Today’s ‘Outlook’ is a Collector’s Item

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The centre-page spread with the map of what’s where in today’s issue of Sliabh Luachra Outlook. Click to enlarge.

It’s very seldom for those of us who formed the habit of collecting newspapers or magazines to find something of a keepsake these days.

There is one out and loose around Castleisland and further afield today. Today’s issue of the Sliabh Luachra Outlook is a collector’s item of the highest order.

Not just because it pays a fine tribute to the late Con Houlihan in his own fields, but because it does it with style.

The Evening Press

When I saw it this afternoon it reminded me of the times The Evening Press featured Con’s Tributaries column.

And especially when someone local was mentioned therein.

On these occasions there would be a mad scramble for the paper. I remember one evening in particular. The late Mike Kenny and myself were sipping away in The Crown and several people came in looking for an orphaned copy of ‘The Press’ – there was none.

These were people who wouldn’t normally darken the door of a pub – but this was something they had to do.

An Overcoat Pocket

Eventually someone came in and pulled a copy from an overcoat pocket and it was pounced upon.

Mike was prevailed upon and he became the Conduit for what caused the commotion earlier.

As I recall, it was a line – or two at most – about a local man who came to Con’s mind while he wrote about a famous artist, sculptor or writer.

The man with the overcoat promptly took back his Evening Press as he assured us it was the last on the stands that evening.

In Book Form

Thankfully, someone prevailed on Con to let his Tributries flow into print again and in book form.

There you’ll read references to men like: Danny Horan, Paddy Hussey, Michael ‘Moc’ Sugrue and Patrick O’Keeffe and the places they sported and played.

In today’s Sliabh Luachra Outlook you’ll find a guide to where the walking tour plaques are situated with some choice quotes from the great man himself. Credit where it is due and all that.


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