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RTE host Michael Lyster in hospital after illness

Presenter Michael Lyster was absent from RTÉ's the Sunday Game after taking ill
Brendan Hughes

SUNDAY Game anchor Michael Lyster remained in hospital last night after suffering a sudden illness.

The television presenter was absent from weekend editions of the flagship GAA programme that he has worked on for more than 30 years.

Darragh Maloney filled in for the presenter yesterday while Joanne Cantwell fronted the show on Saturday.

RT?? said in a statement: "Michael Lyster has been taken ill and will not be presenting. Michael is receiving treatment, and his family have requested privacy."

It comes after the 60-year-old father of four, originally from Co Galway, suffered a major health scare two years ago.

Mr Lyster, who celebrated his 30th season fronting the Sunday Game in 2013, later said: "I had heart failure. It was towards the end of the championship season in 2012.

"I began to feel sick but didn't know what was wrong with me and kept going. I was actually making things worse."

Medical staff discovered his heart was enlarged, beating irregularly and had a leaking valve.

A heart bypass and even a transplant were discussed but his condition was eventually treated through medication.

"Everyone thinks they are indestructible but then you realise you are not and that health can so easily be taken away from you," he said.

Mr Lyster had previously only missed a single Sunday Game programme since becoming The Sunday Game anchor in 1984 when his mother Mary passed away in May 2010.

He began is journalism career at the Tuam Herald in Galway and joined RT?? in 1980 as a radio sports bulletin broadcaster before moving to presenting.

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