Thursday 23 October 2014

Mulligan's pub keeps Con Houlihan's memory alive in photo tribute

Fergus Black

Published 08/11/2012 | 05:00

Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, former ‘Evening Press’ editor Sean Ward, the owner of Mulligan’s Pub, Gary Cusack, and photographer Liam Mulcahy with the photographic tribute to the late Con Houlihan
Con Houlihan

IT was his "office", the place where his monthly cheques were lodged behind the bar, and where many of his colourful articles were brought to life.

Now the life and times of the late sports writer, Con Houlihan, have been commemorated in a photographic tribute in Mulligan's Pub in Dublin's Poolbeg Street, the hostelry he frequented when he worked in the nearby 'Evening Press'.

The tribute by photographer Liam Mulcahy, which was launched by Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan, was commissioned by the famous pub.

The photographs that make up this exhibition were taken over a long period of time and include images of Con with fellow Kerrymen Mick O'Dwyer and Mr Deenihan.

Launching the tribute, Mr Deenihan said Mr Houlihan was a towering figure in sports journalism for many decades.

"Not only was he knowledgeable on sporting matters but he also had an intense interest in, and love for, the arts, with the knowledge to back up that interest," he said.

"I feel humbled and privileged to unveil this photographic tribute at a place that was synonymous with Con for much of his life."

Irish Independent

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