Kilmaley's Richard O Brien Take To The Turf
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Some weeks back I came across an advertisement in the Irish Examiner where Horse Racing Ireland were offering members of the public the opportunity to visit a racing stable and see the behind the scenes activities of a working stable. So last Saturday morning I had the privilege of visiting race horse trainer Richard J. O Brien's stables in Kilmihil ( yes believe it or not) County Limerick as part of the National Racehorse Trainers Open Morning along with fifty other people. Richard only took out his trainers licence in December 2016 having qualified and worked as a dentist prior to this. Richard is a Clare man from Kilmaley and his father Dr William O'Brien works as an anaesthetist at the A&E department of Ennis General Hospital. However his involvement with horses began as a teenager riding out for Joe Crowley in Piltown, County Waterford and he also rode out for Aidan O'Brien when he began training in Ballydoyle at the time. Having built a new stable block in the last year, Richard has now 38 stables at his disposal for his flat racing charges.
The morning started with an overview of the yard, then watching one lot of his horses exercising, the post exercise routine, preparation for horses to go racing and finally a question and answer session with Richard. It was fascinating to find out that he concentrates on the flat as he said that there is way more work training involved with National Hunt horses and also a lot more injuries which is understandable. He prefer to buy young horses rather than those of 4-5 years old as many of these may have issues that are not readily visible whereas a young horses is easier to train. Now many of us like a flutter but the cost of firstly buying a horse and keeping him in training is colossal. Richard charges €40 a day for a horse in training with €60 a month farrier fees. On top of that you have vet fees, race entry fees, purchasing of jockey silks and their race fees including winning bonus if your lucky enough to own a winner. Certainly it's the sport of kings
It was a fascinating morning and we got to see Richard's top horse Dean Street Doll which was 2nd in The Derrinstown Stud 1000 Guineas Trial at Leopardstown on the 12th May last. Richard's enthusiasm was infectious and he was a brilliant host. It's not everyone who would forsake a major career and dip their feet in such a challenging sport but Richard is following his dream and one has to admire his determination. He was very keen to stress that it's his name that's on the licence but without his team there would be no yard. We wish Richard and his team all the success in the future and we'll keep an eye out for your upcoming runners in the weeks and years ahead.
Huge Weekend In Munster Championship For Banner Teams
Saturday, 11 May 2019
This weekend both the Clare hurlers and footballers embark on their opening games in this years Munster Championship. First up are the footballers this evening in Cusack Park where they play Waterford with the winners having home advantage next time out against The Kingdom. Then on Sunday afternoon in Walsh Park, Waterford the Clare hurlers take center stage against The Deise. With this game live on TV at 2pm coupled with the exciting end to the last day of The Premiership season the normally loyal Clare supporters are not travelling in their droves. Indeed the Clare County Board returned 750 tickets of their allocation and with a ground capacity of 11,000 The Banner supporters will be well outnumbered.
Following on from a 16 point drubbing some eight weeks ago in Walsh Park in the National Hurling League, Clare will be hoping to atone from this defeat with a big performance. All at Moroney's wish Colm Collins, Gerry O Connor and Donal Moloney best wishes that both the hurlers and footballers come out on top in their respective tussles. And least with forget the Clare minors under the management of Fergal Lynch who also take on Waterford, we also wish them sincere wishes. If you are not going to Waterford to see the hurlers perform the game will be live in Moroney's on five screens. Hon The Banner
Newhall Missile Wins On Comeback
Sunday, 03 March 2019
After being off the track since last November Newhall Missile returned to action at Shelbourne Park last night and beat a top class field on his comeback from a neck injury he sustained in the St Ledger in Limerick last November. Despite missing his customary fast break ( from Trap 2) and getting bumped at the third bend he got up by a short head on the line. His owners Colin Barry and Noel Coote could not be in attendance as Colin is just recently out of hospital but they watched it live on the IGB website with all the Barry family roaring him home.
Once again The Missile was not rated by the bookmakers as he was returned at odds of 5/1 much to the delight of his faithful followers. Huge kudos to his trainer John Browne who has been extremely patient with Missile's recovery. Like all top athletes, greyhounds have to be checked out regularly by physiotherapists and the equivalent of a chiropractor as minor injuries can mean the difference of a length or two on the track. While a hurler can complain of a niggle here and there, the greyhound has to endure his pain in silence, so regular checks are essential to their well being.
Well done to Colin, Noel and John from all your friends in Moroney's and look forward to more great nights with The Missile in the months ahead.
Moroney's Bar Wins Ennis Tidy Towns Business Award
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
At the recent Ennis Tidy Town Awards held in the Ennis Town Council Offices in Waterpark House, Moroney's Bar were the recipients of the Business Award for the Market Street Area. The judging for this award is based on the appearance of the building including painting, signage, flowers and the general appearance of the building as a whole. During the summer the two chimney stacks on the building which contain six chimney pots each and are listed ( all works have to be sanctioned by the conservation officer before they can be carried out) were repaired and now are an eye catching feature whether you come down the Market or enter it from O Connell Street.
We at Moroney'a are thrilled with the award and would like to thank all those who worked on the building during the year as the award is a thank you for your professional skills. Also to our loyal customers both at home and abroad who's patronage is so much appreciated , this is also a Thank You to you. Mile Buiochas one and all.
Firestorm Ellie Wins Bitch Of The Year 2018 At Limerick Greyhound Track
Sunday, 06 January 2019
Last night at Limerick Greyhound Track on the Dock Road, Firestorm Ellie owned by Mike McNamara and Johnny Moroney was crowned Bitch of The Year by the Limerick & Clare Greyhound Owners & Breeders Association. Ellie takes the award having won 8 times, being 2nd twice and 3rd on eight occasions during 2018 season and is trained in Tulla by Mike's son Donnacha. Indeed Donnacha only took out his trainers licence in January 2018 so this is a fantastic kick start to his career. This is a real Market Street affair as Mike was a neighbour of Johnny's in the Market in his youth where his parents had a public house between Moroney's and Paddy Quinn's before moving out to reside in Tulla.
Firestorm is the prefix that Johnny and Mike run their dogs under and Ellie was named by Johnny's wife Marian after singer songwriter Ellie Goulding. Others that have run under the prefix are Marina, Puma, Swift, Ruby, Flash, Arrow and Fury. Hopefully there are a few more wins to come from Ellie and we look forward to seeing her race in the coming months.
Indoor Footie, Friendships And OB
Tuesday, 01 January 2019
On Friday 14th December in Gleeson's Bar in The Turnpike there was a surprise party for Martin O Brien who retired from our indoor footie crew after thirty years being involved in organising and playing. What started off as inter pub team back in 1989 with Cheers and Woodies grew into a life long friendship for a group of lads thanks to Martin's drive and love for football. Back then in Ennis there was no hall available to play indoor football so Martin decided to bring us to Gort where his good friend and fellow Garda member Brian Brennan got us a slot in the local hall on a Monday night. Come hail or snow we drove up each Monday evening ( including one horrendous storm ) and the banter in the cars was as enjoyable as the footie. One would want thick skin as everyone was fair game for a slagging.
After a few years we came back to town when Martin secured the Colaiste Muire hall and this was a new departure for all of us. Of course Martin's motivation in all this was to keep the lads together and win the Inter Pub competition at some juncture. After many close calls against our great adversaries in Kelly's Bar, Carmody Street we finally won the competition representing Knox's Bar. The common denominator in the pubs we represented is that they were owned by Kieran Gleeson and Cyril Cusack who also played with us and indeed were always very generous in the way the looked after us. One member of that winning team was Seamie O Sullivan who has gone to his eternal rest but is never forgotten by all the group and his spirit and smile are always with us when we play or are on our night out.
For the last 14 years we are located in St Flannan's College and indeed we were the first group to be given access to the newly built hall by the then President Fr Moloney. This of course was due in no small way to Martin and we are still there to this day. Of course father time has caught up with many of us, injuries take longer to heal but what Martin started thirty years ago on a whim is still going strong. Yes the football is competitive, there are arguments and the odd expletive but once the game is over it's handshakes all round. The friendships made through the indoor have been lifelong and while we might not see one another for a few months in the off season all one has to do is lift a phone and help will be at hand if needed. That comradery can't be bought but thanks to OB's foresight all those years ago we are still together and for that we are eternally grateful to you Martin. Mile Buiochas OB from all the gang.
In the Photo Gallery under the heading OB's Indoor Retirement Party you will find 50 photos from the night out of great friends, great people and great memories.
Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Patrons
Sunday, 30 December 2018
With another year about to end we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers both at home and abroad for their continued custom. It is you who has put Moroney's on the map and made it the popular and award winning pub it is for which we are eternally grateful. Happy New Year and sincere Best Wishes from John White, Hanna and Ronnie. LookING forward to your continued support in 2019.
Newhall Missile Heads To Shelbourne Park For The Night Of Stars
Saturday, 17 November 2018
Tonight in Shelbourne Park there will be a big Ballyea contingent present to see Colin Barry's and Noel Coote's brilliant greyhound Newhall Missile go to traps in the Ted Hegarty Bookmaker Night Of Stars 575yds race which goes to traps at 11.00pm. The reason for the late start is due to the All Black's game in the near by Aviva Stadium which kick off at 7pm and racing has been put back until 8.30pm. This is a one off race with €10,000 to the winner and trainer John Browne is hopeful that The Missile has shaken off his recent injury woes. Having won the Boylesports Consolation Derby in September Newhall Missile was invited to run in The Night Of Stars which is a celebration of all the top greyhounds in Ireland racing over varying distances in one off races with exceptional prize money on offer.
Colin has been looking forward to this night for the last number of weeks and will make the journey to Dublin with his parents Gerry and Noelette. It's a fantastic achievement just to be in the line up with the top greyhounds in the country and fingers crossed The Missile will hit the lids running. Like the Ballyea hurlers he won't be found wanting for heart and every day gives of his best which is all one can ask of man or dog. All their friends in Moroney's wish John, Noel and Colin the very best of luck on this big night in the Irish greyhound calendar. Hon The Missile
31st Ennis Leeds United Supporters Trip To Elland Road
Thursday, 25 October 2018
This weekend Ennislusc will embark on their annual trip to Elland Road with the biggest group to travel to the holy grail since 2010. It's an early rise as many will be meeting at the West County at 4.55am to travel to Shannon Airport. It's a tribute to the club that there are 36 travelling to Elland Road for the game vs Nottingham Forest and the fact the Leeds are top of The Championship only whets the appetite.
No other supporters club in the region even those supporting the top Premiership teams can boast this number traveling across the water for a game that's being shown live on Sky Sports. On the trip will be Oisin Murphy who will be making his first ever trip to Elland Road and on his birthday as well.Least we forget Caroline Jones will be also making her first trip but this time as Mrs Jones since she married Ennislusc Secretary Mike Jones last August. The group will be gathering at the famous Billy Bremner statue outside Elland Road on Saturday for a group photo and also to see for the first time the stone that Ennislusc sponsored.
All their friends at Moroneys wish the Ennislusc travelling supporters a safe journey and hopefully three points after ninety minutes. Marching On Together
Squad : Mike and Caroline Jones, Marty and Melissa Brennan, Dom and Ber O Rourke, Kevin, Noelette and James Barry, Paul, Geraldine, Ruth and David Nihill, Alan and Oisin Murphy, Ailish O Callaghan, David O Grady, Brian Woods, Sharon Breen, Brian O Connor, JP Buckley, John Kelly, Colin Ryan, Paul Harte, Seamus O Doherty, Richie Lynch, Bryan Williams, Orla Moroney, Steve, Jane, Zack and Darragh Underwood, Chris and Darragh Curren , Mick Parry and Michael ( Claw) Clohessy.
Friday, 19 October 2018
On Sunday Ballyea and Cratloe will contest the Clare Senior Hurling Championship Final at Cusack Park with thrown in @ 3.30pm. Having met earlier in the championship where Ballyea prevailed in extra time this promises to be another cracking contest. For those heading to The Park early they can taken in the Minor A hurling final where Clarecastle take on Clonlara. This will be The Magpies fourth final in six years and like the senior game both teams met earlier in the league format with Clonlara coming out on top. A big talking point is the €20 entrance fee and with the match programme costing another €5 it will certainly put off those with no affiliations from attending the finals especially as the game has deferred viewing on TG4.
All in Moroney's would like to take this opportunity to wish the Ballyea Senior hurlers and all our great friends in the parish the very best of luck in Sunday final.
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