Thursday 18 January 2018

Bill O'Herlihy, John Giles and Eamon Dunphy reunite for 'Remembering Italia ‘90’

John Giles, Bill O'Herlihy and Eamon Dunphy
John Giles, Bill O'Herlihy and Eamon Dunphy
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

It was a trip down memory lane for Bill O'Herlihy, John Giles and Eamon Dunphy who reunited for 'Remembering Italia ‘90’ in the Aviva Stadium last night.

But even rose tinted memories weren't enough to coax O'Herlihy out of retirement.

"It's great seeing Eamon and John but I have no regrets about retirement," O'Herlihy told the Irish Independent.

"I watch them from the outside now. It’s a bit different, let me put it that way, but it’s very good," he said.

"I think Darragh is doing a fantastic job although I do find myself arguing with the TV set from time to time."

"It was my decision to retire and I felt I made the right decision - I was 49 years on television and I thought that was it. I’m as happy as Larry”

The trio recalled their favourite moments from Italia 90 as part of the Dublin: One City One Book festival celebrating Roddy Doyle's iconic Barrytown trilogy.

While most attendees, including Paul McGrath, recalled their favourite matches, Eamon Dunphy preferred to focus on the atmosphere engulfing the country.

“It was great to see so many happy people," he said. "People were enjoying football - even those who had never watched a match before.

"To be totally honest I was part of the 1% who thought the football wasn’t great but people didn’t seem to care about that. They were happy days.”

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