Address: 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 HA89, Ireland
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Josie Hester RIP

Friday, 03 May 2024

It was with deep shock and sadness that on Wednesday last, news filtered through of the passing of our great friend and ex President of Ennislusc Joe ( Josie) Hester. I had only met Josie in The Market a few weeks back outside O Connor's Newsagents as he collected his weekly Clare Champion and the Connaught Tribune. A proud native of Mayo most of us got to know Josie in St Flannan's College where he taught French, and was well liked by all the students that had the pleasure of having him as a teacher. Indeed in my time in St Flannan's I had no idea that Josie was an avid Leeds supporter and was a mine of history on the club. It was only years later his great friend and teaching colleague the late John Finn said to me that Josie would like to join the supporters club.

I told John to bring Josie down to one of the Leeds televised matches in Moroney's where he'd be made very welcome. On entering the premises the first one to greet him was his ex pupil Brian Woods and thus Josie became an integral part of our club. One of our greatest days out as a club was on 3rd Jan 2010 when we hired a bus out to Teach Ol in Tulla to watch Man United play Leeds in the FA Cup and Josie was part of the 16 crew. Given Leeds's status back then we weren't given a chance but a late goal from Jermaine Beckford sealed a shock win for Leeds. To say we went hooting and hollering after the win is an understatement while Josie calm as ever smiled away and in a barely audible voice said " Johnny this is mighty "

Josie also travelled to Elland Road on club trips and was elected President of Ennislusc for the 2018/19 season something he was very proud of when receiving his chain of office. It was always a pleasure to meet Josie on the streets of Ennis, when he'd usually have a paper or book tucked under his arm. The conversation would revolve around his beloved Mayo footballers, Leeds United or how the Harty and Dean Ryan teams in St Flannan's were performing. Now following Mayo and Leeds Josie certainly went through the ringer. He would have loved this weekend with Mayo playing Galway in the Connacht Final while Leeds need a miracle to get automatic promotion but perhaps Josie might put in a word for us for that miracle.

Over 50 years since I entered the corridors of St Flannan's, I have the great pleasure of calling Josie a teacher, mentor and in later years a great friend who always had a smile on his face and was a pleasure to be in his company. Josie loved being a member of Ennislusc, meeting a whole new circle of like minded friends and all of us club members have lost a sincere friend who enhanced all our lives.

To his wife Mary, daughters Marie and Clare, brother Tom, sister Bernadette , nephew Robert and extended family we offer our sincere condolences on the passing of a beloved husband, dad and dear friend.

Rest In Peace Josie

En Marchant Ensemble Dans Le Feu!

Marching On Together

Moroney's April Gig Line Up

Monday, 01 April 2024

We are now beginning the second month of our new music gigs and we are delighted with the reception and feed back from customers and friends to the first months offering. The musicians / singers have been top class and we thank them sincerely for their excellent repertoire and top class gigs. The following is the gig line up for April :

Friday 5th The Rogues

Saturday 6th : Faye Moloney

Friday 12th : Sarah Croker

Saturday 13th : Bart Lever

Friday 19th : Ali Woodford

Saturday 20th : Sarah Croker

Friday 26th : The Rogues

Saturday 27th : Faye Moloney

Come to one of the gigs in Moroney's and you won't be disappointed.

Cheltenham Racing Festival At Moroney's

Monday, 11 March 2024

On Tuesday 12th March the top meeting of the National Hunt season kicks off at Cheltenham and you can watch all four days racing in Moroney's on our eight screens so you will miss none of the action. With such a strong Irish contingent heading over punters will be hoping that Willie Mullins, Gavin Cromwell, Martin Brassil and Henry de Bromhead to name but a few of the Irish trainers involved can help relieve the bookmakers of some cash as they back their charges. It promises to be an exciting week racing and if you can't head across the water then Moroney's is the next best place to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the craic while food will be provided each day to patrons.

Moroneys New Gig Line Up March 2024

Wednesday, 06 March 2024

Starting on Friday 8th March Moroney's Bar are delighted to bring a new brand of music to The Market with two gigs each weekend on a Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9pm . There has been a big demand for quite a while from patrons asking would it be possible to have some singer / guitarists playing the odd gig and in fairness to Maurice and Tomas they have run with this idea. Our regular Trad Session will now take place once a month on a Friday night.

The following is the schedule for March

Friday 8th March : Tommy Benn

Saturday 9th March : Sarah Croker

Friday 15th March : Marcus Moloney

Saturday 16th March : Fay Moloney

Friday 22nd March : Ali Woodford

Saturday 23rd March : Fay Moloney

Friday 29th March : Damien Gormley

Saturday 30th March : Bart Lever and Trish O Dea

So if you are looking forward to a good night out come to Moroney's and enjoy the music and craic.

Ennis Book Festival 2024

Tuesday, 20 February 2024

The annual Ennis Book Festival takes place in the town from Friday 1st March to Sunday 3rd March inclusive. It gives those who have a love of books and reading to attend book launches, readings and to socialise while visiting our beautiful town. Most of the events which are listed below take place in venues around the town from The Templegate, Glor, The Old Ground Hotel, The Courthouse, Ennis Book Shop and The County Library among others. There is also a walking tour of the town on Saturday morning with Jane O Brien and this is certainly a must do for those visiting the town for the weekend as it gives a tremendous history of Ennis. Best Wishes and continued success to all involved with this excellent festival.

We Are Human Too launch (Book Launch) Friday 1st March 12pm Venue: The Temple Gate Hotel Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed Edited by Anne Marie Flanagan. This ground-breaking book delves into the dark reality of neglect, abuse and deprivation of liberty faced by disabled people in Ireland.

Claire Kilroy and Sinead Gleeson in conversation with Edel Coffey Friday 1st March 4pm Venue: The Temple Gate Hotel Tickets: E13 ,E11 Conc. A fascinating coming together of talents, this event will be moderated by novelist and journalist, Edel Coffey (author of Breaking Point). Claire Kilroy returns with her first novel in 10 years, Soldier Sailor, a beautifully immersive foray into the chaotic early years of motherhood. Sinead Gleeson, essayist and journalist, whose soon-to-be released debut novel, Hagstone, draws us deep into the power of folklore, landscape and the feminine, joins Claire in conversation about the creative work they are each drawn to its and inspirations.

Walking Tour of Ennis with Jane O Brien Saturday 2 March 9.30am Venue: Meet at Glor. Tickets: E10 Join Jane O Brien on her award-winning walking tour of Ennis. Praised by the Lonely Planet as the best way to appreciate the town! Information & booking HERE

Books and Buns Quiz Saturday 2nd March 10am Venue: Temple Gate Hotel
Tickets: E15 Enjoy a Saturday morning book club gathering and test your knowledge of all things literary in our beloved Books and Buns session. Refreshments included, setting you up for a busy day!

Mark O Connell in conversation with Theo Dorgan Saturday 2nd March 10am Venue: Ennis Courthouse Tickets: E13, E11 Conc, Mark O Connell, author of A Thread of Violence in conversation with Theo Dorgan. With A Thread of Violence, O Connell has produced a probing portrait of one of the most notorious Irish murderers of the 20th century.

Beyond Borders Book Club Saturday 2nd March 2pm Venue: Temple Gate Hotel Tickets: Free of charge but ticketed. The Beyond Borders Book Club is a celebration of great literature from countries beyond Ireland, recommended by guests who have connections to the places discussed in these writings. Guest panelists Sree Sen, Nandi Jola and Natasha Remoundou will take part in a discussion with writer Sarah Clancy, focusing on books from India, South Africa and Greece.

Clare Youth Theatre Performance Saturday 2nd March 2pm Venue: Glor Studio Tickets: Free of charge but ticketed Clare Youth Theatre perform an extract from Mirrored in the Forest, a voyage of discovery and reflection.

Dani Gill and Alice Kinsella Saturday 2nd March 4pm Venue: Ennis Courthouse Tickets: E13, E11 Conc. Dani Gill and Alice Kinsella explore maternal lineage in their work.

Clare-based writers John Lillis & Darragh McKeon & Tara Smith in conversation with Martina Durac Saturday 2nd March 4pm Venue: Temple Gate Hotel Tickets: 13 , 11 Conc. Ennis Book Club Festival celebrates Clare-based writers John Lillis, Darragh McKeon and Tara Smith in conversation with Festival Director Martina Durac.

Ronan Snodaigh & Myles O Reilly Saturday 2nd March 9.30pm Venue: The Old Ground Hotel Banner Room Tickets: E16, E14 Conc. Wind down with a magical concert featuring Ronan Snodaigh and Myles O Reilly, along with some surprise guests, and the duo's soulful blend of folk, traditional, and ambient music.

Mary Ellen Hodgins Reading and Poetry Collective Sunday 3rd March 9am Venue: Record Break Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed A reading by Mary Ellen Hodgins from her new book, Life and Other Poems, followed by the Poetry Collective Open Mic. Information & booking HERE

Hush Hour Sunday 3rd March 9.30am Venue: Sweet N Green Cafe Tickets: Free of charge and ticketed Step into Hush Hour, a reading party that redefines social gatherings for book lovers. Leave behind the noise of the outside and join us in a serene space filled with the soft rustle of pages and contemplative conversations.

Literary Lunch with Theo Dorgan Sunday 3rd March 1.30pm Venue: Old Ground Banner room Tickets: E30 Join guest of honour poet, librettist, documentary writer, essayist, novelist and translator, Theo Dorgan for a literary lunch in the relaxing surroundings of The Old Ground Hotel.

Events for Children and Young Adults

Paula Meehan event for Secondary Schools Friday 1st March 10am Venue: Glor Tickets: Free of charge but pre-booking required As a poet whose powerful work is suffused with themes of family and community, the oral tradition and vibrant and forceful language, we are pleased to invite Paula Meehan to EBCF in 2024. Her poetry appears on the school syllabus and adds great depth and colour to our understanding of life in Ireland.

Children's Bookclub event, Ellen Ryan in conversation with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald Friday 1st March 12pm Venue: Glor Tickets: Free of charge but pre-booking required Ellen Ryan, award-winning children's writer, will be in conversation with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald on her new book, Gods Don't Cry, which features a cast of male gods and immortals with connections all over Ireland and beyond.

Ellen Ryan Gods Don't Cry Saturday 2nd March 12pm Venue: Glor Studio Tickets: Free of charge but pre-booking required An exciting event with Ellen Ryan as she explores the remarkable journey she went on when researching her book, Gods Don't Cry.

Happy New Year to All Our Loyal Customers and Friends

Monday, 01 January 2024

As we say goodbye to another year we at Moroney's Bar, Market Street, Ennis would like to take this opportunity to THANK ALL our loyal customers and friends both at home and abroad for your continued patronage which we truly appreciate. As we always say it is you who make the bar and for that we are eternally grateful.

Happy New Year and Sincere Best Wishes from Maurice, Tomas, Ronnie, Hanna and Dan. Looking forward to seeing you all in 2024.

Ennis Trad Festival 9th -13th November 2023

Thursday, 09 November 2023

Despite the inclement weather, lack of accommodation for visiting musicians the Ennis Trad Festival kick off this evening in the Queen's Hotel with the festival launch and this year's event promises to be a great spectacle. Given these dark wintry evenings what better way to enjoy them than going out to hear the many top class musicians playing on the session trail around the town. As always there is a huge array of events from CD launches, master classes in fiddle, accordion, concertina, flute, sean nos dancing and singing, Teen Trad disco, Trad quiz and of course the pub session trail.

Maurice and Tomas Walsh have put together a great line up over the weekend at Moroney's which includes three sessions on Saturday alone. The following is the list of trad sessions at Moroney's for the Trad Festival :

6:30pm Fri 10 Nov 2023 : Ornaith Lynch, Andrew McNamara, Pat Quinn & Brian Murphy

9:30pm Fri 10 Nov 2023 : Marcus Moloney, Kieran Kissane & Martin Dermody

2.00 pm Sat 11 Nov 2023 : Rebecca Collins, Alan Reid, Vincent Fogarty, Shannon Heaton & Kieran Kissane

7.00pm Sat 11 Nov 2023 : Daragh Murphy, Josie Nugent, Kate Moloney,& Richie Lyons

6.00pm Sun 12 Nov 2023 : Rebecca Collins, Aishling Lyons, Alan Reid & Michele Cavazzini

8.00pm Sun 12 Nov 2023 : Ornaith Lynch, Conor Arkins, Martin Nolan & Ruadhrai O’Kane

This is a great opportunity to hear some excellent musicians and enjoy a feast of top class music. Best wishes and continued success to the Ennis Trad Festival and committee from all at Moroney's

Happy Retirement Johnny Murphy

Sunday, 29 October 2023

On Saturday afternoon Johnny " Shoes" Murphy retired from his shoe maker repair shop in the Upper Market and so saw the loss of another well known Ennis family business. The business was started in July 1956 by Johnny's late father John Snr and was located on 59 O Connell Street , Ennis which was formerly known as The Forester's Club. As a young lad Johnny used serve Mass in The Friary and his late mother Breda used tell him when he was finished there to go up and help his father in the shop. In the Summer of 1980 after completing his Leaving Certificate in Ennis CBS Johnny started work in the shop alongside his father on the 21st June and 43 years later brings down the curtain on a fantastic career serving the people of Ennis, Clare. and afar.

In 2002 the shop moved to Cronin's Yard in the Upper Market which many Townies of a certain vintage will remember as Kelly's Coal yard . Their other business neighbours at the time included Jim Casey Trophies, Sean Spellissy 's book shop, a tattoo parlour and C Signs . The Murphys specialised in shoe repair, leather repair, handbags and even hurling helmets . Prior to the 1995 All Ireland Hurling Final ,Seanie McMahon had his helmet repaired by Johnny which lead to an influx of young hurlers down the years dropping in their own helmets for repairs. Indeed one of Johnny's last jobs was to repair a fiddle case which was once owned by Liam Mellows a TD in the first Dail and who was executed in 1922. Over the last weeks many of Johnny's customers have dropped in to wish him " Good Luck " on his retirement including his lifelong school friends Gearoid " Mannix " Mannion, Paddy " Harvey" Smyth and Noel Galvin. Johnny is looking forward to his retirement to spend more time with his wife Bernie, his children , grandchildren and also playing a few rounds of golf, following the fortunes Clare hurlers and of course his boyhood team Leeds United .

His many friends at Moroney's & Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club would like to take this opportunity to wish Johnny long health and happiness on his retirement . His presence will certainly be missed from The Market as his shop was always a stop off for a chat after a game or catch up not to mind getting the shoes re heeled or soled. As the anthem of his beloved team says " Marching On Together " . Call in when you're passing Johnny .

Check out the Photo Gallery under the heading Happy Retirement Johnny Murphy where there are 15 photos to view.

PJ Kelly, Townie, Gentleman RIP

Tuesday, 12 September 2023

It was with deep sadness on Sunday last that we heard of the sad passing of one of life's most courteous gentleman and fellow Ennis publican PJ Kelly. I first got to know PJ when I started working in Shannon Airport in the late 70's and he was working in the Flight Kitchen. On my first day of employment as I walked nervously through the Flight Kitchen PJ shouted out " Welcome to the base young Moroney and in the next breath had you breakfast yet ". Suffice to say I never went hungry there and thanks to the kindness and welcoming of PJ on my first day in employment it opened up a whole new world and set me up for a long career in Shannon. PJ was a big sports fan and loved hurling , soccer or a flutter on the horses. Indeed many is the winner he passed on to us over the years due to his great connections in the industry.

In April 2013 Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club ran The Mike Mac Golf Classic at Ennis Golf Club and we had John Giles down as guest of honour. My good friend Cyril " Slim" Corry asked would I drop John up to Kelly's to meet the locals and PJ who was a big fan of JG. On seeing the ex Man United & Leeds United great PJ 's eyes lit up and Giles was ushered in behind the counter for a photo. It was a lovely moment and on leaving the bar PJ shook my hand and said that it was a wonderful surprise to meet one of Ireland's greatest soccer players. I felt in a small way that I had made PJ's day just as he had done for me all those years ago in Shannon Airport.

To PJ's beloved wife Suzanne , children John, Emer, Alan and Sarah , extended family, friends and customers we the staff and patrons of Moroney's Bar extend our deepest sympathy on the passing of a wonderful gentleman . Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

Hall Of Fame Award For Kieran Hanrahan

Monday, 04 September 2023

One of Ennis's finest musicians Kieran Hanrahan was recognized with a Hall of Fame Award from the Clare Association Dublin at a ceremony in The Falls Hotel Ennistymon on Saturday night last. Kieran of the famed Stockton's Wing and RTE Radio's programme Céili House was honoured for his dedication and promotion of traditional music both at home and abroad. Hailing from St Michael's Villas, Kieran along with fellow Villas native Paul Roche, Maurice Lennon, Tommy Hayes and Tony Cullinan formed the famed Stockton's Wing band in 1977 and was later joined by his singer songwriter brother Michael. Kieran's family are steeped in traditional music, having inherited their love of music from their later parents Jackie and Mary Hanrahan. Brothers Joe and John are also accomplished musicians while Ger "Hanna" Hanrahan better noted for his soccer prowess played the drums when a group from St Michael's Villas won the Ceili Band title at Fleadh Cheoil Na hEireann. We congratulate Kieran on his award and salute all those musicians from Ennis and Clare who make us all so proud of our musical heritage.

Gerry Moroney


Gerry Moroney


You can find Moroney's Bar at 9 Lower Market Street, Ennis, Co. Clare, V95 HA89, Ireland. Take a look at the map below!

Map of Ennis showing location of Moroney's Bar