Con Houlihan behind Local Cabinet Decision

John Roche, Chairman of Castleisland District Heritage, recently visited Walter Lyons Furniture in Tralee and made a firm deal on the purchase of three secure metal cabinets for rapid delivery to the project offices in Castleisland.


The purchase came about following the acquisition of papers and artefacts belonging to the late and great journalist, Con Houlihan.  M J Kearney, Chairperson of Castleisland Chamber Alliance, who donated the material, recognised a gap in the storage facilities of the archive and kindly offered to sponsor part of the cost of the office furniture.  It will be used for the safe storage of Con Houlihan’s material as well as the papers of the late Michael O’Donohoe.


Castleisland District Heritage was established in 2014 and its archive has grown substantially since then with donations of every kind from all over the world.  A system has developed to receive the material but despite time-consuming efforts, adequate funding for the function of a history and heritage facility has not been secured.


Johnnie Roche (above left) discusses the purchase of new office furniture with Walter Lyons, Tralee. On the right, Johnnie is pictured with Janet Murphy holding one of Con’s artefacts, joined by Tomo Burke (left) former treasurer of CDH and M J Kearney, Chairperson of Castleisland Chamber Alliance. In the centre, Con Houlihan, captain of the Castleisland rugby team who played Killarney in the MacGillycuddy Cup final on 13 March 1955, can be seen in the centre of the photo, arms draped over adjoining players