John Joe Horan

Fox’s Pizza in Orland Park & Mokena, Guinness, Madden Funds and Flood Brothers Disposal present the Hibernian Radio Hour at our newest recording location known as ‘The Bunker’ and we begin the show with the 8th episode of ‘Black Irishman’ which tells the story of Seamus O’Hooligan Jr, starring Greg Hollimon. This week we welcome southside filmmaker and screenwriter John Joe Horan to the show. John attended Brother Rice followed by St. Norbert University in Wisconsin. He also spent some time at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick back in 2020 before the pandemic hit and returned last year to complete his studies. He chats to Houli about his love for Ireland and his strong Irish heritage; John’s father is from Galway and his maternal grandparents hail from Roscommon and Leitrim. These two discuss the script John wrote as his dissertation called “Into an Emerald Fire” and he gives a brief synopsis of that great story as well as some of its interesting characters. He explains the reason behind using specific language in the story which is only heard among some travelling communities. He shares the inspiration behind writing this script and the strong connection he has with both the States and Ireland. John has been working in construction since his teenage years and both he and Houli share some of the interesting and fun experiences they both have had working those types of jobs. His most recent trip to Ireland, the increasing diversity he witnessed while in Ireland and their favorite movies are just some of the other topics discussed by Houli and John Joe this week. Houli then brings us up to date on some local news including the recent launch of our brand new website so be sure to check that out! We head over to the recent obituaries followed by a quick trip to ‘Houli-Town’. Another great one this week, folks so be sure to have a listen!