Eamon Dunphy has announced that his high-rating Saturday show ‘Conversations with Eamon Dunphy’ will not return to RTÉ Radio 1 in the autumn.

The RTÉ soccer pundit made the announcement today. He said he had decided to focus his broadcast commitments around RTÉ Sport, both on radio and television.

Beyond RTÉ, Dunpy is also planning to focus on a forthcoming book, with plans to work more closely on the project throughout the remainder of 2009.

He said: ‘I have hugely enjoyed the two years on Conversations with... In those two seasons we increased our audience by over 20,000, going from 240,000 to 263,000 listeners.

'And in those two short years I have had some remarkable meetings with some remarkable people, from Liam Cunningham, Des Bishop, Neil Jordan, Mary Coughlin, John Montague, Sonia O’Sullivan and Eddie Hobbs to Phil Coulter, Martin McGuinness, Dr. John Crown, Chuck Feeney and Michael Colgan.

‘I’m glad that the show is concluding on such a high and I would like to thank my colleagues in RTÉ Radio, particularly my producer Sarah Binchy. Rest assured, I will continue to be a voice on RTÉ Radio and of course on RTÉ Television.’

A statement from RTÉ added: 'Eamon Dunphy will continue to play an integral part in RTÉ Television’s soccer output, including working on the forthcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers and finals, and the UEFA Champions League. Meanwhile, Eamon will remain a regular contributor to RTÉ Radio sports/soccer programming and to RTÉ.ie.'