Danahey on the Loose at Christmas

Here’s my checklist of things I’ve been doing during the Christmas holly daze season, an aging fat guy’s attempts to get through a time of year when it gets dark before 4:30 p.m. First, I have a tradition of eating as many Thanksgiving dinners as I can get invited to attend. I frequently repeat this […]

Houli’s 69th Birthday!

Today is my 69th birthday! These days a proclamation like that could get me into trouble. But it’s legit, I was born on December 16, 1948. Soixante-neuf is how it’s pronounced in French, and the mere mention of that number has triggered wry smiles and raised eyebrows going all the way back to the Kama […]

Danahey on the loose on ice, Crystal and otherwise

So I went to see Cirque du Soleil Crystal, the latest creation from the Canadian company known for reinventing the circus in ways the Ringling Brothers could never imagine, in ways that led the way for a new age of arena spectacles and which has become an empire onto its own. Cirque’s 42nd original production […]

Chicago flag comes home to Westport!

Chicago, October 4, 2017. Representatives of “The Skinny & Houli Irish Radio Hour” will act as cultural attaches to the grandson of the late Chicago City Council Alderman James Ambrose Kearns when he travels to Ireland this October to present the City of Chicago flag to dignitaries in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland. Kearns, also known […]

Danahey On the Loose: Finally mooning over the solar eclipse

It’s been just a little more than a year since I went on one of those trips that makes it hard to come back from a vacation – a trip to Ireland where it reached the 80s the last day, and Killiney Hill seemed like California or the Mediterranean. Facebook reminded me of that trip, […]

Nothin’s on the Square

NEW BOOK PROVES POLITICS “AIN’T BEANBAG” “NOTHIN’S ON THE SQUARE: 82 DAYS ON THE MAYORAL CAMPAIGN TRAIL, MAKING HISTORY IN CHICAGO 2015” NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AND WITH SELECTED RETAILERS. Chicago, IL – July 30, 2017- Wanna know what really went on behind closed doors during the 2015 Campaign? Here it is, in all its ugly […]

Houli’s new book is on the street!

Hi everybody, it’s been awhile since I posted anything. Actually almost a year! But now I am back! Yeah, with a vengeance, ha ha. Wanted to let everybody know my new book, NOTHIN’S ON THE SQUARE, 82 Days on the Mayoral Campaign Trail, Making History in Chicago 2015, is now out and ready to read. […]

Danahey on the Loose: A summer Netflix fest series idea for Tom

I’ve decided it’s time for Best Fest Buddy Tom to heed his true calling and become the star of his own Netflix series. The premise: Tom goes undercover at parties and festivals to solve crimes, sort of like Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote meets Miami Vice or 21 Jump Street or Charlie’s Singular Cherub […]


When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a “hooley.” Barbara Scharres, program director of The Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, and Irish American radio personality Mike Houlihan announced two of their three selections for their third annual “Irish American Movie Hooley” at the Siskel Film Center September 29, 30th and October 1st […]

Danahey on the Loose: A Look Back at St. Patrick’s Month

To which frat did St. Patrick belong? That question popped into my head a few weekends ago as I was working as a doorman at some friends’ pub, checking IDs and watching the drunks amble by as the festivities began in earnest almost a full week before the actual holiday. Nothing says Ireland like a […]

Notes for upcoming whiskey classes at Irish American Heritage Center

So best fest buddy Tom and I took the first of the Irish whiskey classes last weekend at the Irish American Heritage Center – after lunch at a Polish place and before heading out for a pasta dinner. That’s how we roll – and we roll because we’re big guys and it’s tough to walk […]

Whiskey Classes Set for Irish American Heritage Center

In Ireland, the number of distilleries, either in production or under construction, has grown from a mere three to nearly 40 in just eight years. “There are now distilleries working in Dublin for the first time since the John Powers distillery shut down back in 1976. They even have an Irish Whiskey Museum in the […]