Bill Kissane

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 another episode of ‘Black Irishman’ which tells the story of Seamus O’Hooligan Jr, starring Greg Hollimon. This week we welcome retired police officer Bill Kissane to the show. Bill grew up on the west side and has some great stories to share from the old neighborhood. He attended Weber High School and spent 36 years as an officer in Arlington Heights before retiring in 2011. His father was a Juvenile Officer and worked with the infamous Si O’Donnell, one of the founders of The Emerald Society. Bill spent time in the Army during Vietnam and shares the story of how he got started with the Police Department in ’75.  These two discuss Bill’s family and his Irish heritage as well as some of the cases he worked on such as the cyanide-laced Tylenol case back in the 80’s. “That was much bigger than what a department could handle!” He has been playing the pipes with The Emerald Society Pipes & Drums Band for 36 years and explains how he got started with the band.”The Emerald Society represents the Police Department in a very positive way!” Bill goes on to explain the reasons behind the Pipes and Drums being formed including the generous contribution Mayor Jane Byrne made to the cause. The ongoing madness surrounding police in the media and the most interesting places the Emerald Society Band has played are just some of the many topics Bill covers this week. Houli then brings us up to date on some upcoming events including The Emerald Society’s Annual Southside Meeting on April 25th at The Cork & Kerry in Beverly. Then it’s over to catch up on last week’s obituaries as well as the most recent obits followed by a quick trip to ‘Houli-Town’ to end another great one this week on Hibernian Radio!