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After a long, strange trip of 40 years on RTÉ, Eamon Dunphy called it a day last week Pic: Fergal Phillips

As Eamon Dunphy bowed out of television last week with a characteristic flourish, it seems sad that a younger generation of broadcasters and journalists have no licence to emulate his old-school audacity and originality

What can a younger generation learn from Eamon Dunphy? Absolutely nothing. But that’s not his fault; it’s the fault of the increasingly restrictive media climate we’re in.

At the age of 72, Dunphy left RTÉ last week, having delivered his final sports contributing slot, with a solid claim to being one of the charismatic media personalities of his generation, not just through his punditry, but also via his writing and broadcasting engagements elsewhere.

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