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Michael Lyster's final year at Sunday Game helm

Mr Lyster first hosted The Sunday Game highlights programme in 1984
Andrew Madden

POPULAR GAA broadcaster Michael Lyster will step down from his role as host of The Sunday Game next year.

Like all RTE employees, the Galway man is obliged to retire from the company when he turns 65 next April.

Unlike some of the national broadcaster's presenters, Mr Lyster is an RTÉ employee rather than a contractor and will step down when he reaches the milestone next year.

Boradcasters Darragh Maloney and Joanne Cantwell are among those tipped to succeed The Sunday Game host.

Mr Lyster first hosted The Sunday Game highlights programme in 1984 before focusing on the live show a decade ago.

In 2015 he suffered a severe heart attack, however he subsequently made a full recovery.

The Galway native is one of the most recognisable faces in Irish sports broadcasting, covering many of the GAA's defining moments over the course of his career.

He returned to our screens last night for the first edition of the 2018 run of League Sunday.

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