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Tributes Paid After Death Of Former Antrim Footballer Anto Finnegan Aged 48

Tributes Paid After Death Of Former Antrim Footballer Anto Finnegan Aged 48
By PJ Browne Updated

Anto Finnegan has died aged 48.

The passing of the former Antrim football captain was confirmed by his club St Paul's.

"It is with the upmost sadness that we learn of the passing of our friend, former player, coach, mentor & ambassador Anto Finnegan," the club said in a statement on Twitter.

"This world has lost a fine man.

"Our deepest sympathies to Alison, Conall, Ava & the Finnegan & Dowdall families

"Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal"

The Belfast man was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2012. He spent the intervening years campaigning to create awareness of MND and raise funds for research and patient care through the deterMND charity.

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15 November 2014; Anto Finnegan, leaves the field to a guard of honour after the game with his wife Allison and daughter Ava. #GameForAnto, Ulster Allstars XV v Dublin 2013 team, Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park, Belfast, Co. Antrim. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

In 2014, he organised a charity game between Dublin and an Ulster All-Star team, which was played at Ravenhill.

Anto spent more than a decade playing with the Antrim footballers. Several prominent GAA figures have paid tribute to a man who inspired many.

Featured image: 2 July 2000; President of Ireland Mary McAleese shakes hands with Gearoid Adams of Antrim, in the company of Antrim captain Anto Finnegan, prior to the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final replay between Antrim and Derry at Casement Park in Belfast, Antrim. Photo by Aoife Rice/Sportsfile

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