It was the day Iron Mike Houlihan met Ironic Mike Houlihan.
As we traveled through Limerick we stopped at a bar in Kilmallock with the name “Mike Houlihan” prominently displayed on the street. I once owned a bar in Rockaway Beach, New York with my partner Pete Dooley known as “The Houli Dooley”, but this pub was much nicer. Especially since it was owned by Mike Houlihan, who during the course of a decorated career with club and county, won two Munster titles, two national Hurling Leagues, two county titles and two Munster club championships.
He represented Limerick in the 1994 and 1996 All-Ireland senior hurling deciders at Croke Park. And he just happened to have the exact same name as me. Mike came over to meet us and we filmed this meeting for “Our Irish Cousins”. It was great to meet a Mike Houlihan who actually won a few fights in his life and he bought us pints of Guinness as we compared notes on our names. Mike has since gone into politics in Limerick as a County Councilor but when he walked into his bar that night you’d think he was Mickey Mantle. You’ll catch all the fun of this meeting of an Irish legend and an Irish-American legend in his own mind in our new film “Our Irish Cousins”.
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