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Eamon's 'clowns' having the last laugh

Who could not feel the glow of schadenfreude watching Dunphy get 'Dunphy-ed' live on TV, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 06/02/2011 | 05:00

HE called Portuguese footballer Cristiano Ronaldo a "puffball", a "self-indulgent idiot", and a "petulant brat" given to "poncing around". Niall Quinn was a "creep"; Harry Kewell a "fat clown"; Jose Mourinho was "poisonous"; and Mick McCarthy not only a "boil on the arse of humanity", but "one of the biggest whingers in world football".

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Eamon Dunphy doesn't just restrict himself to sporting insults either. When the invectives are flying, everyone is fair game. Bono was a "pompous git"; Niall Crowley of the Equality Authority was called a "f***er" live on air; more recently, David Norris's presidential ambitions were shot down as the delusions of a "playground show off" who was "in love with the sound of his own voice". Pat Kenny, John Hume, Mary Robinson, Dick Spring's Labour Party -- all were on the receiving end more than once.

True to form, on Monday's first edition of RTE's new late-night election show, Eleventh Hour, politicians were contemptuously dismissed en masse with that favourite Dunphyesque epithet: "clowns". He had "no respect" for any of them, he declared.

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