Monday 20 November 2017

Popular presenter Michael Lyster makes welcome return to The Sunday Game

Michael Lyster chats with Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke
Michael Lyster chats with Pat Spillane and Colm O'Rourke
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It was the sight all GAA fans were hoping to see - The Sunday Game presenter Michael Lyster made a welcome return to his natural habitat.

After time out from his recnt illness, the Galway native was joined in studio today by Colm O'Rourke, Ciaran Whelan and Pat Spillane as part of the RTE coverage for the Ulster and Connacht football finals.

Last week the affable presenter was in Thurles to catch up with his work mates, with Joe Brolly tweeting a picture of Lyster in conversation with Spillane and O'Rourke in the studio ahead of the Munster hurling final.

Read more: Pic: A smiling Michael Lyster returns to the RTE studio

Michael Lyster
Michael Lyster

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

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.

Read more: Video: Healthy looking Michael Lyster thanks fans for support following recent heart attack

"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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