Citizens Report American Irish Culture

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

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