Houlihan passes away at 86

Houlihan passes away at 86

One of Ireland's finest sports writers Con Houlihan has died at the age of 86.

The Kerry native passed away in hospital at around 7.30am this morning from kidney failure.

Over a lengthy career, he covered many of the greatest Irish and international sporting events, from Gaelic football and hurling finals, to soccer, rugby and the Olympics.

He wrote his last ever article just a few days ago.

He is survived by his long term friend and companion Harriot Duffin and a wide circle of friends.

Sports Editor with the Irish Examiner Tony Leen says it would be very fitting for all GAA fans to pay tribute to the writing legend in Croke Park this weekend: "We talk about minutes silences in Croke Park for GAA legends.

"Con Houlihan is a GAA legend in every sense of the word and I think it would be appropriate this evening for the two quarter-finals and particularly tomorrow for the two quarter-finals, with Kerry playing, (that) Croke Park should reverbarate to a minutes round of applause.

"It would be a very apt celebration of the joy and enjoyment he gave thousands of GAA supporters."

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan, has described Con as a "giant of journalism" and praised his "warmth, wit and intellect".

While, Sunday World editor Colm MacGinty said "Con was truly a great journalist - a genius, a great man, great life and a great soul."

His funeral arrangements have not yet been finalised.

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