Former Antrim captain Anto Finnegan has passed away 1 month ago

Former Antrim captain Anto Finnegan has passed away

"This world has lost a fine man."

Former Antrim footballer and charity campaigner Anto Finnegan has died, aged 48.

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The Belfast man was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease and spent the last decade raising awareness and significant funding for the deterMND charity, which he founded.

Finnegan's death was confirmed by his club, St Paul's, who said that "It is with the upmost sadness that we learn of the passing of our friend, former player, coach, mentor & ambassador Anto Finnegan.

"This world has lost a fine man. Our deepest sympathies to Alison, Conall, Ava & the Finnegan & Dowdall families.

"Suaimhneas síoraí dá anam uasal."

Sinn Fein MLA paid tribute, saying Finnegan was "an inspirational Antrim Gael".

"Anto made the rest of us feel big. He personified such great resilience & determination. I am very sad for his clann, cairde & club. Codladh sámh a hAntóin. Ní dhéanfar dearmad ort."

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