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
Newhall Missile Wins On Comeback
Sunday, 03 March 2019
After being off the track since last November Newhall Missile returned to action at Shelbourne Park last night and beat a top class field on his comeback from a neck injury he sustained in the St Ledger in Limerick last November. Despite missing his customary fast break ( from Trap 2) and getting bumped at the third bend he got up by a short head on the line. His owners Colin Barry and Noel Coote could not be in attendance as Colin is just recently out of hospital but they watched it live on the IGB website with all the Barry family roaring him home.
Once again The Missile was not rated by the bookmakers as he was returned at odds of 5/1 much to the delight of his faithful followers. Huge kudos to his trainer John Browne who has been extremely patient with Missile's recovery. Like all top athletes, greyhounds have to be checked out regularly by physiotherapists and the equivalent of a chiropractor as minor injuries can mean the difference of a length or two on the track. While a hurler can complain of a niggle here and there, the greyhound has to endure his pain in silence, so regular checks are essential to their well being.
Well done to Colin, Noel and John from all your friends in Moroney's and look forward to more great nights with The Missile in the months ahead.
Moroney's Bar Wins Ennis Tidy Towns Business Award
Wednesday, 16 January 2019
At the recent Ennis Tidy Town Awards held in the Ennis Town Council Offices in Waterpark House, Moroney's Bar were the recipients of the Business Award for the Market Street Area. The judging for this award is based on the appearance of the building including painting, signage, flowers and the general appearance of the building as a whole. During the summer the two chimney stacks on the building which contain six chimney pots each and are listed ( all works have to be sanctioned by the conservation officer before they can be carried out) were repaired and now are an eye catching feature whether you come down the Market or enter it from O Connell Street.
We at Moroney'a are thrilled with the award and would like to thank all those who worked on the building during the year as the award is a thank you for your professional skills. Also to our loyal customers both at home and abroad who's patronage is so much appreciated , this is also a Thank You to you. Mile Buiochas one and all.
Firestorm Ellie Wins Bitch Of The Year 2018 At Limerick Greyhound Track
Sunday, 06 January 2019
Last night at Limerick Greyhound Track on the Dock Road, Firestorm Ellie owned by Mike McNamara and Johnny Moroney was crowned Bitch of The Year by the Limerick & Clare Greyhound Owners & Breeders Association. Ellie takes the award having won 8 times, being 2nd twice and 3rd on eight occasions during 2018 season and is trained in Tulla by Mike's son Donnacha. Indeed Donnacha only took out his trainers licence in January 2018 so this is a fantastic kick start to his career. This is a real Market Street affair as Mike was a neighbour of Johnny's in the Market in his youth where his parents had a public house between Moroney's and Paddy Quinn's before moving out to reside in Tulla.
Firestorm is the prefix that Johnny and Mike run their dogs under and Ellie was named by Johnny's wife Marian after singer songwriter Ellie Goulding. Others that have run under the prefix are Marina, Puma, Swift, Ruby, Flash, Arrow and Fury. Hopefully there are a few more wins to come from Ellie and we look forward to seeing her race in the coming months.
You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!