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Royal boss to get one more year at helm

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.

FIXTURES

SATURDAY

ALL-IRELAND IHC FINAL

(Extra-time if necessary)

Thurles: Kilkenny v Cork, 7.0, A Kelly (Galway).

SUNDAY

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.

LADIESFOOTBALL

SATURDAY

TG4 SFC SEMI-FINAL

Dr Cullen Park: Dublin v Laois, 6.0. LIVE TG4.

JFC SEMI-FINALS

Emyvale: Louth v Derry, 2.0.

Freshford: Wexford v Limerick, 2.0.

ALL-IRELAND IFC SEMI-FINAL

Dr Cullen Park: WaterfordvCavan,4.15. LIVETG4.

CAMOGIE

SATURDAY

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.

HANDBALL

SATURDAY

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.