Eamon Dunphy's cash pile hits €300k

Eamon Dunphy

New figures show that outspoken soccer pundit, Eamon Dunphy, who turned 70 last year, still has massive earning power.

This follows the second set of accounts filed by Mr Dunphy’s firm Festuca Ltd to the Companies Office showing that the firm’s cash pile jumped to almost €300,000 last year.

The TV pundit’s firm increased its cash pile from €152,936 to €294,288 in the 12 months to the end of August last year.

During the same year, accumulated profits at the firm increased from €150,487 to €276,894.

The firm’s bumper year coincided with the release of the paperback version Mr Dunphy’s best-selling memoir, ‘The Rocky Road’.

At the time of publication, Penguin described the book as “one of the most hotly anticipated Irish autobiographies of recent times”.

Mr Dunphy sits on the board of the firm with Timothy Dunphy.

The total pay for the two directors is modest when compared with the increase in reported profits with the two men sharing a total pay pot of €28,000.

Mr Dunphy set up Festuca Ltd on August in 2013 after he moved to wind-up his former firm, Mac Consultants Ltd as he re-organised his company affairs.

Documents lodged by Mac Consultants Ltd’s liquidator in 2014 show that Dunphy received a windfall before tax totalling almost €500,000 from the wind-up.

More than 30 years after first appearing on TV screens as a soccer pundit, Mr Dunphy continues to cause a stir with his outspoken views.

Along with his RTÉ deal to provide soccer punditry across TV and radio, Mr Dunphy also has a contract with the ‘Irish Daily Star’ as a columnist with that paper.

The figures show that the firm owed €40,088 within one year to creditors.

Mr Dunphy’s long time on-screen partner, Johnny Giles is also making a very good living from his punditry.

The most recent accounts for 2014 show that RTÉ’s ‘senior analyst’s firm had accumulated profits of over €540,000.

During 2014, Mr Giles’s Quoteford Ltd’s cash pile jumped by over €70,000 to €550,438.



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