Paddy Power presents: Dunphy & McCarthy go Head2Head on eir Sport 1

Paddy Power presents Head2Head on eir Sport 1 as host Eamon Dunphy gets up close and personal with former nemesis and returning Ireland boss Mick McCarthy ...



Eamon Dunphy has been one of Ireland’s most incendiary personalities for 40 years. The original mischief maker – who has delivered acclaimed work of substance in print, on air and on screen – fronts a new TV show created by Paddy Power that will be aired on eir Sport.

This is a high-profile return to Irish screens for Dunphy and pits him Head2Head for intense and intimate interviews with sporting greats who have a story to tell.

Eamon Dunphy was infamously critical of McCarthy both as a player and manager, dares to go where others have failed. As a result, Mick opens up on what really happened in Saipan, how he offered an olive branch to Roy Keane, but ultimately how proud he is of how he handled the situation during the 2002 World Cup.

Mick, now Ireland manager for a second term, also candidly discusses the influence of his father in Barnsley, leading Ireland as captain, and the fall-outs that ensued, including being picked ahead of David O’Leary by then boss Jack Charlton.

There’s great chemistry, impassioned opinion, occasional fiery clashes, plenty of tears, laughs, and moments of rare and raw honesty.


In later series, Eamon also goes Head2Head with new Ireland coach Robbie Keane, top jockey Ruby Walsh, legendary player tuned pundit Graeme Souness and five-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry, Tomas O’ Sé.

The first episode featuring Mick McCarthy airs on Friday, 30th November at 10pm on eir Sport 1, with episode two featuring Robbie Keane airing next Wednesday, December 5th at 10.30pm on the same channel. The below episodes will be shown over the Christmas period and will also be free to view on the Sky platform.

Recorded over five nights in September 2018 at the pop-up Paddy Power Museum of Mischief in Dublin – there’s five 30-minute episodes for true sports fans to savour as Paddy Power celebrated 30 years as an Irish business.

With much more of a roll-call of career highs, there’s relaxed and sparkly conversation with no topic out of bounds.

See also: When Mick met Eamo: Dunphy & McCarthy’s biggest clashes 

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