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 DÃ© 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 CÃ©ili 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.
Bringing Back The Past
Monday, 17 July 2023
Last week despite the broken weather ,well known Ennis painter Eddie Hayes gave the front of the bar a facelift . Eddie is an early riser and was down at 7am to wash down the front before getting started on the painting. Never short of a word Eddie was in full flow with the locals passing up and down when I arrived and as always did a tremendous job. Many moons ago, even before my time I was told that there was an old timber Guinness sign hanging on the front wall of the pub. It was always something that I thought would be nice to bring back but it had to be in keeping with the building. Ironically Maurice had sourced an old antique one which he got restored and was wondering if it could be erected on the front.
On Saturday morning his great friend Cully Fitzgerald along with fellow Turnpike native Eric Pyne did a wonderful job in mounting the sign and bringing back memories I was only told about by my late father Gerry. They also erected a new flagpole which the Tricolour now flies from in honour of the Irish Ladies Soccer team which kicks off its World Cup vs Australia on Thursday next at 11am. We sincerely thank Eddie, Cully and Eric for their skill and workmanship and to Maurice for bringing back memories of another era.
In the Photo Gallery under the heading Bringing Back The Past there are some photos of the works carried out.
Our Dear Friend John James Dooley
Monday, 03 July 2023
It was with deep shock and sadness that we heard on Friday last of the sudden passing of our dear friend and Ennis Leeds United Supporters Club colleague John Dooley. Every time one met John they were greeted with a broad smile, a big hello and for us Ennislusc members what's was happening with Leeds. He was a regular in Moroney's for the televised Leeds games often in the company of his great friend and Liverpool fan James Fenton. No matter how vociferous we would get roaring them on John would sit back and never get excited just smiling away. John came on club trips to Leeds with us, with his first being the Colchester game on 1st February 2010. He was ecstatic to finally see Elland Road and often said to me it was one chalked off his life's wishes.
John was a true Dubliner who enjoyed the magnificent run of All Ireland Football wins for The Dubs over the last ten years and no doubt he relieved the bookies of some cash. He certainly would have enjoyed Sunday's win over Mayo and hopefully he was looking from afar and smiling as was John's way.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his beloved daughter Gillian, his wife Mary, brother Tony, sisters Evonne and Marie along with his extended family and multitude of friends. Rest in peace dear friend. We were privileged to spend some wonderful times in your company. MARCHING ON TOGETHER
Congratulations And Happy Retirement Brian
Monday, 01 May 2023
This morning I rambled around the corner to wish our great friend and fellow Market publican Brian Kelly all the best on his retirement. Brian who has been a brilliant neighbour is stepping away from behind the counter after 34 years in the bar trade having taken over the premises on Chapel Lane in 1989 . All his many friends at Moroney's would like to take this opportunity to wish Brian long health and happiness on his retirement and many enjoyable hours on the golf course. We look forward to seeing Brian around The Market when he calls down to Kelly's but this time on the other side of the counter.
Congratulations Newmarket Celtic
Sunday, 30 April 2023
Yesterday in Jackman Park Limerick, Newmarket Celtic captured the blue ribbon of Irish Junior Football when they beat St Michael's ( Tipperary Town) in a gripping FAI Junior Cup Final. The great Avenue United team of the 90's set the template for others to follow when they were unluckily beaten in the final in 1990 by a superb Cherry Orchard side who won the cup on six occasions in eleven years. I had the privilege of being in Dalymount Park back then shouting on Mannix & co so it was great to finally see a Clare team lift the trophy. We sincerely congratulate all present and former Newmarket Celtic players & mentors on this historic achievement. Also not forgetting our two excellent barmen and Celtic supporters, Newmarket native Ronnie Delaney and Ger " Hanna" Hanrahan who was a brilliant midfielder with Celtic and were thrilled with this victory.
Artists Of Their Craft
Friday, 24 March 2023
As a tribute to two of Clare's outstanding hurlers of any era we recently commissioned Ennis artist Harry Guinane to paint two portraits of Eire Og's Shane O Donnell and Ballyea's Tony Kelly. Harry hails from St Joseph's Terrace on Carmody Street and is son of the late Sean who himself was an outstanding hurler, footballer and County Secretary took many hours painstakingly perfecting the portraits. We certainly are thrilled with them and they now take pride of place on the back wall in our outdoor area. In the photo of Harry himself can be seen an oil painting of Newhall Missile who won the Boylesports Greyhound Consolation Derby 2018 for owners Noel Coote and the late Colin Barry and trainer John Browne.
Check out our Photo Gallery to view the photos.
Moroney's Is The Place To Watch The Cheltenham Racing Festival
Monday, 13 March 2023
The pinnacle of the National Hunt season gets under way tomorrow as Cheltenham starts their four day festival meeting. Thousands of Irish travel over every year and here at home many take annual leave and make a week of it especially as St Patrick's Day falls on the last days racing. Here at Moroney's you won't miss any of the action on our seven TV screens where the atmosphere will be electric and craic second to none. Food will be provide each day along with free bets and a few surprises. Doors open at 12 noon each day and Maurice, Ronnie, Hanna ,Dan, Tomas and Dara will be on hand over the four days to cater for all your needs. Call to Moroney's the best place to watch racing in Ennis.
Happy New Year To All Our Loyal Customers And Friends
Sunday, 01 January 2023
All at Moroney's Bar, The Mall, Ennis would like to take this opportunity to thank all our loyal customers and friends both at home and abroad for their continued custom. It is you who has put Moroney's on the map and made it the popular pub that it is today for which 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 2023.
Happy Retirement Tony
Saturday, 10 December 2022
Last Friday evening saw one of the towns best known characters Tony McInerney retire from the Ennis Town Council Environment Department after 41 years service . Many people of all ages would know Tony from his thirty plus years serving as a Clare Soccer League Referee a role in which he was highly respected by both players, management and spectators alike. All his friends at Moroney's wish him long health and happiness in his retirement and Tony you can now forget about those 5am weekend starts !