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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Wait is over for Con DVD

MARISA REIDY

Published 19/12/2012|21:02

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System operator, James Pembroke (left) and documentary maker, Maurice Healy pictured at the launch of the extended 'Waiting for Houlihan' DVD at the River Island Hotel in Castleisland on Friday night. Photo: John Reidy

OLD Friends, fans and admirers of the late, great Con Houlihan gathered in his native Castleisland on Friday night to celebrate the launch of a commemorative DVD in his honour, ' Waiting for Houlihan.'

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Launching the DVD at the River Island Hotel, Arts Minister Jimmy Deenihan said it was wonderful to see the great writer's extraordinary life enshrined in history in his home town.

The DVD celebrates the words, wisdom and wit of the legendary sports writer, a man who was as much in love with literature as he was with sport.

First broadcast in 2004 - and recently aired on RTE1 to mark the passing of this Kerry legend - this extended version also features previously unseen clips and footage, compiled by Tralee man Maurice Healy.

These include shots from Sheila Prendiville's Bar in Castleisland as well as footage of noted Sliabh Luachra musician Johnny O'Leary and his daughter Ellen performing for Con at the Patrick O'Keeffe memorial in Scartaglin.

The documentary also features newly included contributions from friends and colleagues and visits to places dear to Con's heart, including Knocknagoshel, 'the heart of the moorland'.

Snippets from the DVD were aired at Friday night's launch, and were well received by the huge crowd that gathered for the celebration. The DVD is available directly from the Seanchaí Literary Centre, Listowel and other local outlets around Castleisland, and can also be purchased online at www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

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