Meet the Judges

Michael Lyster

Michael Lyster is one of Ireland’s most beloved and respected sports broadcasters. He 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 and 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.

Eamonn Coghlan

Eamonn Coghlan was known as the ‘Chairman of the Boards’ for his unprecedented successes on the American indoor athletics circuit, he won 56 races on the trot as well as the famous Wanamaker Mile in Madison Square Garden a record seven times. Eamonn broke the world record for the indoor mile on three occasions and held this record for 18 years.

In 1983 he became the first person to run under 3 min 50 sec for the mile and by any standards this was the start to an exceptional year for him. Later in the summer, he won the inaugural World Championship 5,000 metres title – a landmark achievement in Irish athletics.

That victory in Helsinki was one of the greatest moments in Irish sport. Eamonn is a three time Olympian and finished 4th twice – the 1500m in Montreal 1976 and the 5000m in Moscow 1980. On February 20th, 1994 at his last ever race, he became the first, and still the only, athlete in in the World over 40 years old to run under 4 minutes for the mile in a time of 3:58:17 in Boston, a feat which will arguably go down as one of his most historic.
Eamonn served five years 2011-2016 in the Irish Government having being nominated to the Seanad by Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD. Last year he received a Fellowship to the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland for his work in Physical Education.
He won an IFTA for his role in athletics documentary featuring Irish Brother and Kenyan athlete David Rudisha,  “Man on a Mission”.  His autobiography, “Chairman of the Boards, Master of the Mile”, was published in 2008.

Stella Sinnott

Stella Sinnott is the first woman to manage a premier inter county camogie team. She guided wexford to their first senior all ireland in 32 years in 2007 { having joined the management team in 2005} when she also won manager of the year. She also guided wexford to national league success. She is very competitive in sport with accomplishments in hockey rugby and golf but camogie is her first love

Kevin Doyle

Kevin Edward Doyle (born 18 September 1983) is an Irish former professional footballer who played as a forward. He played for St Patrick’s Athletic, and Cork City in his homeland before he moved to English side Reading. He was part of Reading’s record-breaking promotion to the Premier League in 2006. In June 2009, he moved to Wolverhampton Wanderers for a then-club record £6.5 million and finished his career in the United States with Colorado Rapids.
Doyle made his debut for the Republic of Ireland national team in 2006. He has scored fourteen goals in 62 appearances for Ireland, and played at UEFA Euro 2012. In February 2018, Doyle took a job with the Wexford Under-20s GAA football team. He will be an advisor to the team.

Ronan Fagan

Sports journalist Ronan Fagan has written extensively for The Echo Newspaper Group and many national newspapers over the years.  He has covered some of the biggest sporting stories in County Wexford over the past 25 plus years including the Wexford Senior Hurling All Ireland victory in 1996.  Ronan can regularly be seen on the sideline of a GAA match taking notes to pen another article.

Gerry Forde

Gerry Forde is a Senior Engineer in the Environment Section at Wexford County Council.  He has a real passion for sport and is County Wexford’s Memory Man when it comes to sports statistics.  Gerry features regularly on South East Radio as he joins Liam Spratt in the commentary box during the Senior Hurling and Football season.