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Friday 18 April 2014

Film about writer Con relaunched

A DOCUMENTARY about the life and times of writer Con Houlihan is to be relaunched with previously unseen footage.

IFTA-nominated Waiting For Houlihan is set to be released in memory of the journalist who died in August.

"The film celebrates the words, wisdom and wit of the sports writer extraordinaire, a man who was as much in love with literature as he was with sport," a notice announcing its revival says. It achieved the highest rating in the RTE Arts Lives series when it was first broadcast in 2004.

Houlihan (86), who was a Herald columnist until the time of his death, enjoyed a 60-year career in journalism.

The film about his life will be launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan in the Irish Film Institute in Temple Bar tonight.

Sequences not seen before include legendary Sliabh Luachra musician Johnny O'Leary, accompanied by his daughter Ellen, performing for Con at the Patrick O'Keeffe memorial in Scartaglin.

The documentary also features new contributions from friends and colleagues and visits to places dear to Con's heart, including Knocknagoshel, 'the heart of the moorland'.

It will be available directly from the Seanchai Literary Centre, Listowel, and other local outlets, and can also be purchased online at www.kerrywritersmuseum.com.

In 2010, Houlihan was given an All Ireland Inspirational Life award for his 'unique and vocal insight into Irish society'. And he was given a posthumous award at this year's National Newspapers of Ireland Awards.

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