Con Houlihan – a writing genius and a shy man died on Saturday. My condolences to his family and herself.

Kerry-born journalist and writer Con Houlihan dies at 86

Kerry-born journalist and writer Con Houlihan has died at the age of
86 after a long illness.

Con Houlihan is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest ever journalists

Mr Houlihan, from Castleisland in Co Kerry, wrote with authority on
many subjects, most notably sport and literature, for more than 60
years.

His journalism featured in the Sunday World, the Evening Herald, and
the Irish Times.

However, it was his back-page column and articles for the Evening
Press which first attracted an enormous readership.

He was also a Latin and Greek scholar, and was admired for his
knowledge of language, syntax and writing style.

He is intrinsically linked to one of Ireland’s most famous pubs,
Mulligans, on Poolbeg Street in Dublin, where a plaque commemorating
his life and journalism was erected several years ago.

He also wrote several sports books, including one on the history of
Kerry football.

President Michael D Higgins this morning paid tribute to Mr Houlihan,
saying: “I have just learned of the death of Con Houlihan. He was a
most original writer, with a unique style based on his extensive
knowledge of literature, politics, life and sport.

“As a sportswriter, who engaged us over the decades, he had that
special quality and ability to identify with the passion, pain and
celebration of Irish community life.

“I express my deepest sympathy, on behalf of Sabina and myself, to his
family and friends.”

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan described
Mr Houlihan as a giant of journalism and commentary.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he was saddened to hear of the
passing of Mr Houlihan, describing him as “one of Ireland’s most
respected and talented sports writers.”