Legendary Con receives Inspirational Life Award
LEGENDARY journalist Con Houlihan yesterday scooped a prestigious All-Ireland Inspirational Life Award for his insight into Irish society.
A native of Kerry, the veteran reporter was awarded the prize for an impressive body of work produced during his 62-year career.
For years associated with the 'Evening Press', Mr Houlihan currently writes for the 'Sunday World', the 'Evening Herald', 'The Irish Runner' and occasionally the 'Irish Times'.
Yesterday, chair of the Irish Medical Council, Pat O'Mahony, received the award on behalf of Mr Houlihan, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to illness.
"Con is an intellectual powerhouse with exceptional knowledge of maths, philosophy and English and is probably Ireland's leading expert on syntax," Mr O'Mahony told the packed ceremony in Dublin.
"A liberal by disposition, he has opposed racial and class discriminations, political violence and is a huge supporter of the Travelling community.
"I am truly delighted that Con's portrayal of Irish society has been recognised by winning this award and I encourage him to never stop writing."
Also receiving an award was Pat Kelleher, who was recognised for his quest to help support positive ageing.
In 2004, he initiated research into the needs of older people in rural Longford and discovered men and women were experiencing loneliness, isolation, exclusion and marginalisation.
In response, he established the North Longford Men's Group in 2005 to engage people aged 60 years and older.