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.
William Honours His Uncle James Kearney With Painting Of Moroney's Bar Ennis
Friday, 28 February 2020
This year Moroney's Bar celebrates 180 years in business having been founded by James Moroney as a bar & grocery in the Lower Market area or to give it it's correct name The Mall area of Ennis. We plan to celebrate this auspicious birthday during the year with some events but recently we received a huge surprise in the post from California to kick start our birthday. It came in the form of a fantastic watercolor painting of the facade of Moroney's which was painted by William McMahon 111. William traveled to Ireland in 2016 to see his daughter perform in Dublin on St Patrick's Day and at the International Band Championships in Limerick. On the history side William's grandfather( also William ) was born and raised in Corbally while his uncle was James Kearney from The Market. As William stated in his letter accompanying the painting his uncle James often spoke of Ennis and especially how Moroney's was always giving to him during hard times when he was young so there visit to Ennis was always centered around Moroney's.
On the day William visited with his family, sister ,brother in law and their family they were delighted to see photos of James adoring the walls of Moroney's. The Kearney family are synonymous with The Market and their home house was were the post office is today next to Willie McCannon's menswear shop. William was thrilled with the warm welcome he and his family received on visiting the pub and especially wanted to thank Sean Heeney and Jacko White for their entertaining Irish welcome. Jacko also presented Wiliam with Moroney coffee mugs to mark their memorable trip to Ennis.
When William went home he decided to honour his uncle James and the Kearney family so hence the painting became his passion. It has been a work in progress for a few years as William states and he completed the painting in watercolor, pen and ink, graphite pencil, colored pen and watercolour pen. This painting was William's way of preserving and documenting the changes to Moroney's. Since this painting was completed the two six pot chimney stacks of Moroney's have undergone significant renovation as has the name plate so we are indebted to William for helping us preserve our history.
We were very conscious to show off this painting in the best possible light along with all the other memorabilia in the bar and it has now found it's new home on the back wall of the main bar. John White and TJ Scanlan were on hand to mount the painting along with a plaque thanking William for his sincer generosity to the Moroney family. This will be a talking point in the bar for many years to come and everyone associated with Moroney's would like to thank William and all his family for their wonderful gift and thoughtfulness. We look forward to welcoming you back to Moroney's in the not too distant future to view your masterpiece on display.
Check out Moroneysbar.com photo gallery under the heading Moroney's Painting Feb 2020 for some photos of William's painting.
Happy 19th Birthday Ennislusc
Monday, 20 January 2020
It's hard to believe that nineteen years have passed since Ennislusc was founded in Fafa Considine's Bar in Parnell Street, Ennis which at the time was run by Paul ( Nuggy) Nihill. It was a conversation he had with Sean ( Bombs ) McCarthy that set the ball rolling and in conjunction with Cyril ( Slim) Corry, Johnny Moroney and the late Mick McNamara that Ennislusc came to be. At the time it was never dreamed that the club would grow to present day numbers and even when the club was relegated to the first divisions our numbers never waned. The club has met in Moroney's, Market Street since 2006 for live games and is the home of Ennilusc.
Once a Leeds fan always a Leeds fan and we are now the envy of many fan clubs across the country. Thanks to Paul Nihill who has done trojan work for the club since it's inception we are highly regarded of at Elland Road and never fail to get tickets for any games we request to travel over for. After Nuggy stepped down from his role as secretary Mike Jones of Whitegate fame stepped into his shoes and has driven the club on. New members have been come on board ever year and recently Mike ordered new Ennislusc tops which were even admired in the Leeds Shop at Elland Road such was the quality and style of them. It was always our wish to have our own Ennislusc gear and in the early days it was Kevin Greene who was instrumental in kitting the club out on numerous occasions. Like all Leeds fans Kevin is a passionate man and his help here was sincerely appreciate by all. One has to remember that we had Ennislusc hats, rain gear and numerous different tops before any supporters club in Clare had same.
There have been many highs for the club throughout the years and the three occasions that the legendary John Giles visited Ennis for the Mike Mac Golf Classic stands out as a super memory for one and all. What an absolute gentleman who had time for one and all. For me personally my fondest memories are the many fantastic friendships I've made with fellow Leeds fans from all over the county and beyond which stands out, something one couldn't buy.
The strong bound of Ennislusc members stood out when one recalls the passing of fellow members Mike McNamara, Jimmy Allard, Gerry Sheridan and John Finn. Each one of the lads were on many trips with us to Elland Road and indeed all were present in Teach Ol, Tulla on that famous day ( 3rd Jan 2010) when Leeds knocked Man United out of the FA Cup. Hard to believe it's ten years ago but those memories are precious as are our dear departed members. Gone but never forgotten.
MARCHING ON TOGETHER ENNISLUSC
Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Customers And Many Friends
Tuesday, 31 December 2019
Another year has passed and as we enter 2020 Moroney's Bar Market Street, Ennis will celebrate 180 years in business. Moroney's has 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. As John White always says without you our wonderful customers we are only four walls and it's you are what make Moroney's one of the best and friendliest pubs in Ennis. 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, Wayne and the Moroney family look forward to your continued support in 2020.
Moroney's Bar Updates Home Website Photo
Thursday, 21 November 2019
As part of our ongoing initiatives to keep our website up to date we have replaced the opening page photo with a more modern one of the front of Moroney's Bar, Market Street, Ennis. The website which was designed by Gearoid Moroney a fifth generation Moroney back in 2005 when as a young student in St Flannan's he designed the website from scratch. He now travels the world designing apps along with websites but is always on hand to update his first website which of course we sincerely appreciate. Hope you like our colorful new opening page.
Wedding Bells For John And Trina
Friday, 09 August 2019
Today is a big day in the life of John Whyte who runs Moroney's Bar as he walks down the aisle with his beautiful fiancee Trina McLaughlin. John first set eyes on Trina over the counter of Boylesports in Chapel Lane where she is manageress as he was endevouring to place a bet. Needless to say the horse he backed finished down the field but his luck was in as instead he romped out the door with a date with Trina. Fast forward over two years and today John will be in the winners enclosure as he walks down the aisle with Trina on his hand. He's had to endure hours of slagging from all his customers but today they'll be cheering on the happy couple as they celebrate into the small hours at the Inn at Dromoland.
On behalf of the Moroney family and all his loyal customers we would like to take this opportunity to wish John and Trina long life, health and happiness from all your friends at Moroney's Bar and Boylesports.
Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan Inis 2019 14th -22nd July
Monday, 08 July 2019
The Munster Fleadh returns to Ennis for the second consecutive year and promised to be bigger and better than last year's successful event. The Gig Rig will be in the Abbey Street car park on Friday 19th (From 4pm), Saturday 20th ( From 4pm) and Sunday 21st from 2pm while Glor will host The Clare Youth Trad Orchestra on Thursday 18th, Shaskeen on Friday 19th, Martin Hayes & Tulla Ceili Band on Saturday 20th and finishing up with the legendary Kilfenora Ceili Band on Sunday 21st July.
There will be Music & Dance competitions in St Flannan's, Music and Irish Classes in Clareabbey GAA, CD launches in The Sanctuary, the famous Pub Trail with session in all pubs through out the week and on Sunday 21st there will be Dancing at The Crossroads at Kerin's Cross, Clarecastle. As always Moroney's will have trad session throughout the week with our famous Wednesday night session kicking off proceedings with Ann Marie McCormack, Kieran Kissane , Marcus Moloney and Martin Dermody. Here's hoping the weather will be kind and we can look forward to a fantastic feat of music.
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
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