Sunday Miscellany: Dermot Bolger on Irish Newspaper Legend, Con Houlihan

Con Houlihan (December 1925 – August 2012) ensconced in the corner of Con’s Bar in the River Island Hotel in Castleisland beside a photograph of himself on a rare trip home in September 2002. ©Photograph: John Reidy 17-9-2002

For the first Sunday morning in about a century and a half I missed Sunday Miscellany.

My grandson and I were flying a €10 glider in ideal wind conditions over lawns and meadows around Keel – at the other side and at the base of Sliabh Mish.

I heard and read Dermot Bolger’s tribute to the late and undeniably great Con Houlihan several times before – but, like Con’s own remarkable pieces, it gets better with every hearing, better with every reading.

An Irish Newspaper Legend

The Sunday Miscellany contribution from the Dublin novelist and playwright was titled: ‘Dermot Bolger on an Irish Newspaper Legend.’

It centres around his almost life long admiration for Con and his newspaper work on sport, the arts and life as he saw it.

Our own Mikey ‘The Legend’ O’Connor made sure I wouldn’t miss out the re-broadcast and sent me the link to the programme.

His Beloved Evening Press

There’s always someone who won’t have heard or read this account of a precious encounter with Con – as Dermot Bolger had with his young and impressionable son at a soccer match in Dublin in the course of Con’s time as a reporter with his beloved Evening Press.

Sit back and have a listen and hear that  in an age of false glamour and instant celebrity how Mr. Bolger saw Con Houlihan as the genuine article – a king of his kind – a true legend.

And he underlined that the giant of Irish journalism didn’t need fancy clothes to stand apart or out. Click on the link below to hear the broadcast:

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