Gutted But So Proud Of Our Superb Hurlers and Management
Monday, 06 August 2018
Our eighth game of the All Ireland Hurling Championship finished in devastation for the Clare hurlers and their management at Thurles yesterday afternoon but what a summer these unbelievable guys have given each and every Clare hurling supporter both at home and abroad. These amateur players have given up the best years of their life to don the saffron and blue and while us supporters are down today we are eternally grateful to these men for lighting up our lives and giving us some marvelous days out this summer and over the last few years.
We salute each and every member of the panel, the team management and all the background staff for your tremendous dedication and efforts on behalf of the Clare hurlers and just to say us supporters are eternally grateful and proud of your efforts. You lifted the county over the summer and the passion and never say die attitude you have shown makes one so proud to be from Clare. As the songs says Clare My Heart My Home. Hon The Banner from all in Moroney's.
Wedding Bells For Mick and Caroline
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
Saturday afternoon next is a momentous day for Ennislusc Club Secretary Mike Jones when he walks down the aisle with the love of his life Caroline Flannery at the picturesque setting of St Joseph's Church in Miltown Malbay at 1.30pm. Since the foundation of Ennislusc Mike and his Dad Liam have been stalwarts of the club and have been on numerous club trips to Elland Road. Mike in his capacity as secretary set up a What's App group for Ennislusc members and this has been a tremendous success in keeping everyone updated. While Leeds United is close to Mick's heart so is the red and black colours of Whitegate which has been donned by the famous Naoise Jordan, All Star wing back Brendan Bugler and indeed Mick himself has togged with An Geata Ban.
The wedding reception is being held in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon and for those who can't made the reception Mick and Caroline would like as many of their friends to join them in Moroney's Bar, Market St., Ennis on Sunday afternoon at 1.30 pm. They will be watching the reply of Clare vs Galway All Ireland Hurling S/f, followed by the first game of the season for Mick's beloved Leeds United vs Stoke in the Championship and then on to Patrick's Bar in the Upper Market for a night of music and dancing. All Mike's and Caroline's friends at Ennislusc and Moroney's Bar would like to wish them long life and happiness as they embark on married life. Marching On Together
Disastrous Ticket Allocation For All Ireland Hurling Replay
Monday, 30 July 2018
After an unbelievable weekend of hurling where the Clare hurlers came back from a nine point deficit after 17 minutes to draw with Galway after extra time in a pulsating All Ireland Hurling Semi Final in Croke Park it's off to Thurles next Sunday for a replay at 2pm. Unfortunately for many loyal Clare fans they won't get the chance to shout on their favourites at the home of hurling due to the ticket debacle. The GAA hierarchy decided that no tickets would be circulated to clubs but patrons would have to buy them on line or at Centra supermarkets and to compound matters didn't say when they would go on sale. Thus it was through word of mouth,phone calls etc that people found they were on sale yesterday morning. This of course didn't take account of people at work or old people who haven't access to computers or had a Centra on their doorstep.
When Clare played Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the round robin of the Munster Championship the figures given for Clare supporters in attendance was around 3,000 so as one can see the band wagon has taken off but many of those who traveled to Leeside are now ticket less. There is a week to the game and paid up GAA club members should have first call on tickets but alas this mess of ticket allocation has left the GAA with egg on it's face. The Clare management has called on supporters to allow the players concentrate on the game and not besiege them with ticket requests. For those who can't get to the game it will be shown live in Moroney's on their five screens and hopefully The Banner Roar will ring around The Market at 4pm following a Clare win. Hon The Banner
Recording Sessions At Moroney's
Monday, 30 April 2018
Last Wednesday evening during the weekly trad session a recording took place of well know singer Peter Casey singing some of his own witty compositions which will be posted on U Tube in the coming weeks. Peter who is Games Development Administrator with Clare GAA is a true entertainer and his song on the dangers of EPO which he sung in JP O Connors Bar in Charleville on his way home from Pairc Ui Chaoimh last year went viral on U Tube. As always Anne Marie McCormack, Marcus Moloney and Kieran Kissane belted out the tunes and a great night was had by all. All at Moroney's wish Peter continued success and look forward to hearing more of his hilarious songs.
Allofthelights Chases Oaks Glory
Friday, 09 February 2018
All roads leads to Powerstown Park, Clonmel this weekend where the Derby and Oaks will be run for the 93rd year. Not since 1950 when Cahercalla Rebellion won the Oaks for Paddy Quinn from Market Street has Ennis had a winner at the meeting but this year there will be four runners with Ennis connections going to slips in the Oaks and Derby events. Allofthelights will represent the Four Thirds Syndicate in the Oaks which is made up of Sean Heeney, his sons Conor and Niall along with Tony(Camo) Quinn who is a nephew of the late Paddy. Ironically Cahercalla Rebellion was reared by his father Michael at their home in Cahercalla as was Allofthelights by Tony. Many will know Tony from walking the bypass with his greyhounds and lately there has been a pep in his step as the big day approaches.
Another Ennis runner which takes his place this time in the Derby is Clareabbey Flyer owned by the Halfway House Syndicate which is made up of John Keane, Frank White, Paul Keating and Jimmy McEnery and trained in Ennistymon by Tom Flanagan. This is a tremendous achievement for them to have a runner in Clonmel as this has been their dream for years and now it's happened for them. Michael Eustace who played on the famous Kilrush Shamrock's five in a row winning teams ( 1975-79) and is involved in the Western Heard Brewery company based in Kilmaley along with McHugh's Bar in Parnell Street is involved in syndicates that own two of the top fancies in the Derby and Oaks. Mad Decision is owned by the Windfarm Syndicate and is a leading fancy for the Oaks while Roquefort Teddy also owned by the syndicate runs in the Derby where he too is at the top of the market in the betting.
There will be a big contingent from Moroney's heading to Clonmel to cheer on Sean, Camo and the lads with Allofthelights and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all the Clare runners best wishes over the weekend and hopefully hear the Banner Roar reverberating around the stands on Monday afternoon.
Remembering Carmody's Hotel Tragedy on the 60th Anniversary
Monday, 15 January 2018
Wednesday 15th January 1958 will be forever etched in the history of our great town as it signaled the biggest tragedy in our history when eight people lost their lives when the first floor of Carmody's Hotel on Abbey Street collapsed during an auction. The auction was part of a three day auction to sell off the contents of the hotel which had closed and was being carried out by Limerick Auctioneer Louis De Courcy. The room was crowded to such an extent that Mr De Courcy had asked for the doors to be closed which in hindsight probably saved many more lives. The floor collapsed in the middle some time in the afternoon as the auctioneer was auctioning linen which was piled on tables in the center of the room.
In journalist Gerry Quinn's excellent radio documentary As If Night Fell which was broadcast on Clare FM last night and was previously broadcast for the 40th Anniversary he gives an excellent account of what happened from relations of the victims, survivors and townspeople of Ennis. Gerry was inspired to do the documentary as his grandmother Mrs Nora Considine from Corofin was one of the fatalities. One of those to perish in the tragedy was Earnest De Regge who was the choir master and organist at Ennis Cathedral. Yesterday Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral for the victims with his composition The Mass Of Blessed Oiver Plunkett being sung by the Enniscorthy Choral Society under the leadership of Ennis man Donagh Wylde from Clonroad who's father Dennis was the photographer for The Clare Champion for many years.
The eight victims of the disaster were Mrs Bridie Byrne (38) Kilrush, James Fitzgibbon (65) Marian Avenue, Ennis, Mrs Michael Coffey (41) Killoo, Clarecastle, Thomas Donnellan (13) Bindon Street, Ennis, Ernest De Regge (57) Bindon Street, Ennis, Mrs Josephine Carmody (50) Barefield, Mrs Ellen McNamara (73) Crusheen and Mrs Norah Considine (60) Corofin. On the same day Miss Lena McNamara (45) a dressmaker from Francis Street Ennis collapsed and died on her way to the doctor and initially she was thought as being a victim of the disaster in the first newspaper reports. And the death toll didn't end there as a plane crashed in to the Shannon Estuary near Waller Island after taking off from Shannon Airport with photos for the following day's Daily Express of the disaster. The plane was piloted by Captain Arthur C Morgan who in a hurry to deliver the photos forgot to close one of the cock pit doors thus forcing the aircraft to crash.
Carmody Hotel which opened in 1804 comprised of two buildings and although the main part was demolished after the disaster the other is now part of Yolo's Bar and Restaurant. There is a plaque on the side of Yolo's which was unveiled on the 40th Anniversary remembering those who lost their lives. The Clare Roots Society launched a excellent book for the 60th Anniversary written by John Bradley who himself was a witness on that fateful day and documents the events in tremendous detail.
Today we pause for a few minutes to think of all those who lost their lives on a devastating day for Ennis, May They Rest In Peace.
New Greyhound Folk Photo Album Launched
Tuesday, 02 January 2018
Many people take photos at different events which never see the light of day again and I was in danger of doing the same until I had a conversation with greyhound enthusiast Frank White of The Halfway Bar. He asked what had happened to all the photos I'd taken over the years and hence the idea to launch a Greyhound Folk album was born. There are ninety photos in the album which is in the photo gallery on moroneysbar.com under the heading Greyhound Folk so take a peek and enjoy.
Wishing All Our Customers A Happy,Healthy And Prosperous 2018
Friday, 29 December 2017
This last year was a fantastic year for Moroneys's Bar which saw us win The Best Local Pub for Clare, Cork and Limerick in the inaugural Irish Pub Awards which were presented in Dublin in November. This was a tremendous award for a pub that's been in The Market area of Ennis since 1840 and has seen many changes over the years. However it has retained that feeling of the local pub where everyone is welcome,the banter is good and of course the drink is top class. However without our tremendously loyal customers this would not be possible and were are truly in debt for your continued support. Ennis hosted the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in August for the second consecutive year which saw the biggest ever crowds attend a fleadh making it once again an outstanding success. To cap all that Ennis was named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre in the 59th annual National Tidy Towns and only one point off the overall winner Birdhill.
To all our loyal customers and friends we sincerely wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. John Whyte, Trina, Ronnie, Ger Hanna and Jason look forward to your continued support in 2018.
Allthelights on the way to Clonmel For The Oaks
Sunday, 26 November 2017
It was a memorable day at the Killimer/Kilrush Coursing meeting for Sean Heaney, his sons Niall and Conor along with his great friend Tony( Camo) Quinn when their greyhound ALLTHELIGHTS qualified to run in the Oaks in Clonmel next February. Despite being the outsider in the final Allthelights ran a cracker to get the nod and herald great celebrations for The Four Thirds Syndicate. Sean and Tony are involved in greyhounds all their lives and have endured their fair share of slagging from Moroney's regulars but this week they will be basking in the glory and relieving the bookies of a few bob having backed Allthelights in the long odds betting.
Allthelights was reared in Cahercalla by Tony Quinn and indeed it was here that the great Cahercalla Rebellion who won the Oaks in 1950 for his uncle Paddy Quinn (Market St) was reared by his late father Michael. All their friends in Moroney's want to sincerely congratulate Sean, Niall, Conor and Tony on their great achievement and wish them all the best in Clonmel.
Ennis Is Officially Ireland's Friendliest Place
Saturday, 11 November 2017
On Saturday 4th November at the 20th Annual Retail Excellence Awards held in Killarney it turned out to be a great night for The Banner county as Ennis scooped the title of Ireland's Friendliest Place and in the process beaten off the likes of Trim (Meath), Swords, Waterford and Limerick City to the coveted title. It was a double for Ennis on the night as Willlow Boutique on O Connell Street was named as one of the top five shops in Ireland for 2018 which is a tremendous achievement for owned Jean McCabe and her staff.
It is hoped that this award would attract more visitors to our beautiful town and of course encourage other shopping outlets to set up businesses. We congratulate Ennis Chamber of Commerce for all their work over the years leading to this tremendous award and hopefully the town can build on this going forward.
You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!