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posted 30 Sept 2011, 10:19 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Sept 2011, 10:20 by Colm Beirne ]

The Irish Examiner and the Irish Independent both report that the Dublin County Board will bring a motion to next year’s Congress calling for the All-Ireland finals to be played in August.

Dublin chairman Andy Kettle says that the move would help avoid a repeat of the situation which meant that Dublin had to rely on the good will of other counties to have their club champions represented in the provincial championships.

"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."

Meanwhile, the Irish Independent reports that the Leinster Council’s plans to build a new GAA stadium in north Leinster have been dropped.

A strategic review published earlier this year suggested building a stadium somewhere in the north of the province to cater for championship games.

"The plan has been knocked on the head for the time being anyway," said Leinster chairman Martin Skelly.

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett has conceded that his performance in the All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny wasn’t up to scratch.

"My own personal performance in the final? I would be disappointed because I didn't get on to as much ball as I could have and should have," said Corbett in the Irish Independent.

"That's down to Kilkenny asking all the right questions. They held our forwards tight on the day, we had no answers for them. Those are the facts.”

The Kilkenny County Board says manager Brian Cody will be given as much time as he needs to make a decision on his future.

“There is a November meeting but there is no panic,” county board secretary Ned Quinn told the Irish Times. “Brian is entitled to that space. We have always given it to him. We leave him alone.”

Veteran Tyrone defender Ryan McMenamin says he is yet to make a decision on whether or not he will return to inter-county football next year.

“At the moment I’m just focusing on the club and I haven’t given any thought to my inter-county situation,” he said in the Irish Times.

“I’d say that it will probably be November before I make my mind on whether I want to continue with Tyrone for next year.”