Lyons, 39, will formally commence his duties tomorrow and heads straight to the Killarney Festival on Monday.
However, readers will already be keenly aware of his track record for this newspaper over a number of years with regard to insight and betting advise for punters, whether it be over jumps, on the Flat, or around the nation’s greyhound tracks.
A native of Dublin, he has lived in Youghal for eight years, and is already regarded as one of Ireland’s sharpest and brightest tipsters.
“It’s an exciting challenge but also a tremendous opportunity,” said Lyons.
“I’m acutely aware there are very big boots to fill, with the departure of Pat Keane, but I’m looking forward to giving everything to the role so the transition is as seamless as possible for punters and racing fans alike.
“With a four-day meeting at Killarney, the Oaks at the Curragh, and the week-long trip to Galway to contend with in the first three weeks, it’s something of a baptism of fire. But, that’s the nature of the racing calendar these days, and I can’t wait to get started.”