Friday 15 November 2019

Con Houlihan five-part series

He was one of Ireland’s greatest writers - a supremely gifted sports journalist and teacher who inspired devotion from his readers and young scholars.

Con Houlihan sadly died last year but his legacy is alive and well in the writings he left behind.

The Irish Independent is delighted to bring you a very special series of quality 32-page magazines based around a rare collection of essays by the former Evening Press, Sunday World and Evening Herald writer.

From the team that brought you the ‘Rolling Back The Years’ series, ‘Irish Lives’ and the award-winning ‘Titanic Stories’ comes another must-have collection.

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.

Between 1995 and 1996 after the closure of the Irish Press Group, 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 essays 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.

In part two, Con’s partner Harriet Duffin speaks to chief sports writer Vincent Hogan about her life with the softly-spoken Castle Island man and her sorrow at his passing.

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.

Find out why he insisted his home town Castle Island was always spelled with two words and how he made sure every apostrophe and comma was in the right place.

‘Con Houlihan’s Ireland – The Lost Essays’ Continue on the journey, part four on Saturday March 16th and the fifth and final part on Saturday March 23rd inside the Irish Independent, before you make up your mind, open it.

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