- 12 Mar 01
Five years after the collapse of The Irish Press Group, CON HOULIHAN suffered a fall of his own. Here, he reflects on broken hips, broken dreams and the road to recovery. Interview: SIOBHAN LONG
Turf-cutter, rugby player and would be writer.
And a master of understatement, if that self-portrait is anything to go by. Con Houlihan, raconteur, fisherman, teacher, linguist, naturalist, chef (nouvelle cuisine, of course), international socialist, connoisseur of the four hand reel, writer and lover of words, is not a man given to self-promotion. And yet when news that this veteran of the Irish Press barricades had taken a tumble, ( in Cheltenham, not at Cheltenham , as the Big Man pithily remarked), the great cogs of industry (as well as those of polite and impolite society) ground to a creaking halt. Con s church is as broad as it is deep.