Saturday 24 February 2018

Michael Lyster: There's more life in me than there is out on that pitch!

Michael Lyster
Michael Lyster
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Michael Lyster made a welcome return to the Sunday Game and joked that he was livelier than the action in today's Connacht Final.

The presenter was back in studio this afternoon for RTE's coverage of the Ulster and Connacht provincial deciders and while Monaghan were put to the pin of their collar in seeing off reigning champions Donegal, the second game was a totally different spectacle.

Mayo continued their dominance of Connacht and in truth the game was effectively over after just five minutes when early goals had Sligo with a mountain to climb.

At half-time the score was 4-09 to 1-06 in Mayo's favour and the game lacked a real competitive bite, leading to Lyster to quip that despite his recent illness, he was livelier than the action on show at Dr Hyde Park.

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"People are asking me if I'm feeling OK....there's more life in me than there is out on that pitch," he quipped.

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.

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"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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