More Than a Game
More Than a Game
'Con Houlihan is the greatest living sports journalist. When he entered the sporting scene the cobwebs of bias and bigotry were blown away by the pure breath of his vision.'
–John B. Keane
'a source of pure pleasure for any reader who savours the surprising allusion and the wise insight'
'one of the finest wordsmiths journalism has ever produced'
'truly, a man for all seasons'
'some of the best writing ever in this country on sport'
Con Houlihan was, quite simply, one of Ireland's finest sports writers. Over a lengthy career, Con covered many of the greatest Irish and international sporting events, from classic gaelic football and hurling finals to soccer and rugby world cups, the Olympics and memorable race meetings at home and abroad. He has also written about sports biggest stars, from George Best to Muhammad Ali.
Con knew that writing well was a demanding craft. As he put it himself: “A man who will misuse an apostrophe is capable of anything.” After an accident, reported in the newspapers, after a race meeting, he remarked: “I fell in Cheltenham, not at Cheltenham. I’m not a bloody horse.”
More Than a Game gathers together the finest examples of his sports journalism from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. Let Con be your guide to some of the greatest moments and characters in world sport.
Con Houlihan was born, as he put it himself, in the hill country above Castle Island on the 6th of December 1925, in a blizzard. After working as a teacher he began writing as a journalist, producing a column three times a week for the Evening Press. He subsequently wrote for a variety of publications, including the Sunday World and Magill magazine. Con died on 4 August 2012, aged eighty-six.