Danahey on the Loose at Paradise Square

The Broadway-bound musical Paradise Square is not based on Meatloaf’s Paradise by the Dashboard Light. And if you have two tickets to Paradise Square at the Nederlander in Chicago, please, for your show date’s sake, don’t start singing along to Eddie Money’s hit from the late 1970s. Glad we got that out of the way. […]

Nothing better than an Irish audience

I’ve been traveling to Ireland every year consecutively since 2013, and just returned last month from my 10th trip back into the arms of Kathleen ni Houlihan. She never disappoints. Usually I’m lucky enough to have between a dozen and forty companions on these journeys but Covid kissed all that goodbye. Most people were too […]

Danahey on the Loose @ 40th MKE Irish Fest

We hit the 40th MKE Irish Fest this past Friday. It was a kilt-less journey as to not scare children or frighten farm animals. As is our custom, my friends and I traveled from the northwest Chicago suburbs to MKE Irish Fest via Route 31 and through the tiny Illinois-Wisconsin border town of Richmond, IL. […]

Irish America Claims Chicago Flag!

Hibernian Media is in the final stages of editing their masterpiece IN SEARCH OF WEEPING JIM, the story of the late 31st Ward Chicago Alderman James Ambrose Kearns and his role as the “father of the Chicago flag.” The film is financed by the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago and other generous donors. Kearns […]

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 […]

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 […]

Richard The Driehaus

Richard the Driehaus By Mike Houlihan, Special to The Irish American News  He was my Hail Mary in a chaotic life of show biz risks taken while walking the tight rope over a pond of snapping gators. I was tapioca in 2009 and driving a limo to survive. The bank was threatening foreclosure. I’d moved […]

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 […]

Danahey on the Loose During Problem Gambling Awareness Month

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month. No, it’s not because of St. Patrick’s Day and the alleged luck of the Irish. The luck of the Irish apparently was malarkey about how Irish migrant miners seemed to find good fortune during the Gold Rush in the American West back in the 1800s. It implied that the […]

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. […]

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. […]