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.
We're Back Open on The 30th July
Thursday, 29 July 2021
We are delighted to announce that we will reopen this Friday @ 2pm . We have been busy all week getting everything ready and we cannot wait to see everyone again , it has been way too long . At this stage we do not need to tell you that indoors is for vaccinated or recovered customers only ( not our rules , the government's) but our outdoor area is open to all so if you are not vaccinated just yet or you are waiting on your second dose you are still welcome. As usual we will have all the big sporting fixtures live though our famous trad sessions are not permitted as of yet unfortunately. It is going to be another little while before we are back to full normality but we will try and make it as normal as we can for you . See you Friday for a Moroney's welcome
See You All On July 5th 2021
Tuesday, 01 June 2021
It's hard to believe that we will be reopening our doors again on Monday July 5th. To say it has been a roller coaster of emotions since we had to close would be an understatement. We have lost customers and friends during this time without being able to say a proper goodbye but you will always be in our thoughts and never forgotten .
To all our loyal customers and friends at home and abroad we cannot wait to meet you all again and catch up . There must be a few interesting stories from the past 15 months :-) For all your kind comments and gestures over this period we thank you from the bottom of our hearts .
So until we meet again on July 5th stay safe and get ready for a welcome like you have never experienced before .
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
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