Eamon Dunphy: People think I'm a dipso, but I'm not really
It's a sad day for one of Dublin's most famous nightclubs as Eamon Dunphy has revealed he no longer goes to Lilles.
Dunphy has often spoken of his love for the popular Dublin venue but as he turns 70, those maverick days are in the past but he is planning one "last splurge" with Love/Hate writer Stuart Carolan and a few other buddies.
The outspoken pundit turns 70 on Monday and in a compelling interview in today's Irish Daily Star he admits he still has the enthusiasm and mind of an 18-year-old.
He may be getting too old for late nights in Lillies, but the former professional footballer is still a regular in Pilates classes although he admits he "can't touch the floor with his knuckles like Bill Cullen".
"I don't go to Lillies anymore, but I am planning one last splurge with Stuart Carolan (Love/Hate writer) along with a number of other buddies," he said in today's Star.
"I wouldn't mind one last night in Lillies. Joys is closed, so I don't know what we'll do when we're waiting for the early houses to open. I'm not completely without desires and appetites.
"I'm in great health now, thank God, but I did burn the candle at both ends for a while.
"But I was never a big drinker. A lot of people think I'm a dipso but I'm not really. I exercise every day and have done for about five years.
"I do about 50 minutes, between Pilates and my exercise bike. But I'm not like Bill Cullen. I can't touch the floor with my knuckles."
Dunphy also admits that he has always been seen as the "fecking eejit beside John Giles" and has predicted that is how it will be for as long as he lives.
He also talks passionately about politics and how the country has let down the people of Ireland, admitting that if he was younger and had children he would not want them in this country.
The second part of the interview is due to run in Monday's Irish Daily Star.