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Belfast Telegraph GAA correspondent Declan Bogue is honoured with major accolade

By Staff Reporter

The continuing excellence of the Belfast Telegraph's sports coverage was duly acknowledged this week as Declan Bogue, this paper's GAA correspondent, was awarded a McNamee Award for 2014.

Bogue, who has been with the Belfast Telegraph since April 2012 after leaving his post as Editor of Gaelic Life, scooped a National Media Award, which "acknowledges high-quality written journalism in a national daily or Sunday publication."

It is the only category open to national print journalists, and recognises the ongoing expansion of Gaelic Games coverage in this newspaper.

The article in question was his revealing, frank, often amusing and melancholic interview piece with former Antrim Gaelic football captain Anto Finnegan. It appeared in the Telegraph on November 15, the morning of the 'Game for Anto.'

Finnegan was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease back in 2009 and after going public with his condition has been behind several initiatives to raise awareness of the condition through his foundation, 'deterMND.'

The 'Game for Anto' was an exhibition game between Jim Gavin's Dublin and an Ulster selection of current and former inter-county stars. It was held at the home of Ulster rugby, the Kingspan Stadium, in an historic evening.

Through the interview, Finnegan talked about his hopes and dreams for the future after he had retired from playing county football and club football for St Paul's, but how it had been cruelly robbed from him.

However, his optimism and appreciation for life shone through in the piece, when he said: "In relation to how I think and how I deal with stuff, nothing has changed too much. We enjoy our holidays with our children and then the activities that we want to do with the trust, so that it has minimal impact on home life.

"In relation to clarity, it's probably focused me a bit more than I was before but not to the point where it has become an obsession.

"The small things become really, really insignificant now. I just don't waste any time on them."

This Saturday night, Bogue will be presented with his award by GAA President, Liam O'Neill, at an awards ceremony in Croke Park.

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