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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

Advent 2020 with Danahey on the Loose

Advent 2020 with Danahey on the Loose

Good Lord, I can be lazy. It’s been almost three months since I posted here on Free Craic. So I’m using Advent as a good excuse as any to get back on track. I’m even wearing a purple shirt while I write it. I washed the top in soap that smells like a votive candle,… Continue Reading

3rd Annual Hibernian Hooligan Ball at Cork & Kerry Irish Pub

Hibernian Media will host their annual Hibernian Hooligan Ball on Sunday Dec. 27th, from 3-7PM at Cork & Kerry Irish Pub, 10614 South Western in Chicago. This year’s shindig features a variety of terrific Irish talent, including The Larkin & Moran Bros, Liam Durkin, Jimmy Cloonan & Friends, Irish fiddler Lexia Kennedy, Irish dancer Tadgh… Continue Reading

Hibernian Media’s Optimism Shines Through Pandemic

By Izzy Cusack Empresario Mike “Houli” Houlihan can’t wait to put 2020 behind him. “Thank God the Year of Living Dangerously will soon be over!” Houlihan founded his public charity in 2013 and dedicated their work to “telling stories to enlighten future generations while honoring our ancestors”. He’s an evangelist for Irish culture and up… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose: The Commitments outdoors at the IAHC

Danahey on the Loose: The Commitments outdoors at the IAHC

  Last Saturday (Sept. 19), I drove to the Irish American Heritage Center for an outdoor screening of The Commitments. It marked my first time heading to Chicago since March 8 and a trip to Chinatown. Raised Catholic and following science, I’ve been a good boy, staying very local during the pandemic, but for a… Continue Reading

Hibernian Radio Launches Police Pub Tour

Hibernian Media Chairman Mike Houlihan is launching a promotional tour of Chicagoland’s Irish Pubs as he continues to salute local Irish First Responders on his weekly show, Hibernian Radio Hour, which is broadcast every Saturday night from 7-8PM on WSBC 1240AM and podcast at hibernianradio.org “We started the show in 2019 to honor our Irish… Continue Reading