Saturday 20 October 2018

Journalist Con Houlihan dies at the age of 86

Legendary Kerry journalist Con Houlihan became a prophet in his own land when the people of his native Castleisland unveiled a bust in his like along the main street
Con Houlihan. Photo: David Conachy
Statue of Journalist Con Houlihan in the lounge area of the dropping Well pub in Miltown. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The death was announced this morning of legendary sports journalist and writer Con Houlihan.

Considered one of the country’s best sportswriters, Houlihan was born in Castleisland, Co Kerry in 1925.

A Greek and Latin scholar, he spent much of his working life as a journalist with the Irish Press Group, where he covered many of the greatest sporting events, both in Ireland and internationally.

In later years, he also wrote for the Irish Independent and Evening Herald. His most recent column was published in the Evening Herald less than two weeks ago.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, this afternoon paid tribute to Houlihan, saying “he was a giant of sports journalism who brought the game to life and raised the bar in his profession”.

The writings of the late con houlihan

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