Belfast Telegraph

Sports writer Houlihan remembered

One of Ireland's finest sports writers, Con Houlihan, has been remembered as a gentleman who painted pictures with words.

The funeral of the renowned journalist took place at St Kevin's Church in Harrington Street, Dublin, with hundreds of mourners including former colleagues and sports figures paying their respects.

Mr Houlihan died last weekend at the age of 86.

A minute's silence was observed before the Kerry-Donegal All-Ireland football quarter-final match in Croke Park last Sunday as a tribute to his work.

His journalism first attracted a huge readership with his column in the Evening Press and he went on to become a fixture in the Sunday World, the Evening Herald, and The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was represented by Commandant Michael Tracy and President Michael D Higgins by Colonel Brendan McAndrew at the service. Jimmy Deenihan, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs, attended the service.

Mourners included sporting figures such as Niall Quinn, retired GAA commentator Micheal O Muircheartaigh and Mick O'Dwyer.

Mr Houlihan's friend, Ray Hennessy, described him as a quintessential gentleman with extreme powers of observation who painted pictures with words.

His niece, Anne Houlihan, told mourners that she remembered him as a beloved uncle and the gentlest of giants.

A cremation service took place at Mount Jerome in Harold's Cross after the Mass.

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