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 […]

Podcast, Sat. Nov. 10, 2018

Flood Bros. Disposal presents The Skinny & Houli Show and Houli kicks off the show with a crazy anecdote about trying to get in to see TV spokesman from Shark Tank Kevin O’Leary, AKA “Mr. Wonderful” at the Rosemont Theatre and being snookered by a real estate scam.  Then the lads welcome Jimmy Callahan to […]

Danahey on the Loose in St. Louis for a birthday adventure

It was Best Fest Buddy Tom’s birthday recently, so over the weekend we headed to the St. Louis area, where his brother lives,  to celebrate. Tom’s waist size remains less than his age, and there is a currently airing police drama set in Honolulu. Those are the only clues I’ll give you about how old […]

Danahey On the Loose at Glunz Beer Expo XXI, looking for summer brews

Here’s a helpful hint, like Heloise would give you if she liked to drink: If you know you are going to an event the next day where you’re supposed to be sampling beer, don’t have spinach dip the night before. Make that, don’t have spinach dip with two martinis. Experimental martinis made with Chartreuse (an […]

Danahey on the Loose at 110th Norge Club Ski Tournament

It’s getting close to Groundhog Day, so, being in a winter rut, I decided to celebrate a little early. While I do live in the northwest suburbs, I didn’t head to Woodstock to pay homage to Harold Ramis’ best film. Instead, I hit the Norge Ski Club’s 110th annual ski jump tournament. I think Puxatony […]

Danahey on the Loose in St. Louis with the Irish and the Scots

Best fest buddy Tom and I couldn’t have picked a better weekend for a road trip: the weather was early fall, teasing everybody in the Midwest of what summer was supposed to be; Enterprise had a $26-a-day deal, and we wound up with an SUV; and the airports were screwed up because an unbalanced person […]

Danahey on the Loose About the KC Irish Fest Held Labor Day Weekend

I’ve never been to Kansas City. Driven past a couple times on my way to Denver. Those sound like song lyrics from the 1970s. Wait, that was Please Come To Boston, voted by me to be the 14th wimpiest song ever on the John Belushi guitar-smashing scale. But over Labor Day weekend the town will […]

Danahey on the Loose at Milwaukee Irish Fest

Best fest buddy Tom and I made our annual pilgrimage to the mecca of all Irish summertime gatherings on this continent, the Rose Bowl of American Hibernia, the Macy’s parade of stateside Paddies, the Milwaukee Irish Fest. Or, as Shane Hayes of the County Clare trio Socks in the Frying Pan (www.socksinthefryingpan.com) called it, the […]

Mike Houlihan to tell Stories at McNally’s in St. Charles Mon. July 7th

Irish American News columnist Mike Houlihan is scheduled to appear in St. Charles on Monday night July 7th at McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub at 109 West Main Street, in St. Charles, IL at 6:30PM at the personal invitation of Shay Clarke. Houlihan is scheduled to appear at the pub to promote his latest book, “More […]

Danahey on the Loose at The Morton Arboretum with The CSO

So, Saturday evening typified the WTF nature of Chicago weather. We leave the far northwest suburbs, it’s muggy and close to 90 degrees. We approach Woodfield – it’s raining hard for about 5 miles, down to 75, then nothing near the mall, and up goes the temperature. We get toward Butterfield and 88, more buckets […]

Danahey on the Loose at Glunz Beer Expo

I’ve been watching way too many “Game of Thrones” episodes lately, thanks to the the free weekend HBO recently had, which allowed saving them to DVR. So at least a fifth of the people at the Glunz Beer Expo at the Donald Stephens Convention Center reminded me of cast members or extras from the dungeons […]

Danahey on the Loose at Northwest Celtic Fest

You have to like a place where, once a year, the village-owned arena turns into a suburban Brigadoon, and the mayor puts on the family tartan to host a gathering of Celts. That’s to say, Saturday marked the third annual Northwest Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates – and by far the […]

Danahey on the Loose at Irish Mass at McNally’s in St. Charles

This is the final part of my St. Patrick’s weekend trilogy, where Darth O’Vader reveals he is the father of Luka Bloom – or Luke Skywalker…. A short time ago, in this very galaxy, Fr. Karl Langsdorf said Mass Monday morning inside McNally’s Traditional Irish Pub (an idea I think I will market – church […]

Danahey on the Loose while Houli was drinking in Ireland

Houli wouldn’t give me the password to this website while he was in Ireland. He was afraid I might post way too many pictures of Kathy Ireland, but there’s a restraining order that prevents me from doing that. While he’s been drinking overseas, though, I’ve been busy hitting things Irish and otherwise, and braving the […]

Danahey On the Loose at IBAM

  iBAM! I thought it might be a tribute to Emeril Lagasse as construed by Apple. Aside from Fred Flintstone’s son-in-law, who the hell bams? Turns out, though, that my Saturday at the Irish Books Authors and Musicians event at the Irish American Heritage Center actually was tied to food – specifically potatoes. If you’re […]

Danahey on the Loose at “Once”

Once is the word that starts many a fairy tale, and that’s what the 2006 movie “Once” and the 2013 Tony-winning Best Musical based on it are. This isn’t one of those Grimm stories, though, where witches eat kids and wind up being oven-baked themselves. That’s something you would see at the Lyric Opera. While […]

Kathleen Keane joins The Skinny & Houli Tour to Ireland

 Join international Irish recording star Kathleen Keane in Ireland with Skinny & Houli for a week of music and laughter across the west coast of Ireland, Oct. 17-24th. We’re hitting Galway, Ennis, Killarney, and Dublin. Spend six nights and seven days with a group of Chicago Troubadors as they meet up with old pals in […]

Danahey on the Loose in the Dundees

Summer officially ends next Sunday, when the days thereafter are shorter than the nights until late March  – which is a good a reason as any to have a drink. In fact, I think that’s why there are Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations this time of year – to remind all that there is […]

Danahey on the Loose at the Midwest Brewers Fest in Plainfield

Plainfield. Has there ever been a town so honest with its name? I headed there on Saturday to attend the third Midwest Brewers Fest (midwestbrewersfest.org), tagging along with the crew from Algonquin’s Village Vintner Winery & Brewery (thevillagevintner.com) to check out the beers, ciders and meads and to celebrate history being made. For this was […]