The GAA world was rocked over the weekend as news came through that Michael Lyster will retire as host of The Sunday Game at the end of the season.
A staple of the show for 35 seasons, Lyster will have to retire as he turns 65 – meaning the show will have a new host for the first time in a generation.
According to a report in the Irish Examiner, the successor will be announced in the next two weeks.
The shortlist for the role includes Joanne Cantwell, Dara Ó Cinnéide, Des Cahill – who presents the evening edition of The Sunday Game – and Darragh Maloney, who is a regular in the commentary box for big games in Croke Park.
Confirming the news on RTÉ Radio on Monday, Lyster said:
“I can’t say that I want to go, but then I can’t say I don’t either.
“The difference between me and other presenters in RTÉ is I am a full-time staff member. So there is, therefore, a retirement cut-off age and I will be reaching that next year. I’m not on contract.”
Lyster is sure to be missed and whoever is chosen to replace the veteran broadcaster, they will certainly have big boots to fill.
As mentioned, Cahill has experience presenting the evening highlights show, while Darragh Maloney has anchored Republic of Ireland soccer internationals on the state broadcaster.
Joanne Cantwell has presented shows such as Against The Head and is a regular of TV and radio whereas Ó Cinnéide presented TG4’s Seó Spóirt until the show stopped airing in 2017.
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