Det. Sgt. Jarlath Heveran

Fox’s Pizza, Guinness, Madden Funds and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour for our very first show at our newest recording location, The Beacon Pub in Forest Park and we are honored to have Forest Park’s Detective Sergeant Jarlath Heveran as our guest this week. Jarlath grew up in a small town in County Mayo, Ireland with his parents and 4 siblings. He was heavily influenced by the local Gardai in Ireland who frequently visited their family-run grocery shop and when Jarlath and his wife, Joan, visited Chicago in ’86, his mind was made up as soon as he saw a cop here. “That was it for me.. I had to come here!” They made the move to Chicago in ’88 and he shares the story of how he got his first job by striking up a random conversation with his future boss. 3 years later, he set up his very own ‘Heveran’s Auto Body’ in Des Plaines and spent 19 wonderful years there. Jarlath has been a detective for over 14 years and is affiliated with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. He has worked on the Crimes Against Children Task Force and shares some of the disturbing cases he worked on including capturing a guy who was “out of control” and had an unimaginable amount of child pornography. These two discuss an array of topics including Jarlath’s hopes for his retirement next year and his plans to return to Ireland.. He and Houli share similar views on the current political climate and the ongoing ‘anti-cop’ movement. “Our leaders are allowing these people to destroy this great country!”. Jarlath ends his wonderfully insightful interview by discussing some of the more interesting panhandlers he has seen around the city and he touches on the current fentanyl epidemic in the States. “Within the last couple of years, more officers have become very sick from ingesting it.” We take a musical break with “Darling Girl from Clare” by Eimear Arkins followed by an update on upcoming local events including our 9th Irish American Movie Hooley at The Wilmette Theatre on Sept 22-24. Then we head over to the recent obituaries followed by a quick trip to ‘Houli-Town’.