Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. March 20, 2021

Houli, Rick Barrett and Skinny Sheahan

Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour as we continue our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome retired DEA agent and old pal from ‘The Skinny and Houli Show’ days, Rick Barrett AKA: The History Detective. Rick is a 4th generation Law Enforcement Officer – his great-grandfather worked as a patrol driver in 1894. He grew up on the South side and attended Brother Rice. Rick begins by discussing the history of Law Enforcement in the Barrett family and the reason why he started with the DEA instead of CPD.. Rick covers a range of history topics with focus on Irishman Constable Quinn who was the first officer to die in the line of duty and how he found the evidential documents to support the fact. He delves into Constable Quinn’s life and names some of thiose who helped him popularize this important story – he even went before the City Council to have this piece of history recognized! He also had over 900 students from Brother Rice write to the Superintendent to encourage him to review Quinn’s case. Rick is a walking history book who has many stories to share from his time on the Force and from his personal project to bring fame to the Irish Constable’s name. The end result came when Constable Quinn’s name was added to the Memorial wall at Lake Michigan. Rick then chats about what he has been up to in his retirement which includes working in the US Attorney’s Office and continuing with his in-depth history investigations. The guys end a great interview by discussing their thoughts on the current anti-cop culture. Tune in to hear Rick’s fascinating stories for yourself! Houli then brings us up to date on the latest obituaries and we end out another show with some St. Patrick’s Day well wishes from all at Hibernian Radio.