News came earlier in the week that Michael Lyster was hanging up his boots as host of The Sunday Game after 34 years in the gig. The presenter will retire from RTÉ following this year's GAA Championship.
He will leave big shoes to fill but RTÉ has announced they have found the woman for the job. Former Dublin footballer Joanne Cantwell is set to anchor the GAA's flagship show from 2019.
Cantwell has worked with RTÉ since 2007 as a reporter on The Sunday Game Live and over the past 11 years she has worked across numerous RTÉ Sport programmes on television and radio as a presenter, reporter and journalist including presenting The Saturday Game Live, rugby magazine programme Against The Head and the RTÉ Sports Awards on RTÉ television and Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1.
Joanne Cantwell said, "I'm passionate about our national games and having joined RTÉ as sideline reporter on The Sunday Game Live 11 years ago, I'm delighted to take up the anchor position on such an iconic show.
"Michael Lyster is a true broadcasting legend whom I've always greatly admired. He has held the fort for the past 34 years in his own inimitable style. I'm really looking forward to taking over the reins in 2019, in the meantime I also look forward to my continued roles on RTÉ Radio 1's Saturday Sport and as reporter on The Sunday Game for what looks like a really exciting season."
While Ryle Nugent, Group Head of RTÉ Sport, said, "As an experienced and accomplished broadcaster, Joanne has a proven track record across a portfolio of our output as a presenter, reporter and journalist.
"Her work across the the Olympic Games, The Saturday Game Live, Against The Head, numerous awards shows and of course her lead role on Saturday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 has been ideal preparation for her elevation to this position. I have no doubt that Joanne will do an outstanding job when she takes over next year."