Friday 20 July 2018

Dublin honour former Antrim captain Anto Finnegan at All-Ireland medal presentation

Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, alongside former Antrim footballer Anto Finnegan and his children Conall and Ava ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte, alongside former Antrim footballer Anto Finnegan and his children Conall and Ava ahead of the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Dublin and Tyrone at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile
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Dublin GAA honoured former Antrim senior football captain Anto Finnegan at their All-Ireland medal presentation on Saturday night.

Finnegan had been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in August, 2012, and since then he has developed a close relationship with Dublin manager Jim Gavin.

Finnegan attended Dublin's All-Ireland semi-final win over Tyrone in August and he was present again for the Dubs All-Ireland medal ceremony, their third ceremony in as many years.

Finnegan thanked Dublin GAA and Gavin in a post on his Twitter account.

"A massive thanks to Jim Gavin and everyone at @DubGAAOfficial for a fantastic evening at their medal presentation ceremony. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful friends within the @officialgaa family. @deterMND."

Sunday Independent columnist Joe Brolly said that Gavin would often come up north to visit Finnegan unannounced and with minimal fanfare.

"He's a very genuine man," Brolly said on The Throw-In podcast earlier this year.

"I'll give you an example. He comes up here and it's never announced and he never does it with any media fanfare but he's very friendly with Anto Finnegan, the Antrim footballer, a good friend of mine.

"Jim will appear in Belfast unannounced to see him. He'll come up and he'll do wee bits and pieces for Anto."

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