Jacqui Hurley announced as new Sunday Game host


A massive congratulations is in order as Jacqui Hurley has just landed a massive gig, taking over as host of The Sunday Game.

Joining Jacqui in the new lineup is Damian Lawlor, who will be hosting the new weekend offering. While Joanne Cantwell will continue to present The Saturday Game Live and The Sunday Game Live.

The show has also introduced new panelists for RTÉ Sport’s panel of experts. With the likes of Joe Canning Peter Canavan, Paul Flynn, Lee Keegan, David Tubridy, Enda McGinley, joining the series and Tomás Ó’Sé returning.

Sharing her joy at landing the iconic job, Jacqui shared: “Working on The Sunday Game was a childhood dream of mine. It’s an absolute privilege to take on such an iconic role and follow in the footsteps of some incredible broadcasters. I look forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”


The Corkonian also took to social media to express her excitement.

Writing: “Everything comes full circle. Excited for another new challenge & can’t wait to get started with a brilliant team”

Jacqui received plenty of support in the comment section, and congratulations on her new job.

TV presenter Síle Seoige wrote: “Huge congrats Jacqui”

Paralympian Ellen Keane said: “Delighted for you!!!”

While TV personality Anna Geary commented: “Unreal!!!! You’ll smash it”

But the sweetest showing of support came from former host Des Cahill, who fully endorsed Jacqui as his successor. Writing on social media: “Big congrats to the new @TheSundayGame presenter! Exciting times for @jacquihurley,” followed by a clapping emoji.

Pic: VIP Ireland

Des left the series in October 2022, after 15 years at the helm, taking up hosting duties of both Saturday Sport and Sunday Sport on RTÉ Radio 1 instead.

Speaking about his decision, Des said: “The reason I want a change is very straightforward- I want to go to live games again! It’s been a privilege to host The Sunday Game for the past 15 seasons, but I miss the sense of fun and anticipation as you make your way to a match, the feeling of tension and excitement, the roar of the crowd. I can’t wait to experience that again when I’m fronting Saturday and Sunday Sport live from some of the most iconic venues in the country.

“I’m hugely grateful and in debt to the fantastic team on The Sunday Game, who work so hard to bring the programme to air every week throughout the Championship. I’ve no doubt that their passion and commitment to deliver for the audience will continue in the seasons ahead with a new presenter in the hotseat”.

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