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Monday 23 October 2017

'I wanted to deck Gaybo for what he said to mum'

Peter Murphy
Peter Murphy
INTERVIEW: Annie Murphy on the Late Late Show with Gay Byrne in 1993.

Bishop Eamon Casey's son Peter has revealed he wanted to 'deck' presenter Gay Byrne over his Late Late Show interview with his mother.

The 39-year-old son of Bishop Casey and his ex-lover, Annie Murphy, has broken his silence for the first time since the scandal in 1992.

He has revealed how he was angered at Gaybo's 1993 interview with his mother.

During Gaybo's now famous interview with Annie Murphy, he finished by saying: "If your son is half as good a man as his father, he won't be doing too badly."

 

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Mr Murphy said: "I'm an only child to a single mother. I wanted to fly across the thing and deck him. You know, the first thing you want to do is drop him."

He flew to Dublin from his home in Boston to speak to investigative presenter Donal McIntyre for a new TV3 series.

Print And Be Damned, which will be broadcast next week, recalls how Annie Murphy replied to Gay Byrne: "I'll settle for part of that, but also I'm not so bad myself as you'd like to think."

Her son told how proud he was of his mother for her answer.

"What I loved the best is my mom's response," said Mr Murphy in the TV3 documentary.

"You have to understand when you're an only child. It's beyond just a mother-son relationship. You are friends.

"The way my mom said I'm not half bad either and knowing my mom with that wry little smile and the way she just got up and just walked out. I was like 'Hell, yeah, you tell him'."

Peter also opens up about meeting his father for the first time at a law office.

He remembered taking the lift up to the office: "My absolute memory of the event isn't word for word.

"But it was me trying to engage him, and him having really no interest in engaging back with me."

Mr Murphy also said he believes his birth was one of the catalysts that toppled the Church from its position in this country.

The fall from grace of the charismatic Kerry bishop, after details of his love affair and grown-up son were revealed, rocked the country.

It was the first major scandal to hit the Church here.

Mr Murphy said it wasn't lost on him as he saw things changing drastically in how the Church was slowly separating from the State.

"I doubt I was the reason. I just got born, but was this story a catalyst to those things? I think so."

There will be four programmes in the new series Print And Be Damned, which looks at the hidden history of Irish newspapers.

Print And Be Damned will be broadcast on Thursday at 9pm on TV3

fdillon@herald.ie

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