening last Ennis experienced a one in a hundred year flood when after constant rain since Tuesday evening coupled with strong winds the River Fergus could take no more and burst its bank in the Lower Abbey Street Car Park. Unfortunately this was only a prelude of what was to come and over the next 24 hours areas such as New Road, Willow Park, Oak Park, Honeywell, Tobastascain, Castle Lawn, Foir Uisce, Ard Aoibhinn, Francis Street, Gort Road and St Flannans College were all experience flooding. Indeed part of the grounds of St Flannans were flooded to a depth of 5 feet and the water flowed out over the main wall on to the Limerick Road and flooded the estate of Ard Aoibhinn directly across from the college.

Over the years one always associates flooding in Ennis with Parnell St and it's car park along with the Mill Road but thanks to the councils much maligned drainage scheme which is a work in progress operation for the last two years these areas escaped the floods. Unfortunately the residents and business people of the Abbey Street, Francis Street area were not quite so lucky as the Fergus gushed out at a breach in the wall near the Beagle Factory restaurant. This occurred around 10 pm on Thursday night and resulted in the Library Bar, Cahirs Gift Shop, The Queens Hotel, Ciaran's Bar and many other business and residents being flooded without any notice. The newly renovate Rowan Tree hostel (formerly Maurer's) on the banks of the river at the Club Bridge was particularly badly hit and this after it only reopened in July after extensive renovations being carried out. Everyone in these areas was taken by surprise as even in the worst of flooding over the years these areas were never affected. It now looks like all the remedial work in the Maid Of Erin/ Parnell St / Quay Area has worked quite well but has only shifted the problem further down river.

Already there has been 400mm of rain for the month of November and with more rain expected the problem is far from over. The council has evacuated 105 people and put then up in the West County Hotel and another 50 residents left their homes voluntarily. The councils 24/7 emergency plan has been in operation since early Friday morning and one must sincerely compliment all the volunteers who are bursting a gut helping their fellow residents, Ennis Urban and County Council staff, Gardai, Ennis Fire Brigade, Civil Defence, ESB and the Army personnel from Limerick who are work in three cycle shifts in order to alleviate the flooding.

It's obvious questions will be asked in the aftermath of this horrendous flooding and fingers will be pointed at our planners for allowing so much housing and commercial premises to be built on here to for designated flood plains for the River Fergus. God only knows what the outcome would be if the proposed county GAA grounds was built in Doora as that is now a sea of water up to 10 feet deep in places. As the experts have said this type of flooding is going to be the norm with climate change so we've got the wake up call now let's see some action .

Photos in Picture Gallery under heading Ennis Floods

16th Ennis Trad Festival 5th to 9th November

Tuesday, 03 November 2009

Yes it's going ahead despite all the speculation that the 16th running of the Ennis Trad Festival would have to be cancelled due to lack of funding. Thanks to the dedication of the committee the festival is not being lost and one can look forward to some great sessions in the coming days. There are over twenty pubs and hotels where nightly sessions will be going on as well as all the usual CD launches, recitals, instrument and singing masterclasses and céilís.

One of the highlights of the festival is the Árd Ghaisce na mBuíonta (the Great Céilí Band Challenge) which will take place on Saturday 7th November from 7pm in the West County Hotel, with fear-an-tí for the night, Brendan Begley. Ten of Ireland's top ten ceili bands will compete for a first prize of €5,000 in a public setting designed to test their mettle against each other. There are also substantial prizes for 2nd €2,000, 3rd €1,000 and 4th €500 so a big thanks nere must go to organiser John Rynne. The Bands who will be performing and competing are as follows:

Inis Craggy Céilí Band Triogue The Corofin Céilí Band The Midlanders The Awbeg Céilí Band Ceolteoirí na Mainistreach Ceolteoirí Nama Oranmore Céilí Band Banna Cheoil CCE Timpeall an Ghleantáin Listowel CCE.

As usual Moroney's will have their Wednesday , Thursday and Friday night sessions along with many other impromptu sessions over the festival period. There is no need to worry about the weather so come along and enjoy some tremendous trad music and meet up with some old friends. Below is the Trad session programme for Moroney's .

Wed. 4th Nov. Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane, Karol Lynch and friends @ 10pm.

Thur. 5th Nov. Kevin Ryan, Kieran Hehir, Tommy Carew and friends @ 10pm.

Fri. 6th Nov. Carmel O Dea, Brian Mooney, Meabh O Hare and friends @ 10pm.

Sat. 7th Nov. Jason O Rourke, Martin Breen,Eamon McCarthy and friends @ 10pm.

Sun. 8th Nov. Marcus Moloney, Murt Ryan, Sean Fitzpatrick, John Joe Kelly and friends @ 9pm.

Please note that all the above sessions are AMPLIFIED GIGS.

Go On Oscar

Thursday, 29 October 2009

It was a great night at Galway Greyhound Stadium on Thursday night for The Rineanna Syndicate boys as their dog Oscar Two raced to victory in his second ever race. Having failed to be placed in his first race on the 8th October last there was no doubting his determination to put things right this time out. When the traps rose he broke very smartly, led to the first bend and extended his lead to 4 lengths going down the back stretch. Having faded coming home last time round Oscar did'nt disappoint this time round and galloped home in a good time of 29.59 and won by 3 3/4 lengths. To make the night even better Oscar was returned on the tote at odds of 6/1 ( 5/2 with bookies) thus ensuring a nice payout for the syndicate members that were present on the night. Unfortunately some of the lads were unable to made the journey as they were on evening duty in the airport but the text messages and calls were quickly made to tell them of Oscar's success. Great credit must go to trainer John Browne who had Oscar in great fettle on the night and he completed a double later on in the night when Drimeen Crash won the 9th race at odds of 3/1. His inside information here also meant that the syndicate boys who attended on the night benefited at the tote. It's not often one beats the bookies but twice in the night makes for a very pleasant drive home despite the awful weather !

See some pictures from the night under Rineanna Syndicate 3. The first 7 photos are from Oscar's first race, the rest from Thursday night.

New Moroney Mugs

Saturday, 24 October 2009

On Monday night last Moroney's launched a new mug with the logo emblazed on them. The logo was the original won found on tea and sugar bags when the pub / grocery first opened it doors in 1840. One of the original tea bags can be founded framed in the lower bar as one exits to the smoking area. The mugs were designed by Tulla woman Mags Lysagh and such was the demand that a repeat order was put in on Tuesday morning.

As one exile home on holidays from London commented on receiving a mug " The tea will taste all the nicer in the morning as I'll always think of Ennis when I see the mug". We'll all drink to that :-)

See Gallery under Moroneys Mugs

Mai Quinlivan is 100

Saturday, 24 October 2009

On Tuesday last 13th Oct our neighbour Mai Quinlivan (nee Frawley) who lives directly across the road from the pub celebrated a milestone few of us will ever see ,her 100th birthday. Indeed when the pub was reopened after being renovated over four years ago Mai was a special guest on the night. Mai is now the oldest living native in Ennis and is a pleasure to talk to with all her history of the town. Mai late husband Jim was a well know figure in the town having worked in Shannon Airport Catering for over 40 years and he also won a county hurling medal with the Dals. Mai and Jim raised four sons Brian, Ken, Eddie and Dermot and a daughter Rita who lives in the family home. All in Moroney's wish our great neighbour many more years of health and happiness and also could she tell us her secret to longevity.

Rineanna Syndicate Go To Traps

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Last Thursday night in Galway Greyhound Stadium the Rineanna Syndicate ( Austin Clair, Val O Sullivan, Declan Cullinan, Noel and Enda Howard, Gerry O Connor, Mike McNamara, Jason Roche, Paddy Ryan, Steve Wynne and Johnny Moroney ) finally got to see their greyhound Oscar Two make his racing debut. As you will see from previous articles the dog was expected to be named Delta One but when the official name came back from the greyhound board it was our second choice Oscar Two that was accepted.

Having purchased the greyhound over 18 months ago is was with nervous expectations that we headed to Galway. Oscar is being trained in Ballyea by John Browne (a member of the well know Browne family associated with the Burnpark prefix) who has done a tremendous job for the syndicate as Oscar had some health problems early on. The Syndicate has commissioned lovely rugby style tops with a lovely crest depicting a greyhound and scenes from an airport as all but one of us work in Shannon Airport.

Oscar was drawn in trap 6 in the seventh race and went to post at odds of 2/1.We had been told that it was unlikely he'd win as there was a hot favourite in trap 3 so most of the syndicate put money on him for a place ( either 1st or 2nd). He was slow away from traps being third at the first bend but showed great pace down the back stretch to close to within two lengths of the leaders. However from here on he faded and finished 5th in a time of 29.95. The winner clocked 29.57 and Oscar was 5 lengths further back but bettered his qualifying time by 5 lengths. While we were initally disappointed with the result on closer looking his time was quite good for his debut and the conclusion we came to is that he would be better suited to sprinting.

With this in mind we are off to the coursing meeting at Miltown Malbay on 24th Oct and after that it's back to the track. As the saying goes Rome wasn't built in a day and we're in this for the excitement and crack. We intend to purchase more greyhounds in the future and possible will go to some sales in the New Year to acquire an experienced tracker. It's great to be part of a syndicate and now that we've the taste for racing all be it a losing experience we are already looking forward to many more days out.

As an aside I'd like on behalf of the Syndicate to congratulate Paddy Ryan and Siobhan Kelleher on their recent engagement. Indeed Siobhan was in Galway to cheer Oscar on and hopefully it won't be too long before she sees us in the winners enclosure.

Pictures from night in gallery under Rineanna Syndicate 3.

Marching On Together Or You'll Never Walk Alone !

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Tuesday evening next the 22nd September at 7.45pm there should be some atmosphere in Moroney's when Leeds host Liverpool in the live League Cup game. As everyone knows the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club consider Moroney's their home venue as they hold their meeting and watch live games there. While all their supporters will acknowledge that Leeds have no aspirations of winning this competition it will be a good barometer as to how much progress they have made in footballing terms this season. With a crowd of 30,000 plus expected at Elland Road it promises to be a good game and will no doubt bring back many memories of their days in the Premiership.

With many Liverpool supporters also regulars in Moroney's and others coming down for the slagging the crack should be mighty. So get on down to Moroney's on Tuesday evening and enjoy some great grub (at half time) and of course the bragging rights!

Superb U21's All Ireland Champions

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Sunday the 13th of September 09 will live long in minds of all Clare people that were lucky enough to be in Croke Park to see John Minogue's charges win their first ever All Ireland U21 Hurling title. In a epic battle that went down to the wire the young Banner Boys held out for a one point victory on a scoreline of Clare 0-15 Kilkenny 0-14. While it was a superb team effort one must mention the contribution of Colin Ryan, John Conlon, Eamon Glynn, Nicky O Connell and outstanding goalkeeper Donal Tuohy who brought off a stunning save from Richie Hogan. Once again the Croke Park officials had to resort to Plan B as there was no way off stopping the Clare followers from invading the pitch after the final whistle to see captain Ciaran O Doherty lift the Celtic Cross trophy.

After the game it was down to The Celt Bar on Talbot Street for some lovely pints of Guinness and a fabulous meal. There was a great music session on there and we were fortunate enough to hear Anthony Kearns (one of the Three Irish Tenors and named Ireland's greatest living tenor) sing some songs. It's Anthony's local when he's not touring and it's easy to see why such is the atmosphere in the pub. A special thanks to the bar staff Willie and Barry for a great end to a great day. And not forgetting Erin who also works in The Celt and was in Croke Park supporting The Faithful County ( Offaly) as they won the Junior Camogie Title. She has some voice as well! So now you know if you are ever in Dublin for a weekend made sure you visit The Celt, a real gem of a pub.

Clare U21 Squad 1) Donal Tuohy (Crusheen) 2) Eamon Glynn ( Inagh -Kilnamona) 3) Cian Dillon ( Crusheen) 4) Ciaran O Doherty ( Crusheen ) Capt. 5) Domhall O Donovan ( Clonlara) 6) Nicky O Connell ( Clonlara) 7) James Gunning ( Broadford) 8) Enda Barrett( Newmarket) 9)Cormac O Donovan ( Clonlara) 10) Camin Morey ( Sixmilebridge) 11) John Conlon ( Clonlara) 12) Sean Collins ( Cratloe) 13) Conor Tierney ( Inagh-Kilnamona) 14) Darach Honan ( Clonlara) 15) Colin Ryan ( Newmarket on Fergus) 16) Derek Fahy ( Sixmilebridge) 17) Conor McGrath ( Cratloe) 18) Cathal Chaplin ( Broadford) 19) Patrick Kelly ( Clarecastle) 20) Eoin Hayes ( Newmarket on Fergus) 21) Cillian Duggan ( Clooney) 22) Liam Markham ( Cratloe) 23) Pat O Connor ( Tubber) 24) Joe O Connor ( Parteen)

All Roads Lead To Croker

Friday, 11 September 2009

On Sunday next the 13th September Clare will take on reigning Champions Kilkenny in the U21 Hurling Final in Croke Park. While Clare will enter the game as underdogs their tremendous spirit and will to win allied with a superb forward line will I believe see them over the line. Over 5,000 Clare supporters are expected to travel for a game that throws in at 4.30pm following the camogie finals. It is also being shown on TG4 so if you can't make it to the big smoke come down to Moroney's and enjoy the atmosphere. Here's wishing the young Banners Boys best wishes on Sunday and hopefully we'll see them in O Connell Square on Monday night with the U21 trophy. ( It's not a cup as the GAA did'nt want to promote drinking out of a cup , yes it's true.)

Gentleman Jim

Tuesday, 08 September 2009

It was with great sadness that early on Friday morning last we learnt of the passing of Jimmy Fenton, Ard Na Greine Ennis. Jimmy was one of life's true gentleman in every sense of the word and for over forty years he worked in Shannon Airport as a wine waiter in the Lindbergh Restaurant.Jimmy as was recalled at his funeral Mass on Monday met Muhammad Ali among many other celebrities in the airport long before it was every know his relationship with Ennis. His spare time was devoted to pitch and putt, golf and of course gardening. I as a young boy can recall Jimmy coming in to Moroney's for his pint of Guinness on his way to and from bingo in the Community Center Chapel Lane and as always he was the best dressed man in the place.

With the passing of his beloved wife Vera five years ago Jimmy could be seen walking the roads to Drumcliff each day and no matter what the weather he would always decline a lift. To his sons Tony, Brendan and Jimmy Jnr ,daughters Mary and Veronica we extend our deepest sympathy to the Fenton family and thank God we had the privilege of knowing Gentleman Jim.

The Day The Greatest Came To Town

Friday, 04 September 2009

The 1st September will go down in history for the townsfolks of Ennis and Clare as the day the greatest sportsmen of all time Muhammad Ali was made a free man of Ennis, the first person ever in the town's history. Ennis was festooned with bunting, Irish and American flags and most of the businesses on Abbey Street and O Connell St had their own tributes to the one the called The Greatest. However it was in the Turnpike area where Ali's great grandfather Abe O Grady had left 149 years ago to emigrate to America that he received a tremendous welcome. The whole road up to the Alymers Rest was thronged with people young and old and was a sea of colour with flags, bunting and posters. One such poster read Welcome Cousin Ali.

On the green area opposite the Alymers a plague was unveiled which formed part of a large sculpture by well know Clare man Michael McTigue titled Wonder of the World. Here Ali got out of the car along with his wife Lonnie and insisted in taking some earth from The Pike with him back to Phoenix. Incidentally Ennis is twinned with Phoenix , Arizona for the last 21 years and this came as a great surprise to Ali and his family. They were presented with a letter from the Phoenix Sister Cities committee inviting Ali and his family to visit them and learn more about Ennis at its Irish Cultural Centre and this they were thrilled to hear. Lonnie commented that the were overwhelmed with the reception they received and her parting words were We'll Be Back. In the Abbey Street car park Mundy, Sharon Shannon and the Kilfenora Ceili Band played on a huge stage with a televised link to Waterpark House where the conferring ceremony was taking place. MC for the day was well know RTE sports commentator and Clareman Marty Morrissey.

Mayor of Ennis Frankie Neylon and his fellow councilors along with Ennis Town Manager Ger Dollard can be rightly proud of themselves and indeed the citizens of Clare owe them a depth of gratitude for their endeavours in getting Ali to Ennis.We look forward to The Greatest return to the Banner County.

See picture gallery under Ali In Ennis for some photos of the day. Special thanks to Moroney regular Jimmy Fenton for his excellent picture of Ali in the Turnpike.

Superb Display By Clare U21 Hurlers

Sunday, 23 August 2009

On a superb playing sod that is Thurles the Clare U21 hurlers produced a magnificent display to beat a gallant Galway team after extra time in what has been hailed as one of the best hurling games of the last thirty years. The now qualify for the All Ireland Final vs (you guessed it) Kilkenny which is to be played in Croke Park on September 13th next. As the final score line of Clare 3-23 Galway 5-15 this game had everything. Superb scores from play , frees, penalty's and two unreal sideline cuts from the fantastic Joe Canning ( he ended the game with 4-07 to his credit)and some brilliant goalkeeping on both sides left everyone in attendance in awe of these fantastic young hurlers. The standing ovation the received at the end from both sets of supporters was indeed warranted.

It seems unfair to pick out some Clare players from this outstanding performance but special mention should be made for goalkeeper Donal Tuohy, Nicky O Connell, Ciaran O Doherty (Capt.), John Conlon ,Conor Tierney ( suberb when introduced) and of course Darach Honan who ended the game as Man Of Match and 2-03 to his credit. Indeed the management were very quick to make substiutions and the introduction of Cian O Donnell ( just recovered from broken ankle)at full back to curb the influence of Joe Canning had a major bearing on the game.

There was a great buzz in Thurles after the game and when one got back to Ennis the celebrations got going in earnest. Those who had'nt gone to Thurles enjoyed the game on TG4 and the Banner Roar was heard more than once when they replayed the game in Moroney's. Now let's go and skin the Cats. Come On The Banner I hear you say!!

All Roads Lead To Thurles

Thursday, 20 August 2009

On Saturday the Clare U21 play near neighbours Galway in the All Ireland U21 Hurling S/F in Thurles with throw in at 2.30pm. Indeed this is The Banners first appearance at this stage of the competation and they will face a Joe Canning inspired Galway team. However the Clare management team of John Minogue, Cyril Lyons, Alan Dunne and Sean O Halloran have been with this team since U16 level and will be well prepared for Saturday's game.

As always if you can't get to Thurles on the day you can see the match live in Moroney's and hopefully see Cathal O Doherty, Nicky O Connell, Darach Honan and co point the Banner boys to a famous victory.

Muhammad Ali Comes To Ennis

Thursday, 13 August 2009

On the 1st September the former World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali will visit Ennis the birthplace of Abe Grady , his great grandfather. He has accepted an invitation from the Town Council and the Mayor of Ennis Frankie Neylon to visit the Turnpike area where Abe lived before emigrating from Cappa Pier in Kilrush to the USA in the 1860's. Ali who is now 68 will be the first person ever to be given a civic reception by the council and an oak tree will be planted in the Turnpike area near where a local family reside.( the O Donovans ,live opposite O Dowd's shop are distant relations of Ali. The late Mrs O Donovan was O Grady)

Abe on arriving in the USA settled in Kentucky where he married an African -American woman. Their son also married an African-American and one of the daughters of that union was Ali’s mother, named Odessa Lee Grady. She married Cassius Clay Senior, and they settled in Louisville, where their son was initially given his father’s name on his birth in 1942. However on winning the World Title in 1964 and joining the Nation of Islam he changed his name Muhammad Ali.

Ali is due to arrive in Shannon Airport at 2pm on 1st September and from there will go to Waterpark House on the Drumbiggle Road from where he will be taken on a tour of the town. On the day it's expected that many of the roads in the town will be closed to traffic in order for as many people as possible to see The Greatest. This indeed will be a great day for the town and let's hope the God's smile on us with some beautiful weather for this historic day.

Welcome Trevor

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

There is a new face behind the counter of Moroney's in the person of Trevor Chandler from Hermitage. From a very popular town family Trevor for his sins is also a Leeds United fan and last night found himself serving the Ennis Branch of the Leeds United Supporters Club who were holding their AGM in Moroney's. On the night Trevor joined as a member so he can now get used to hearing the Leeds anthem Marching On Together sung while he's pulling pints of Arthur !

Good to have you on board Trevor and all at Moroney's wish you an enjoyable time behind the bar of one of the town's oldest public houses.

U21 Title At Last For The Banner

Friday, 31 July 2009

At Fraher Field in Dungarven on Wednesday evening last the Clare U21 hurleres finally broke their duck after 46 years in winning the Munster U21 title in a thrilling game vs Waterford. To John Minogue the manager and his management team of Sean O Halloran, Cyril Lyons and Alan Dunne ( himself a Waterford man and teacher in St Flannan's) there is enormous credit due especially after the heartbreak of last year's defeat to Tipperary in Cusack Park.

The game was televised on TG4 and there was a vocal support in Moroney's for the game and obviously a great atmosphere in the bar after Ciaran O Doherty ( his father Gerry is from the Turnpike ) lifted the trophy. Hoprfully this will kick start a revival in Clare hurling fortunes. Next up for the U21's is Galway in three weeks time with a venue to yet be announced. Congratulations to these magnificient young hurlers and their management from all at Moroney's. Come On The Banner !

Come On The Banner

Friday, 10 July 2009

All roads lead to Cusack Park, Ennis tomorrow evening for the eagerly awaited All Ireland Hurling Qualifier between Clare and Galway which has a throw in time of 7pm. This is the last chance saloon for Mike Mac's men after a disastrous League campaign and defeat to Tipperary in the Munster Championship three weeks ago.

As always the game will be shown live in Moroney's on the three screens so the atmosphere should be electric. As we write I just received a text from Whitegate hurling fanatic Liam Jones who says he'll be in Moroney's before the game with eight others East Clare men so have the sandwiches ready. Not a bother Liam we'll sort ye out as always. Now lets hope we hear The Banner Roar ringing out on Saturday evening after a Clare victory.

It's A Boy

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Congratulations to our good friend and Ennislusc member Enda Howard and his lovely wife Mags on the birth of their son at 6.30am today. The little bundle of joy weighed in at 7lb 4 oz and both mother and son are doing well. It looks like the names Luke and Tom are top of the list and all at Moroney's send the Howard family their good wishes. Oh and yes Enda has said he's a Leeds supporter !

Happy Ruby Anniversary Michael And Vera

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

On Saturday night last Michael and Vera Dunleavy celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary with a party for their family and friends in Moroney's. Their daughter Louise, her brother Michael along with his wife Rachel were all there on the night to enjoy the celebrations. There were songs and storys, plenty of food and drink during the night and a unique achievement in this day and age was celebrated in style.

All at Moroney's congratulate Michael and Vera on their Ruby Anniversary and wish them long life health and happiness for the next forty.

Murph Marry's A Murph

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

On Saturday next the 13th of June Paidge Murphy, Circular Road ( who ran The Corner Bar in Parnell St ) and his fiancee Valerie Murphy from Newmarket On Fergus will get married. Paidge is well know in the cycling circles having been a All Ireland Champion in his teens and cycled against none other than Lance Armstrong. As well as running the Corner Bar Paidge also worked in The Firkin Bar ( formerly Pauline's ) in the Upper Market and as anyone that know's him is not short of a story or two.

Valerie who's father Sean hail's from The Turnpike ( near The Alymers Rest) works with EFG in the Airport and in an ironic twist of faith she worked with Paidge's father Paddy for many years in Aer Rianta. Their wedding reception is in Magowna House Hotel, Inch and all their friends and colleagues are invited to the evening reception which kicks off at 9pm. Best Wishes from all your friends at Moroney's .

Moroney's Get's A Facelift

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

As they say you need fine weather for painting and certainly that was the case last week when the outside of Moroney's got a makeover. For five days painters John Brasil and Tony Roche washed, sandeded and painted the walls, windows and timberwork and now the front is the envy of the Market. Along with that four new window boxes adorn the first floor window sills and this certainly gives Moroney's a very colourful look heading into the summer months. Incidentally Tony is 72 years old and to see him three storys up on a ladder painting away happy as larry gives a new meaning to as young as you feel. Míle Buíochas lads on a job well done.

Wedding Bells For Pat and Karrieann

Friday, 29 May 2009

Today Ennis loses one of it's most eligible bachelors Pat Hennessy when he marry's the gorgeous Karrieann McDonald from Clarecastle. Pat is an adopted Ennisman having arrived in the town from Dublin ( he was posted to Moneypoint with the ESB ) in the late 70's and played with Hermitage and later served as an officer with Cloughleigh Celtic. To all who know Pat they will know that his only love over the years was for Man United but that's all going to change now me think. Both Pat and Karrieann are fitness fanatics so it's safe to bet their honeymoon will involve a lot of exercise ! All their friends at Moroney's wish the happy couple long life ,health and happiness. Congratulations - United at last.

From Barca To Kilkenny

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Last year to celebrate 21 years playing soccer together Martin O Brien and Ger Hanrahan decided that we should honour the occassion and go to Barcelona to watch Barca play in the famous Camp Nou. Such was the success of the trip that it was decided to try and make these an annual event and this weekend we are off to the home of hurling Kilkenny. We will be staying in the Kilford Arms which has great connections with Ennis through the Dinan family from St Michael's Villas. Indeed it was through this connection that Ger Hanrahan got in touch with his old next door neighbour Michael (Champ) Dinan and now everything is planned for a great weekend.

As always one can expect some great laughs and the odd sing song but is'nt that what friendship is all about. Squad For Kilkenny ; Ger Hanrahan, Martin O Brien, John Casey, Mickey Conlon, Phil Brigdale, Johnny Moroney, Willie Donnellan, Brian John McCarthy, Billy Woods, Fergie O Loughlin, John Hanrahan, Cyril Cusack, Pat Donlon, Colm McDonagh and last but not least Tom Tobin.

Football Fever Hit's Moroney's

Wednesday, 06 May 2009

At lunchtime on Saturday next Moroney's should be rocking when two supporters clubs meet to see their favourites do battle in two do or die games. The Celtic and Leeds United Supportes Clubs which both have Moroney's as their local will be glued to the TV's when Celtic play arch rivals Rangers in the top of the table Premier League fixture and Leeds play Millwall in the 1st leg of the League 1 play off.

As both games are timed only fifteen minutes apart, the Celtic (KO 12.30) followers will encamp in the lower bar while the Leeds (KO 12.45) faithful will take to the front bar and also the smoking area. The banter should be good and if both teams win then you can be sure The Fields of Athenry and Marching On Together will be heard ringing around the Market.

Probably The Best Painting

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Two new paintings that are due to adorn the walls in Moroney's shortly are paintings by well know Ennis artist Harry Guinnane. Indeed regulars on the website will be acquainted with Harry's work as he has done two paintings already relating to the pub one of the front of Moroney's and the other of Gerry and Mary Moroney which can bee seen in the picture gallery.

On this occasion the first of the paintings depict one of the original bottle labels that was used when Moroney's bottled their own stout. The date shown on the painting is the 13th of September 1923 which is from the original bottle label and was bottled by Gerry's father John. Bottling in Moroney's was carried out until 1964 and when the pub was renovated over four years ago 100 dozen bottles were disposed of from that era.

The second painting is of an original paper bag that was used in the grocer business and can still be seen in one of the display units as one goes out to the smoking area. Today the emblem from that bag can be seen on staff shirts and on the Moroney polo tops which are very popular with regulars. With so much changes going on in the world today it's nice not to forget one's past and in Moroney's the past era will not be forgotten.

Check out the Picture Gallery under Probably The Best to see the paintings and polo tops.

Avenue 200 Night A Great Success

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Well the last weekend of March '09 will last long in the memories of Leeds football coaches Terence Potter (Chief Academy Scout), Christopher Coates (Under 12 Academy Coach), Philip Wilson (Under 16 Academy Coach) and Denis Oates (Under 14 Academy Coach) thanks to the hospitality of the Avenue United club and members of the Ennislusc club. The coaches were in Ennis to conduct a coaching weekend at the Lees Road Complex and also to sample some of the Ennis nightlife. On the Friday night they visited Moroney's along with Gearoid Mannion, Kevin Keenan, Gary Seery, Gerry Costelloe and Gearoid Walsh of Avenue United for their monthly 200 Club Draw. Incidentally the winner of the €1,000 top prize on the night was Patricia O Donnell who is physio with Avenue United and in a very gererous gesture she bought a round of drinks for the house.

Representing Ennislusc on the night were Kevin Green, Johnny Murphy, Alan Murphy, Richie Lynch, John Galvin and Tommy Kelly. A presentation to the four coaches on behalf of Ennislusc was made by Kevin Greene which took them by surprise but was very much appreciated. They then mingled with the locals and really enjoyed the trad session by Siobhan Peoples and friends so much so that they took to the floor in Moroney's for some dancing. Unfortunately 19 members of Ennislusc club were over in Leeds that weekend to see their favourites play the MKDons but on their return on Sunday evening they met up with the coaches for some beverages and chat. Indeed they made a presentation on behalf of Ennislusc to club President Spinky White of a dog bowel in the Leeds United colours for his beloved hound Minty. At the end of the night only Terry Potter knew Spinky by his nickname as the other coaches were calling him Minty!

They also came back on Saturday and Sunday evening for some more refreshments as they really enjoyed the banter with the locals. One thing that amazed them was the mix of supporters in the pub from Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Leeds and of course Celtic as this would not be the case in English bars for fear of trouble. They were surprised at the skill level of many of the youngsters they saw over the weekend and who knows perhaps one day we'll see a player from Clare over at Elland Road. Now would that not be a dream.

A special word of thanks to the Avenue United club and in particular to Gearoid (Mannix) Mannion and Kevin Keenan who were instrumental in bringing the coaches to Ennis and to Moroney's the home of Ennislusc. Also mile buiochas to our own Kevin Greene and all the Ennislusc members who turned up on the night in the absence of so many other members who were on international duty. Indeed Kevin has maintained great links with Terry Potter since he returned to England through email and phone conversations and on our next trip over to Leeds we have been invited on a tour of the training facilities at Thorp Arch in Wetherby. Terry is also comeing over for the Kennedy Cup U14 tournament in Limerick in June and hopes to base himself in Ennis once again so no doubt we'll meet up. As the Leeds anthem goes and which was sung for the coaches on Sunday evening to much applause Marching On Together.

Pictures from the night in Picture Gallery under the title Avenue 200 Draw

Avenue United 200 Draw Friday 27th March

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

On Friday 27th of March at 9pm in Moroney's Avenue United will hold their 200 Club Draw. There to make the draw on the night will be Leeds United football coaches ( Terence Potter Chief Academy Scout, Christopher Coates Under 12 Academy Coach, Philip Wilson Under 16 Academy Coach and Denis Oates Under 14 Academy Coach) who are in town for the weekend as guest of Avenue and will be holding coaching sessions in Lees Road on Saturday and Sunday.

Given that Moroney's is home to the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club it's ironic that over twenty five club members will be in Elland Road on that weekend for the clash of Leeds and the MKDons. However Ennislusc will be well represented on the night and it's hoped to make a presentation to the coaches on behalf of the supporters club. Ennislusc and Moroney's are also sponsoring the Avenue Utd U11A team which is managed by Leeds fans Alan Murphy and Richie Lynch for a coaching sessions with the Leeds Academy coaches.

Kevin Greene who is a life long Leeds fanatic will make the presentation on behalf of Ennislusc and on the night Johnny Murphy, John Galvin, Mike McNamara, Gerry and Tommy Kelly along with many more Leeds supporters will be there to welcome the coaches. As always one is assured of a great night and the trad session with Sharon Peoples that follows won't be bad either !

Delta One Gets Ready For Traps

Thursday, 05 March 2009

Last September we brought you the story of the Rineanna Syndicate and the greyhound pup the bought from the Buckley family in Doon, County Limerick. Well the greyhound is now fourteen months old and has been named officially with the ICC as Delta One. Now for those of you not in the know Delta might mean a plane ( belong to Delta Airlines ) or a financial brokerage company and you would be correct in your assumption. However to the syndicate which is made up of many Airport Police officers and Moroney regulars it is one of the taxiways in Shannon Airport which they patrol many times a day as part of their duty.

Now it's time for the syndicate to decide who they will get to train Delta and this will be decided before the end of the month as it's hoped Delta will start training in April. Then it's all guns blazing and it is hoped that his first race will be in Galway in July all going well. Today when we went down to visit Delta we were told by Mary Buckley that his pet name was Austy, now I wonder where she got that name from ! For the syndicate members Enda Howard his dad Noel, Declan Cullinan, Mike McNamara, Gerry ( Murt) O Connor, Stephen Wynne, Austin Clair, Jason Roche, Johnny Moroney, Paddy Ryan and Val O Sullivan the long wait is nearly over and the fun begins. We'll keep you post on Delta's progress throughout the comeing momths. Hul a hul as the doggie people say.

See today'd pictures of Delta One in the picture gallery under Rineanna Syndicate 2.

Hanna Retires

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

On Friday next Ger Hanrahan ( ex Avenue Utd, Newmarket Celtic and Villa Utd star) will retire from Element Six ( former De Beers) after over 31 years service. Ger however does'nt intend to give up work completely for the good life and has some plans up his sleeve. However he does intend to play a little more golf ( a dab hand he's at that too), continue to play indoor soccer on Tuesday night's in St Flannan's and spend time with his good wife Mairead and their daughters Janice and Sarah along with grandchildren Colin and Sean Thomas. Looks like Hanna will have a full diary ahead of him .

All at Moroney's wish Ger a long happy and healthy retirement and hope to see him for a few celebratory pints !

Moroney's Second Annual Sports Quiz

Friday, 13 February 2009

Put the Tuesday the 3rd of March in your diary as Moroney's Second Annual Sports Quiz in aid of Cahercalla Hospital will take place at 9.00pm. Teams will consist of three members at €30 per team and last year over 20 teams took part. This year it is hope to at least equal if not better this figure for such a worthy cause that touches all in our society. As always you'll be guaranteed a great night with food, spot prizes and plenty of crack on offer. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE !

Trad Sessions Now On Friday Nights

Friday, 13 February 2009

Along with our regular Trad Sessions on Wednesday and Thursday nights which have been a great success since Moroneys was refurbished, Brian John McCarthy has added a Friday night session to the schedule. This have been running for the past number of weeks and it has proved such a success with Siobhan Peoples and friends that Brian has made this a permenant session. Now one can enjoy three nightly sessions in a row with top class musicians in a quaint atmosphere. Thanks to Brian John and all his staff, Moroney's is securing a great reputation for traditional music. Well done to all concerned.

Chelsea Legend Kerry Dixon Visits Moroney's

Friday, 13 February 2009

On Friday 31st of January last the Ennis Chelsea Supporters Club brought over Kerry Dixon, the great Chelsea striker of the 80's to meet their members and visit the town. The club who meet in Moroney's for matches and meetings introduced Kerry to their members and locals alike and the hero obliged by signing autographs and posing for photographs.

It was all thanks to the efforts of Jim McMahon, Tony Guilfoyle, Colm Fitzgerald, Michael Ryan and Donie Walsh that took Kerry over to Ennis and he also attended their social evening in the Templegate Hotel on the Saturday night. Kerry was fascinated that in the pub supporters of Liverpool, Man U, Everton, Leeds and otheres mixed freely with Chelsea fans something which in his experience would not happen in an English pub. As their was a trad session in the pub at the time ( Siobhan Peoples and friends) he thoroughly enjoyed the music and as one would expect drank a few pints of Guinness. There were so nice he stayed until closeing time and beyond. His commented on leaving that he really enjoyed his first night in Ennis. And so well he might. A true legend who scored 193 goals in 440 games for Chelsea,one can only guess what his value in todays football maket would be.

Well done to all concerned in the Ennis Chelsea Supporters Club for bringing back memories of our boyhood hero.

Moroney's Christmas Draw Results

Sunday, 04 January 2009

Monday the 29th of December turned out be be a great night with a big crowd in for the annual Christmas draw. Tickets had been on sale for the previous three weeks and as usual the 100 club sold out in double quick time. the results are as follows :

1st Prize Weekend away for 2 at the Kilford Arms,Kilkenny - Eddie Johnston / PJ O Leary

2nd Prize Dinner for Two (€100) plus two tickets to Stockton's Wing - Geoff Spellman

3rd Prize Massive Christmas Hamper - Chloe Purtill

4th Prize Slab of Heineken - Mairead Moloney

5th Prize Slab of Bulmers - Sharon Ball

6th Prize Slab Of Budweiser - Chris Shannon

7th Prize Bottle Of Brandy - Ian Mounsey

8th Prize Bottle Of Jameson - Brendan Woods

9th Prize Bottle of Vodka - Gary Twoomey

10th Prize Bottle of Baccardi - Sharon Ball

Many thanks to all our patrons who subscribed to the draw and for your continued loyalty and custom from all at Moroney's.

Welcome Home Millie and Bombs

Sunday, 04 January 2009

Two well know townies and Tage men Pat Millie Ryan and Shaun Bombs McCarthy spent Christmas at home in Ennis. Pat is living in Hamburg with his wife Marian and three kids while Shaun lives in the USA with his wife Maureen and their two daughters. Maureen's dad is Simon O Donnell one of the founders of Eire Og and of course Shaun brother Brian John runs Moroney's.

It was Pat first time spending Christmas in Ennis in twelve years and he really enjoyed his time meeting all his old friends and family and also drinking a pint or two in Moroney's. Shaun on the other hand is a regular visitor home since his transfer from Roche in Clarecastle to their base in the States some years ago. He met up with his friends Paul Nihill, Eoin Doohan and Enda Howard over the Christmas and no doubt they discussed the fortunes of their beloved Leeds United.

Best wishes to both of you and your famalies from all your fellow townies in Moroney's.

Moroney's Christmas Draw

Monday, 22 December 2008

Tickets are now on sale for the Moroney's 100 Member Christmas Club where there are some fabulous prizes to be won. Ticket's are priced at €2 and first prize is a weekend away in the Kilford Arms in Kilkenny. Also on offer are second prize of €100 plus two tickets to see the one off reunion of the famous Stockton's Wing in the West County Inn at the end of January. Third prize is a massive hamper and there are also slabs of Heineken, Budweiser, Bulmers along with bottles of brandy and whiskey on offer. So get your ticket early and be in with a great chances of one of these great prizes. Thanking all our customers for their continued and loyal support.

Christmas At Moroney's

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

We are comeing to the end of another year and despite the doom and gloom around with the economy at the moment you are assured of great night if you choose Moroney's for your Christmas party or just drop in for a festive drink. Brian John and all his staff would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers and friends for their continued support and look forward to meeting them over the festive period.

As usual there will be trad sessions every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights and complimentary food will be given to any groups haveing their Christmas Party's in Moroney's. All the big sports fixtures will be catered for and on Sat. 27th Dec the Ennis No1 Branch of the Celtic Supporters Club will be in Moroney's as usual for the Old Firm game (K.0. 12.30pm). Surely a game not to be missed !

If it's a good night in an old world atmosphere you want then Moroney's is the place to be this Christmas. You never know Santa might make a guest appearance if your lucky.

Fourth Floral Display In A Row For Moroney's

Friday, 21 November 2008

The Ennis Tidy Towns Awards for 2008 are being presented in the Clare County Council New Headquarters on New Road this evening and it marks a four in a row award for Moroney's. This is a fantastic achievement considering Ennis won the overall National Award for large urban areas and also the county award so it's nice to have played a small part in achieving these awards. Moroney's prides itself in have a year round floral display of window boxes and it's always nice to get positive feedback from customers and the general public alike. Well done to all concerned and now let's strive for number five next year.

Ennis Trad Week A Great Success

Monday, 17 November 2008

The fifteenth Ennis Trad Festival which ran from November 6th to 10th inclusive was an outstanding success with visitor numbers and musicians reaching new levels. As always Moroney's played it's part and had some outstanding sessions from Wednesday through to Sunday evening. The list of musicians that played is as follows :

Wed 5th Nov. Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane, Martin Dermody, Kevin Ryan and friends.

Thurs 6th Nov. Martin Breen, Michael Butler, Anne Marie McCormack and friends.

Fri 7th Nov. Siobhan Peoples, Murty Ryan, John Kelly and friends.

Sat 8th Nov. Ronan Moloney, Carmel O Dea, Kieran Hehir and friends.

Sun 9th Nov. Marcus Moloney, Mags Moloney, Murt Ryan and friends.

The Friday night gig turned into a mega session with at one stage fifteen musicians giveing it their all ( see picture gallery) and everyone present had a whale of a night. All the sessions where packed out and it's a tribute to Brian John and his staff for putting Moroney's on the map as a great trad venue. Long may it continue.

Moroney's Bar Soccer Shield

Monday, 13 October 2008

Preparations are at an advanced stage for the charity soccer tournament for the Moroneys Bar Shield which will take place in the Fairgreen on Saturday, October 18th. Members of the Avenue Ramblers led by Pat Basil Whelan and Jacko McMahon and the Jim McMahon led Chelsea Supporters Club are training hard for the match which is the 10th Anniversary of an event organised to collect money for local charities.

The winners of that game will take on the Eddie Walsh managed Moroneys All Stars in the final. Kick off in the Fairgreen is at 4pm and all are welcome wheather you want to take part or just enjoy the crack. For further information contact Basil at 086-3859003 or Jim McMahon on 086-8119086.Good on you lads. Guess we'll have a party in Moroneys on Saturday night - be there !

Well Done Irene

Thursday, 09 October 2008

Last Sunday was a day of double delight for our own Irene Hehir. The very popular Irene who serves in Moroneys every weekend celebrated winning a county senior football medal with the Banner Ladies and also her birthday. Irene who lined out at corner forward also scored a goal in their defeat of the West Clare Gaels. This was a great victory for the Ennis team who were winning their first senior title since their foundation in 1994.

One person who derived great joy from Irene's achievement was Gerry Moroney who is now in his 80's and is himself the holder of four senior football medals with the Ennis Faughs. Hopefully this is the first of many senior titles to come for the Banner Ladies in the years ahead and all at Moroneys congratulate Irene and her team mates on their first title.

Banner Ladies Squad : Emma O Driscoll, Niamh Martin, Claire Walsh, Laurie Ryan, Louise Woods, Michelle Delaney, Niamh Cavanagh, Louise Henchy, Jane Kennedy, Katie Cahill, Sonia Maher, Niamh Keane, Irene Hehir, Niamh O Dea, Megan Hough, Naomi Carroll, Niamh Walsh, Aoife Cavanagh, Jackie Woods, Rebecca Coughlan.

The Rineanna Greyhound Syndicate

Saturday, 06 September 2008

Last May ten work colleagues from Aer Rianta ( now DAA) got together to form a syndicate with the intention of buying a greyhound pup. Included in the syndicate are Moroney regulars Enda Howard, his dad Noel, Austin Clair, Johnny Moroney and an old next door neighbour from the Market and ex Clare hurler Michael McNamara. Along with Gerry (Murt) O Connor, Pat Ryan, Declan Cullinan, Val O Sullivan, Jason Roche and Stephen Whynne the syndicate decided on the name Delta One as the greyhounds racing name.

The dog was purchased from the Buckley family from Pallasgreen,County Limerick and is by Droopsy Kewell ( hope he's nothing to injury prone Harry of Leeds and Liverpool fame )and out of a bitch called Velvet Kizzy. He is a beautiful blue January dog and it's hoped to have him racing in Galway and Limerick in April or May next year. Obviously one always hopes for the proverbial winner but the aim of the syndicate is to have some crack and if Delta turns out to be a good one all the better.

One thing for certain is that we'll be heading back to Moroneys after the races to face the banter that is sure to happen when Delta One set foot on the track for the first time. Gerry Moroney is delighted to hear that greyhounds are still part of the Market and pub as he kept them for over seventy years. We'll keep you updated on his progress. Hul a hul.

See pictures of Delta One in gallery

Charity Soccer Match

Saturday, 30 August 2008

This evening in the Fairgreen there will be a charity match in aid of the Ennis Old Folks between an Avenue Wanderers X1 and a Moroneys Bar X1. The Avenue team will be managed by Pat Basil Whelan while the Moroney's team will be in the hands of ex Hermitage player Eddie Walsh. All the players involved will be non league players so as the ad for the game says make sure you have an insurance ploicy , next of kin are advised and oxygen will be available on the sideline to those who require an extra boost during the game.

Afterwards there will be a night in Moroneys where the crack should be mighty and the stories great. At the end of the day it's hoped that a substantial amount of money will be raised for this worth cause of our fellow townfolk. Well done to all the players and management for your great efforts.

Avenue Wanderers Lineup Basil Whelan Capt,Brendan O Daly,Dave Evans,Jacko McMahon,Sid McMahon,Mickey Byrnes,Richie O Grady,Jim McMahon ( on loan from Chelsea Supporters Club),John Molloy ( loan from Moroneys Bar),Mickey McMahon.

Team Mascot: Two year old Evan Cahill Kilmurray Ibrickane who is also a Leeds Supporter.See his picture on Ennislusc in his Leeds kit at ten weeks old and today holding the Charity Shield won Avenue Wanderers in Moroneys Photo Gallery. John Lavery,

Wedding Pics Up

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Finally the pictures from BJ and Tracy wedding can be see in the photo gallery. Hopefully they will bring back some of the memories of what was a super day in County Sligo. If you have any comments to make feel free to put them on the guestbook. A special thank you to Louise Dunleavy and Irene Hehir who supplied the pictures of BJ and Tracy's big day.

Bon Voyage Adie

Thursday, 21 August 2008

On 6th September next Adie Murphy son of the late Christy Murphy from Hermitage who was founder of the 1st Ennis Boy Scout Troop will head to Chad for six months duty as part of his role with the Irish Army. This will be nothing new to Adie as since joining the army after leaving school these overseas duties have become part and parcel of his life in the forces.

All your friends in Moroney's are very proud of your achievements with your career in the forces and wish you sincere good wishes during your time abroad. If you ever get lonely for home you know all you have to do is log on to Moroneysbar.com and it's sure to bring a smile to your face looking through the picture gallery. You'll even see a picture of your lovely wife Deirdre.

Good luck and safe return from all your fellow townies in Moroneys.

Hurlers and Honeymooners Are Back

Friday, 25 July 2008

Sunday next promises to be a great day in Moroneys with the Clare hurlers playing Cork in the All Ireland Quarter Final on the big screens and more importantly the return of the honeymooners BJ and Tracy from the holiday paradise of Mauritius. A big party awaits the newly married couple and there should be a great buzz around the place with the hurlers into action at 4pm.

All BJ's and Tracy's friends will be there to welcome them home along with many of their trad musician friends. So one can expect that it will be like having the Strawboys in Moroneys for the happy couple. So if it's fun, crack, food and drink you want all roads lead to Moroney's on Sunday. Welcome home Mr and Mrs McCarthy from all your friend in your favourite local.

It is hoped to have some pictures from the wedding on the website in the next week to ten days so stay tuned and see all the glamour from BJ's and Tracy's big day.

Hurling Feaver In The Air

Thursday, 10 July 2008

This weekend promises to be a great occassion with two very important events taking place. First up is the wedding of Brian John and Tracy on Saturday in Sligo while on Sunday at 4pm in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick ,Clare and Tipperary will contest the Munster Senior Hurling Final.

It is ten years since Clare contested a Munster Final so one can expect a huge Clare following urging their charges on come Sunday evening. As usual the match will be live on the big screens in Moroneys so if you can't make the game you know where to watch it.

You might also be luck to meet some of the guests on their way back from the wedding and catch up on BJ's and Tracy's big day. Best wishes to all on their respective big days from all your friends and fans in Moroneys.

Tracy and BJ 's Big Day

Thursday, 26 June 2008

On the 12th July in Markree Castle, Collooney, Co. Sligo the man responsible for the well being and running of Moroneys, Brian John McCarthy will wed the lovely Tracy McNevin. Knowing the couple this promises to be a spectacular day and if the setting is anything to go by it will be a five star affair. Interestingly BJ's future father in law Colm is an integral part of the Moroneys operation and this indeed will be a proud day for him and his family also.

All the staff and most of all loyal customers wish Tracy and BJ long life, health and happiness and look forward to toasting the happy couple on their return to Ennis.

Bring On Tipp

Thursday, 26 June 2008

After an exciting tussle with Limerick last Sunday in Thurles, Clare qualified for a Munster Final meeting with arch rivals Tipperary on 13th July at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. While Clare never reached the dizzy heights of the Waterford game their never say die attitude got them through after weathering a great Limerick comeback.

As you would expect there was a great crowd in Moroneys for the game and for those unlucky not to get a ticket for the final are welcome to shout on their countymen on the three TV's in the bar. Win , lose or draw you'll be guaranteed a great afternoon and evening of crack and great porter. Come On The Banner

Great Day For The Banner Hurlers

Thursday, 05 June 2008

Last Sunday in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick the Clare hurlers gave a tremendous display to defeat reigning Munster Hurling Champions Waterford in the first round of the MSH Championship. It's five years since Clare last won a first round so to win by nine points was something unexpected but welcome by the many Clare supporters that traveled to Limerick for the 2pm throw in.

Many who were unable to make the early throw in watch it in their local and Moroneys was no exception on this occassion. With the Eire Og and Clare flags flying high outside the pub the atmosphere inside was once of optimism rather than confidence. Mind you many of the locals made a handsome profit on the generous odds of 9/4 on offer from local bookmakers and when the final whistle was blown the pub erupted in a crescendo of noise.

Nothing is won yet and with Limerick next up on 22nd June in Thurles expect Moroneys to be rocking once again if you can't be there on the day.

Rock Claim The Cup

Thursday, 22 May 2008

A determined Rock Rovers who played an exciting brand of football upset the favourites Bunratty to claim the Clare Cup at Doora on Saturday evening last. It was one of the better finals over the last few years and the Tommy Leahy managed Rock deserved their day in the sun. While it was a team effort, Luke Coote was awarded Man Of The Match but in truth it could have gone to an one of the starting eleven.

Rocks first goal was an own goal when a Dean Gardiner cross was turned into the net by a Bunratty defender but their second was of the spectacular variety. Niall McNevin better known as Niggles scored with a rocket from twelve yards following a cross from Ashley Glynn and only the crossbar denied him a second. With ten minutes remaining Bunratty pulled one back but despite being under constant pressure and six minutes of injury time Rock prevailed.

The celebrated their victory that evening in the Alymers Rest, home of their captain Francis Daniels and fellow team mate and brother Shane. They also paid a visit to Moroneys that evening and again on Sunday as a thank you to Brian John for sponsoring them kit bags for the occassion. Congratulations lads and continued success in the future from all in Moroneys. Now to retain the cup!

Rock Rovers: Eric Murphy, Greg Howard, Shane Daniels, Luke Coote, Ronan Judge, Barry Woods, Francis Daniels, Ashley Glynn, Niall McNevin, Dean Gardiner, Marty McLoughlin. Sub Brian Fitzpatrick

Good Luck To Rock Rovers

Friday, 16 May 2008

On Saturday evening at 6.30pm in the County Grounds at Doora, Rock Rovers will line out in the Cup Final against cup specialists Bunratty. This is a great achievement for Tommy Leahy's boys who play in Division 1 of the Clare & District Soccer League and have beaten Newtown, Shannon Olympic A, Corofin and Rineanna Rovers on their way to the final.

Rock will have new kit bags for the final sponsored by Brian John McCarthy of Moroneys and here's hoping we see the boys win the cup over the weekend. Now that the weather is tropical like go on down to Doora and support the Rock boys in their quest for cup glory. Best wishes from all your supporters and friends in Moroneys.

Barca Boys Are Back

Sunday, 27 April 2008

Having decided to travel to Barcelona to celebrate 21 years of playing soccer together The Barca 14 are back and in recovery after a super three days in Europe's No 1 city. Each member of the party was given a beautiful polo top courtesy of Brian John McCarthy which had the Moroney emblem, Barcelona '08 and a footballer with 21 years on the sleeve. Theses were also worn to the game on Saturday night and really made us stand out. Some of the locals heard stories that we were celebrating having played Barcelona 21 years ago and were unlucky to loose on a penalty shoot out but that's for another day.

The highlight of the trip for many of the lads was the tour of the Camp Nou and surprisingly enough not the match between Barcelona and local rivals Espanyol which turned out to be a drab affair. Our Hotel Fira Palace was a superb hotel and located in the centre of Barcelona with a taxi rank outside the door. There was a swimming pool in the hotel but only a handful of the guys felt compelled to use the superb facility and were to be know for the remainder of the trip as the Michelles for their swimming prowess.( think of the once famous Irish Olympian swimming sensation , hence the name)

Of course we did the usual tourist things like taking a bus tour, visiting the Olympic Stadium and going on a cable car along with visiting some local pub. As one would guess we have some fine singers in the group and some mighty songs were sang over the weekend by Phil Brigdale, Fergie O Loughlin, John Casey, Pat Donlon and Pat Doran.

Every member of the party will take their own memories from the tour but what stands out most of all was the great togetherness of the lads in making sure that every one was involved in all the activities. We will be having a slide show on Friday 13th June in Moroneys, our last night playing soccer this season so that should provide some laughs on the night. Here's to the next trip, hopefully for our 25th !

Take a look in the Picture Gallery under Barca Trip for a flavour of the upcoming slide show.

Squad For Barcelona ; Ger Hanrahan, Martin O Brien, John Casey, Mickey Conlon, Phil Brigdale, Johnny Moroney, Willie Donnellan, Brian John McCarthy, Billy Woods, Fergie O Loughlin, John Hanrahan, Cyril Cusack, Pat Donlon and last but not least Pat Doran.

Road Lay Out Change In Lower Market Street

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Just under two weeks ago the Ennis Town Concil erected an island in the centre of the road in the Lower Market area know as The Mall and directly outside Moroneys Bar. This has ment that there is now no parking on either side of the road in this area and gives easier access to Lysaghs Lane car park know locally as Quinn's Lane car park. Also access to O Connell Street has been closed off to cars and this has helped make the area very safe for pedestrians.

Included in the island is an area where flowers will be planted and this will enhance the Lower Market area no end. It also opens up Moroneys as there are no cars parked in front of the door, although it has made it difficult to get deliveries. On the whole it's a positive move on behalf of the council and is the first step in the whole Market area upgrade.

Moroney's Gets A Makeover

Friday, 21 March 2008

What better day than Good Friday to give a pub a facelift with a day's painting and so it was that Noel (Squaw) McCarthy and Colm McNevin got the brushes out and got to work. At 8 o'clock this morning when most people were asleep, the boys got to work taking down all the pictures and preparing to paint. When most are trying to get into a pub on one of two closed pub days in the year the lads had the pub to themselves.

They finished at 7pm and the pub looks really pristine. Added to this a new 37 inch TV was installed on the wall over the fireplace in the lower bar and this should go down really well with all the footie and hurling fans. Also six new speakers were put up in the pub along with one in the smoking area so surround sound is the order of the day. So now you know where to go to watch a match of listen to some great live Trad music, yes MORONEYS.

Hwyl Cymru - Cheers Wales

Sunday, 09 March 2008

Yesterday in Croke Park the Welsh rugby team defeated Ireland 16-12 to win the Triple Crown and set up a tilt at the Grand Slam next week in Cadiff against France. The win also set off wild celebrations in Moroneys where a group of Welsh supporters had gathered to watch the game after their coach driver Mickey Meere had dropped them off for the game. It was the groups third visit to Ennis for a rugby weekend but their first visit to Moroneys and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

They were full of praise for the staff on duty (Irene and Zara ) and were very appreciative of the food and hospitality they received and also for the butterballs compliments of the house to celebrate their great victory. They were also presented with three Moroney polo tops on their departure which they were thrilled to receive. On their departure they sang a Welsh song outside the pub and this was well received by the passing locals who smiled at their celebrations. Indeed the Welsh Flag hung on the window of Moroneys all weekend and added to the days atmosphere. Today the group is off to Galway hoping to do some sight seeing and we look forward to seeing them again as do all the locals who met them. From all in Moroneys Iechyd Da Diolch Yn Fawr Iawn ( Good Health and thanks very much ).

See Picture Gallery under Welsh Fans for some photos.

Spurs Fans Celebrate Carling Cup Success

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Well as they say everything comes to those who wait and this is certainly true in Spurs case when they defeated London rivals Chelsea in todays Carling Cup Final at Wembley.Having only defeated their great rivals on three occassions in the last 42 attempts one can understand how Spurs fans Brian John McCarthy , Mickey Clohessy, John Casey, Anthony Daly and website designer Gearoid Moroney felt when the final whistle was blown.

The Chelsea Supporters Club meet in Moroneys so the banter was great this evening especially when Chelsea took the lead only for Spurs to level from the penalty spot. Then in extra time the unthinkable happened and ex Leeds United star Jonathan Woodgate headed the winner much to the delight of proprietor BJ. Expect the drinks to be on the house this evening.Come on ye Spurs will be the cry!

Celebrating Twenty Years Off Football

Friday, 22 February 2008

What started off nearly twenty years ago as a group of friends getting together to play inter pub soccer for Cheers Bar ( formerly Darcys Bar and run by Cyril Cusack and Kieran Gleeson ) will be celebrated in Barcelona in April (18th -21st) when a group of 14 will fly over and watch the mighty Barca play in the famous Camp Nou against local rivals Espanyol. Over the years players have come and gone and regettably one of our stalwarts Seamie O Sullivan is gone to his eternal rest but he is always with us in spirit when we play our indoor football during the winter and spring months. Always our No 3 , that's Seamie.

Over the years the group played inter pub soccer for Cheers, Woodys, Brannagans and Knox's where after years of near misses the coveted inter pub trophy was finally won beating Murty McMahon's from Ennistymon in the final at the Fairgreen . In the semi final they beat their arch rivals PJ Kelly's ( 4 time winners ) in the semi final on penalties with the late Noelie Ryan and Mike Sheridan on board for the losers. It certainly was a proud day for founder Martin O Brien and captain fantastic Tom Tobin and our loyal sponsors Cyril Cusack and Kieran Gleeson.

During the winter and spring months indoor soccer was the order of the day in preparation for the inter pub summer tournament but now that it is ceased the indoor goes on. With no indoor venues in Ennis in the 90's it was off to Gort for the footie and stories can be told of great nights travelling up in all sorts of weather. Then we were luck enough to get the Colaiste Hall in Ennis and for the last four years we have decamped to the new sports hall in St Flannan's College.

Despite the onset of ageing limbs everyone looks forward to Tuesday nights where you are sure of a competative game, friends can shout at each other, fellows square up to each other but once the game is over friendships resume. It's a testimony to all who played with us over the years wheather they are still involved playing or not are all considered great friends. The idea of going to Barcelona was mooted by the football aristocrat Ger " Barasi" Hanrahan who felt we should celebrate the great comradarie that is within the group and do it before many of us hang up our boots. He did'nt have to ask a second time and now the dream will become a reality in April.

The flights, hotel, match tickets are booked and the squad is in strict training for a tough three days of sightseeing ! As they say friendship is affection arising from mutual esteem and good will and that is certainly true in our case. To all those who played with us and against us down the years, to all the pubs that sponsores us and to those who can no long be with us with thank most sincerely for all the fantastic friendships and memories you have given us. As Hanna's talk of retirement that's all it is because we are like the Rolling Stones we intend to carry on for another while just yet.

Squad For Barcelona; Martin (Ouch)O Brien, John (What's he on tonight) Casey, Ger ( Barasi)Hanrahan, Phil (Boulavogue) Brigdale, Willie ( Nutmeg) Donnellan, Brian John ( BJ's working) McCarthy, Johnny (On the floor again) Moroney, Mickey ( The Terrier) Conlon, Pat ( Pass the ball) Doran, Fergie ( We have em now boys )O Loughlin, Cyril (The Ref ) Cusack, Billy ( The Pool)Woods, Pat(Handball play on)Donlon, John (The Knee)Hanrahan.

See picture gallery under Indoor Football for some pics of the boys.

Moroneys In Croker

Friday, 15 February 2008

On Wednesday week last the Moroneys Bar On Tour flag was flying high in the Cusack Stand in Croke Park for the international soccer friendly between the Republic of Ireland and Brazil. Up there for the occassion were Irene Hehir ( top player with the famed Lifford ladies soccer team ) and James Fenton who incidentally was still celebrating his 40th birthday. This was because the match tickets for the game were a present from Irene which one must say was a very kind gesture from a avid Man U fan to a Liverpool supporter.

Despite the 1-0 defeat thanks to a Robino effort a great time was had by all and preperations are well in hand for a repeat visit in September for the World Cup qualifying ties when once again the Moroneys flag will be flying. Any chance we'll see it in Thurles on 1st June for the Waterford vs Clare Munster Hurling Championship game as Clare will need all the support they can get on the day. Only time will tell! See picture in gallery under Moroneys On Tour.

Happy 40th James

Monday, 04 February 2008

On Friday night last the one and only James Fenton celebrated his 40th birthday with a party in his local Moroneys. James along with all his family and friends including some of his fellow Liverpool supporters had a mighty night that went on until late! A great sing song was the order of the day and even the bould James sang a song and no it was'nt You'll Never Walk Alone. And of course James was back in on Saturday evening to cheer on The Pool when they took on Roy Keane's Sunderland and their 3-0 win here completed a great weekend for our good friend.

Wishing you James many more years of health and happiness from all your friends in Moroneys.But please don't keep tell us the Pool are going to win the league not any time soon anyway.

Come On You Spurs

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Well Spurs fanatic Brian John has waited a long time to shout about his beloved team. It has taken Tottenham Hotspur 22 games to defeat their deadly rivals Arsenal but they did it in style last night winning 5-1 and qualifying for the Carling Cup Final on 24th February. BJ was watching it live in the pub and could'nt believe what he was seeing as Spurs ran riot.

Now the search is on for a ticket for the Wembley final but failing that Moroneys will be rocking for the final be it against Everton or Chelsea. As the Chelsea Supporters Club meet in Moroneys on a regular basis it should be a very interesting day on the 24th. One thing for sure BJ will not be behind the bar but sitting with the fans be it in Wembley or in a non segregated Moroneys.

Sports Quiz - So You Know It All !

Monday, 14 January 2008

On Tuesday night 5th February there will be a Sports Quiz in Moroneys with all proceeds going to Cahercalla Hospice. The quiz is the brain child of Martin McGuane who works in Roche and there will be spot prizes and plenty of food on offer during the evening. It is for teams of 3 with an entry fee of just €30 for this worthy cause. Everyone knows some relation, neighbour or friend who has benifited from the care and compassion that the nurses and doctors give in Cahercalla so come along and enjoy the crack. A great night is assured and now we'll see if you really are the next Jimmy McGee !

Ringing In The New Year

Wednesday, 02 January 2008

Well Brian John and his staff certainly ushered in the New Year at Moroneys in style with Marcus Moloney and nine of his friends playing out the old and welcoming in the New Year with some great music. The bar was decked out for the occassion and at 12 o clock the champagne bottles were uncorked and a great hooley began. Credit also must go to Tracy who fed a packed pub and was also responsible for all the bunting, streamers etc that added to the night.

Here's hoping that 2008 will be another great year for Moroneys and that all our loyal customers will continue to enjoy their favourite local.

United - Pat and Karrieann

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Well it's true Pat Hennessy has got engaged to the gorgeous Karrieann McDonald. To say this is one of the fittest couples in Ireland would not be a exaggeration. Karrieann is a well know fitness instructor and can often be seen pounding the roads of Ennis and beyond. Many's a male driver that has been distracted by this lovely sight.

As for Pat, one knows that he's in residency at the West County gym such is his dedictation to the pursuit of supreme fitness. One look at Pat will tell you he'a a serious guy where training is concerned and his other love Man Utd is a poor second to his training. One expects that it will only be a matter of time before Karrieann has Pat jogging the roads of Ennis also.

Well the happy couple have not yet set a date for the big day but all their friends and staff at Moroneys wish both Pat and Karrieann sincere best wishes in their future life together. Hope you support United Karrieann!

Happy Christmas One And All

Friday, 07 December 2007

Well it's hard to credit that twelve months have passed since last Christmas but as they say time does not stand still and we're all a year older now. Despite a terrible summer made up somewhat by a mild and dry October plus November here we are again waiting for Santa to arrive.

Already here in Moroneys Brian John and his loyal staff have the bar decked out for the festive season and the front window looks really well with Santa having a fiddle, rugby ball, hurley and football to signify the sporting and musical nature of Moroneys. As always if you want to celebrate your Christmas party in the bar you can contact Brian John or Mary Daffy and they will cater for all your needs.

At the close of another year Brian John ,Tracy, Mary, Colm, Cathal, Irene and all the staff at Moroneys wish all their loyal customers a warm and Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Prosperous New Year. Do drop in and say hello over the festive period as you are sure of a great welcome.

Dieter Comes To Town

Thursday, 06 December 2007

On Friday night last Dieter Langer (Louis Lovett) of RTE Killinascully fame visited Moroneys for a few pints of Guinness. While it was a long way from Dinny's Bar in the TV comedy programme he did feel at home when he saw the pictures of greyhounds on the wall. He really enjoyed his stay and came back again on Saturday night for a few more pints after the show in Glor ( Improbable Frequency ) where he starred alongside Carrie Crowley ( ex RTE News reader).

On hand to take some pictures with her camera phone was Mary Daffey and these can bee seen in the picture gallery under Dieter.

Trad Pictures Up

Thursday, 06 December 2007

On Sunday 11th November as part of the Ennis Trad Festival there was a mighty Trad Session in Moroneys and there to take pictures of the event was our very own Brian John. Among the artists playing were Marcus Moloney, John Joe Kelly, Murty Ryan, Shane Mulvey, Niamh O Dea, Marie O Beirne, Mags Hehir, Liam Joyce, Noelie Ryan, Derek Hickey, Tony O Connell, Siobhan Peoples, Grace Kelly, Carmel O Dea, Michel Siko (alias Paris), Silvan ( Brittany on flute) and Flo (France -Harpist).

All at Moroneys would like to thank all the musicians most sincerely for the efforts over the year at the weekly trad sessions on Wednesday and Thursday nights and also for making this years Ennis Trad Festival one to remember. See in gallery re Trad Session 07 for pictures of the session.

Happy Birthday Nicola

Friday, 23 November 2007

Tonight we give a hearty welcome to Nicola Dormer, her husband Jason and all their family and friends to Moroneys to celebrate her birthday. Now as everyone knows one should'nt ask a lady her age and in this case we'll just say she does'nt look a day over 25! Nicola is a qualified fitness instructor as is hubby Jason so as one can see this is a very fit couple.

All at Moroneys wish Nicola congratulations on her big day and hopefully we'll get a song from her before the night is over. If not I'm sure we can rely on Tom Dormer and Kieran Ryan to sing a song or possibly two!

Three In A Row For Moroneys

Thursday, 15 November 2007

At the Annual Ennis Tidy Towns Awards Moroneys Bar has won a third consecutive award for it's window box floral display. The awards are being presented at the De Valera Library on Friday night and it's great for Brian John ,Tracy and all the staff who help to keep the premises in such pristine condition that this honour was secured.

The awards will be presented by the Mayor of Ennis Tommy Brennan and will be accepted by Marian Moroney on behalf of everyone connected with Moroneys.Well done to all concerned.

Ennis Trad Festival

Friday, 09 November 2007

It's that time of the year again when the trad festival hits town starting on Thursday 8th until Monday 12th November. As usual Moroneys will play their part with sessions on each night with the likes of Marcus Moloney, Michael Butler and company ringing out the tunes. On of the highlights of the festival will be the awarding of a Gradam Award to the great Sonny Murry from St Michaels Villas at Cois na hAbhna on Saturday night.

Sonny who is originally from Kilmihil is one of the greatest exponents of the concertina and is also well know for his love of the greyhounds and indeed is a life long member of the Ennis and Clarecastle Coursing Club. All at Moroneys wish the festival well and congratulate Sonny on his award.

Harry's Painting Of Moroneys

Sunday, 04 November 2007

Local artist Harry Guinnane recently completed a painting of Moroneys and this was a labour of love for him as his late father Sean who was a founding member of The Faughs and County Board Secretary was a great friend of Gerry's. Indeed many is the match that was played in the bar when these two got together. Harry spent over two months painting the picture and I think you'll agree that he did a tremendous job. Note the greyhound in the picture something that Harry always associated with Gerry, seeing him walk the dogs up the Market and felt it should included in the picture.

The family in the picture were just passing at one point when Harry was sketching and he put them in to add life to the painting. See picture gallery under Harry Guinnane.

Long Standing Customer Of Moroneys

Saturday, 03 November 2007

Going on over 50 years Jimmy Fenton Snr from Ard Na Greine in Ennis has been a customers of Moroneys. Always dressed in a beautiful suit Jimmy would make his way up to the Market and have a few pints in Gerry's while also attending bingo in the Community Centre in Chapel Lane.

Jimmy is a dab hand at pitch and putt being a long standing member of the Clare Road Club while also being a shark on the Ennis Golf course. While not venturing out much at nigh now Jimmy occasionally joins his son James jnr in Moroneys for a pint of Guinness and looks over the many pictures on display of old Ennis.

On Friday 2nd November Johnny Moroney presented Jimmy with a new Moroneys polo top which no doubt will get plenty of wear around the Ennis links.See picture gallery.

Eire Og Senoir B Champs

Friday, 26 October 2007

Finally a piece of silverware for the Eire Og hurlers when on Sunday last they beat Ogonnelloe on a scoreline of 0-20 to 0-15 at Cusack Park. On the day they had big performances from Danny Russell, Mark Fitzgerald, Kevin Moynihan, Barry Nugent and captain Fergus Flynn.

After receiving the cup the Eire Og team lined up to form a guard of honour for the Eire Og team of 1982 who were being presented with trophies on the 25th anniversary of their victory over Sixmilebridge. This is a relatively young Eire Og team and hopefully they can build on their success for next year and follow in the footsteps of Tulla who claimed victory in the Senior A final after a 74 year wait on Sunday last also.

Hurlers Aim For Senior B Championship

Sunday, 21 October 2007

On Sunday Eire Og will do battle with Ogonnelloe in the Senior Hurling B Final in Cusack Park and John Russells boys will be hoping for victory for what is a very young senior team. Also on the day the Eire Og senior championship winning team from 1982 will be honoured and players such as Declan Coote, Jack and Francis Heaslip, Pa Lynch, the Barrys Joe, Pete and Gerry will be honoured.

Hopefully they can bring home the Ryan Hannon Trophy and give a much needed boost for hurling in the town.

Congratulations To Lissycasey

Sunday, 21 October 2007

The famine has finally ended for the footballers of Lissycasey when they defeated Eire Og in last Sundays County Football Final. Having been beaten in two county finals in recent years there was no stopping them on Sunday and it was apt the Martin Daly was named Man of The Match as he is one of the finest footballers Clare has ever produced. Celebrations have been going on all week in the Lissycasey parish and all us Townies which them well in their quest foe Munster Club honours.

The Monty Mint Boys

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

For some of Moroneys younger brigade Tuesday proved a fruitful day at the Tipperary races. Cathal McCarthy who works in the bar and his colleagues Ross Griffin, Chris Shannon, Ian Guilfoyle, Stephen Dinan, Danny Russell and Eamon Callinan had a day only some of us can dream about that is fleecing the bookie. The boys headed down in two cars and unfortunately were late for the first race where they were going to back Prospectorous and you guesses it he romped home.

Not to be detered the boys asked a bookie friend of theirs for some tips and by the end of the race meeting the boys had four winners to their name. Indeed one of the lads had got a loan of €5 and ended up the day with €190 to his name. They reserved their biggest cheer for Monty Mint who obliged them in the last race and sparked a stampede to the bookies to collect their winnings. Well done boys but remember it won't always be as good as this at the races!

See picture in gallery.

Eire Og Chase Two in a Row

Wednesday, 10 October 2007

On Sunday next Eire Og take on Lissycasey in the County Senior Football Final in Cusack Park in what is a repeat of last years final. On that occassion The Townies emerged winners having overcome a stubborn Lissycasey fight back in the second half. Once again there should be nothing between the sides at the final whistle and all at Moroneys wish captain Shane Daniels and the boys every success in their efforts to bring back the Jack Daly cup to Ennis on Sunday evening.

Good Luck to Greenlight Driving Instruction

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

On October 1st Mike Fahy will launch his new venture Green Light Driving Instruction based in Newmarket on Fergus. Mike who along with his good wife Jacquie are regulars in Moroneys will offer 1 & 2 hour lessons in your own car or theirs, students welcome ( discounts available), intensive driving courses and pre test assessments. We in Moroneys wish both Mike & Jacquie best wishes and success in their new venture from all their friends. Mike can be contacted as follows; Tl No: 086-8322122 or @ www.greenlightdrivinginstruction.ie There is a picture of the happy couple in the picture gallery under the heading people.

John Joe Kelly at Glor Aug 29th

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Bodhran player extraordinaire John Joe Kelly will play Glor along with accordianiast Dermot Byrne, fiddler Ciaran Tourish, flute player and piper Mike McGoldrick and guitarist John Doyle. This promises to be a great night for traditional music and expect Glor to have the full house signs up.

John Joe is a regular visitor to Clare and one can expect to see him in Moroneys catching up with old friends like Marcus Moloney and of course Brian John. As he spoke to Gerry Quinn for an article for this week Clare People John Joe explained " I've been over and back to Ennis a bit lately,Ive got lots of friends there. I often go to the session in Moroney's bar on a Wednesday night. The Landlord in there, Brian John McCarthy is a good mate. Marcus Moloney, a banjo player who plays there, is another friend of mine.

I've know Marcus since I was 10 or 11 because I used to compete against his brother Ronan at the fleadhs-we go back quite a bit. Moroney's is a bit of a favourite spot on a Wednesday night. There are good tunes there" he hints But then again there are good tunes all over Ennis"

So don't say you have'nt been warned get down to Moroneys and see traditional music at it's best any Wednesday or Thursday night and you won't be disappointed with the fair on offer.

Happy 40th Christy

Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Now most of us like to take things easy for our 40th, others would prefer to let the day pass un noticed but not our good friend Christy Nestor. Instead Christy and his friends went to Lanzarote for themselves and even found an Irish bar run by a Ennis man to celebrate the great occasion.

Frank Burns runs Murphy's Bar in Lanzarote and to compound matter further his father also Frank was born next door to Moroneys bar in the Market where the Burns family also had a public house,so Christy and the crew must have really felt at home. All the gang wore their Moroneys tee shirts for the big night and their was plenty of ol, craic agus ceoil during the evening and long into the night. If you want to hear more of the going on you'd better talk to the crew, although I expect the motto of what goes on tour stays on tour will apply here.

On tour with Christy were James Fenton, Seanie O Sullivan, Edel Murphy, John Dooley, John Kelly, the Hehir family Flan, Bella, Irene, Denise, Helen and her boyfriend Fintan. Judging from the tans the crew got they spent some time in the sun after all. Wishing Christy a belated 40th and best wishes from all at Moroneys.Drinks are on you next time Liverpool are playing,Christy. Also a big thank you to Irene who took pictures of the night and they can be seen in the picture gallery.

Soccer Season Back In Full Swing

Thursday, 16 August 2007

Despite the terrible summer we had weather wise it seems an eternity since the soccer season ended. On Sunday next one of the clashes of the season takes place when Liverpool and Chelsea clash at Anfield and expect Moroneys to be rocking come kick off at 4pm. The Scottish Premier League is also back with another mouth watering clash on Sunday when Aberdeen take on Celtic at Pittordie.This is one for the Celtic boys who meet regularly at Moroneys for the Celtic games. The following is a list of the games that will be shown on Sky Sports over the coming months.One can also see all the Setanta soccer fixtures in Moroneys once again this season.Now hurry on down and support your team .

AUGUST Thu 16 Rotherham v Sheff Wed (7.45pm) 7.30pm Carling Cup Sat 18 Portsmouth v Bolton (12.45pm) 12.30pm Premier League Sat 18 Stoke City v Charlton Athletic (5.20pm) 5pm Championship Sun 19 Man City v Man Utd (1.30pm) 1pm Premier League Sun 19 Liverpool v Chelsea (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Tue 21 England v Romania (7.45pm) 7.30pm U21 Int Wed 22 Bulgaria v Wales (6pm) 5.30pm ECQ Wed 22 Scotland v South Africa (8pm) 8pm Friendly Wed 22 Denmark v Rep of Ireland (7pm) 8pm ECQ Wed 22 England v Germany (highlights) 10pm Friendly Sat 25 Sunderland v Liverpool (12.45pm) 12.30pm Premier League Sat 25 Sheff Utd v West Brom (5.20pm) 5pm Championship Sun 26 Ipswich v Crystal Palace (1.15pm) 1pm Championship Sun 26 Man Utd v Tottenham (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Tue 28 Carling Cup Round 2 7.30pm Carling Cup Wed 29 Carling Cup Round 2 7pm Carling Cup

Times are subject to change.

SEPTEMBER Sat 1 Sheff Wed v Bristol City (12.45pm) 12.30pm Championship Sat 1 Coventry v Preston (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 2 Arsenal v Portsmouth (1.30pm) 1pm Premier League Sun 2 Aston Villa v Chelsea (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Mon 3 Blackpool v Hull (7.45pm) 7.30pm Championship Fri 7 Rep of Ireland v Portugal (TBA) TBC ECQ U21 Sat 8 D'ham & R'bridge v Barnet (12.15pm) 12pm League 2 Sat 8 Scotland v Lithuania (3pm) 2.30pm ECQ Sat 8 Latvia v Northern Ireland (5.15pm) 5pm ECQ Sat 8 Wales v Germany (7.30pm) 7.15pm ECQ Sat 8 Slovakia v Rep of Ireland (7.30pm) 7.30pm ECQ Sun 9 Wycombe v Brentford (1.30pm) 1pm League 2 Sun 9 Swindon v Yeovil (4pm) 4pm League 1 Sun 9 Masters Grand Final (6pm) 6.30pm Masters Wed 12 Iceland v Northern Ireland (TBC) 7.05pm ECQ Wed 12 Slovakia v Wales (5.30pm) 5pm ECQ Wed 12 Czech Rep v Rep of Ireland (7.30pm) 7.20pm ECQ Wed 12 France v Scotland (7.50pm) 7.30pm ECQ Sat 15 Portsmouth v Liverpool (12.45pm) 12pm Premier League Sat 15 Plymouth v Cardiff (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 16 Live Spanish Football 9pm La Liga Sun 16 Watford v Southampton (1.30pm) 1pm Championship Sun 16 Man City v Aston Villa (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Sun 16 Live Spanish Football 7pm La Liga Sat 22 Cardiff City v Preston NE (12.45pm) 12.30pm Championship Sat 22 Ipswich v Coventry (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 23 Newcastle v West Ham (1.30pm) 1pm Premier League Sun 23 Man Utd v Chelsea (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Sun 23 Live Spanish Football 7pm La Liga Sat 29 Man City v Newcastle (12.45pm) 12.15pm Premier League Sat 29 Norwich v Sheff Wed (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 30 WBA v QPR 1pm Championship Sun 30 Everton v Middlesbrough (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Times are subject to change.

OCTOBER
Fri 5 Wales v Scotland 7.30pm Victory Shield Sat 6 Man Utd v Wigan (12.45pm) 12.30pm Premier League Sat 6 Bristol City v Sheffield United (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 7 Reading v Derby (2pm) 1.30pm Premier League Sun 7 Fulham v Portsmouth (4.10pm) 4pm Premier League Sun 7 Live Spanish Football 7pm La Liga Mon 8 QPR v Norwich (7.45pm) 7.30pm Championship Thu 11 England v Northern Ireland (7.45pm) 7.30pm Victory Shield Fri 12 England v Montenegro (8pm) 7.30pm Euro U21 Sat 13 Scotland v Ukraine (3pm) 2.30pm ECQ Sat 13 Rep of Ireland v Germany (7.45pm) 7.30pm ECQ Sat 13 England v Estonia (highlights) 10pm ECQ Sun 14 MK Dons v Lincoln (1.30pm) 1pm League 2 Sun 14 Doncaster v Huddersfield (4pm) 3.30pm League 1 Mon 15 Luton v Northampton (7.45pm) 7.30pm League 1 Tue 16 Rep of Ireland v England (TBA) 7.30pm Euro U21 Wed 17 Russia v England (TBC) 4.30pm ECQ Wed 17 Rep of Ireland v Cyprus 7.30pm ECQ Sat 20 Everton v Liverpool (12.45pm) 12.15pm Premier League Sat 20 Scunthorpe v Leicester (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 21 Southampton v Cardiff (1.15pm) 1.15pm Championship Sun 21 West Ham v Sunderland (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League Mon 22 Hull v Barnsley (7.45pm) 7.30pm Championship Sat 27 Charlton v QPR (12.45pm) 12.15pm Championship Sat 27 Burnley v Southampton (5.20pm) 5.15pm Championship Sun 28 Bolton v Aston Villa (1.30pm) 1pm Premier League Sun 28 Liverpool v Arsenal (4pm) 3.30pm Premier League

Times are subject to change.

NOVEMBER Fri 2 England v Wales (7.45pm) TBC Victory Shield Sat 3 Arsenal v Man Utd (12.45pm) TBC Premier League Sat 3 Colchester v Leicester (5.20pm) TBC Championship Sun 4 Norwich v Ipswich (12.45pm) TBC Championship Sun 4 West Ham v Bolton TBC Premier League Fri 8 Northern Ireland v Scotland (7,45pm) TBC Victory Shield Sat 10 Sunderland v Newcastle (12.45pm) TBC Premier League Sat 10 Stoke v Sheffield Utd (5.20pm) TBC Championship Sun 11 Birmingham v Aston Villa (1pm) TBC Premier League Sun 11 Portsmouth v Man City (4pm) TBC Premier League Mon 12 Coventry v West Brom (7.45pm) TBC Championship Sun 18 Yeovil v Gillingham (1.30pm) TBC League 1 Sun 18 Carlisle v Nottingham Forest (4pm) TBC League 1 Fri 23 Wales v Northern Ireland (7.45pm) TBC Victory Shield Sat 24 Newcastle v Liverpool (12.45pm) TBC Premier League Sat 24 Preston v Charlton (5.20pm) TBC Championship Sun 25 West Ham v Tottenham (1.30pm) TBC Premier League Sun 25 Fulham v Blackburn (4pm) TBC Premier League Mon 26 Leicester v Cardiff (8pm) TBC Championship Thu 29 Scotland v England (7.45pm) TBC Victory Shield

Come On The Banner

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Sunday is a big day in the hurling year with Clare and Limerick meeting in the All Ireland Q/F in Croke Park.While many will make the trip those of you who stay at home can join us in Moroneys where the Banner Roar will be heard throughout the afternoon hopefully cheering Clare to victory. Come on and join us and enjoy the Trad session after the games when the crack will be great.

More Wedding Bells on The Way

Monday, 02 July 2007

Congratulations to Cyril White ( Young Spinky) who got engaged on Saturday last to Carole Ann McNamara in the romantic city of Paris.It looks like Spinky Snr won't be going on any Leeds trips this season as he'll be saving hard for the big day. With Cyril also changing jobs this week it has certainly a hectic week for him and all at Moroneys wish the happy couple years of long life and happiness.And of course the next generations of Spinkies !

Welcome Home Tony

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

To coincide with the Ennis Street Festival Clare Hurling All Star Tony Griffin will arrive home in Ennis on Sunday evening following his epic 7000km cycle across Canada in aid of cancer research. Tony undertook the journey in memory of his late father Jerome who died of cancer in December 2005 and he hopes to raise €1 million for the Ride For The Cure Foundation. Tony will arrive in Ennis on Sunday evening after completing the Irish leg of the journey by which time the festivities in Ennis will be in full swing. All at Moroneys congratulate Tony on his fantastic achievement and remind him that his great friend Travis McDonagh who was a driving force behind the cycle and himself are welcome to those pints of porter that were promised long before the cycle was dreamed. Cheers guys!

Ennis Street Festival Sunday 1st July

Wednesday, 27 June 2007

What started two years ago as a small event in Lower Market Street has now evolved into a annual festival. Along with musical workshops,puppet shows, face painting, the Galway Circus Project will showcase their skills at a workshop to be held in the Holy Family School. In addition to these events a gig rig will be set up in the Upper Market with five live bands performing between 2-8pm finishing with a performance by the Ennis Brass Band. Hopefully the weather will not spoil what promises to be a great days entertainment.

Saying Good Bye To Single Life

Sunday, 27 May 2007

On Saturday next the 2nd June in St Mary's Church Mullagh Pat "Basil" Whelan will walk down the aisle with Patricia Cahill followed afterwards with a reception in The Bellbridge Hotel,Spanish Point. Basil is a staunch Leeds United supporter and a member of the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club which meets in Moroney's. Basil has extended an invite to all his friends in the club to attend the evening reception if they wish.

Less than a week later on Wednesday 6th June in far away Sorrento Italy Enda Howard will marry Marguerite "Mags" Murphy from Clarecastle. Enda is also a member of Ennislusc and of course a true Eire Og supporter. It will be interesting to see what happens if Eire Og meet The Magpies in the hurling championship in that household.

Everyone in Moroney's wish both couples long life, health and happiness and we look forward to meeting you on your return from honeymoon for a drink or two !

Double for Celtic

Sunday, 27 May 2007

The Ennis Branch of the Glasgow Celtic supporters club were in jubilant mood yesterday evening when Celtic completed the double by beating Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup Final. As usual they celebrated in style and they had a great sing song going well into the evening.Congratulations to all concerned from Brian John and staff.

Fleadh Nua Time Again

Sunday, 27 May 2007

This weekend the Fleadh Nua reaches it's climax with a cultural prade through the streets of Ennis at 4pm. The time has been changed to let the natives watch the Munster Hurling Championship game between Clare and Cork which is being shown live on RTE at 2pm. Despite the mixed weather this week, crowds are expected in Ennis as musicians from all over Ireland decend on the town to showcase their talents. On Sunday evening their will be a trad session in Moroney's from 6-9pm and all are welcome.

EnnisLUSC Down but not OUT

Saturday, 12 May 2007

Our friends in the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club who meet and watch games in Moroney's may be downhearted with their beloved Leeds being relegated to Division 1 of the Football League but they are already planning for next seasons trips. Despite the slagging from the Man United,Liverpool & Chelsea fans the Leeds fans are a hardy group and are staying loyal to their team.

Paul "Nuggy" Nihill,Johnny Moroney & Slim Corry are already planning their trips for next year with Millwall & Huddesfield Town their favoured options. Already they have taken 20 bookings for their first trip even though the fixtures are not yet out. Looks like the Leeds boys are here to stay. Now that's what I call loyalty.

Celtic Champs Once Again

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

On Sunday last Moroneys was heaving with supporters of the famed Hoops gathering for their potential Championship winning game vs Kilmarnock. A win for Celtic would guarantee the League title and Colm McDonagh,John Lavery,John Reynolds,Chris & Ann Dobbins of the Ennis Supporters Club along with many more members bedecked in the Celtic jerseys were there to shout on their heroes.

With the game entering injury time up stepped Celtic's Player of the Year Shunskuke Nakamura to curl a left footed free kick over the wall and into the net.As you can imagine the supporters when wild and celebrated accordingly.Songs were sung, beer was drank and the slagging was mighty.Congratulations to all the Celtic supporters on your great year from all in Moroneys and we look forward to seeing you once again for the Scottish Cup Final on 26th May vs Dunfermline when we hope you complete the DOUBLE.

Abbey Trophy Update

Wednesday, 25 April 2007

In the battle for Abbey Trophy hounours seasoned veteran Ger Hanrahan defeated first time competition entrant Kieran "Ginger " Ryan on the 18th after an epic battle. Ger is a previous winner of the trophy so Kieran can be well proud of his achievement in taking Hanna all the way to the last hole. Incidentally Ger was beaten in the next round by his playing partner and ex Hermitage footballer Eamonn Kenny,himself a noted shark on the fairways.

In the other clash of Moroney patrons Senan Ryan beat his good friend Davy Considine 3/2 but unfortunately went out in the next round like Ger. So no trophy to celebrate in Moroneys but plenty of good stories of how things might have been if this putt dropped or that drive found a fairway.Funny old game that golf.

Shoot-out at Ennis Golf Club

Friday, 23 March 2007

In the qualifying round for the Abbey Trophy,one of the oldest competitions played at the Ennis Golf Club five regulars from Moroney's qualified for the last 16. Interestingly four of the lads have been paired to meet each other in the match play section which had added a bit of spice to the proceedings.

Top qualifer Ger "Hanna " Hanrahan has been drawn to play Kieran " Ginger " Ryan and this has all the hallmarks of an old St Michael's vs Hermitage match in which both these guys starred in down the years. Now the battle is on the fairways but no doubt the intensity of battle without the flying tackles will be just as hard fought.

Also drawn together are great buddies and regular Sunday partners Senan Ryan and joker Dave Considine. It would be worth going to watch this pairing even it was only for the laugh as these two are entertainers as well as good golfers. Lastly Mike Butler who plays regularly at the trad sessions in Moroneys and is no mean golfer will play Kieran "The Avenue " Ryan.

All that remains to be said it let the best man win,stay friends and hopefully the Abbey Trophy will be seen in Moroney's in the near future.

Happy St Patrick's Day

Friday, 16 March 2007

If you are in town on Saturday after the parade which finishes in The Market why not drop in and join us in cheering for Ireland in their Six Nations Rugby match vs Italy. The atmosphere will be electric and you will also be able to see the All Ireland Club Hurling and Football Finals during the afternoon. Happy St Patrick's Day to all our customers home and abroad from all the gang in Moroney's.

Good Luck to Ennislusc Supporters

Tuesday, 06 March 2007

On Friday next 9th March 23 supporters of the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club will travel over to Elland Road for the Championship game vs Luton Town. The club is based in Moroneys and we wish the club best wishes in their quest for three points and their fight against relegation.See you all Sunday evening for the updates on the weekend.

Where's My Whiskers

Sunday, 25 February 2007

Well Friday night lived up to expectations and there was a great turnout for Liam's beard shave in aid of St Anne's School in Ennis. There to enjoy the night were many of his friends from Whitegate along with the usual support from the Moroney regulars. Among them were his fellow Leeds supporters in the Ennislusc Branch including Mike McNamara,Paul Nihill,Tommy Kelly and Dom O Rourke who were there to give him support on the night.

Also among the guest were Linda Guilfoyle who is in charge of St Annes and her daughter Julie of The Guillotine Hair Studio who performed the beard shave on Liam. The Guilfoyles are synonymous with Moroneys as Julies grandfather Paddy"Polo"Guilfoyle was a great personal friend of Gerry Moroney and indeed her father Paddy is a great greyhound supporter and visits Gerry regularly.

The night brought a surprise as instead of one beard shave we had two. Clares well known dog warden and soccer referee Frankie Coote also had his famous beard shaved for a bet and St Annes benefited to the tune of €100. Well done Frankie but I wonder what Wendy said to you when you went home!

With music,food and spot prizes the night was a great success and Liam would like to thank all who supported him. In his speech he especially thanked Ger Sweeney of Clare FM for his help and courtesy in promoting the event and the staff of Moroneys including Brian John & Johnny. There are pictures of the night in the gallery.

Liam To Have A Close Shave

Monday, 15 January 2007

Our good friend and avid Leeds United supporter Liam Jones from Whitegate will have his famous beard shaved in aid of St Anne's School ,Ennis on Friday night 23rd February in Moroney's Bar. This is a kind gesture by Liam and there will be music ,food and lots of spot prizes on the night. Do come along as a great night is in store.

Some of his Man United friends are saying that because Leeds are in danger of relegation to the 1st Division he does not want to be recognised in the future but we'll leave Liam to answer that one!

New Year's Eve in Moroney's

Sunday, 31 December 2006

To welcome in the New Year there will be a massive trad session in Moroney's with Marcus Moloney, John Joe Kelly and friends starting at 7.30pm.Looking forward to ringing in the new year with all our customers and friends. Brian John ,Tracy and staff would like to wish all their customers,musicians,suppliers and friends a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2007.

Wedding Bells On The Horizon

Sunday, 17 December 2006

Congratulations to Marcus Moloney and Mags on their engagement from Brian John and all the staff at Moroney's.On Wednesday night next,which is Marcus's resident night there will be a party in Moroney's and one can expect a lively trad session from Marcus and all his friends as they celebrate the occasion in style.

Christmas Greetings

Friday, 15 December 2006

Brian John and all the staff at Moroney's would like to wish all their loyal customers a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas.There will be many party nights over the festive season so do drop in and say hello and you'll be sure of a great welcome.

All the way from Leeds

Saturday, 02 December 2006

Over in Ennis for the weekend were our good friends Angie and Carol from the Prince of Wales pub in the heart of Leeds.Unfortunately Angie's husband Paul could'nt join her as he was on duty in the pub for the Leeds vs Barnsley game.When the Ennis Leeds United Supporters go over for games we go to the Prince of Wales for the beer, crack and friendly welcome.

As it was Carol's birthday at the weekend our PRO on tour Slim Corry invited the girls over to sample the delights of Ennis.The girls could'nt have picked a worse weekend weather wise to come over but they did'nt let that dampen their spirits. As Paul and Angie are retiring (unfortunately for us Leeds supporters) from the pub in March they had a surprise in store for Johnny and all the Ennis Leeds United Supporters when they presented him with the engraved mirror from their pub the Prince Of Wales. This is a beautiful mirror which will grace the wall of Moroneys from now on and will be a reminder to all the Leeds supporters of some great nights we had in the pub while over for games in Leeds.It was a lovely gesture and much appreciated by all concerned.

There are pictures from the night in the picture gallery.

Glasgow Celtic Supporters Club Ennis

Saturday, 02 December 2006

If it's Celtic you support you can be sure to find their supporters in Moroney's on match days.The Hoop followers including Colm McDonagh, John Lavery, Chris Dobbin and John Reynolds would only be too delighted to welcome you to join them in cheering on The Bhoys.

Second Successive Award In Tidy Town's

Friday, 17 November 2006

For the second year in succession Moroney's Bar were successful in the Ennis Tidy Towns Award cermony held in the De Valera Library Ennis on Friday 17th November. The award was for the Shop Window Floral Display and was presented by Rory McAllister of Oliver Walsh Motors and Dermot Whelan of Mid-West Fireplaces to Johnny Moroney.This was a tribute to Brian John ,Tracy,Colm and all the staff who continue to mainatain the highest of standards in keeping Moroney's in pristine condition.

To win awards is great but to maintain the standards is really what such awards are about and we at Moroneys feel proud our efforts have been rewarded.Once again thanks to everyone concerned and here's to the hat trick next year.

Jack Comes To Moroney's

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

On Tuesday 1st November Alan Malone and his team mates visited Moroney's with the Jack Daly Cup.Having beaten Lissycasey in the County Senior Football Final on the previous Sunday it was great to see the cup back in the pub.It was indeed fitting as Gerry himself won four county senior football meadles with the Faughs and captained the victorious Faughs team in the 1952 final. Also as Jack Daly himself was a regular in the pub it was like a coming home party.

Brian John filled the cup with brandy and as is traditional this was passed around the bar.It was great for the locals to get a glimps of the cup and congratulate their fellow townies.There are pictures in the picture gallery of the night Jack came home.

Many thanks to Alan and all the lads for calling,it was much appreciated by all at Moroney's.

Good Luck To Lifford Ladies

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

On Sunday next the Lifford ladies soccer team will travel to Castlebar to take on Mayo in the semi final of the Senior Cup. Our very own Irene Hehir will be part of the squad and all at Moroney's wish the girls the very best of luck.If they can play as well as they can party they'll have no trouble marching on to the final.The game kicks off at 1pm in Milebush Park,Castlebar.

Take a look at the picture gallery to see the girls celebrate their quarter final victory over Cork.

Ennis Trad Festival Thurs 9th - Mon 13th Nov '06

Wednesday, 08 November 2006

It's that time of the year again when the Ennis Trad Festival kicks off with Festival Director John Rynne promising a feast of music with over 500 musicians employed to play in 25 pubs in the town.As usual there will be afternoon,evening and late night concerts,workshops,ceilis,CD launches not forgetting the ever popular Trad Disco.

Here in Moroneys we have an impressive line up of top class musician playing over the festival and one is assured of some great and lively sessions.The line up for the Trad Festival is as follows:

Wed. 8th Nov.@ 9.30pm Marcus Moloney,Kieran Kissane,Mossie Griffin & Michael Dermody

Thurs.9th Nov.@9.30pm Kieran Breen,Dermot Lernihan & Denis Liddy

Fri.10th Nov.@ 9.30pm Kevin Ryan,Mossie Griffin & Kieran Hehir

Sat.11th Nov.@ 9.30pm Martin Dermody,Ann Marie McCormack & Sheila Garry

Sun.12th Nov.@ 7pm Marcus Moloney,Mags Hehir & Martin Dermody

Brian John and all his staff would like to take this opportunity to wish the festival every success and promise you a great night of music & crack if you happen to drop in for one of the sessions.

Halloween Party

Saturday, 28 October 2006

On Tuesday night 1st Nov there will be a Halloween Party in Moroney's where staff will be in costume and patrons are invited to do likewise. This was a super night last year when staff from Roche in Clarecastle had their staff party in Moroney's and the range of costumes on display was hilarious. If you're around drop in and BJ is sure to give you a great pint if you're not too frightened to drink!

Best Wishes to Eire Og

Saturday, 28 October 2006

On Sunday 29th Oct Eire Og will taken on Lissycasey in the County Senior Football Final at Cusack Park in what promises to be a great final. Brian John ,staff and patrons of Moroney's would like to wish The Townies well and hopefully bring back Jack (Daly Cup).

Tribute Night To Christy Murphy and Ennis Scouts

Tuesday, 29 August 2006

A special tribute night to the Ennis Boy Scouts and in particular to one of its founding members the late Christy Murphy was held in Moroney's on Monday night.Two framed pictures were unveiled by Christy's youngest daughter Kaki depicting her Dad's contribution to the Scouts and that of others.The first Ennis Troop was founded in Ennis in 1932 and the Scouts has been an integral part of the town and it's youth since then.Noel Halpin could recall events and outings going back over 50 years as if they were only yesterday.The one constant in all the stories was Christy as he lived for the Scouts and brought so much joy to the towns youth.

It must be remember that Ennis in those early years during and after the war and into the 50's and 60's was a lot different to the Ennis of today.People take it for granted now that you go abroad on holidays but in those times Lahinch was the Costa Del Sol for Townies.Most youths in the town joined the Scouts looking forward to their summers camping in Lahinch where Christy ensured that memories of those times and friendships made were never lost.

There is a great love and history of the Scouts in Ennis and by having a small pictorial gallery to those people who gave so much of their time we are saying your not forgotten and thanks for the memories.On the night there was a great turnout with Kaki,Sarah and Kieran Ryan,Tom, Susan,Jason and Robert Dormer ,Aidie and Deirdre Murphy,Christy Murphy junior and his sisters Pauline and Marie.A special word of thanks must go to Christy O Loughlin ,present day leader with the Scouts for his help and to all his friend who came along and helped to make the night so enjoyable.Also to Brian John for his courtesy,great porter and good food.

The night finished up with Adie Murphy the youngest member of the family saying a few words.Aidie himself is just home for overseas duties with the Irish Army and obviously got the love for such a career from his Dad.In his speech he said that his Dad was a pioneer and he will get such a kick out of the fact that he is looking down on us when we're having a pint.He thanked everyone involved on behalf of the family and said that they were deeply honoured by the gesture.

Pictures from the night can be seen in the picture gallery.

Leeds United Supporters Club AGM

Monday, 28 August 2006

On Sunday 27th August the Ennis Branch of the Leeds United Supporters Club held their AGM in Moroney's.A good turnout of members were present following the live showing of the Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds Championship game.Better still Leeds won the game courtesy of a David Healy penalty and all present stayed on for the All Ireland Football Semi Final between Dublin and Mayo. This turned out to be one of the best football games in recent times with Mayo winning by a point.At 6 o clock a Trad Session (see pics in gallery) began and this was a fitting end to a great days sport.

Welcome Home Harry

Thursday, 10 August 2006

After leaving Ennis over 25 years ago to study art and follow his dream Harry Guinane from Carmody St (lived opposite ESB) has returned to his roots. His late Dad, Sean, was a staunch and founding member of the Faughs football team and Eire Og, while also having the post of County Board Secretary.

Harry is now an accomplished artist, illustrator and designer specialising in potraits, illustrations, caricatures and company logos. With this in mind Harry was commissioned to do a potrait of Gerry Moroney, his late wife Mary and to include a greyhound in the potrait to signify their love of the long tails. The potrait can be seen in the picture gallery under the heading Harry Guinane artist supreme. Take a look and see what you think.

Polo Tops and Tee Shirts Available

Thursday, 10 August 2006

Following many enquiries as to where the staff got their lovely tops,Moroney's now have polo tops and tee shirts for sale.Both tops have the crest of the pub on the front while on the back of the polo shirts only in gold writing is the pub website address. The emblem on the shirts was taken from an old message bag (see picture gallery under Bar)that was used in the grocery where tea,sugar,biscuits etc were on sale.It's existence dates back to when the grocery / pub first opened it's doors in 1840. Photos of the polo tops can be seen in the picture gallery under the headings A Team and Bob Kearney ex Market Street now domicile in the USA since the 50's.It was his son Brian who ordered the top as a surprise for his Dad and needless to say Bob was delighted to feel so close to his home town. Prices are as follows :Polo Tops €22 Tee Shirts €15 plus postage. If interested contact Brian John 087-9977405

Good Luck to Clare

Wednesday, 09 August 2006

If you can't get to Croke Park on Sunday next (13th August) for the All Ireland Hurling semi final between Clare and Kilkenny why not watch it in Moroney's and enjoy the electric atmosphere.Throw in is at 4.00pm.The match will be shown again on Monday evening when all the post mortems will take place.

New-Look Gallery

Wednesday, 09 August 2006

The photo gallery has been re-vamped with a new look, and also behind-the-scenes, adding new photos will be quicker, so you can look forward to more pictures soon!

We're Back!

Thursday, 27 July 2006

We realise that the site has been down for the past few weeks and we have been working to get it fixed. We are pleased to say that the site is now back to normal and updates are on the way!

Heineken Cup Final

Thursday, 18 May 2006

On Saturday 20th May, Munster take on Biarritz at 3pm in Cardiff in the Heineken Cup Final, and are hoping for victory after two previous final defeats. Many of our loyal locals are heading over, including Cyril Corry, Liam, Alan & John Murphy, Mike Mac, Senie Ryan, Donie Neylon, Enda Howard etc. We wish them well and hope the bring home the spoils.

Here in Moroney's, the Munster flag is flying high on the front of the pub. If you are not going to Cardiff, why not join us in shouting Declan Kidney's men on to what one hopes will be a famous win...

Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club

Sunday, 14 May 2006

On Friday 5th May and Monday 8th, the Ennis Branch of the Leeds United Supporters Club gathered in Moroney's for the play-off semi-finals in the Championship vs. Preston. Although the pub caters for all sports from soccer, rugby, GAA etc., it was a Leeds pub on these two nights. Over 60 fans met to shout on the Whites, and after a 1-1 draw on Friday night, the action switched to Monday night where tension was at a high until Leeds scored in the 56th minute. They added a second five minutes later and held out for a famous victory despite having two men sent off.

The boss Brian John McCarthy, himself a self-confessed Spurs, fanatic played "Marching on Together" for the fans before, during, and after the game. The supporters were also fed at half-time. As the one and only Mike Mac commented "We've the best pub, best grub, best craic, worst team" - sentiments we'd all agree with, bar the last. It was great to see father and son, Michael and Paul Nihill enjoying the craic and even Liverpool (Kieran Ryan, James Fenton), Man Utd (Pat Hennessy, Noel Considine), Celtic (Colm and Johnny McDonagh, John Lavery, Chris Dobbin) and Spurs (Mike Clohessy, BJ) fans shouted for Leeds. After the game, a singsong began, and anyone passing would have wondered what was happening on a quiet Monday night in town.

Both the Chelsea and Man United fan clubs have held get-togethers in Moroney's on match nights, so as you can see, there are no exclusive rights to club status there! On Sunday 21st May the play-off final is on in Cardiff vs. Watford, so another mighty day is in store and also the first day of the Fleadh Nua.

Waterboys in Moroney's!

Thursday, 23 March 2006

On Wednesday 1st March Mike Scott & The Waterboys played the first of their two sell-out concerts in Glor and afterwards adjourned to Moroneys to listen to the weekly Wednesday night trad session. There were not to be disappointed as Marcus Moloney, Martin Dermody, Alan Kelly & Mossie Griffin had them stamping their feet and clapping their hands to the music. It did not take much persuasion from Mike and the lads to join in and what a session it turned out to be for those lucky enough to be present.

Along with Mike there was Steve Wickham (Fiddler extraordinaire), Carlos Hercules, Steve Walters & Richard Naiff (Keyboard dynamo) of The Waterboys and crewmembers Steve and Bomber. Also there were members of their support band on the night Guggenheim Grotto and John Butler who couldn't resist the call from his good friend Colm McNevin when he heard the session was on.

It turned out to be a great night for the loyal locals including Richie McLoughlin, James Fenton, Pat Joe O Leary & co who gloried in knowing that they were witness to the mother of all sessions and indeed have not let a day pass without telling those that were not in attendance what they missed. Suffice to say that after their second gig in Glor on Thursday night only Steve & Bomber made it back as the rest of the band were wrapped up in bed catching up on some badly needed sleep before heading to Dublin for their gig in the Olympia on Friday night. They were loud in their praise for Brian John & his staff and have promised to be back (see message on guest book).

One thing is for sure we'll all be there next time!

Ennis Trad Festival 10th - 14th November 2005

Saturday, 12 November 2005

This event which is now in its 12th year, attracting thousands to Ennis from far and wide who come to enjoy the music, craic and drink is on to another winner this weekend. Traditional music is growing in popularity with each passing year and for the first time since its inception Moroney's is delighted to be associated with the festival. Since Moroney's reopened (after extensive renovations) last June, Wednesday & Thursday nights are dedicated as trad nights and theses have proved very popular with the local public. Brian John has used all his connections in the music business and assembles some great local artists for these nights.

On the regular Thursday night gig for the opening of the festival Martin Breen and friends played and had the crowd baying for more. Martin is from Summerhill so is as local as they come. The set for Friday night had some great performers in P.J. King, Geraldine Cotter, Liz Kane, and Emmet Gill who were joined by 8 (yes) other musicians for the mother of all sessions. How they kept going is a tribute to their dedication and love of traditional music, which was warmly received by all those in attendance.

After seeing Ireland on the receiving end of a bad defeat from the awesome All Blacks Joe Rynne, Seamus Hynes, John O Neill, and Hugh Sullivan lifted some of the doom and gloom with some powerful music. Once again one can only watch & admire their tremendous skills and dedication to their profession and realise how lucky one is to see such artists (each and everyone over the weekend) in your local pub. The Saturday night gig has Ciaran Mooney, Danny Mahoney, Ryan Graham, and Claus Steinort displaying their talents and there can be no doubt but they will be appreciated in the same vein as all the other artists.

Sunday brings the festival to a close at Moroney's when Nuala Hehir, Mark Mohan, Jim Kerrigan, and Davy Graham will revive your spirits if you've had a late one on Saturday night. No doubt this gig will carry on well into the afternoon and beyond. Even though Sunday closes the festival Monday is usually a great day for music as the musicians like to mingle amongst themselves and have some sociable drinks before departing to the four corners of Ireland and beyond.

The Banner County has a great tradition of traditional music and Ennis is helping foster that love and here's to next years event.

Award for Moroney's

Saturday, 12 November 2005

In the annual Ennis Tidy Towns Awards ceremony held in the County Library on Friday evening 11th November, Moroney's Bar were successful in gaining an award for the shop front and their floral display. This was a tribute to all those who helped restore Moroney's to its former glory from Gerry Dunne (Engineer), Pat McComiskey (Builder), John Brassil & Tony Roche (Painters) and all those other great workmen too numerous to mention. Míle Buíochas.

Obviously the project would have failed without the contribution of Brian John, Tracy and staff who run the bar to the highest of standards and hopefully will continue the great tradition associated with the pub. At the ceremony were Marian & Dara Moroney, Brian John & Tracey and the award was presented by Dermot Whelan (Sponsor) along with Bishop Willie Walsh. Dara collected the award and was given a hearty round of applause when he bowed & waved to the audience who enjoyed the moment of fun.

This is a great honour for the pub and hopefully will give all the encouragement to keep up the highest standards that befits our great town.

New Pictures Added to Gallery

Tuesday, 23 August 2005

We have added some new pictures to the Picture Gallery. Check them out here.

Welcome

Tuesday, 28 June 2005

Welcome to moroneysbar.com, the website for all you need to know about Moroney's Bar.

The site is still under construction at the moment, but feel free to look around. Some links don't work right now, but be sure to check out the history of the bar, and if you have any comments, be sure to sign our guestbook.

If you come across any technical errors, please e-mail us.

Gerry Moroney

1921-2012

Gerry Moroney

Location

You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!

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