Monday 21 October 2019

Plan proposes Saturday Leinster football final


Former Kerry football goalkeeper Brendan Kealy. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Former Kerry football goalkeeper Brendan Kealy. Photo: Ray McManus / Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Allianz Hurling League final looks set for a March conclusion, four weeks earlier than the 2017 date, if the latest draft of the master fixtures plan is approved.

The GAA's efforts to establish an extensive window in April and early May for club fixtures to be played could see the hurling league start in January and conclude on Sunday, March 25.

In another development, the Leinster football final could switch to a Saturday night in June to accommodate three provincial finals on the same weekend.

Meanwhile, former Kerry football goalkeeper Brendan Kealy looks set to join Stephen Wallace's back-room team in Offaly. Wallace, who won two All-Ireland junior titles with the Kingdom, will have another Kerryman, Billy Sheehan, on board.

But Kealy, who left the Kerry squad in July after failing to reclaim his place from Brian Kelly, could not declare for Offaly unless he transferred to a club there and was able to establish residence.

Kealy plays his club football with Kilcummin and was an All-Star in 2015.

Elsewhere, former Footballer of the Year Karl Lacey will join Declan Bonner's coaching team in Donegal. Lacey retired in August.

Bonner is currently putting the finishing touches to his team and is expected to include Anthony McGrath, Gary Boyle, Oisin Cannon and Chris Byrne, who have been with him in recent times.

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