No Elephants in Our Irish Pub

Paddy my bartender used to love telling the story of the guy who came to his saloon every night and cried in his beers about how much he hated his job. Finally Paddy asked him, “Well what kind of work are you in pal?” Your man explained that he’d been working in the circus for […]

September 2016 Irish American News Column

Hooliganism By Mike Houlihan My pal Skinny Sheahan mocks me on the radio by telling folks “Houli has become a PI, a professional Irishman.” But, I feel no shame in loving Ireland, the land of my ancestors, and I’m mighty proud to have founded Hibernian Transmedia NFP with my family, to promote and preserve Irish […]

August 2016 Irish American News Column

Hooliganism By Mike Houlihan   “May you live in interesting times…” is an old apocryphal Chinese curse. Looking around lately, you’d think we all might be on the wrong end of that curse. The world seems to be spinning faster and faster into a terrifying gyre of violence, racism, false prophets, mendacity and infanticide. And […]

July 2016 Irish American News Column

Hooligansim by Mike Houlihan   “When I go see a movie, I want to feel like I’m peeking through a keyhole…just gimme the truth as best you can.” So says first generation Irish American filmmaker and writer Kevin Baggott. The disciple of the late novelist Nelson Algren, is an “enigmatic cat”, much like his dead […]