Michael Lyster is ready to give it Wellie in Castlecomer!

Boot-iful day: Sunday Game host named as Wellie Race personality for New Year’s Day event

Kilkenny People Reporter


Kilkenny People Reporter



Michael Lyster is ready to give it Wellie in Castlecomer!

From Croke Park to Castlecomer - Michael Lyster will step into new territory when he kicks things off at the 2019 Wellie Race.

One of Ireland’s most beloved and respected sports broadcasters, the former host of the Sunday Game was named as the Wellie Race personality for the big event on New year’s Day.

Castlecomer was still aglow from the Festival of Light when the Wellie Race 2019 was launched at Bollards Bar.

Music was by Michael Kealy with impromptu performances from Willie Joe Meally, Dick Barrett and Dick Preston.

The event, synonymous with New Year’s Day in the South East, has had many famous personalities in its history. After months of searching and CV shortlisting, the white smoke over Powleyland has declared Michael Lyster, former host of the Sunday Game on RTE, as Wellie Race Personality 2019.

Michael Lyster was born in Dungarvan, Co Waterford but he grew up in Barnaderg, Co. Galway as a proud Tribesman.

His career started out in Galway where he spent six years with the Tuam Herald as a general reporter. He went on to join RTE Radio Sport in 1980 where he covered a range of events and travelled on the British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in 1983.

In his impressive career, Michael has covered ten Olympic Games. In 1984 he presented RTE’s first ever venture into morning television with Moya Doherty - Daybreak L.A.

Michael went on to take over as the presenter of The Sunday Game in 1984 and he remained at the helm for an incredible 35 years.

With over three decades of experience in The Sunday Game’s hot seat, Michael has chaired 77 All-Ireland hurling and football GAA finals and has become synonymous with the nation’s love and obsession with the GAA.

To add another string to Michael’s bow, he has also covered a number of Formula One races including the British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch and the Monaco Grand Prix at the Circuit of Monte-Carlo as well as several Circuit of Ireland rallies.

An accomplished speaker and presenter, Michael is a popular MC and host for corporate and charity events.

Michael lives in South County Dublin with his wife Anne and together they have four adult children.

The Committee strongly urge as many as possible to get but, more importantly, fill a sponsorship card - the ‘bread and butter’ of the event.

People can pick up cards from Bollards, Dillons, O’Rourke’s, Holohans and the Post Office.