Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Danahey on the Loose through the New Year

Danahey on the Loose through the New Year

Happy Eastern Orthodox Christmas everybody! Happy New Year, too. To mark those occasions, best fest buddy Tom said he was going to be shaving off his beard on on before the Jan. 7 holiday. But no. The beard has been keeping him warm during the tundra time between regular old Christmas and the Orthodox one.… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Christmas

Danahey on the Loose at Christmas

Here’s my checklist of things I’ve been doing during the Christmas holly daze season, an aging fat guy’s attempts to get through a time of year when it gets dark before 4:30 p.m. First, I have a tradition of eating as many Thanksgiving dinners as I can get invited to attend. I frequently repeat this… Continue Reading

Danahey on the loose on ice, Crystal and otherwise

Danahey on the loose on ice, Crystal and otherwise

So I went to see Cirque du Soleil Crystal, the latest creation from the Canadian company known for reinventing the circus in ways the Ringling Brothers could never imagine, in ways that led the way for a new age of arena spectacles and which has become an empire onto its own. Cirque’s 42nd original production… Continue Reading

Chicago flag comes home to Westport!

Chicago, October 4, 2017. Representatives of “The Skinny & Houli Irish Radio Hour” will act as cultural attaches to the grandson of the late Chicago City Council Alderman James Ambrose Kearns when he travels to Ireland this October to present the City of Chicago flag to dignitaries in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. Kearns, also known… Continue Reading

3rd Annual IRISH AMERICAN MOVIE HOOLEY SEEKS 3rd FILM FOR FEST

When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a “hooley.” Barbara Scharres, program director of The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and Irish American radio personality Mike Houlihan announced two of their three selections for their third annual “Irish American Movie Hooley” at the Siskel Film Center September 29, 30th and October 1st… Continue Reading

Whiskey Classes Set for Irish American Heritage Center

Whiskey Classes Set for Irish American Heritage Center

In Ireland, the number of distilleries, either in production or under construction, has grown from a mere three to nearly 40 in just eight years. “There are now distilleries working in Dublin for the first time since the John Powers distillery shut down back in 1976. They even have an Irish Whiskey Museum in the… Continue Reading