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Return to Ireland with Skinny and Houli: Oct. 20 – 26, 2024

“We’re getting’ the band back together!” With this quote from  the legendary Blues Brothers, Irish radio superstars Jim “Skinny” Sheahan and Mike “Houli” Houlihan have announced their return to Ireland this October. Hosts to many trips to Eire from 2013-2022, which involved hilarious hijinks (Skinny caught swiping a pillow from the Europa Hotel in Belfast… Continue Reading

Pretty Woman and the Irish couple on tour with it

Pretty Woman and the Irish couple on tour with it

  When the Broadway musical version of the 1990 rom-com blockbuster movie Pretty Woman hits Chicago March 12 through March 17, it will bring a touch of Ireland along with it. Music director Shane Ffrench hails from Wexford, while company manager Rachael Ffrench is from Limerick. Unlike the fanciful, Pygmalion-like, weirdly problematic way the couple… Continue Reading

Legoland with Danahey on the Loose

Legoland with Danahey on the Loose

A festive visit to Legoland provided the latest adventure for me and the Dilly Dally Dawdlers. The Dilly Dally Dawdlers is what I sometimes call Best Fest Buddy Tom’s three grandkids.  It’s also the working title for the book the four of us may or may not one day write. (NOTE: I can’t call them… Continue Reading

Chicago Scots get $14 million donation to transform its senior living facility

Chicago Scots get $14 million donation to transform its senior living facility

The Chicago Scots, Illinois’ first and oldest non-profit organization, recently received a foundational $14 million gift from The Negaunee Foundation to launch a program to meet the future unmet needs of Chicago’s senior population. This is the largest donation in the organization’s 178-year history. It will  enable the Chicago Scots to begin a campaign to… Continue Reading