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Dubs call for earlier end to All-Irelands

Published 30/09/2011 | 05:00

Dublin County Board want the All-Ireland hurling and football finals to be held in August
Dublin County Board want the All-Ireland hurling and football finals to be held in August

CHAIRMAN Andy Kettle believes that the Dublin County Board will bring a motion to next year's GAA Annual Congress calling for the All-Ireland hurling and football finals to be played in August.

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Kettle believes that such a move will help to avoid the situation which saw Dublin reliant on the goodwill of other Leinster counties so that the county's club kingpins could be represented in the provincial championships.

The Leinster Council voted through massive concessions to Dublin last Wednesday, with the tie between the Dublin and Meath football champions pushed back by three weeks, from October 23 to November 13.

The Leinster final will now take place on December 18 and not December 4, while Dublin's club hurling champions will play the Westmeath winners on November 6, a week later than originally planned.

"We're looking at all ways possible that it won't happen in the future," Kettle said. "There is a possibility that we will be putting down a motion for Congress to bring the All-Irelands back into August."

Sky Blues to start title defence against Carlow

The draws for next year's Leinster U-21 and minor football and hurling championships have been made.

The U-21 HC holders Dublin will start their campaign against Carlow while in the Leinster U-21 FC champions Wexford will begin their defence against the winners of the first-round clash between Dublin and Laois.

Minor football champions Dublin have been paired with Carlow in the first round, while the Dublin minor hurlers, who are also defending champions, await the winners of Westmeath and Laois.

2012 LEINSTER U-21FC DRAW -- Wexford or Dublin v Laois; Wicklow or Carlow v Westmeath; Kilkenny or Louth v Longford; Offaly or Meath v Kildare.

2012 LEINSTER U-21HC DRAW -- Offaly or Wexford v Kilkenny; Laois or Dublin v Carlow.

2012 LEINSTER MFC DRAW -- Kilkenny v Offaly; Louth v Westmeath; Longford v Meath; Wicklow v Laois; Carlow v Dublin; Kildare v Wexford. (The respective losers of the first-round matches play off, followed by an open draw).

2012 LEINSTER MHC DRAW -- Westmeath v Laois; Wexford v Offaly. (The respective winners will face Dublin and Kilkenny).

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