Con Houlihan

Con Houlihan (6 December 1925 – 4 August 2012) was intrinsically linked to Mulligan’s where he lodged all his earnings in the safe in the cellar. A float was kept in a tankard behind the lounge bar from which he would take money to buy drink for himself and friends.

Con Houlihan with Jimmy Edwards and Vincent Reddin
Con Houlihan with Jimmy Edwards and Vincent Reddin

Over a lengthy career, Houlihan covered many Irish and international sporting events, from Gaelic football and hurling finals, to soccer and rugby World Cups, the Olympics and numerous race meetings inside and outside of Ireland.

He was a journalist with the Irish Press group. He wrote the Tributaries column and the Con Houlihan column on the back page of the Evening Press. He also wrote for the Irish Press and sometimes the Sunday Press, until the group’s demise in 1995 after which he wrote for the Sunday World and the Evening Herald.

There was only one Con Houlihan


The poet, critic and journalist, John Boland, features a lengthy and loving portrait of Con Houlihan on his blog.

The greatest writer of them all

Michael Commins

Michael Commins reflects on the impact of Con Houlihan on journalism, on sport and on those he met.

Con Houlihan as author


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Con Houlihan was the author of many books that touched on many subjects including sport, history, politics and literature.

‘It was an uproariously entertaining education to have known Con’


Liam Mackey recounts poignant encounters with Con


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