After more than three decades at the helm, legendary RTE GAA presenter Michael Lyster is reportedly set to step down from his role as host of the Sunday Game in 2019.
The Sunday Times have reported that the veteran broadcaster will present the flagship GAA programme for the final time this summer before retiring in February 2019 – and as he is an RTE staff member rather than an outside contractor, retirement at the age of 65 is compulsory.
RTE are due to make a formal announcement in the coming days, with Lyster set to retire from a broadcasting position he has held since 1984 – in that sense, he is one of the most recognisable faces in GAA coverage in Ireland, and has been synonymous with the sport on the national broadcaster for many years.
He has, however, suffered with ill-health in recent years, and had to take a break from the airwaves in 2015, with Darragh Maloney stepping in to present some of the station’s summer coverage for a time.
Indeed, Maloney may be among the frontrunners to replace Lyster when the time comes to find a new anchor for the Sunday Game in the 2019 season. That said, as he is already the main presenter of RTE’s soccer coverage, he may not fancy the extra workload.
Other names likely to be in the fold are the likes of Des Cahill or Joanne Cantwell, both of whom are regular GAA presenters on the channel.