Brighter Days Ahead
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
When we received the word to close our doors on March 15th 2020 little did we think we would find ourselves still closed one year later ! It has been an extremely difficult year for everybody not least you our customers some of whom I am sure would endure another year or more of lockdown to return to this life. It is so hard to believe that some of the great characters that were regular visitors to Moroney's will not be returning but you are always in our thoughts .
It has been hard too for our staff ,families and friends , a year is a long time idle when you are used to getting up and going to work each day especially when you enjoy that work so much. However we have to believe that with every day that passes we inch closer to opening our doors again , greeting our customers and friends , shaking hands , sitting at the bar and sharing a story or a joke , doing all the normal things . This coming week would have seen the start of Cheltenham with six nations rugby and St.Patrick's day looming not to mention all the other major sporting fixtures .
It would be a busy busy week in Moroney's with people from far and wide joining our wonderful locals for a bit of craic and banter . Regrettably that will not be happening this year , just like we lost out on Christmas, Easter etc . As vaccines roll out ,sometimes slower than we would like ,we begin to move towards normality . Days when Leeds United Supporters can return to the bar to cheer on their beloved Leeds , days when we can celebrate family gatherings, birthdays , days when you can hear the very best of trad , days when you can sit at the bar again and chat to the person beside you . For sure the things we took for granted were cruelly taken from us but if you are reading this then you are surviving this pandemic and as we head into the summer we should do so with hope .
So one year on we are now more hopeful that days like I outlined will return once again. We long to see you all again and when we do rest assured that the famous Moroney's welcome that you all have been accustomed to will return just as normality itself does .
Till then stay safe , stay positive a new dawn and a brighter day is not far away for us all.
The Quiet Man, Flan Mangan RIP
Friday, 19 February 2021
Since we closed our doors last March we have lost friends and customers we hold dear and Flan Mangan, Lower Market, Drumbiggle Road was one such person .
Flan was well known to many if not all of our regular customers and was a regular in the bar up to recent times where most weekends prior to becoming ill he would enjoy a pint of Guinness , a chat and a bit of banter with the locals .
He was called Sparky by many no doubt because Flan was an electrician by trade but he was also a gentleman , a character and a good friend to many. So it was with great sadness that we learnt of Flans passing on the feast of St. Valentine Feb 14th last .
All of us here in Moroney's wish to extend our deepest condolences to Flans family and extended family . He will be missed by many .
Ar dheis De go raibh a Anam
Christmas Greeting From Moroney's Bar, We Will Be Back in 2021
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Christmas greetings ...... So it's the week before Christmas and sadly we are closed . It is so strange to see the doors of the bar closed at what should be one of the busiest times of the year but as the old saying goes your health is your wealth .
In what has been a very difficult year my thoughts are about our dear customers and friends , I miss the friendly banter, tall stories , bad jokes ( some good ones occasionally :-) ), friendly chat , greeting new faces , welcoming old . It's all part of what makes this very special bar even more special .
Unfortunately this past year we have lost some of those customers and sadly they will never walk through our doors again so we especially think of them all and their families at this time of year .
So it falls to me to firstly thank you all for your support over the past year , the messages of support and more . It just proves what I always knew and that is the we really have the best customers .
Secondly I want to wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year with your families and loved ones .
Roll on 2021 and the roll out of the vaccine that will hopefully be the start of the end of this cruel virus .
We look forward to reopening our doors and welcoming you all back when it is safe to do so . Until then have the best Christmas ever and when we reopen we will give you the best night out ever. Nollaig Shona
Good Luck to Noel Hehir and Coolavanny Chick in the English Derby Final
Saturday, 31 October 2020
This evening in Nottingham Noel Hehir and his bitch Coolavanny Chick will go to traps in the finale of the Â£100,000 English Greyhound Derby and this is a phenomenal achievement for the Inagh native who resides in Ivy Hill , Ennis. Noel travelled over to England six weeks ago and due to Covid 19 restrictions he has had to base himself there for the entire competition. Chick won her first and second round heats, was second in the quarter final and last Saturday night qualified in third place for the final despite losing her footing rounding the third bend in torrential conditions.
Noel says Chick is in great form and he's delighted with her trap draw of 6. The race is live on Channel 175 RPGTV and the final goes to traps at 21.11. It's unfortunate that Moroney's is presently closed as there would be a great buzz in the pub this evening and with Chick on offer at 10/1 there would be a steady stream of regulars heading out to Boylesports on Chapel Lane to take a punt on those odds. All at Moroney's wish Noel and Chick the very best of luck tonight and fingers crossed we'll be shouting her home . Hon The Chick
Thanks For All Your Support
Tuesday, 27 October 2020
We were all looking forward to the reopening of the so called wet bars on 21st September last as all publicans around the country came to terms with the new Covid 19 procedures. However this only lasted a fortnight for most bars as we went up to Level 3 procedures and unless one had an outdoor area where the maximum allowed was 15 patrons the doors had to close once again. We in Moroney's are very grateful for all the support we received from our loyal customers and friends while closed and once again when we reopened even for that short period of time. It was great to see all our customers return even though sitting at the counter was no longer permitted and all other safety procedures had to be adhered to for the benefit of all.
We were delighted with the reaction to all the new renovations in the bar and today the final piece of the jigsaw was completed when the new seating arrived back after being recovered. Interestingly the cloth is called the Hermitage design and was recovered by Pat Greene who has is business in the Centrepoint Business Park in Hermitage. We all hope and pray that this lockdown at Level 5 will see numbers reduced in the coming weeks and that all going well the pubs can once again reopen in six weeks time with similar procedures in place as we had in September.
It has become increasingly clear that Covid-19 is set to be part of our lives for months to come and with this in mind Moroney's Bar has signed up to Failte Ireland's Covid 19 Safety Charter. The Safety Charter is designed to give comfort and reassurance to employers, employees and customers that your business is ready to re-open safely. We certainly miss all the excitement in the bar of the live matches particularly now as the hurling and football Championships kick into gear, the horses that are backed and shouted home or not and of course the banter and friendship of all our customers. Stay safe and PG we look forward to meeting you all once again in the first week of December all going well.
Thank You Darragh
Friday, 02 October 2020
Last Sunday Darragh O Loughlin arrived down to Moroney's with his dad Ollie to watch the Sheffield United vs Leeds United game on TV and he came bearing a beautiful gift for Ennislusc. Darragh is an accomplished furniture designer ( Studio Luden ) based in The Stables in Tulla and he designed a beautiful plaque in honour of Leeds return to The Premiership after 16 years in The Championship and League 1. The exquisite plaque will adorn the walls of Moroney's Bar in The Market home to the Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club.
Darragh worked in Moroney's some years back before he went to the States and Ger ( Hanna) Hanrahan showed him the ropes of bar work which he put to good use Stateside. This wonderful one off piece is a tremendous gesture by Darragh which everyone in Ennislusc and Moroney's Bar is sincerely grateful for and certainly will be a talking point for years to come. Marching On Together
New Look Moroney's Celebrates 180 Years In The Market
Sunday, 20 September 2020
This year Moroney's Bar had great plans to celebrate 180 years trading in The Mall area of the Market with some celebrations planned but that all changed on Sunday 15th of March when all public houses closed that evening due to the onset of Covid 19. Little did any one of us know then that the pubs would not reopen until September 21st a full six months after first closing. However straight away I decided it was the ideal time to do some renovations and enlisted the help of TJ Scanlan, Marty & Mikey Ryan, Eddie Hayes, Eamon Kenny Anthony Phelan, Flan Glynn, Pat Greene, Noel Keane and Ger ( Hanna ) Hanrahan who I found out is a dab hand with a paint brush.
The idea was to do some upgrades with the bar and we all thought this would be a quick job. However ten weeks later we were only wrapping up things but hopefully all our loyal customers and friends will enjoy the new look Moroney's. Indeed it was a shock to John White when he first saw the completed works as he let us get on with the works but it's fair to say he was thrilled with his new look bar. The gents toilet was completely revamped as was the ladies and both look great. Every light fitting was changed to LED's, a new bar counter was installed with all new fittings plus a new plumbing system. New tiles were laid on the bar floor and the outdoor aree got a complete revamp. This is now a non smoking area and the new benches and colour scheme makes it very homely.
A new hot water cylinder with 170 litre capacity was installed along with a new ventilation system in the bar. All the bar stools got a complete upgrade and it's fair to say they will be a lot more comfortable. The bar was completely painted from top to bottom including the front of Moroney's and I for one am thrilled with the outcome. As Marty Ryan remarked with a laugh : I thought I was coming down for a half days work not three months. Once we started the renovation there was no stopping us and it was also a way of honouring all our predecessors and loyal customers of Moroney's whose custom has kept us open for 180 years. We also redesigned our yard in Lysaght's Lane ( known locally as Paddy Quinn's car park) and this has benefited the local Chapel Lane Craft Market who used our wall as an advertisement board for their excellent goods.
Finally I'd like to sincerely thank all the skilled tradesmen who worked on these renovations and treated the place as their own. Many are regulars in Moroney's and the pride they took in their work is second to none. It would be remiss of me not to single out TJ Scanlan and Marty Ryan for special mention. They were there every morning at 7am to the very end and it was their ideas that drove the project on. And to my great friend Ger ( Hanna )Hanrahan who not alone lent a helping hand but lifted the spirits on many occasions as work dragged on with his stories and wit. As John White put it so eloquently in his recent Facebook post : When we do finally reopen our doors it will be emotional but also exciting , regrettably since we closed we have lost good friends and dear customers and we think of you all especially at this time . How wonderful it would be to share a pint , a laugh and a chat with you just one more time . You will never be forgotten
Check out the Photo Gallery under Moroney's Bar Renovations 2020 for some photos of the works carried out.
Another Piece Of Ennis Gone From The Skyline
Monday, 14 September 2020
Last Thursday a piece of old Ennis history came down for a new health care development when the tall red bricked chimney at the old Braids factory on Station Road was demolished. One would have noticed this chimney as you walked or drove over from the Clare Road to Station Road on Old Gaol Road. Braids factory was opened in February 1935 and was a big employer in the town in it's heyday. It was built on the site of the old county jail and produced shoelaces and elastic products. Many will remember the old red brick chimney on Mill Road which was demolished in 1983 but in this instance the 70 ft chimney was not in the best shape structurally. It's certainly a pity in this day and age when conservation is a all the rage particularly when one attempts to do anything with a building in the centre of Ennis that this lovely chimney could not be saved.
Check out the photo gallery under the title Braids Chimney to see some photos
Colin Barry RIP
Tuesday, 07 July 2020
What can you say about a character like Colin Barry. He lit up a room every time he smiled, his sense of wit was legendary, his passion for all sports especially his beloved Ballyea hurlers and his greyhound Newhall Missile brought him oceans of joy. Even in hospital his sense of humour never let up and his one liner about his great friend and greyhound co owner comes to mind " Noel Coote would get sea sick in a bath". So it was with a heavy heart that on Monday evening we received the devastating news that Colin had passed away peacefully. Our inspiration had gone and with his passing a huge part of our life. Colin who suffered from Spina Bifida had fought many battles down the years being in and out of hospital on a regular basis and I for one will never complain of an ache or a pain again given his courage.
When Colin celebrated his 21st birthday he went to the Limerick Greyhound Stadium with his family and what happened next took everyone by surprise. Colin liked a flutter on the horses but now a flame was lit for the greyhounds and he told his dad Gerry that he wanted to buy a greyhound. Shock horror how will I sort this one out says Gerry. Cue his lifelong friend Noel Coote who enlisted the help of his neighbour and greyhound trainer John Browne in Ballyea and so the legend of Newhall Missile was born. John told Noel to take the pup he had recently reared for both of them and put Colin's name down as the owner along with his own and he'd train the dog for them. He was unnamed at this stage and Colin quickly came up with the name Newhall Missile. As one can imagine this evoked some laughter when we heard the name and our aspirations at that stage were to win a race or two and enjoy some nights out at the track with Colin and his family.
Well not only did The Missile win a few races but he took us and Colin on a tour of the country's greyhound tracks and coursing fields. We travelled to Galway, Limerick, Tralee, Kilkenny and the mecca of greyhound racing Shelbourne Park where Colin enjoyed of one of his greatest nights. On the 22nd September 2018 the dog that Colin Barry named to much laughter lived up to his name and bombed out of Trap 4 to win the Consolation Greyhound Derby at a jam packed Shelbourne Park. The reception that Colin received when going out to the presentation area with co-owner Noel Coote was absolutely phenomenal. The greyhound public and those watching on TV got behind the story of Colin and The Missile while every where John Browne and I went we were asked how Colin was getting on and to pass on their good wishes. Even the nurses and doctors in The Regional Hospital got behind The Missile and his consultant has said that it was better than any medicine that they could have given him as the dog kept his spirits up.
Colin was always asking how the dogs were going but due to his illness could not get out to see them so John Browne and I took to taking videos in the kennels and sending them on to his dad Gerry. D'unbelievables we are not but those videos gave him a lift and were often shown to friends and nurses to much laughter. The generosity of the greyhound folk was shown when out of the blue Donal Moloney from Carlow who had read Colin's story in The Sporting Press drove from his home to give Colin a present of a pup which he named Newhall Torpedo. Colin had already picked out names for his next two pups and had informed me that they were to be called Newhall Thunder and Newhall Lightning. He was an encyclopedia on the breeding and the Newhall prefix will live on in his memory for years to come.
He always wore the Ballyea colours with pride whether racing or going to the games. It was a proud day for him when Ballyea won the county senior hurling titles in 2016 and 2018 along with the Munster Club title in 2017. He had attended school with most of the players including Tony Kelly, Jack Browne, Niall Deasy, Paul Flanagan and Joe Neylon and was the 16th man for Ballyea. And we'll say nothing about Liverpool winning The Premier League except that it brought great delight to Colin. He took great pleasure in reminding one and all about Liverpool's great achievement in finally winning the title.
To his wonderful family who cared for Colin every single day, parents Gerry and Noelette, brother Ronan, sister Emily and his extended family and friends, we send our deepest condolences. Rest in Peace to a wonderful friend and inspiration who we were privileged to share some fantastic times and moments with during his short journey with us. Ar dheis De go raibh an Anam
Gerard (Stunt ) Dilger An Appreciation
Wednesday, 04 March 2020
When the shocking news filtered through today that Gerard Dilger late of Circular Road Hermitage had passed away suddenly in Kentucky, it sent shock waves around the town. For Townies of a certain vintage he was known to one and all as Stunt. I first heard of Stunt from his late father PJ who was a regular in Moroney's. He told me that his son Gerard was gone to work for the summer at the White family stud farm in Ballyalla ( now owned by the Costello family). Little did I know that his passion for horses would culminate in the extraordinary events of the 6th May 2017, when Always Dreaming won the 143rd Kentucky Derby. This feat was made all the more impressive as this horse was bred and reared in Ger's Dromoland Farm Stud in Lexington, Kentucky.
Back in 1972 there was an U13 soccer league formed in the scout hall field and young lads from all over town were involved in the seven a side competition. Stunt was our midfield dynamo but getting him to play was a nightmare. Many is the day I pleaded with Bridie and PJ at their home to make sure Stunt would be there for games. He learnt his football skills on the Island field in Cloughleigh Road and anyone of his era will testify to his brilliant skill. Luckily my pleading paid off as Stunt turned up for the games and we won the league with him being player of the tournament. He showed equal skill on the hurling field where he played with Eire Og but we all knew his passion for horses would win out.
After finishing 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. We all believed Stunt was always going to be a success in his chosen career but to breed a Kentucky Derby winner is beyond comprehension. This young man from The Tage set off with with a dream to breed and rear thoroughbred horses in Kentuckey and boy did he succeed. Indeed the 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist was reared on the Dromoland Farm Stud where Stunt's brother PJ is also an integral part of the operation.
I will always remember Stunt's smile and when he was home he always called to Moroney's where he would raise his glass to his Dad's picture in the lower bar. All of us at Moroney's send our deepest condolences to all of Gerard's family on the passing of a true Townie gentleman who lived his dream.
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