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Joe Brolly


Anto Finnegan’s death is being mourned but his outlook must be celebrated

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Anto and me talked on the phone a few weeks ago. He never mentioned that things weren’t good. Why would he?

Anto and me talked on the phone a few weeks ago. He never mentioned that things weren’t good. Why would he?

Anto and me talked on the phone a few weeks ago. He never mentioned that things weren’t good. Why would he?

Shortly after he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, I said something dumb to Anto Finnegan along the lines of “what terrible luck”. He said: “There’s nothing to be sad about. I have a great life.”

In June of 2018, by which time he was in a specialised wheelchair/body machine that could raise him into a standing position and all the rest, he rang me to say he wanted to go to the first round of the championship at Celtic Park. Derry were playing Donegal.


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