The Craic with Cooney & Keane at The Irish American Heritage Center

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Gene Cooney (left) and Kathleen Keane (right)

Irish American Heritage Center President Gene Cooney and Irish entertainer Kathleen Keane will kick off the weekly Irish American Heritage Center radio hour on Saturday December 5th at 8PM on WSBC 1240AM. The one-hour program features music and community news for the Irish American community of Chicagoland. The show is produced by Hibernian Transmedia, a not for profit producing organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Irish and Irish-American culture.

Cooney, a local funeral director and long time supporter of the Heritage Center was elected President of the Board of Directors last July. He’s a popular figure in the Irish community and continues to perform stand-up comedy at a variety of community events.

Kathleen Keane is an international performer on Irish fiddle, tin whistle, flute, button accordion and a handful of other instruments, who has performed in Ireland and all over the world with her signature style. She has recorded several CDs and performed with Gaelic Storm, The Drovers, and The Keane Machine among other groups. Kathleen was recently appointed musical director of the 5th Province Pub in the Heritage Center.

Cooney & Keane will pre-record the show in the 5th Province Pub in the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox, Chicago. The show will begin recording before a live audience on Thursday nights starting January 7th, when Keane will be programming a weekly Thursday night “session” with a variety of world-class Irish entertainers. Tune in every Saturday night from 8-9PM to hear Gene Cooney and Kathleen Keane for The Irish American Heritage Center on WSBC 1240AM. Contact: Mike Houlihan, 312-431-8700, hiberniantransmedia@gmail.com