On 8 July, 1979, RTÉ unveiled The Sunday Game. It was a one-hour highlights programme focusing on the best of the day's GAA championship action. Cork's defeat of Limerick in the Munster hurling final was the first offering.

Since then The Sunday Game has gone on to be the mainstay of RTÉ's GAA coverage, no doubt helped by the decision to go with live coverage in the 1990s.

The first presenter was Jim Carney from Tuam. Another Galway native, Michael Lyster, would eventually go on to helm the programme for 35 years.

Ahead of next Wednesday's documentary on RTÉ One Television: Sunday Best: 40 Years of The Sunday Game, both men spoke about their time in the presenter's chair on Radio 1's Saturday Sport.

Did you know that Michael Lyster was the rock music correspondent for the Tuam Herald before he headed to Donnybrook?

Both men recalled how the advent of The Sunday Game coincided with "an explosion of quality" across both hurling and football, with Jim Carney particularly paying tribute to RTÉ's former Heead of Sport, Fred Cogley.

It was also mentioned that the public service broadcaster once 'compensated' the GAA to the tune of £30,000 per match for showing live games. 

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