Citizens Report American Irish Culture

Danahey on the Loose In A Face Mask

Danahey on the Loose In A Face Mask

Illinois Gov. J.B. “Jelly Belly” Pritzker last week came up with a face mask mandate. Come May 1, people must cover their faces in public places where they probably will wind up close to others. I’ll be using mine on trips to the bathroom. That’s a different story. According to Pritzker’s edict, you need to… Continue Reading

Danahey NOT On the Loose: When I Met Brian Dennehy

Danahey NOT On the Loose: When I Met Brian Dennehy

Actor Brian Dennehy passed away April 15 at the age of 81. The prior link takes you to a fine news obit. This upcoming one leads to the Goodman Theatre tribute. I had the good fortune to see him perform in five different productions staged in Chicago.  Back in 1998 Dennehy starred as beleaguered Willy… Continue Reading

Danahey NOT on the Loose: A Coronavirus Chronicle

Danahey NOT on the Loose: A Coronavirus Chronicle

Welcome to my not-so-novel coronavirus chronicle. It’s just like Narnia, sans the lion, the witch and the wardrobe. How are things in your little corner of the quarantine, your safe space shelter-in-place? I’m fortunate enough to have a 5-year-old serving as my life coach through all this. She’s way better than the dimwits you find on… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose Beyond Green Beer

Danahey on the Loose Beyond Green Beer

Green beer? With all the nonsense going on in the world right now, you can’t blame anyone for wanting to have a drink or 200. But come St. Patrick’s Day season why green beer? Yes, I get it. For some in the US, the March holiday merely provides another reason to imbibe. It’s Irish Mardi… Continue Reading

Danahey On The Loose Toasts A History of Irish Whiskey

Danahey On The Loose Toasts A History of Irish Whiskey

Whiskey. Whiskey. I had to say it for SEO purposes.  No. I am not drinking while I write this. You mention your topic word ASAP. That’s a rule these days. Past that, come Sunday, it’s March – the lion, the lamb, the shamrock, boring basketball and the water of life You know because McDonald’s is… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at Riverdance 25

Danahey on the Loose at Riverdance 25

I headed to see Riverdance 25 Tuesday night with Irish buddy Shay Clarke. Dundee-Crown High School staged it. Very innovative. Set along the Fox River. No dancing. Interpretive kayaking at the local park district pool, instead. Ok, we went downtown to the Cadillac Palace Theatre for the 25th anniversary version of the Irish music-and-dance spectacle… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose with stuff for Super Bowl Sunday

Danahey on the Loose with stuff for Super Bowl Sunday

By Super Bowl Sunday, after nine dreary days, we’re finally supposed to see the sun again. For your health’s sake get outside during the day, and sprinkle some Vitamin D on your nachos before gametime. Be thankful there’s not a blizzard like in 2015. That Super Bowl Sunday I braved the storm, walking from Best… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose at the Funeral for Father Manny

Danahey on the Loose at the Funeral for Father Manny

Last Friday, Tom, his dad and I attended the funeral mass for Father Manny Gomez. Gomez’s official title was parochial vicar at St. Monica Catholic Church in Carpentersville. I knew him as the guy who said 9:30 a.m. mass on Sundays. He had only been at St. Monica’s for a few years, as the Rockford… Continue Reading