Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. October 3, 2020

Captain Rich McFarlane

McCann’s Irish Oatmeal, Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing and Fox’s Pizza present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour back at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome special guest, Captain Rich McFarlane. Rich is in his 27th year with CPD and currently works in the tough Englewood neighborhood. He was born in Canaryville into a family with 5 girls, Rich being the youngest child and only boy. He graduated from Brother Rice in ’89 and later graduated from IIT with a Masters. He is a member of The Emerald Society as well as The Knights of Columbus. Rich has some great stories from the beginning of his career in the 9th District and he has many wonderful things to say about his past work partners. He looks back on his Patrolman days, sharing an many wild stories from that time including one about an insane fire where the Cops stepped in and saved a number of children from a burning apartment block. Rich has a positive and encouraging message to send to the new and upcoming police officers in Chicago, “Let’s hope we turn the corner soon!”. Rich discusses many topics with Houli including his family, particularly his father who was a Patrolman on Monroe St and his wife, who he met in college. Rich ends a wonderful interview with a final, “Go Cubs!”. Houli brings us up to date on this week’s obituaries and  we hear “The Boys Of The Old Brigade” by The Wolfe Tones, chosen by the runner-up of this week’s caption contest, Tom Frawley.  We take a well-needed trip to ‘Houli-Town’ and that’s followed by a quick “Hello” from our pal, Liam Durkin. Liam chats to Houli about what he’s been doing during Covid – make sure to check him out at his upcoming gigs on Oct. 3rd at The Cork and Kerry, Oct. 9th at The Longford Pub and Oct. 10th at The Branding Iron in Bridgeview. Then we hear some lively tunes from our in-house band, The Cloonan Brothers, to end another great show this week.