Pat Spillane has confirmed that this year's All-Ireland football final will be his last appearance as a pundit on The Sunday Game.

The eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry has been a fixture on our television screens for three decades, starting on the RTÉ GAA team as a co-commentator.

He excelled as a studio analyst, becoming known as a pundit with forthright opinions and a witty turn of phrase. He also presented The Sunday Game evening highlights show in the noughties.

Making his Kerry debut in 1974, he developed into a revolutionary wing-forward for Mick O'Dwyer's legendary side. The former secondary school teacher won eight All-Irelands and a record nine All-Stars before retiring in 1991.

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However for a generation of GAA fans, he is better known for his television work, building up a great rapport with Michael Lyster, Colm O'Rourke and Joe Brolly on the live coverage of the biggest Gaelic football matches of the year.

The popular pundit made the announcement ahead of this afternoon's Tailteann Cup final between Cavan and Westmeath.

"I made my mind up a few months ago that this was going to be my last year with The Sunday Game," he said.

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"It's my last All-Ireland semi-final I’ll be covering and hopefully in two weeks' time, in my last outing with The Sunday Game will be for the All-Ireland final.

"I’ve had 30 great years. Thirty years in any gig is a long time. Every dog has its day. I’ve had a brilliant time and I leave with no regrets and lots of great memories.

"I’m looking forward to a more relaxing time outside the pressure cooker of the Sunday Game."

He has remained a core analyst on RTÉ's coverage in recent years alongside Joanne Cantwell - his debate with Sean Cavanagh ahead of last year's All-Ireland semi-final attracted more than 600,000 views on social media.

"As pundit and presenter Pat was a mainstay of our GAA coverage for decades and is synonymous with the Sunday Game," RTÉ Group Head of Sport Declan McBennett said.

"Often colourful, sometimes controversial his incredible playing career gave him the credibility to call the game without fear or favour as he saw it and he never shirked that responsibility.

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"Honest and forthright in his views, Pat commanded respect even from those who disagreed with him.

"We thank him for his loyalty, service, passion and friendship over many years and wish him well as his prepares for his last All-Ireland final as part of the RTÉ GAA team."