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Capital chiefs call for August finals’ day

DUBLIN may bring a motion to annual GAA Congress seeking to have the All-Ireland hurling and football finals played in August instead of September, in direct response to the capital’s club fixtures logjam.

The Dublin senior football and hurling championships are well behind schedule because of the Dubs’ inter-county heroics in both codes and at different age levels this summer.

As a direct consequence, Sky Blue chiefs were reliant on the good will of their Leinster Council colleagues on Wednesday night, in rubber-stamping a revised fixture schedule that will allow Dublin enter its club champions in the province’s SFC and SHC competitions.

But this was seen as a once-off show of solidarity, and now Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle has admitted: “We’re looking at all ways possible that it won’t happen in the future. It was an exceptional year but we would hope to be at the business end in other years. We need to try to sort out something in our own backyard, not expect somebody else to help us out all the time.

“There is a possibility we will put a motion to Congress to bring the All-Irelands into August. That would leave the month of September free.”

Recovery 'a miracle' - McGovern

THE Fermanagh footballer left fighting for his life after an incident during a match in San Francisco last summer has described his subsequent recovery as a “miracle”.

Mark McGovern, 23, from Belcoo, was left in a coma and on the brink of death after suffering head injuries during a game in June.

“One of my doctors told me that I was 97.5 percent dead,” McGovern has now revealed. “At that stage I really, really did think of it as a miracle, how bad I was. I never even knew how bad a shape I was until I was speaking to the doctor. It was a shock to know that I was that close to death, so it’s just amazing that I even came out of it.”

Meanwhile, his doctor explained that McGovern's injury was “deep inside the brain”, the type you would normally see “after a car crash of about 60 mile per hour.

DUBLIN’S Ladies Gaelic Football in association with our official charity Irish Guide Dogs is inviting all Dublin ladies club, teams, players, mentors young and old to come along and join in the Guide Dogs Family Dog Walk on Saturday, October 8.

Walks are being held in venues countrywide with well-known celebrities such as Hector and Roy Keane taking part. Hector will start the walk in St Anne’s Park, with members of the Dublin ladies team in attendance.

Walks in Bushy Park and St Annes Park will commence at 3pm. For more info log onto www.guidedogs.ie