Paddy Power’s standout Head2Head series returns to our screens over the Christmas break promising yet more hard-hitting and intriguing conversations with the iconic Eamon Dunphy on eir Sport.
Recorded over five nights in September 2018 at the pop-up Paddy Power Museum of Mischief on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, Head2Head celebrates our 30 years as an Irish business.
Viewers have already been treated to impassioned opinion and fiery clashes from new Republic of Ireland gaffer Mick McCarthy and the country’s greatest ever goalscorer Robbie Keane within the last month on the Head2Head series.
So, you’ll all be delighted to discover that not only are those interviews going to be repeated over the holidays (McCarthy on Christmas Day and Keane on December 28, both at 10pm on eir Sport 1), there will also be three new interviews to enjoy, baby!
Eamon Dunphy is back baby!
Eamon makes his return to TV with a series of interviews, produced by @PaddyPower, with five Irish sporting greats.
— eir Sport (@eirSport) November 29, 2018
* By the way, did we mention these shows are free to air on the Sky platform. This means if you don’t subscribe usually to eir, you can still see these programmes – and they’ll also ‘pop on’ at the allocated time.
First on the chopping block on Christmas Eve at 10pm on eir Sport 1 is five-time All-Ireland Football Championship winner Tomas Ó Sé, who gets real with the original mischief-maker on the chances of his beloved Kerry toppling Dublin’s current monopoly on the game.
He also tells Eamon a cracker about the time his uncle, Kerry legend Paudi Ó Sé, came across The Edge from U2.
“Paudi beckoned him over and they had a drink,” said Ó Sé.
“Then Paudi’s phone rang and he said to the person on the other end of the line ‘I’ll be over in a while, I’m just sitting here with The Wedge.”
After big Mick does his thing on Christmas Day, champion jockey Ruby Walsh is the next one caught in Dunphy’s crosshairs on St Stephen’s Day at 10pm on eir Sport 1.
With the Christmas period being one of the most hectic times in the life of a jockey, it’s the perfect time to grab Ruby ahead of the Paddy Power Chase Day at Leopardstown on December 27.
Thankfully, Eamon manages to keep Ruby in the saddle long enough to tell a spellbinding story about his UK Grand National victory on Papillon and he opens up for the first time on his decision to take up riding at such an early age.
Our final new feature on December 27, again at 10pm on eir Sport 1, stars former Liverpool idol Graeme Souness.
Having also played lead roles for Scotland, Rangers, Newcastle United, Sampdoria, Blackburn Rovers and Galatasaray, Souness is no stranger to our screens these days with his punditry work on Virgin Media Sport and Sky Sports.
When the subject of Bruce Grobbelaar was introduced by Dunphy, Souness recalled how he was playing out of position in goals of all places while he was at Anfield.
“It’s slightly discerning as a midfield player when you’re halfway up your own half and you’re getting a shout on your right from someone saying, ‘I’m free, I’m on!’ …then you look around and it’s your goal keeper,” said the Scotland legend.
To round it all out, Robbie Keane returns for another viewing on eir Sport 1 of his brilliant interview with Mr Dunphy on December 28 at 10pm.
Here are the dates and times again for all the Head2Head interviews:
December 24: Tomas O Sé 10pm on eir Sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 25: Mick McCarthy 10pm on eir Sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 26: Ruby Walsh 10pm on eir Sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 27: Graeme Souness 10pm on eir Sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
December 28: Robbie Keane 10pm on eir Sport 1 (Free to view on Sky platform)
* If you miss any of our shows don’t worry! We will have them here on PP News and on the Paddy Power YouTube Channel the day after they air on TV.
These interviews are not-to-be-missed for any sports, so you better get them in your planner right now.
If you don’t, Eamon might just throw his pen at you for being so silly!