Citizens Report American Irish Culture

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

Danahey on the Loose: Booze and other last-minute gift ideas

Danahey on the Loose: Booze and other last-minute gift ideas

Still Christmas shopping? Just buy booze. Otherwise, drink, then Uber over to Walmart. Or sit home in your underwear and make Jeff Bezos even richer as you order from Amazon and hope stuff arrives before Dec. 25. Whatever works. With so many choices these days, buying booze is as frustrating as trying to find something… Continue Reading

Danahey on the Loose with Santa

Danahey on the Loose with Santa

This Christmas season Best Fest Buddy Tom has fully embraced the role it seems he was born to play – Santa Claus. Sure, crazy ass actors like Christian Bale dramatically lose and gain weight over short periods of time to become characters. Tom, the more intense method actor, spent a good portion of his adult… Continue Reading