EAMON Dunphy has described the process of writing his autobiography as a "lonely and cathartic" journey.
The 68-year-old launched his memoir 'The Rocky Road' in Dublin last night.
The book took the RTE pundit more than two years to write and Dunphy told the Irish Independent it was an emotional journey delving back into his past, especially his childhood.
"It's been a rollercoaster definitely; my childhood was difficult so going back to that was cathartic at times. It's emotional, but it's a relief the work is done and the reviews have been good," he said.
"I have a lot of really great friends who have given me great advice. Colm Toibin was an enormous help, because you do reach moments where you're questioning if any of it is any good at all. He read the book and advised me on it."
A host of well-known faces turned out to support Dunphy at Patrick Guilbaud's restaurant last night, including his panelists John Giles, Liam Brady and Bill O'Herlihy, as well as Sean O'Rourke, Louis Walsh and John Banville.
Mr O'Herlihy said: "I'm so thrilled for Eamon. He has been a major influence on sports broadcasting."
Mr Brady added: "We've been working together many years now and I remember when he started working on it. It's great but your only hope is that you're not in it."
The autobiography was launched by 'Love/Hate' creator Stuart Carolan.
Mr Carolan praised the man of honour for his "ferocious work rate".
"You don't get to be where he is without serious work ethic. He is a great friend to me and has helped my career hugely," he said.