Playing the long game

A look back at the first four decades of RTE‘s flagship GAA show was as notable for the fashion disasters as the on-field feats and fights

8th December, 2019
Playing the long game
Michael Lyster, Marty Morrissey and Ger Canning at RTÉ’s launch of the 1997 season of The Sunday Game. Picture: RTÉ

Like Last Night of the Proms and Murder She Wrote, The Sunday Game is not a programme whose audience is particularly receptive to frequent and sweeping change. Glen Killane, now of the European Broadcasting Union but once of RTÉ Sport, once found this out for himself in no uncertain terms.

It was 2004, and The Sunday Game had been on air for 25 years. Detecting a distinct air of staleness about the show, Killane...

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