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Michael Lyster - will anyone miss him...?

  • 03-09-2018 8:15am
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,412 ✭✭✭ Road-Hog


    Curious to get views of wider gaa fans.....will this man be missed after his 37 years.......it’s Joanne Cantwell from next season onwards I believe


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,661 ✭✭✭✭ OldMrBrennan83


    Yes, definitely rather see him remain. Cantwell is good but there's something rather unlikeable about her.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,758 ✭✭✭✭ Beechwoodspark


    Lyster was/is a consummate pro. He will be missed


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,248 ✭✭✭ shockframe


    Up until the Mid 2000s he was the best sports presenter RTE had. Excellent pro and completely unflappable. Enthusiasm and knowledge for the role was second to none.

    Though he was still decent he tended to veer away from anything remotely controversial towards the end and the pundits shouted over him for a finish. Darragh Moloney as match presenter in soccer has been far more impressive.I would have him as host any time a Dublin game isn't on.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,793 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    I agree with what the two previous posters have said; Lyster is a consummate pro, enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. He came across as a very nice guy too.

    Best of luck to Joanne Cantwell. Almost impossible boots to fill, but I hope she is given time to do so.


  • Registered Users Posts: 546 ✭✭✭ crusier


    Stupid thread


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 537 Niles Crane


    Really good presenter, very easy to like and no bull**** with him however he tolerated too much crap from Brolly over the years.

    Whatever about pundits in general speaking nonsense he should have nipped Joe Brolly's downright bad manners and sneeriness in the bud fairly early on but he did nothing to stop him.He failed to facilitate reasonable debate and just allowed him to interrupt everyone else all the time.

    I could put up with Spillane and O'Rourke but Brolly on TV was really off putting and the reason I never bothered with the pre and post game stuff for the last 6 or 7 years.

    If RTE have any sense they shoudl retire the 3 main football funidts and bring in some fresh punidts to work with Joanne Cantwell.


  • Registered Users Posts: 648 ✭✭✭ webels


    crusier wrote: »
    Stupid thread
    Poor title choice maybe?

    But imo he will be missed. Keeping Spillane and Brolly honest wouldn't be easy for many but he took no messing from either.


  • Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 16,702 Mod ✭✭✭✭ yop


    Excellent presenter. All said above already and yes he will be missed.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,004 ✭✭✭ C__MC


    Top pro made it look easy

    But there was never much time on the SG where he could start a debate on controversial matters like youd' see in the soccer


  • Registered Users Posts: 422 ✭✭ Klopp


    crusier wrote: »
    Stupid thread


    I disagree


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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,965 ✭✭✭✭ Loafing Oaf


    [QUOTE=Road-Hog;107977695.will this man be missed after his 37 years....[/QUOTE]

    Wow that's a long innings, goes back before my time following GAA. Seems a bit strange now that they would make a guy their main GAA host at such a young age, but I guess there wouldn't have been a 'pool' of presenters to pick from back then, a rookie would have a better chance of being thrown in right at the top than now...


  • Registered Users Posts: 375 ✭✭ dennispenn


    Joanne will do a great job. Lyster won't be missed and nothing negative is meant by this.


    Bring cora Staunton onto the TV. Her radio analysis is brilliant. Very articulate and knowledgeable


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 26,661 ✭✭✭✭ OldMrBrennan83


    dennispenn wrote: »
    Joanne will do a great job. Lyster won't be missed and nothing negative is meant by this.


    Bring cora Staunton onto the TV. Her radio analysis is brilliant. Very articulate and knowledgeable

    After the cloak and dagger witch hunt Staunton led against her county management, I wouldn't give her a job picking up litter.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,499 ✭✭✭ zetecescort


    Cora may know her stuff but she's very hard to listen to, no excitment in her voice


  • Registered Users Posts: 23,458 ✭✭✭✭ lawred2


    Road-Hog wrote: »
    Curious to get views of wider gaa fans.....will this man be missed after his 37 years.......it’s Joanne Cantwell from next season onwards I believe

    Really?

    I'll be sad to see him go


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 796 ✭✭✭ Sycamore Tree


    Lyster will be hugely missed. He was a brilliant presenter and a gentleman.

    I can see the Sunday Game getting very "tabloid" now.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,851 ✭✭✭✭ BonnieSituation


    crusier wrote: »
    Stupid thread

    The best part was where you came in and commented on it with your stupid comment.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 ✭✭✭✭ Diabhal Beag


    Joanne will do fine. I think I'm more relieved Des Cahill didn't get the gig tbh.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,569 ✭✭✭✭ ProudDUB


    Will I miss him? Yes. I will. He was a huge part of the tradition that is the GAA. How could you not miss him - as in notice that he isn't there any more - when he is gone?

    But like the GAA, RTE has a lot of traditions that are both good and bad. It doesn't always follow that they will all be missed to the same degree, when they go.

    He seemed like a genuinley nice and decent person. You have to give him kudos for that, especially as we are in the era of click bait social media journalism, where it's all about incendiary articles, bull$hit claims and getting cheap digs in to get notoriety.

    However, he he made absolutley no effort to check Brolly's out and out rudeness. That was a massive, massive failing that just can't be over looked imo. It spoilt too many shows. Last nights evening panel discussion was a very refreshing glimpse of how good the show can be, when they have recently retired or current players on and, they all have respect for each others opinions. Des Cahill didn't need to keep anyone in line, but a show like TSG needs someone who can, when one ego thinks he is entitled to the pulpit more than anyone else.

    Lyster also was far too fond of starting out a broadcast by referencing what went on back in Pat Spillane's day and then throwing it over to Pat to let him rabbit on about Micko and Kerry for the next 10 minutes. Add in that it was often on a day when Kerry weren't even bloody playing and it was doubly was maddening !

    The hurling shows were much better, but that is because they have started to bring in younger pundits and phase out the dinosaurs, not something Lyster had any control over, I'd imagine.

    So will I miss him? I will in a way. But I think I'll enjoy the new presenter more, especially if she is willing to keep the egos in check and keep the discussions on track to the modern game and the team that is playing on the day.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,990 ✭✭✭ Xenophile


    Most of us could learn a lot from Michael Lester.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,013 ✭✭✭ theoneeyedman



    If RTE have any sense they shoudl retire the 3 main football funidts and bring in some fresh punidts to work with Joanne Cantwell.

    I'd generally agree, but the' new 'pundits on the radio are as bad... Tommy Carr, Eamonn O' Hara, Bernie Flynn, and heaven help us Cora Staunton. If this is the caliber of analysts available, then just put on ads at halftime and I'll continue to make a cup of tea.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,464 ✭✭✭ elefant


    webels wrote: »
    Keeping Spillane and Brolly honest wouldn't be easy for many but he took no messing from either.

    Am I missing the sarcasm here? This is one thing that absolutely isn't true about Michael Lyster.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,023 ✭✭✭ Speakerboxx


    Road-Hog wrote: »
    Curious to get views of wider gaa fans.....will this man be missed after his 37 years.......it’s Joanne Cantwell from next season onwards I believe

    She isn't in his league at all. Painful at best.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,851 ✭✭✭✭ BonnieSituation


    Xenophile wrote: »
    Most of us could learn a lot from Michael Lester.

    Including the spelling of his name. :P


  • Registered Users Posts: 660 ✭✭✭ davegilly


    How come Michael Lyster has to retire at 65 but Ger Canning is still commentating at 67?


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,569 ✭✭✭✭ ProudDUB


    davegilly wrote: »
    How come Michael Lyster has to retire at 65 but Ger Canning is still commentating at 67?

    A lot of the "staff" in Montrose aren't RTE employees as such. They are on contracts & they contract out their services to RTE, year by year, or tournament, or season. Lyster doesn't. He's a full time, staff member, so he had to retire at the mandatory retirement ages. Those on contracts can keep on working for as long as RTE choose to keep on renewing their contracts every year. Canning may be one of those.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,665 ✭✭✭ Bonniedog


    Lyster will be hugely missed. He was a brilliant presenter and a gentleman.

    I can see the Sunday Game getting very "tabloid" now.


    JC asking managers why they "talk funny" and don't pluck their eyebrows :)

    (That is not sexist remark by the way. Female presenters on TG4 for women's football and hurling are excellent. I was referring to her bizarre questioning of Gavin at the Sports Horse of the Year Awards last year!)


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 18,050 ✭✭✭✭ The Talking Bread


    Joanne will do fine. I think I'm more relieved Des Cahill didn't get the gig tbh.

    Mickey Harte is clearly a fan of Cantwell


  • Registered Users Posts: 269 ✭✭ jacko


    Will be missed alright. It's going to be a tough gig to take on.

    Trouble will be mainly for the fussball. Games are so rubbish and the only thing pundits like O Rourke, Spillane and Brolly do is bicker between themselves, like even in the sendoff after final yesterday o Rourke and spilanne getting in digs about which one knew him for longer. Tis sad state of affairs and the constant Brolly needing to get the last word in. So off-putting. Please just get rid of him.

    He's more of a hurling man anyway, and truth be told hard to be otherwise with the calibre of entertainment between the 2 codes of late.

    For sure, rte losing one of their best.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,967 ✭✭✭✭ The Lost Sheep


    Really good presenter, very easy to like and no bull**** with him however he tolerated too much crap from Brolly over the years.

    Whatever about pundits in general speaking nonsense he should have nipped Joe Brolly's downright bad manners and sneeriness in the bud fairly early on but he did nothing to stop him.He failed to facilitate reasonable debate and just allowed him to interrupt everyone else all the time.

    I could put up with Spillane and O'Rourke but Brolly on TV was really off putting and the reason I never bothered with the pre and post game stuff for the last 6 or 7 years.

    If RTE have any sense they shoudl retire the 3 main football funidts and bring in some fresh punidts to work with Joanne Cantwell.
    Its far from just Brolly who was an issue with gaelic pundits. The whole team of pundits for many games were just real poor. I would disagree that RTE should stop using the 3 main pundits maybe just not have all three together for games
    Lyster will be hugely missed. He was a brilliant presenter and a gentleman.

    I can see the Sunday Game getting very "tabloid" now.
    What does that mean?
    davegilly wrote: »
    How come Michael Lyster has to retire at 65 but Ger Canning is still commentating at 67?
    He's an employee of RTE not a contracted staff member


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