Friday 24 May 2019

An Irish boxer on the rise... or is it - Can you decipher the writing of the great Con Houlihan?

Con Houlihan...15 November 1996; Journalist and author Con Houlihan. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE...ABC
Con Houlihan...15 November 1996; Journalist and author Con Houlihan. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE...ABC
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The work of Con Houlihan remains part of Irish sports journalism legend, with the Castleisland native having worked with the Sunday World, the Evening Herald, and The Irish Times as well as a back-page column with the Evening Press which was essential reading for so many years.

The process of his words appearing in these papers was a little more complicated than it would be today, however, as the recently discovered original writing below illustrates.

Each page would be written long-hand by Con and before being typed up by somebody within the editorial team of the day. The typed-up version was then sent back to Con for corrections before appearing in publications.

Can you decipher his original work? There are three pages

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The answers are below, as verified by his former colleagues in the Sunday World.

1 Gearoid ó Colmáin was the first ever Irish boxer to win the European Heavyweight Championship. That was in 1947

2 That landmark tells little about his career: he was Irish champion for about a decade

3 No doubt he got many offers to turn professional – good heavyweights are a rare breed.

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