Stuart Carolan launches Dunphy’s Rocky Road

Love/Hate writer leads event to celebrate football pundit’s autobiography

Eamon Dunphy’s  memoir The Rocky Road was launched last night in Patrick Guilbaud’s in Dublin.Photograph: Dave Meehan

Eamon Dunphy’s memoir The Rocky Road was launched last night in Patrick Guilbaud’s in Dublin.Photograph: Dave Meehan

Tue, Oct 15, 2013, 01:00

The autobiography of the man known as Ireland’s most controversial football pundit was last night launched by the writer of what is currently Ireland’s most controversial television drama.

Stuart Carolan, the writer of Love/Hate, introduced Eamon Dunphy’s autobiography The Rocky Road in Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin last night.

Carolan’s series was commissioned by Dunphy’s wife Jane Gogan, but the two know each other for many years, with Carolan having worked with Dunphy 16 years ago on Today FM show The Last Word.

“Eamon is a punk, he is a rebel, he is the Lenny Bruce of journalism, but above all else Eamon is a family man,” Carolan told the assembled crowd which included famous faces of football, television and the arts.

Among them were soccer legends Liam Brady and Johnny Giles, broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy, journalist Sam Smyth, novelist John Banville, pop promoter Louis Walsh, and musician Phil Coulter.

Dunphy gave special mention to Coulter saying that while the title The Rocky Road was a tribute to Luke Kelly, that Kelly had much preferred singing Coulter’s Scorn Not His Simplicity and The Town I Loved So Well.

Dunphy also thanked his family whom he said he was lucky to have “cos I’m a bit of an eejit”.