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Hibernian Radio with Mike "Houli" Houlihan
59 minutes | 4 days ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. May 1, 2021
James “Alamo” Lynch Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome back the infamous legend and our old pal, James ‘The Duke’ Lynch AKA: Alamo! Alamo is a U.S Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and a retired 39 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. He is a South Shore native who attended St. Philip Neri School and Lyons Township High School. This guy is a man of valor who was awarded the Bronze Star after he lost both his knees in the war and still returned to combat after his 3 month recovery. It’s no secret that Alamo is a devoted fan of John Wayne, admiring him so much growing up that he had to repeat the 5th grade because he skipped school for a month to go see “The Alamo” 60 times in the theater! He and Houli begin by delving right into the controversy surrounding the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and the current social unrest. Alamo shares his opinion on the friction between society and CPD and he discusses the differences between being a cop today compared to when he was with CPD. Alamo has a plethora of stories to share from his years on the Force as well as his time in Vietnam including a great story about his grandfather who had connections to the Genna crime family. He also shares many stories from the time he was stationed in Englewood including “The Turkey Leg Homicide” where a man was shot over Thanksgiving dinner. Gun laws, dangerous traffic stops and his work injuries are just some of the many topics of discussion between these two. We’re always honored to have Alamo join us here on Hibernian Radio to share his incredible stories that you have to hear from the man himself to believe! Houli then brings us up to date on the latest obituaries and we take a well-needed trip to ‘Houli-Town” to end another great show!
60 minutes | 11 days ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 24, 2021
Captain Marty Doherty Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome 22 year CFD veteran Captain Marty Doherty. He grew up in St. Denis parish and attended Brother Rice so there’s some healthy rivalry on the show this week between he and Houli. Both Marty’s father and grandfather were Chicago firefighters and he also has some cousins who are in CPD. His father set up the Gaelic Fire Brigade around the time of the infamous 1980 strike and they now have over 400 members! He chats about his family with focus on his Irish heritage. His grandfather hailed from County Mayo and his grandmother grew up in County Roscommon. Marty even married Irish – his father-in-law is from Achill Island! His first assignment on the job was at Engine 78 located next to Wrigley Field – “It’s a good place to work if you like baseball and women!” He now works at 127th and Doty Ave and the guys there are known as the ‘Doty Dozen’. Marty is Chief Steward and an active member on the Executive Board of the Chicago Firefighter’s Union Local 2. He also used to play Gaelic football with ‘The Quinns’ and chats about his trip to Ireland and his experience playing there with the team. He shares many exciting yet terrifying stories from his time on the job so far including a ‘flash over’ that happened while they were fighting a fire and many of the guys were brought to hospital with burns, Marty included. He also shares what a typical day on the job consists of. We are honored to have such a great guy and the pride of Brother Rice join us this week We then take a musical break with the lively “Don’t Let The Truth Get In The Way Of A Good Story” by Gaelic Storm. Houli brings us up to date on the latest obituries as well as the local Irish-American news and we end another highly entertaining show with some goodbye jokes from Houli. Be sure to join us next Wednesday, April 28th at the Cork and Kerry at 7pm where Jim “Duke” Lynch, AKA: Alamo, 39 years CPD, Vietnam vet, Bronze Star Recipient and extraordinary story teller returns with more of his interesting tales!
60 minutes | 17 days ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 17, 2021
Dan Sheehan Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome retired 31 year CFD veteran, Dan Sheehan. Dan grew up in St. Anthony’s parish and attended St. Rita as a Mustang. He majored in Accounting at the University of Illinois back when it was located at Navy Pier. His great-uncle, George, was elected to the House of Representatives in Springfield in 1918 and spent 42 years working there. Dan shares some stories from when his family lived with George and the many memories he has of this beloved character from his childhood. He delves into family talk with Houli with focus on his parents and discovering his Irish heritage in Ireland. Houli and Dan chat about the many friends they have in common including the 2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen and Dan’s great-niece, Sara Marie Collins, Dan joined the Fire Department in ’65 and was promoted to Lieutenant in ’70. He was a member of the Brotherhood of the Barrel and he and Houli discuss the CFD strike of 1980 – the strike was successful and they received more reliable and safe equipment because of it! Dan also discusses some of his favorite firehouses he has worked at over the course of his career and chats about the CFD’s relationship with some of the local politicians including Jane Byrne and Dan’s favorite, Mayor Daley. He had a personal friendship with Daley over the course of his career and he shares some of the most interesting stories with the listeners. It’s safe to say that he is a Richard Daley expert and delves into his political career stories in detail including the Daley family being at JFK’s inauguration. The craic between these two is mighty and Dan has plenty of stories to share from his life and extensive career. When Houli asks if he misses the work, Dan replies “I miss the clowns but not the suits!”. We take a musical break with “Joyce Country Ceili Band” by The Saw Doctors. Houli brings us up to date on the recent obituaries and we take a well-needed trip to ‘Houli-Town’.
60 minutes | 25 days ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 10, 2021
Sgt. Lee Bielecki Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome 27 year retired CPD veteran, Sergeant Lee Bielecki to the show. Houli has crowned him an ‘honorary Irishman’! Lee grew up in Our Lady of Angels Parish and currently resides in Mount Greenwood. He always wanted to be a cop even though he had a few run-ins with the cops as a kid. He chats about his family with focus on his parents and he shares some of the wise words they had for Lee growing up. He also chats about his heritage – his mother was in Poland during the Nazi reign and his Dad wanted to be a Cop. He discusses his experiences during training and some of the antics he got up to in his early career which includes some exciting foot chases. Lee has a very impressive resume which includes working in Narcotics. in the State’s Attorney Office, as a Gang Specialist and even with the FBI for a short time. He shares some stories from his time with Narcotics including the time he arrested a cop and a CTA Supervisor in connection with the sale of narcotics. He was promoted to Sergeant in ’08 and he tells Houli how he got the nickname, ‘Leebo’. The two guys delve into the seriousness regarding the social unrest downtown last year and the rising number of police suicides. Lee is a big part of the CPD Peer Support Program which helps those on the Force who are struggling with their mental health and difficulties at work He’s an inspirational guy and goes above and beyond for anyone who needs help. We are honored to have had him join us and share his story this week! Houli then brings us up to date on the latest obituaries and we take a musical break with “The Darling Girl From Clare” sung by Eimear Arkins. Then it’s off to ‘Houli-Town’ for some well-needed comic relief to end another great show!
60 minutes | a month ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. April 3, 2021
Commander Patty Casey with Frankie Moran and Rosie Moran Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome Commander Patty Casey. Patty is a 32 year CPD veteran and she has been working as Commander of Youth Investigations since 2013. Her family’s blood runs blue – her husband, daughter and two sons are all cops! She chats about how she met her husband and her reaction when her kids decided to take the cop test. Patty also chats about her youngest daughter with Special Needs and how she has taught Patty many skills that she uses on the job. Patty grew up in St. Ita’s parish and attended St. Gregory’s High School. She always knew she wanted to be ‘the police’ and she tells Houli about her journey to join CPD. She first began working on the west side and moved onto the Gang & Tactical Team where she did some exciting undercover work. This lady has a very impressive resume including working in Violent Crimes and in the Special Investigation Unit. She is dedicated to helping and understanding young victims and offenders and she shares some of the stories from her time on the job so far. Patty’s advice to new officers is simply, “You have to be able to separate work from home.” Houli and Patty then delve into the seriousness of working on crimes against children on the internet and the dangers of chatting to strangers online – “Watch your kids on their electronics!”. She chats about breaking the glass ceiling in CPD and the importance of having more females in higher job positions. The current social unrest and the ‘Defunding the Police’ movement are just some of the other serious topics she and Houli discuss -“It’s up to us to gain the community’s trust back”. We are honored to have such a distinguished guest with us this week! Houli brings us up to date on the latest obituaries and some upcoming local events. Then we take a musical break with “The Faithful Land” by Gaelic Storm followed by some cheesy jokes to end out another great show. Happy Easter from everyone at Hibernian Radio!
59 minutes | a month ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. March 27, 2021
Mike Ryan Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome 28 year retired CPD veteran, Mike Ryan. Mike grew up in St. Ethelreda parish as well as St. Cajetan’s and he attended Leo High School. Houli and Mike have many friends in common and they look back to some of the well-known neighborhood names and the dodgy nicknames they were given. Mike chats about his Irish heritage with focus on his great-grandfather who hailed from County Cork. He is 4th generation CPD and took the Cop test but never joined as he was employed at the Board of Trade. He retook the test in ’88 and joined CPD in ’90 where he began as a Patrolman and moved up the ranks to Sergeant and Special Operations Sergeant where he worked in the high crime areas. The Bulls championship wins and the Democratic Convention are just some of the big events he oversaw as Sergeant and he has many a story to tell from those days. He also worked as Watch Commander in the 22nd district for 9 years. Mike explains what his duties there included and he shares some of his most interesting stories from those years including dealing with dangerous car jackings and working at some of the crazier St. Patrick’s Day parades. Mike chats about his family with focus on his father who died at a young age and the strong impression he has had on him throughout his life. Mike has his fair share of war stories from his time on the Force and he shares some of the more serious ones including dealing with a triple homicide and some of the predicaments he got into during foot chases. The guys discuss the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and Mike shares his two cents on the current social unrest -“They want to find fault where none exists”. Mike was working at McCormick Place up until the covid lockdown and he shares his future plans for his retirement. Houli then brings us up to date on the latest obituaries and that’s followed by a well-needed trip to ‘Houli-Town’.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
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.
59 minutes | 2 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. March 13, 2021
Patrick McNulty Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome 39 year retired CPD veteran, Patrick J. McNulty. Many of Pat’s fans wrote into the show this week and Houli reads some of those messages to him. Pat grew up in Saint Justin Martyr Parish and attended De La Salle school. He later graduated from North Western University. Pat joined the police academy when he turned 21 and began working on the south side. He lists some his extensive career titles including Commander of the 1st District, Assistant Deputy Superintendent and Deputy Chief of Patrol and he shares some of his most memorable experiences from those days. He is also proud to be one of the founding members of the Emerald Society and he discusses how they set up such an inspiring organization. Pat then shares some of his best stories from his 39 years including coming up with ‘greasy’ ways to prevent people from climbing statues during the National Demoratic Convention, meeting both national and international presidents and the attempted armed carjacking of his squad car right outside his home. Pat and Houli then discuss the diminishing relationship between police and society in recent years and the effects that it’s having on the communities. “It’s been 39 years of chasing bad guys and helping good people”, Pat comments when asked about the success of his career. The guys then delve into some Family talk with focus on Pat’s kids and he discusses some of his future plans for retirement. Who ya gonna call? Pat McNulty! Then Houli brings us up to date on the latest obituaries followed by an update from Charlotte Houlihan on our St. Patrick’s Day party at the Cork and Kerry Pub on March 17th! – see ya there!
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. March 6, 2021
John Dowd Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome retired CPD veteran, Lieutenant John Dowd. John is a true South sider who comes from a family of cops and he explains to Houli what pushed him to join the Force. He attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Grammar School followed by St. Rita of Cascia High School. He then attended Calumet College and obtained multiple Masters degrees from St. Xavier’s University. John chats about his family with focus on his four children and his wife who is a nurse. He and Houli have some mutual friends and they look back on the TV show they both worked on called “Early Edition”. John first began working in the 9th district and has many stories to share from that time including working in and around Mayor Daley’s house. He moved to the 22nd district a few days before the murder of Officer John Knight and he chats about the circumstances surrounding that tragedy. He then volunteered for the difficult public housing detail which speaks volumes on how great this guy is! He has some really great stories from his time there including coming face to face with a huge pig and chasing a guy who jumped out the 6th floor window. John has held many titles including Sergeant, Detective and finally Lieutenant and he shares many hilarious stories as well as tragic ones with Houli from his extensive career that you have to hear to be believe! Some of those stories include trying to create what’s called a “reverse sting” and investigating robbery suspects from their own videos uploaded to Youtube. “It’s challenging times for police officers these days..”, John says about the current anti-cop culture. Houli then brings us up to date on the recent obituaries and that’s followed by a well-needed trip to “Houli-Town”. Make sure you join us for our St. Patrick’s Day party at the Cork and Kerry Pub on March 17th!
60 minutes | 2 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. February 27, 2021
Mike Brady Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, the Cork and Kerry Irish Pub and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour at The Cork and Kerry Pub on Western Avenue and this week we welcome CPD veteran and old family friend of Houli’s, Mike Brady. Mike is the youngest of ten kids and he and Houli reminisce about growing up together. There’s plenty of family chat between these two old pals and they catch up on what their families are up to now. Mike attended St. Rita and grew up in Christ the King Parish. He worked as Chief on the Lewis University Fire Department before becoming a Cop and tells the story about how he moved from the Fire Department to the CPD. He began as a Chicago cop in ’78 and worked there for 12 years. This incredible veteran has 43 years in Law Enforcement and has an impressive resume including working on the Cook County Sheriff’s Police, in Gang Crimes and in Mayor Daley’s office detail for 2 years. He worked closely with Houli’s other old pal, Sheriff Mike Sheahan and shares some of his best memories from that time. You might also rememeber seeing Mike on the sidelines at the Bears’ home games working as security for former player and coach, Mike Ditka. He has plenty of hilarious stories to share from his time working with the team including winning the Super bowl and his friendship with Walter Payton. He moved to the Command Center at Soldier Field afterwards and still works there during Sporting events and music concerts. Mike is a founding member of ‘Peer Support’ which is a very important organization that supports fellow officers who are going through hard times. This legend ends his interview with, “The south side is the best side!”. This guy does it all and we are extremely honored to have him on the show! Houli brings us up to date on the latest obituaries – Rest in Peace to our dear friend, Katy Laxner. We finish another wonderful and insightful show with a well-needed trip to ‘Houli-Town’.
60 minutes | 9 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. July 25, 2020
Det. Kathleen Dorich McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue on our Police Pub Tour as we return to The Cork & Kerry Pub again this week and we’re joined by Detective Kathleen Dorich. Kathleen grew up in St. Barnabas and she has a Masters in Criminal Justice. Her brother convinced her to take the CPD test so she could pay for college and it certainly paid off – look where she is now! Kathleen discusses her family with Houli including her infant son, Steven, and the fact that her husband works in the Fire Dept. She has a particularly funny story about her Dad embarrassing her. She looks back over her first assignments on the Force including working at the beaches up North. She also worked on the Tac Team and ‘Angel Duty’ aka: Decoy Prostitution. The stories she has from her undercover work are priceless including being offered a sandwich instead of money and the time she scared a cardinal! She is a total boss who has worked in some of the toughest neighborhoods around Chicago. She currently works as a Property Crimes Detective in the 4th District and the recent looting has kept her department very busy! She and Houli discuss the current crazy times we live in and when he asks her about her views on today’s craziness, she says: “The Police are just enforcing the law…”. What a wonderful lady! Houli brings us up-to-date on the most recent Obits and then we hear “Yellow Triangle” by Christy Moore, chosen by the winner of this week’s caption contest, Richard Browne. The Cloonan Brothers, Jimmy & Coleman, play an array of lively tunes to play out the show while their audience enjoy the pizza. What another terrific show this week folks, so have a listen!
59 minutes | 10 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. July 18, 2020
Matt Stevens McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. As we continue our Police Pub Tour, we return to The Cork & Kerry Pub and we’re joined this week by 18 year CPD veteran, Matt Stevens. Matt grew up in St. Denis Parish and graduated from St. Laurence High School. He studied BA Communications at Northern Illinois and is currently working on his Masters Degree at Calumet College of St. Joseph. This guy is a man of many talents! He worked as a Sports Producer and at the Board of Trade before joining CPD in 2002. These two discuss the reasons why Matt made the decision to join the Force, much of which lies around September 11th. Matt chats about his family, particularly his father Bob, who worked as a Firefighter. He currently works at the Commander’s Office in the 8th District – He shattered his knee cap on duty and had 2 surgeries on the same leg in 2012. Matt and Houli discuss the current ‘cancel culture’ and the difficulties being in Law Enforcement at this moment in time. Matt has a good few war stories – he brings the laughs with his story about the convicted felon and his stolen car. The craic is great! “Keep your heads up!” is Matt’s message to his fellow police officers out there during this crazy time. He also wants to remind our listeners about the Tootsie Roll Drive on September 18th & 19th which raises money for people with intellectual disabilities Houli brings us up to date on the recent obituaries and that’s followed by “Wild Colonial Boy” by The Clancy Brothers, chosen by Pat Quane who was he winner of this week’s Facebook caption contest. We then hear an array of reels by our very own in-house musician, Jimmy Cloonan. It’s off to “Houli-Town” for some well-needed comedic relief before Jimmy returns to play us out with a collection of his best tunes!
60 minutes | 10 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. July 11, 2020
Judge Pat O’Brien McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue our Police Pub Tour at The Curragh Pub and we’re joined this week by our sponsor, Jim McGing and accompanying him is Republican Candidate for Cook’s County State’s Attorney, Judge Pat O’Brien. Pat attended St. Ignatius High School, followed by Notre Dame and DePaul Law School. This guy has an impressive record including his time working as Felony Trial Supervisor, the Bureau Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief Deputy of the State’s Attorney’s Office. He has handled some of the biggest criminal cases in Illinois and it’s safe to say that he’s greatly respected in the field. Pat, Houli and Jim discuss the how’s and why’s surrounding Pat’s decision to run for State’s Attorney and Jim tells Houli about his time working in that same office. Kim Foxx’s handling of the Smollett case and her reaction to the recent looting are hot topics of conversation between these three. “We have another virus; these violent crimes.”, Pat comments on the release of many dangerous incarcerated criminals by Foxx. He shares his opinion on the new ‘Defund the Police’ culture and he gives some insight into his rich Irish heritage. This guy has a lot to say and the craic is great between these three so make sure to check out this great interview! You can check out Pat O’Brien’s campaign here. We go to a musical break with the epic “Green and Red of Mayo” by The Saw Doctors. Houli brings us up-to-date on the most recent obits and then there’s more music with “To Win Just Once” by The Saw Doctors and “In the Rare Ould Times” by Chicago’s own, Liam Durkin. Then it’s off to our final stop at our favorite place, ‘Houli-town’. A very musical show this week with two of our favorite guests to-date. Have a listen for another great one!
60 minutes | 10 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. July 4, 2020
Jack O’Keefe McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour and we continue our Police Pub Tour this week at Mike Joyce’s Celtic Boxing Club on 111th St. Our special guest this week is 18 year CPD veteran, Jack O’Keefe. Jack is a man of experience as he has worked in many departments including Rapid Response, Mobile Strike Force and Organized Crime Gang Enforcement. He grew up in St. Barnabas and attended Brother Rice. He and Houli chat about family with focus on Jack O’Keefe Senior with whom Houli toured with on the Irish Book Tour. Jack delves into the messy political situation and the current challenging Police culture. He also has an array of interesting stories from his time on the Force including his story about going to the neighborhood bar after his shift ended and his experience working in bad neighborhoods where young kids are shot and killed. The guys discuss looting and defunding the police, as well as some light-hearted stories to lighten the mood. The craic is mighty between these two! Jimmy & Coleman Cloonan Then it’s over to the recent obituaries followed by “Lawless” by Christy Moore, introduced by the winner of this week’s Facebook caption contest, Richard Browne. We take a musical break with some live trad tunes by Jimmy Cloonan and his brother, Coleman Cloonan. Houli sits down with this week’s host, Mike ‘Pickles’ Joyce, to chat about the non-profit boxing club and these two share some happy memories. Mike has his own ‘Cop Story’ to share! If you’re interested in joining the club or donating, click here. The Cloonan brothers return to play out another great show!
62 minutes | 10 months ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. June 27, 2020
John ‘Tino’ McCabe McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue our Police Pub Tour at the Cork & Kerry at The Park and we’re joined this week by 4th generation CPD and 29 year law enforcement veteran, John ‘Tino’ McCabe. He grew up in Mount Greenwood and both he and Houli are Mount Carmel graduates. John has held many titles over the years including Deputy Cook County Sheriff, Secret Service Special Agent and Homeland Security Special Agent. He currently works for ICE in Internal Affairs and he gives Houli a look into his role and duties there. Fun fact: John’s office used to be Eliot Ness’ office, the leader of ‘The Untouchables’. He chats about his family and shares some of the best stories from his career including investigating the Cartel’s contacts in Chicago and seizing millions of El Chapo’s money. Jimmy & Coleman Cloonan You have to hear it to believe it! Houli and John also discuss the advantages of modern technology in CPD investigations, how to deal with cunning criminals and the currently challenging police culture. What a treat to hear John’s incredible stories! Then it’s over to the recent obituaries followed by “Hair Of The Dog” by Wild Colonial Bhoys, introduced by the winner of this week’s Facebook caption contest, Jeffrey Lange. We take another musical break with an array of live trad tunes by Jimmy Cloonan and his brother, Coleman Cloonan. Then it’s off to “Houli-Town” for some well-needed comedic relief before the Cloonan brothers return to play us out with a collection of their best tunes!
60 minutes | a year ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. June 20, 2020
Mark Curran with Johnny Sheahan and Houli McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We’re into the second week of our Police Pub Tour at the Cork & Kerry at The Park and we’re joined by US Senate candidate and former Lake County Sheriff of 12 years, Mark Curran. Mark grew up in Lake County and tells Houli about working his way up the ranks to become Sheriff. He describes himself as having a ‘blue collar mindset’. Mark discusses his goals as a politician and his personal connection to the Republican Party with Houli. There’s plenty of political agreement between these two but they share a difference of opinion on certain topics! Mark goes on to discuss his heritage in Mayo and Clare and he shares a wonderful success story about his grandfather reaching America after being incarcerated in Australia by the British. This guy has some big plans for America’s political future and he shares some of those aspirations with Houli. “If it can be made in America, it should be made in America!” Mark says about U.S. companies setting up abroad. Jimmy Cloonan, Coleman Cloonan and Terry Hodges ‘Defund the Police’ and ‘Aunt Jemima’ are just some of the other controversial topics these two delve into during this week’s riveting interview. Mark clearly knows what he’s talking about as well as having the experience to back that up so be sure to check out his political mission here. Houli brings us up-to-date on the most recent obituaries and we play “Wild Colonial Boy” by The Clancy Brothers for Tom ‘Crash’ McKenna who was the winner of this week’s Facebook caption contest. We go to a musical break with some special live trad music by Jimmy Cloonan, his brother Coleman Cloonan and Terry Hodges. Then it’s off to “Houli-Town” for some well-needed hilarity before our musicians return to play us out with some lively tunes!
60 minutes | a year ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. June 13, 2020
Captain Fran McCarthy McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We begin this week’s show by listening to a recording of New York PBA President, Mike O’Meara’s powerful speech from earlier this week. We’re beginning our Police Pub Tour at the Cork & Kerry Pub at The Park and we continue our focus on First Responders with our first guest, retired 32 year CPD veteran, Captain Fran McCarthy. Fran grew up in St. Dennis Parish, attended St. Laurence High School followed by Western Illinois University. He spent some time in the Navy hunting submarines and currently works as Security Manager for the Chicago Park District. Fran chats to Houli about his family and how he worked his way up the ranks to become Captain. He looks back over the ’97 beating of Lenard Clark and the protests that followed that incident. Fran has a collection of quality stories from his lengthy career including one about a foot chase through a family’s home and his experience working on New Year’s Eve. He and Houli delve into a deep discussion about the current nationwide unrest and Fran shares his professional opinion on the protests and looting. He has plenty of his own protest and rioting stories from his career. We’re honored to hear all his wonderful tales and get some insight on what’s really going on in the world right now! Jimmy Cloonan, Hugh Dennehy, Patrick Cloonan and Terry Hedges Houli brings us up-to-date with this week’s Obits before he interviews our musical guest and his old pal, Jimmy Cloonan. Houli and Jimmy share some stories from ‘back in the day’ featuring some of their mutual friends. We head over to the music portion of the show with Jimmy and Patrick Cloonan, Hugh Dennehy and Terry Hedges playing out another great Hibernian Radio show this week with a set of lively tunes and a lovely rendition of Spancill Hill. Be sure to have a listen for another great week of good craic and great music!
60 minutes | a year ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. June 6, 2020
Kieran Aherne McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present The Hibernian Radio Hour and this week our first guest is Kieran Aherne, proprietor of Fado Irish Pub, who joins us on the phone. Kieran chats to Houli about Fado’s rich history and his homestead in Limerick. Fado was hit during the recent looting and they discuss the extent of the damage done to the property including smashed systems, stolen electronics and broken windows. The vandals also defaced the exterior with graffiti! Kieran reveals the silver lining was seeing their local community come together to help them clean up. Be sure to stop by for a drink when they reopen this summer! We continue in honoring our First Responders by looking back at an interview from November ’19 with guest, Bobby ‘The Legend’ Byrnes. Bobby has 25 years of service under his belt, with 17 of those years working Undercover. He grew up in Pilsen and attended Curie High School. Bobby Byrnes and his ‘Starsky & Hutch’ car Bobby has had an extensive career as a Detective, being a member of a Narcotics Task Force and his current position with The Cook County Sheriff’s Office. This guy has great stories to tell which include him working undercover at the infamous “Player’s Ball”, running his own security business for 15 years, serving papers to a football player at an autograph signing and the recent crazed stabbing case he covered. Houli and Bobby chat about family and the current drug epidemic sweeping through the city .Kudos to this brave Irish cop! Houli brings us up to date on the recent Obits and we hear “Friend For Life” by The High Kings, dedicated to The Emerald Society. Then it’s one final well-needed stop at ‘Houli-Town’!
59 minutes | a year ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. May 30, 2020
Jeff Lange, Tracy Kavanaugh, Kevin Forrest, Clint Wagner, Houli, Bill Donnelly, Steve Swain and Billy Wooten. (Not pictured are Jon Harmening and Daniel Kearns). McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present The Hibernian Radio Hour and this week we have a very special show recorded live from the outskirts of Houli-town on Chicago’s South side. We start this week’s show off with a bang with a tune from The Emerald Society Bagpipes & Drums. Our guests this week are husband and wife duo, Jeff and Cathleen Lange, both of whom are retired 30-year Cook County Sheriff’s Police veterans. They tell us the story about how they met on the job at Cook County Jail and share what it was like working in the same field together. Jeff tells a great story about a call he responded to at a ‘special’ spa where some firefighters made the most of a bad situation! This dynamic duo discuss their happy retirement and some of their most memorable cases with Houli, some hilarious and others simply horrifying. “I miss the players, not the game!”, Cathleen says when asked if she misses the work. Jeff shares his experience of the riots after the Bulls Championship when Dennis Rodman randomly appeared on stage sporting some policewear. This wonderful couple have a wealth of stories from their time on the Force. Jeff & Cathleen Lange We hear some more mighty music from The Emerald Society followed by this week’s obituaries. Houli plays “The Last Hurrah ” by Wild Colonial Bhoys for Jeff, who also happened to be the winner of this week’s Facebook caption contest. What a dynamic duo these two are! Don’t forget, our friend John Kola has reopened his ‘Landmark Pub‘ at 5135 N. Oriole Avenue in Harwood Heights so be sure to stop by and grab a drink! We take a trip to Houli-town and Jeff returns to tell his own joke to end another great show. The Pipes & Drums of The Emerald Society play us out this week with their rendition of “Amazing Grace’. Be sure to have a listen, folks!
60 minutes | a year ago
Hibernian Radio Podcast, Sat. May 23, 2020
Dave O’Callaghan McCann’s Irish Oatmeal and Personal Injury Attorney Jim McGing present the Hibernian Radio Hour. We continue our focus on Irish First Responders and are proud to revisit an interview from the beginning of this year with renowned “Cop’s Cop”, Dave O’Callaghan. Dave, now retired, spent 35 years working as a Chicago Homicide Detective and he wrote a book called “Murder is my life“. He grew up in St. Brendan’s Parish and he tells Houli about his father, a Cork city native. This guy has more stories than you can imagine from his time as a Detective including investigating the ‘Black Stone Rangers’/’El Rukns’ gang, cracking a ‘Murder for Hire’ case with help from an informant and catching the men responsible for stabbing an innocent man to death. He shares some of his favorite interrogation tactics with Houli, the most successful of them being ‘chicken and kindness’. Dave’s book is an incredible insight to the darker side of being a Cop, with many stories from his own personal experience. His book is available here. Houli keeps us up to date with the latest obituaries and he plays “Our Lady Of Knock” by Cathy Maguire for Mike Miller, the winner of this week’s Facebook caption contest. Keep an eye out for the contest on our Facebook page! We end another show this week with a well-needed trip to ‘Houli-Town’. Another gem this week and make sure to tune in next week for a surprise!
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