Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, Big Corner Tavern, Madden Funds and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour as we continue on our First Responders Tour and this week’s episode continues our new format on Hibernian Radio as we take a look back at some of our favorite First Responder interviews from over the years. Houli begins this week’s show by remembering his late brother, Brian, who recently passed and shares some stories later on in the show. We send all our prayers to the Houlihan family. Then it’s back into the 2020 vault where we take a look at an interview with a 36 year CPD veteran and Vietnam vet, Ed May. Houli and Ed go waaay back – these two are both Mount Carmel guys! Ed grew up in Visitation Parish in a family of 6 boys and 1 girl and he gives some insight into what that family dynamic was like. He delves into some childhood stories about the old neighborhood and what they got up to back in the day. Ed also talks about how his brother’s death inspired him to join the Marine Corps and go to Vietnam for a year in ’69. This guy has some great stories from his time in the Forces. He and Houli catch up on “the ould days” and chat about their similar childhoods. Ed began working on the railroad when he returned from the war and joined the CPD a few years after. He takes us through his training and some of the many awards he has been honored with including the Superintendent’s Award for Valor and State of Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. He has met some interesting characters from his 36 years on the Force and shares some of his best and worst stories from his extensive career, including his scary standoff with some armed criminals. “It’s some daily entertainment!”, he says about a typical day on the job. He and Houli discuss the latest “Defund the Cops” movement and what’s in the future for CPD. Ed fills us in on how he’s enjoying his retirement before finishing up another great interview. This guy is an absolute hoot and the craic is mighty between the two! Houli then brings us up to date on some upcoming events including our big move to ‘Big Corner Tavern‘ at Cermak & First Avenue in North Riverside – Come join us for our first show recording there on March 1st! We take a musical break dedicated to Brian Houlihan with “The Wild Colonial Boy” by The Clancy Brothers. Don’t forget about ‘Irish Rebel Fest’ – a fundraiser for Officer Danny Golden on Feb 26th at Gaelic Park with music from Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones. Then it’s over to the obituaries followed by some risque jokes to end another great show!
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