Mike Houlihan

Place of birth: Chicago.

What is your profession? actor-writer-director-producer-playwright-radio host.

How do you celebrate your Irishness? I am the Founder and  Chairman of the Board of Hibernian Media, a public charity dedicated to Irish and Irish American culture. We tell stories to enlighten future generations while honoring our ancestors. We produce a pair of weekly local Irish radio podcasts, the Annual Irish American Movie Hooley film festival, annual pilgrimages to Ireland, and a variety of one off Irish concerts, films, and TV shows.

Name a hero you admire and why? My wife Mary, the poor woman, I married the hell out of her. She gave up her career for me and our twin sons and prays the rosary constantly, attends mass every day, and is constantly praying to keep our asses from eternal damnation in hell. God love her.

Something people would be surprised to know about me... I started my career back in 1973 as a classical actor performing Shakespeare and other classics for several years with the American Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford CT, regional theatres across the country, on Broadway and off Broadway.

Biography: Mike "Houli" Houlihan currently writes the “Chicago Calling” column for the Irish Echo, is a former columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and Irish American News, host of Hibernian Radio every Sat. night on Global Irish Radio, founder and producer of the Annual Irish American Movie Hooley film festival, director, filmmaker, and Chairman of Hibernian Media. He is the author of four books: CHICAGO IRISH MYTHOLOGY, and

“Hooliganism Stories, “MORE Hooliganism Stories” and “Nothin’s on the Square”, and has written, produced, and starred in a variety of indie films, TV shows, and plays both on Broadway and Off since 1973.

2024 Heroes of Irish America Awards