The life and times of Con Houlihan are celebrated in a remarkable five-part magazine series that begins today, free inside the ‘Irish Independent’.
Con died last year but his legacy as one of Ireland’s greatest ever writers is alive and well in the work he left behind.
That includes a rare collection of essays by the former Evening Press, Sunday World and Evening Herald writer.
Over the next five weeks, join us on a magical journey through ‘Con Houlihan’s Ireland’ - as the great writer in his own inimitable way brings to life the places we call home.
In these ‘lost essays’, Con visited more than 100 Irish towns and villages, playfully teasing out the traits of the places and people that make up the rich fabric of Ireland’s heartland.
From Abbeyleix in Co Laois to Wexford town and Dublin’s Grafton street, these fabulous pieces are an A to Z of Irish life in all its complex glory, encompassing Con’s take on sport, nature, quiet country ways and the buzz of city life.
‘Con Houlihan’s Ireland – The Lost Essays’ will also include special contributions from those who knew him best including friends such as Jimmy Deenihan and former Evening Press sports editor Tom O’Shea.
The supplements will also explore Con’s unique writing style and the tremendous impact he had on people in almost 60 years of teaching and journalism.
‘Con Houlihan’s Ireland – The Lost Essays’, free every Saturday until March 23rd inside the Irish Independent, before you make up your mind, open it.