Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Irish America Claims Chicago Flag!

Irish America Claims Chicago Flag!

Hibernian Media is in the final stages of editing their masterpiece IN SEARCH OF WEEPING JIM, the story of the late 31st Ward Chicago Alderman James Ambrose Kearns and his role as the “father of the Chicago flag.” The film is financed by the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago and other generous donors. Kearns… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Paradise Square

Danahey on the Loose at Paradise Square

The Broadway-bound musical Paradise Square is not based on Meatloaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light. And if you have two tickets to Paradise Square at the Nederlander in Chicago, please, for your show date’s sake, don’t start singing along to Eddie Money’s hit from the late 1970s. Glad we got that out of the way.… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose @ 40th MKE Irish Fest

Danahey on the Loose @ 40th MKE Irish Fest

We hit the 40th MKE Irish Fest this past Friday. It was a kilt-less journey as to not scare children or frighten farm animals. As is our custom, my friends and I traveled from the northwest Chicago suburbs to MKE Irish Fest via Route 31 and through the tiny Illinois-Wisconsin border town of Richmond, IL.… Continue Reading

Rose Plays Julie

Rose Plays Julie For those looking for artistic descendants of Alfred Hitchcock and his unique style, building suspense and sometimes horror, check out Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor’s Irish film ROSE PLAYS JULIE. The film is now running virtually as part of the Gene Siskel Film Center’s “From Your Sofa” series. Ann Skelly delivers an… Continue Reading

The Legend of an Irish Button Accordion Player

by James Cloonan When my father, Patrick Cloonan, read Josephine Colman’s article, in the Irish American News, about her father-in-law’s travels , it brought back many memories for 89 year old Patrick. Patrick, at only 16 years of age, left Lettermullan Connemara and headed over to England with his older brother Colman to fill the… Continue Reading

Houli throwing a Paddy’s Day Hooley

March coming in like a lion for Hibernian Media     Hibernian Media, the tiny public charity dedicated to Irish and Irish American culture, has a great lineup of entertainment planned for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond.   “We tell stories to enlighten future generations while honoring our ancestors.”, says Hibernian Chairman Mike “Houli” Houlihan.… Continue Reading

Daycare Dinosaur Danahey on the Loose

Daycare Dinosaur Danahey on the Loose

Reminders of my daycare days: A wicker basket holding plastic building blocks rests on my living room floor, next to a stack of children’s books and a big old teddy bear. Little Marshall, the firefighting Paw Patrol dog, sits in his rig parked on my TV stand. Sippy cups hide somewhere in my modest apartment.… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose with those Pesky Christmas Ghosts

Danahey on the Loose with those Pesky Christmas Ghosts

It’s easy to feel haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past this year, even more so than usual. Dickens aside, while some spirits come from Stephen King, others hail from the likes of Harvey Comics, Tim Burton,  Harold Ramis and a legion of others. Either way, for some reason – maybe with all the uncertainty… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose: RIP Ed Dees and All Your Jazz

Danahey on the Loose: RIP Ed Dees and All Your Jazz

As a young man from Mississipp, Ed Dees learned to love jazz while serving in the military and stationed in Japan. To paraphrase a standard from the Great American Songbook, what a wonderful world. So wonderful it could be, sometimes. In fact, Ed said he once met jazz legend Louis Armstrong, who, of course, recorded… Continue Reading