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GAA: PAUL HAILS MON-UMENTAL BOSS.

Byline: By ORLA BANNON

MONAGHAN hero Paul Finlay paid tribute to manager Seamus McEneaney for leading the Farney side to the Division Two title - and back to top-flight football.

Finlay's last-gasp free gave Monaghan the goal they needed for promotion and the influential half-forward was quick to thank McEneaney for their first success in 20 years.

"The impact that he's made is just absolutely unbelievable," said Finlay. "He brings such heart and passion to the whole scene. I don't think I've seen such a true, true Monaghan GAA man.

"He'd die for it, you know - he's a big businessman in Monaghan but I don't think he spends much time with the business at all. It's just constantly Monaghan, Monaghan, Monaghan.

"He'd have to take great credit for the time and effort he's put in, along with his selectors. They are just absolutely fantastic, and it's them who have brought this team here to this point. Hopefully, we can keep it going."

The squad met with McEneaney yesterday to begin their next challenge - to see off Derry in the Ulster Championship on June 5.

"We're laying down our goals for the Championship. It's coming pretty soon," said Finlay.

"What we set out to do from the start of the year was to gain promotion to Division One.

"We've got a national title and a bit of silverware, so we're absolutely delighted going into the Championship."

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Date:May 3, 2005
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