McGaffer’s Saloon in Forest Park hosts the second annual Hibernian Transmedia fundraiser on Sunday afternoon December 15, 2019 from 3-7PM.
The event is only the second in the history of Hibernian Transmedia, which was founded in October of 2013 by radio personality Mike Houlihan and his wife Mary and sons Bill and Paddy. In addition to celebrating the 11th year anniversary of Houli radio shows, the 6th year anniversary of their annual Irish American Movie Hooley, (which takes place each September at the Siskel Film Center), The 5th year anniversary of The Houli’s Hooley Radio Show, (broadcast every Saturday night on WSBC), this shindig at McGaffer’s will also celebrate Mike “Houli” Houlihan’s 71st Birthday!
Hibernian Transmedia is a public charity founded by the Houlihans, to promote and preserve Irish and Irish American culture across a wide swath of media; “telling stories to enlighten future generations while honoring our ancestors.”
The Houlihan family has been telling stories collectively for almost a century. Mike started his professional career as an actor in Stratford, CT with The American Shakespeare Theatre in 1973. He met his wife, Mary Carney, in a production of “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington DC in 1976. Mary was starring in “Ryan’s Hope” on ABC when they married in 1978. Two years later along came sons Bill and Paddy. Their careers have traversed regional theatre, Broadway, major motion pictures, network and public TV, newspaper columns, ethnic radio and recently stand-up comedy, community web blogs and indie filmmaking. Through it all they have especially delighted audiences with performances that trumpet their pride in their heritage and their faith.
As members of the Irish Diaspora and artists working in a variety of media they now work together professionally as Hibernian Transmedia NFP, providing a platform to present, produce, and create educational content that promotes and preserves Irish and Irish-American culture through film, TV, radio, theatre, literature, concerts, and the Internet.
(l to r): 1989 Chicago Rose of Tralee Annmarie McIntyre, 2018 Chicago Rose Katie Callahan, 2019 Chicago Rose Shana Pembroke, 2015 Chicago Rose Maeve McSweeney, and 2016 International Rose of Tralee Maggie McEldowney.
Hibernian is currently active in a number of media endeavors, including a pair of weekly Irish radio broadcasts every Saturday night on WSBC 1240AM and podcast each week on hibernianradio.org. They coordinate annual trips to Ireland with radio listeners. Their PBS Television program, OUR IRISH PUB, which debuted on WTTW last March; with Chapter Two scheduled to debut again in March of 2020. Our Irish Pub is also currently under consideration for national syndication across the globe. Hibernian recently received a grant from the Consulate General of Ireland to continue producing OUR IRISH PUB, and a development grant for their film, IN SEARCH OF WEEPING JIM, which chronicles the life of the late Chicago City Treasurer and Alderman James Ambrose Kearns, “the father of The Chicago Flag.” Kearns emigrated from Inishcuttle, Kilmeena, County Mayo in 1883, and then went on to law school and success in Chicago as Alderman and City Treasurer. They also are in post-production on a film starring local Southside Irish Balladeer Liam Durkin and his first trip to Ireland with his family last October.
All are invited to join in the celebration on Sunday December 15th from 3-7PM in McGaffers’ Saloon, 7737 West Roosevelt Road in Forest Park. Guests will be treated to plenty of Traditional Irish music, with a variety of musical acts on the schedule and Irish media personalities from across the nation, as well as a “Who’s Who” of former radio guests! They will also be screening several of their films, including OUR IRISH COUSINS, HER MAJESTY, ‘DA QUEEN, TAPIOCA, and OUR IRISH PUB. Cash bar and complimentary snacks thanks to McGaffer’s proprietor Pat Malone. The craic will be mighty indeed. Suggested donation to the fundraiser is $100, or you can donate online at hiberniantransmedia.org
Hibernian Transmedia NFP is a 50lc3 public charity, and all contributions are tax deductible under Internal Revenue Code Section 170.