THE Meath GAA executive will propose a 12-month extension to Eamonn O'Brien's reign as Royal football supremo on Monday week.
The management committee's proposal confirms that O'Brien has conveyed an interest in staying for a third season, but the former All-Ireland winning selector must seek a new physical trainer after Seán Kelly departed the management team after just one season.
GAA president Christy Cooney has predicted that the controversial new 2.8m fence being erected in front of Hill 16 could be taken down inside two seasons. "If this works and over the next two or three years we educate people and people stop trying to get onto the pitch, there is no reason why we shouldn't be in a position to take it down," Cooney declared in a surprise announcement.
ALL-IRELAND IHC FINAL
(Extra-time if necessary)
Thurles: Kilkenny v Cork, 7.0, A Kelly (Galway).
ALL-IRELAND SFC SEMI-FINAL
Croke Park: Kildare v Down, 3.30, P McEnaney (Monaghan). LIVE RTE.
ALL-IRELAND MFC SEMI-FINAL
Croke Park: Galway v Cork, 1.30, E Kinsella (Laois). LIVE RTE.
TG4 SFC SEMI-FINAL
Dr Cullen Park: Dublin v Laois, 6.0. LIVE TG4.
Emyvale: Louth v Derry, 2.0.
Freshford: Wexford v Limerick, 2.0.
ALL-IRELAND IFC SEMI-FINAL
Dr Cullen Park: WaterfordvCavan,4.15. LIVETG4.
GALA ALL-IRELAND JUNIOR 'A' FINAL
Donaghmore, Ashbourne: Armagh v Kildare, 2.30, J Thompson.
ALL-IRELAND MINOR 'B' FINAL
Celtic Park, Derry: Antrim v Derry, 1.0, D Ryan.
ALL-IRELAND 60X30 OPEN SS SEMI-FINALS
Abbeylara: Dublin (E Kennedy) v Wexford (Gavin Buggy), 4.0; Kilkenny (D Walsh) v Westmeath (R McCarthy), 5.15.