Saturday 20 January 2018

Pic: A smiling Michael Lyster returns to the RTE studio

Michael Lyster chats with Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke ahead of the Munster hurling final
Michael Lyster chats with Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke ahead of the Munster hurling final
Ger Keville

Ger Keville

Here is the picture all GAA fans will be delighted to see - a smiling, healthy looking Michael Lyster back in the RTE studio.

Lyster is recovering from a serious heart attack he suffered at the start of June and he has recently stated that he will be back on our screens soon.

Today the affable presenter was in Thurles to catch up with his work mates in the RTE studio. Joe Brolly tweeted a picture of Lyster in conversation with Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke in the studio ahead of the Munster hurling final.

Lyster was rushed to hospital in June after suffering a heart attack following a day out playing golf in Portumna.

last week, he video uploaded a video to The Sunday Game Facebook page thanking fans for all their well wishes.

"Hi everyone - Michael Lyster here with a quick message to say thanks for your support over the last few weeks, it's greatly appreciated and I hope to see you again soon on The Sunday Game," he wrote.

last month, Lyster revealed the seriousness of the heart scare in an exclusive interview with Irish Independent.

"Everyone was in bed, so Vincent (Hogan, Irish Independent journalist) called up the stairs to my wife Anne, and she came down and started CPR, while he phoned for an ambulance," Michael says.

"I don't know if I would have stayed as calm as Anne did, she's very good under pressure. The clock was ticking, I suppose, so she was told to keep the CPR going until the ambulance got there. It was a very bad situation and I was actually gone, so when the paramedics arrived, they had to keep me going until I got to the hospital.

"There's no point worrying for the rest of your life," he says matter-of-factly. "I had a shaky call, obviously, but the recent tragedies in Berkeley and Tunisia put it all into perspective, and show how unlucky you can be to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I was never a worrier anyway, as I spent 20 years involved in rally driving, and let's face it, there's no point worrying about your health in that particular sport."

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