Remembering Brian Thompson
Saturday, 20 August 2022
It was with a deep sense of sadness on Wednesday last that we heard of the passing of our dear friend Brian Thompson one of the great characters of Ennis. Brian was one of life's true gentlemen who would walk up The Market , give a wave and smile and say " How are things Gerry ? " Now it didn't matter that Gerry wasn't my christian name but for the last 18 years that was what I went by to Brian. He was always impeccably dressed, had a great sense of humour and as a Leeds fan I had to endure many a slagging about his beloved Man United heroes.
We will miss you Brian from the streets of Ennis as you brightened up all our lives. Sincere sympathy to the Thompson family on the death of Brian. Rest In Peace dear friend.
Welcome To The Kearney's
Saturday, 13 August 2022
On Wednesday evening last we bided a Cead Mile Failte to the Kearney family who are home on holidays from Kansas City and visiting their relatives in Ennis to Moroney's Bar. There is a great bond of friendship between the Moroney's & Kearney families as both hail from The Market. The original home of the Kearney's is now incorporated in the Post Office next to Willie McCannon's drapery shop and this extended to the corner of Curtain's Lane opposite Kelly's Butchers . Townies of a certain vintage may remember Peggy Kearney having a sweet shop there while later working in Currans Bakery (run by Michael Cremmin's) in Abbey Street and O Connor's Bakery in Parnell Street. Indeed, Peggy was instrumental in founding the Ennis Old Folks Club which had its initial headquarters in the Community Centre in Chapel Lane.
Bob and John Kearney immigrated to the States in the 50's but never lost touch with their home town. My late dad Gerry used write to them on a regular basis with news from town and when they came home to visit their brothers Paddy and Tommy and sister Peggy it was down to the bar to meet & reminisce with all their old friends . We hope the Kearney family enjoyed their time in Moroney's perusing the old photos . meeting the locals and remembering those gone before us but never forgotten.
Welcome Maurice And Thomas To Moroney's
Saturday, 09 July 2022
On Friday 8th July Moroney's Bar reopened under the new management of Maurice Walsh and his son Thomas. Once Maurice got the keys of the bar on 1st July it was all hands on deck for an upgrade of the premises. First up was the painting of the outside and that job was entrusted to Eddie Hayes who is a regular in Moroney's. The choosing of the colours has always been entrusted to Eddie and once again he came up trumps. As everyone knows Eddie is a real character and he was regaling all the locals and tourists alike with stories while applying the paint and posing for the odd photo. Now there were more than a few half truths there but hats off Eddie on a top class job. The new front is simply amazing. To enhance the ambience of the bars interior new strobe lighting was installed by John & Kieran O Connor of IAV Lighting and this also extended to the outdoor area. This has to be seen to be fully appreciated and along with the superb carpentry work of Frank Boland they have certainly transformed the bar. Mile Buiochas lads.
Six new TVs were installed in the bar by Keith Perry who also looked after the sound system. Now you won't miss a ball pucked, a goal scored or your horse romping home such are the quality of the screens and a big Thank You to Keith for his patience and skill in installing this fantastic system. Moroney's were blessed to have tradesmen such as TJ Scanlan, Marty Ryan , Colm (Cully ) Fitzgerald, Anthony Phelan, John & Jack Browne and Alan Clune to call upon for their expertise and we certainly appreciate the many hours they put in over the last few weeks transforming the place. To Deirdre Shannon and her team of Shannon Hotel Supplies we extend our sincere thanks for their help and guidance ( nothing is a problem is her mantra). To Mike Kerin of Clare Refrigeration who did a marvellous job in updating our cold room we salute you. To our great friends Ronnie Delaney and Ger ( Hanna) Hanrahan we thank you for your loyalty and support for Moroney's and we welcome Dan Griffin & Luke Fitzgerald to the team.
Finally on behalf of the Moroney family I would like to welcome Maurice & Thomas along with their extended family to Moroney's Bar and wish them all the success for the future. It has been a honour & pleasure to deal with you and Moroney's is in super hands going forward. Our customers are the heartbeat of Moroney's and your loyalty and custom over 180 years is never forgotten. My late father Gerry's motto of a clean glass, clean floor, clean toilet and a good pint still stand to this day and we look forward to welcoming all our customers back to a new look Moroney's
Check the Photo Gallery under the heading NEW LOOK MORONEY'S 2022 for some photos
Wishing All Our Customers And Friends A Happy St Patrick's Day
Thursday, 17 March 2022
All at Moroney's Bar, The Mall, Ennis would like to wish all our loyal customers, friends and indeed everyone the best St Patrick's day in years. It's been two long years since we got to celebrate our National Day wetting the shamrock and meeting up with old friends. The parade is also back in Ennis after a two year absence and this is always a great spectacle. Along with racing from Cheltenham on TV and the All Ireland Colleges hurling and football finals from Croke Park on TV it promises to be an action packed day. Have a wonderful day one and all.
The Trad Session Is Back
Wednesday, 16 March 2022
Our famous Wednesday night trad session is back in full swing tonight following over 17 months of Covid 19 issues. So this evening after the racing from Cheltenham come down to Moroney's and get in the mood for St Patrick's Day with some great music. Listen to the great sounds of Anne Marie McCormack, Marcus Moloney, Kieran Darmody and friends.
Get Ready For Cheltenham
Monday, 14 March 2022
Day 1 of The Cheltenham Festival starts this Tuesday and there is only one place to be and that's Moroney's Bar where the atmosphere will be electric and craic second to none. Doors open at 12 noon while there will be finger food and free bets throughout the four days. Come to Moroney's the best place to watch racing in Ennis.
Sunday, 28 November 2021
On Saturday night last the White family made a presentation of a signed Leeds United jersey to Moroney's Bar home to the Ennis Leeds United Supporter Club ( Ennislusc.com) in remembrance of Frankie ( Spinky ) White who was an ex- President of Ennislusc. Spinky as he was known to one and all was a passionate Leeds United supporter who was on numerous club trips to Elland Road and was always the life and soul of the party. He loved all sports especially a flutter on the horses but when it came to Leeds United well he was in his element.
Woe betide any non-Leeds United supporter who vented a smart remark to him while he was watching them play live on Sky Sports in Moroney's as the slagging one would receive in return would have the place in laughter. One of his greatest Leeds United highlights was meeting the Leeds legend John Giles whom he met on three occasions in Moroney's when he played in the Ennislusc Mike McNamara Charity Golf Classic. One would love to have known what those conversations took in but they always ended in laughter as was the case if you were in Spinky's company.
To his wife Bridie, daughter Michelle who was on hand to make the presentation, his sons Alan and Cyril, brothers Anthony, Sean, Christopher, Gearoid and sister Maura and extended family and friends we at Ennislusc and Moroney's Bar thank you most sincerely for your beautiful gift in remembrance of your beloved Spinky. Every time we look at the Leeds jersey hanging on the wall, we'll remember our dear friend and cherish those great days we were lucky to have been in his company. We'll salute him when we have a drink but most of all we'll never forget the great man we knew as Spinky. Marching On Together
See Photo Gallery under heading Remembering Spinky for photos of the presentation
Farewell Dear Spinky
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
This afternoon the sad news filtered through that our great friend, colleague and ex-President of Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club Frankie White had gone to his eternal rest. Known to one and all as Spinky he was loved by young and old for his charm and wit. On trips to Elland Road he would take all the young brigade under his wing, guide them on where to go and to always remember they were representing our club while there. He took great pride when elected President of Ennislusc particularly as he followed in the footsteps of his late great friend Mike McNamara. A true football follower he was heavily involved with the great St Michael's team of the late 70's and 80's while also taking up various positions with the Clare Soccer League.
There are many stories one could recall about Spinky but the one that comes to mind is of a trip to Leeds where we were all sitting around in the hotel bar and Kevin Barry from Tulla told everyone about a greyhound he was involved with that was running that night in Galway. We all loaded on the dog and true to Kevin's prediction the dog sailed home. Spinky was a great man for a flutter on the horses and indeed was an encyclopaedia on jockeys, trainers and horses. He of course backed the dog and true to form when he won bought a round for the crew. Later on, in the evening a sing song ensued and chants of " One dog in Tulla, there's only one dog in Tulla " rang around the hotel bar. Spinky mistook the words of the song for " The Ayatollah" and he couldn't understand our laughter until his great friend Cyril (Slim) Corry pointed out in his own inimitable way that he was mishearing things. Not to be outdone Spinky sang the correct words, waved some English currency in the air and called another round for everyone.
On every trip away Spinky had to buy a present for Minty the dog which although owned by his daughter Michelle was his pride and joy. Bowls, leads, toys for Minty were purchased. We were always wondering did he forget about his beloved Bridie's present on those trips but true to form Spinky had that covered also. His health hadn't been the best for the last number of years since he retired from the staff of St Joseph's Hospital. However, since Covid restrictions had eased he was down to Moroney's to meet the locals, back a few horses and of course give and take a slagging. What a character who was a proud Townie and loved his family dearly.
We will miss your smile, your quick one liners and hearing you sing Marching On Together with gusto whether Leeds won or lost. To the light of his life his wife Bridie, sons Alan and Cyril daughter Michelle and extended family we send our deepest condolences on your great loss. We also remember at this time Spinky's beloved son Eugene and we pray that they are together once again. Spinky thanks for all the superb memories, mighty laughs, words of wisdom and above all that welcoming smile when we met. Always in our thoughts, your friends at Ennislusc. Marching On Together
Trad Is Back In Moroney's
Friday, 03 September 2021
On the 11th March 2020 we held our last midweek trad session , it had been running in Moroney's for many years and was a huge success with musicians from far and wide joining in on a regular basis and not forgetting the brilliant singers and dancers that made this night so special . ' So it's with great excitement that I can announce following the relaxation of government restrictions that we welcome back Annemarie McCormack and friends next Weds 8th September at 9pm for our first midweek trad session since COVID 19 forced our closure on March 15th 2020.
It is going to be an unbelievable night so please arrive early to avoid disappointment as numbers will be limited and COVID 19 protocols must be followed for now . We can't wait to see you all again .
Moroney's Bar Welcome Back Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club
Friday, 13 August 2021
If you were to write the script for Leeds first game of the season you would dearly love to see one of the top four teams coming to Elland Road especially with the fans back in the stadium after Covid 19 but unfortunately we have to travel to our deadliest rivals across The Pennines. First up is Man United and considering the baptism of fire we received there last season when beaten 6-2 we have a huge debt to owe them and our fans. We did have a goalless draw at Elland Road in the return fixture but this is a seriously difficult game to start our season.
Other than our new left back from Barcelona Junior Firpo we will not have any new squad members available for selection. All summer we are hearing that the club is looking for a central midfield player but to date while been linked with many players nothings has came to fruition. Last season we were two down after three minutes and four after 37 minutes so hopefully we'll start a lot better tomorrow out of the blocks.
As always Ennislusc are meeting in Moroney's Bar for the game and due to Covid 19 restrictions tables need to be allocated on a first come basis. Club Secretary Mike Jones is taking names and those interested in going need to text their names to be guaranteed a seat as this fixtures will have the Man United fans out in force also so the banter should be good. Great to be back both on the field and in the pub to watch our beloved Whites in The Premiership.