SMOOTH-talker Des Cahill is to take over the reins of RTE's flagship GAA highlights programme, 'The Sunday Game'.
The Clare native, who currently fronts 'Drivetime Sport' on Radio 1, will take over from outspoken former Kerry footballer Pat Spillane as presenter of the show next month.
Cahill has over 25 years experience in sports broadcasting and has presented the mid-week GAA programme, 'The Road to Croker', for the last two seasons.
Speaking about his new role with 'The Sunday Game', he said: "It's an institution, but also a show that is constantly updating and evolving and I'm glad to be part of its latest evolution.
"I'm particularly delighted to take over the reins of 'The Sunday Game' in what is a momentous year for the GAA, with the 125th anniversary celebrations ensuring that the championships will be very much centre-stage this summer."
Earlier this week, Spillane announced he was stepping down after four years and becoming a pundit on the popular show so as to be able to voice his sometimes controversial views. "Returning to the panel allows me to put forth my opinions and insights and I'm very much looking forward to it," he said.
Producers will be hoping Cahill will prove a safer set of hands to front the show, after Spillane regularly drew the ire of critics and whose knowledge of hurling was also questioned in some quarters.