Con Houlihan

I was truly sorry to hear that Con Houlihan has passed away at the age of 86.

A giant, in every sense of the word, he dominated Irish journalism, not only in his sports writing but in his erudition, his wit and his style.  Mulligans erected a plaque to Con far too late — only two years ago — long after he gave up writing, which is a great pity considering the contribution he made to their balance sheet over the years.  If Tommy Cusack had been spared, Con would have had his memorial a while back, even though Tommy was a parsimonious Cavan man and Con was a big-hearted Kerry exile.

Fógra: Tá Con Houlihan tar éis fáil bháis.

Isn’t that how he’d have said it in the Evening Press?

A mighty man, full of humour, learning and humility, he taught all of us a lesson here and there.

Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.

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