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Michael Lyster : biography

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Michael Lyster (born 1958), commonly referred to as Michael Lester, is an Irish radio and television broadcaster who works for RTÉ. He mainly covers sporting events, such as Gaelic games and Olympic Games. He best known for presenting The Sunday Game Live.



Lyster began his journalistic career as a junior reporter with the Tuam Herald where he wrote a music column. He spent seven years with that newspaper before moving to television and radio.

Television and radio

In 1980, Lyster joined RTÉ as a sports bulletin broadcaster with Radio 2, however, as his career progressed he began presenting programmes and covering high-profile sporting events. In his first year at the national broadcaster he also covered the Olympic Games on radio.

One of the highlights of his early career was covering the 1982 and 1983 All-Ireland hurling finals for radio. In 1984 Lyster took over as presenter of The Centenary Sunday Game, a post he has held ever since. That same year he was one of the main presenters for RTÉ's television coverage of the Olympic Games, co-hosting with Moya Doherty on Daybreak LA. This was RTÉ's first venture into breakfast television.

In 1988, Lyster won a Jacob's Award for his work on The Sunday Game.

In 2007, Lyster took part in Celebrity Jigs 'n' Reels.

Famously, when a penalty was applied to Hannah Craig during the 2012 Summer Olympics, Carl Dunne, head of the Irish canoeing team, telephoned RTÉ's analyst to discuss the possibility of appealing the decision. The analyst took the telephone call live on television as a bemused Lyster watched on.

Personal life

Lyster has been married to his wife Anne since 1985 and together they have two boys and two girls. They live in Cabinteely in Dublin.

Lyster has been interested in rally driving which he has enjoyed since the early 1990s. He has partook in many main events including the Cork International Rally where he finished third in 1992, the Circuit of Ireland Rally and the Killarney Rally of the Lakes. His co-driver is Irish Independent sports writer Vincent Hogan.

Early life

The son of a member of An Garda Síochána, Lyster was born in Dungarvan, County Waterford. When he was four years-old his father was transferred to Barnaderg, County Galway, where Lyster spent his formative years. He was educated at St. Jarlath's College in nearby Tuam and, after leaving school, he started working in the lab of the local sugar factory.

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