Tuesday 21 November 2017

Con's partner recalls heartbreak over 'Press'

Ciaran Byrne

Late writer Con Houlihan was left 'broken-hearted' when the Irish Press Group collapsed in 1995, over 20 years after he had joined the 'Evening Press'.

Speaking for the first time about his death last August, Con's partner of 35 years Harriet Duffin (pictured) says the 'Press' was his life, and he struggled to fill the void.

Six months after he died, she is still struggling to come to terms with his passing, she tells Vincent Hogan in today's part two of 'Con Houlihan's Ireland'.

"I can't tell you how much I miss him. I went to Canada for Christmas and since I came back I'm like a lost soul. It's horrible," she says.

Harriet first met Con in 1977 as he forged a reputation as Ireland's foremost sports writer. She says Con's world collapsed with the Irish Press's closure.

"It broke his heart" Harriet recalls. The 1970s were turbulent and Harriet says Con abhorred the violence in the North.

"He did absolutely hate the attitude of the Provos, behaving as if they had some kind of mandate.

"Yet, we'd be sitting in a pub and pints would be sent over from well-known republicans."

Also in today's part two of 'Con Houlihan' magazine are recollections by writer Billy Keane and Con's former sports editor, Tom O'Shea.

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