Wednesday 19 June 2019

Eamon Dunphy: It was Gerry Ryan's death that made me kick the coke habit

Eamon Dunphy
Eamon Dunphy

Eamon Dunphy has revealed it was the death of his friend Gerry Ryan in 2010 that helped him kick his cocaine habit.

The 68-year-old football pundit said he “did [his] share” of cocaine until the RTÉ broadcaster’s death made him think about his habit.

“I did my share of drugs and stuff when the Tiger was roaring in nightclubs or whatever,” Dunphy told Hot Press magazine.

“No, I don’t,” he replied when asked if he still used cocaine, “I stopped altogether."

“Because I’m not one who can mess," he continued, "I would be borderline sometimes.

“Actually, Gerry Ryan’s death had something to do with that.

Roy Keane with Eamon Dunphy after the publication of Keane's biography
Roy Keane with Eamon Dunphy after the publication of Keane's biography

“I said, ‘Eamon, you’re an idiot. You’ve got kids. You’ve a wife. You’ve responsibilities. And you’re putting that rat poison up your nose.”

Dunphy’s friend, radio and TV host Gerry Ryan, died suddenly in April 2010, aged just 53.

An inquest into Ryan's death heard that traces of cocaine in his system were likely to have caused the cardiac arrhythmia that killed him.

Dunphy, who insists that his “There’s no good coke in this town” quip to a journalist years ago was a joke, said he knew a dealer who died from the drug.

“A dealer I knew, a woman, died taking her own stuff. And it was the worst stuff in town,” he said. 

The Dubliner also spoke about his recently-released autobiography, saying that he didn’t use the book as an opportunity to settle arguments.

“I’m not a vengeful person,” he said, “There’s not much score settling in the book.”

The full piece can be read in the new Hot Press magazine in stores now.

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