Doctor Who convention with Danahey on the loose, playing detective

Over Thanksgiving weekend, Best Fest Buddy Tom and I wound up playing detective for a bit, going undercover to see if we could solve the mystery of a missing door panel. We even wore disguises. Tom dressed as an Anglo school boy, donning short pants, Vans and a sport coat with patches on the elbows. […]

Reclaim the Chicago flag for the Irish Diaspora

Reclaim the Chicago Flag for the Irish Diaspo Claiming the Chicago Flag for Irish America! Chicago’s Irish and Irish American community have cause to celebrate on Friday October 7th when the Chicago Cultural Alliance will screen the film IN SEARCH OF WEEPING JIM in their “Journey Chicago” program at The Irish American Heritage Center that […]

The Drum Corps International semifinals, with Danahey on the loose

If Aaron Rodgers ever picked out the halftime entertainment for a Packers game and based it on his mind-altering experience with Peruvian ayahuasca it might look like a Drum Corps International  (DCI) competition. What’s DCI, you say? Well, Louis Armstrong apparently said if you have to ask what jazz is, well, you’ll never know. Or […]

I Got Your Pierogi Right Here, Mister: Danahey on the Loose

Dear people who put on the Pierogi Fest in Whiting, Indiana: Two of my buddies and I have a proposition for you. With Mr. Pierogi retiring after 25 years as the mascot and hopeful symbol of your tasty festival, Tom, Mark and I would like to put our names in the pot of slightly salted […]

The Great McGinty to the rescue!

When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a “hooley!”   In 1941, Irish American screenwriter/director Preston Sturges won the Oscar for Best Screenplay of his film THE GREAT McGINTY. Fans of the 8th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley Film Festival, the only Irish American film festival in existence, will have the opportunity to […]

The Great McGinty to the rescue!

“When a party gets rowdy, the Irish call it a ‘hooley!” In 1941, Irish American screenwriter/director Preston Sturges won the Oscar for Best Screenplay of his film THE GREAT McGINTY. Fans of the 8th Annual Irish American Movie Hooley Film Festival, the only Irish American film festival in existence, will have the opportunity to see […]

Danahey on the Loose, a week past the Highland Games and Bloomsday

  It’s already been a week since the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Itasca – and a few days longer still since Bloomsday. You know Bloomsday. July 16, 1904, the day on which James Joyce sets “Ulysses”, which was published in 1922. You’re reading an Irish blog. You should know that! Right? Wasn’t Paul […]

Michele McGuire back on South Side

Hibenian Radio Hour is proud to announce a very special musical guest on the show this Wed. June 22nd at Cork & Kerry Irish Pub, 10614 South Western Ave in the heart of Beverly. The show is dedicated to Irish First Responders; cops, firefighters, paramedics and nurses and host Mike “Houli” Houlihan says, “We met […]

Danahey on the Loose about To Kill A Mockingbird

  The Broadway tour of To Kill A Mockingbird, Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel, just ended its stay in Chicago. Toward the beginning of the play, one of my initial thoughts was that Richard Thomas, who stars as Atticus Finch, is way shorter than he looks on TV. But things frequently aren’t […]

Yank Producer Runs Amok in Cannes!

Mike, I need a producer for my new movie would you be interested? We are shooting in Cannes May 15-20. Uh…wait…what? Do I want to shoot a film in Cannes on the Ides of May? What could go wrong? If interested let me know and we do a call urgent! The text messages above were […]

Danahey on the Loose with Fiddler on the Roof Chicago guy, Jack O’Brien

Actor Jack O’Brien comes to Chicago soon with the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof – and for a brief homecoming. “I was here with Fiddler in 2018 at Christmastime and saw my family then. They are so ready to see more live theater,” O’Brien said. So much so, O’Brien said, that 20 friends […]

Irish Theatre of Chicago back on the boards with Molly Sweeney

After a two-year, COVID-19-related hiatus, Irish Theatre of Chicago recently returned to the stage with Brian Friel’s Molly Sweeney. The drama runs now through May 8 at the Chopin Theatre in Wicker Park. Mounting a show in what are sort-of post-pandemic times has been amazing and terrifying, said the show’s director, Siiri Scott. “We test […]

Danahey on the Loose at Celtic Woman and Six

Best Fest Buddy Tom and I recently headed out to the Rosemont Theatre to see the latest incarnation of Celtic Woman. With the pandemic apparently sort of over (or whatever the hell this phase might be), the act is once again on tour. This time it’s to support their most recent album, Postcards from Ireland. […]

St. Patrick’s season, with toddlers: Danahey on the Loose

  I spent a good portion of St. Patrick’s season with toddlers, and I’m glad that’s over. No, not the hanging with kids part, which continues. St. Patrick’s season, though: do they really need to be holding parades the first weekend in March for it? Who in their right mind drinks green beer? Corned beef […]

St. Patrick’s Day 2022

The other night Saint Patrick was snoozing in heaven after falling asleep watching the TV show “The First 48” when the GOD PHONE next to his couch began insistently buzzing off its hook. St. Patrick stirred from his slumber and eyeballed the red phone, which hadn’t rung in many years. He mumbled to himself, “Uh […]

Danahey on the Loose in Hadestown, with Ed Sheeran (sort of)

  By Mike Danahey Ash Wednesday was the perfect day to take in the opening night for the tour of the Tony-winning Broadway musical “Hadestown,” which plays the CIBC Theatre  in the Loop through March 13. For starters, the show is set in a sort-of Depression era, sort-of Apocalyptic New Orleans that seems to be […]

Danahey on the Loose at “Come From Away”

  Heading to the parking garage Wednesday night after seeing the musical “Come From Away” at the Cadillac Palace Theatre, I had a flashback. A few days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, I went downtown to see the original touring production of “The Full Monty” at the Shubert. The Loop was eerily […]

With Apologies to Finley Peter Dunne

The other night in a dream I was visited by the ghost of my ancient Irish mythological grandfather, Ferocious Frank O’Hooligan. Frank was a Chicago cop, born in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland back in 1939. Ferocious Frank O’Hooligan, was the seventh son of Finbar and Mary O’Hooligan. The family emigrated to Chicago in 1946 where […]

Break out the Bobble-heads!

Chicago White Sox Director of Public Relations, Sheena Quinn, hit a home run this week with the announcement of their latest bobble head, “Cane-Guy”. This is the best news since the announcement of Minnie Minoso finally being inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame. “Cane-Guy” is Northbrook’s Rob Holt, the rabid septuagenarian White Sox fan who […]

Irish Film Star John Connors hits Chicago Jan. 21-23!

Irish Film Hibernian Media hosting Irish Film star John Connors and producer Tiernan Williams in Chicago Jan. 21-23! Hibernian Media, is excited to announce that Irish film star John Connors will be visiting Chicago the weekend of January 21-23, 2022, for an encore screening of his film ENDLESS SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY. Connors and […]