So after innumerable rants, riots, laughs, tears, and glaring factual inaccuracies, Eamon Dunphy is leaving RTE.
Eamo dropped the news via his podcast's Twitter account, in which he confirmed that he will not be renewing his contract. If his version of showbiz is to leave 'them' wanting more, Dunphy seems to have got his wish as he confirmed on Twitter that RTE offered him a (small) raise in order to renew his contract but he elected not to sign it.
It's not exactly a sentiment shared by all viewers as there's been a sharply divided reaction to Dunphy's departure. Here's a reflection of the wider attitude.
Dunphy leaves RTE - end of an era. Pen throwing, Mother Teresa, Rod Liddle, cods, Venables rap sheet, frauds, burdens of proof, Neymar f**king dreading it........showbiz baby! #Dunphy
— Ron Boucher (@RonnyBouch) July 25, 2018
Football on RTE Sport will never be the same without @Dunphy_Official💔Thanks for the 40 years Eamon Dunphy
— Grainne O’ Leary (@Grainne0L) July 25, 2018
#Dunphy had some great / hilarious moments in the distant past but thankfully he's packed it in. Had a shocking tournament and is out of touch with the game and its players and has been for years #eamondunphy #rtesport
— Enda O'Connor (@Endacisive) July 25, 2018
Bit conflicted on Dunphy leaving. Yesterday's man no doubt but the role of Eamon Dunphy was never really to be a fountain of knowledge. His role was always to just be Eamon Dunphy.
— ray (@vinfox) July 25, 2018
Wow Eamon Dunphy leaves RTE quietly – there'll be no final day tributes like Bill and John received. Whatever about the conciseness of the analysis, Eamo has given us fantastic pageantry over the years
— Dean Van Nguyen (@deanvannguyen) July 25, 2018
Will eamon Dunphy now run for president?
— Johnny Fallon (@jonnyfallon) July 25, 2018
Nothing will beat the days of Bill O’Herlihy, John Giles, Liam Brady & Eamon Dunphy on RTE. It’s mad that Liam is the only one left on the panel.
— Conor (@KoloTourbae) July 25, 2018
— The Cill Dara Times (@CillDaraTimes) July 25, 2018
I thought the day would never come, now it has.
Eamon Dunphy will be leaving @RTEsoccer after a career spanning over 4 decades. He will be a tremendous loss to broadcasting.
Eamon told it like it was as an analyst and wasn't afraid to tell the truth! #EamonDunphy #Dunphy #RTE
— Lee Toland (@LeeToland1) July 25, 2018
Give Dunphy plenty of stick, but he'll be missed all the same. People willing to say something and risk being wrong more entertaining and interesting than those who play it safe.
— Mark Kirwan (@mrk_krwn_sport) July 25, 2018
— Terry Behan (@BehanTerry) July 25, 2018
Eamon Dunphy is retiring?? Alleluia.
— Marie Duffin (@LadyDarklands) July 25, 2018