Cyril Regan

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 an old pal of the show, Cyril Regan. Cyril is a Roscommon native who moved to the States in ’85 and runs many businesses around Chicago including a funeral home and a J1 program. He explains what brought him to the States and why he moved from New York to Chicago in ’94. He mentions his experience in the immigration field and shares the reasons behind the founding of the Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform. He and Houli chat about their friend, the great Billy Lawless and the important work he has done for the Irish in Chicago. “Billy has been a great soldier on the immigration front!”. Cyril and Billy had a hand in passing the legislation that allows undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license! Cyril speaks fondly about his late wife, Josie, who sadly passed away in March and explains how she was the inspiration for his newest business called ‘Josie’s Wheels’. He also mentions their son, David, who also works in the family business. His relationship with local Chicago politics and the current state of immigration and politics in Ireland are hot topics between these two pals this week and they end a wonderful interview with a look back over the craic they had working together on Chuy Garcia’s campaign. Houli brings us up to date on some upcoming events including the Dick Biondi fundraiser on Sunday, June 9th at Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. Then we head over to the latest obituaries followed by a trip to ‘Houli-Town’.