Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 11, 2020

Houli and Joe Ahern

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal, Mike Haggerty Buick/GMC/Volkswagen and Personal Injury Attorney Caroleann Gallagher present The Hibernian Radio Hour. We begin this week’s show with a phone interview with our good friend, Joe Ahern, now former CEO of the 100 Club of Chicago. Joe looks back over his ten year journey and says, “Working with those families changed my life”. He takes a moment to remember the 37 First Responders who died during those ten years there. We’ll make sure to have Joe back when all this virus madness is over! Our second interview this week is a favorite from last summer with Houli’s pal and 33 year Chicago Police Department Veteran, Dennis McKenna. Dennis grew up in St.Theodore’s Parish on the South Side. He attended St. Theodore’s Grammar School and St. Rita’s High School and at the young age of 17, he began working in the FBI clerical office.

Dennis McKenna

Dennis joined the military in ’59 and he brings us through the list of places he visited with the Air Force including Bermuda, New Guinea and Thailand. On his return to the States, he took the Chicago Police test and the rest is history! In his retirement, he is a Tour Guide at Soldier Field . Dennis shares stories about his family. from his days on the force and about his drum playing with many bands around the city including Bagpipes & Drums of The Emerald Society and The Shannon Rovers. He also chats about the days when he played music with The Doors’ keyboardist, Ray Manzarek. He shares a handful more stories after the break from his time in the CPD and some of the scenes he witnessed while on duty. This guy is a real joker and we’re honored to have both him and Joe on the show. We take our weekly trip to ‘Houli-Town’ to close out the show. Another great one this week, folks, so be sure to tune in!