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.