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Friday 22 September 2017

Eamon Dunphy: I was forced to have dark wedding by offensive catholic priest

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy, above, with his partner Jane Gogan, left, and former wife Sandra Tinsley at the wedding of his daughter, Colette in 2009
Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy, above, with his partner Jane Gogan, left, and former wife Sandra Tinsley at the wedding of his daughter, Colette in 2009

Broadcaster Eamon Dunphy has revealed how he and his first wife had to endure a 'dark wedding' after a parish priest in London told him to marry a "nice, Irish girl".

The 68-year-old former Republic of Ireland international made the revelation about his wedding to his first wife Sandra Tinsley on the John Murray Show this morning.

When Dunphy was 21 years of age, he claims he was treated "very badly" by a Catholic priest when the pair attempted to tie the knot, an ordeal he doesn't explore in his authobiogrpahy.

"I was preparing to marry a protestant girl and I was treated very badly and she was by a parish priest in London who was 'teaching' us," he said.

"When you were marrying outside of your faith in those days, the woman and you had to have lessons and counselling.

"He treated us very badly, he told us that protestants were bad people and that this marraige wouldn't work and these protestants weren't the same as us and I should find a nice, Irish catholic girl.

"I was 21 at the time and he was quite brutal and offensive. That was the end of it for me.

"We got married in a dark church which deprieves my wife of the day of her life.

"No lights, no ceremony, no candles."

When asked why he didn't outline this episode in his life in his autobiography, Dunphy responded: "I made the conscious decision to write about my life but I don't think you own other people's lives and your family's life. The people I wrote about in the book are dead now.

"I don't think I had a right to open up other people lives."

Meanwhile, the soccer pundit has hailed the appointment of Roy Keane and Martin O'Neill and the Ireland team's performance in their 3-0 win over Latvia on Friday night.

He pointed out how much John Giles had been impressed by the display from the Boys in Green.

"He doesn't get excited too often," Dunphy said.

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