Last week the illustrious inter-county career of Ballybay’s Paul (Jap) Finlay came to an end as he announced his retirement from County football. Paul first played for Monaghan in 2003 and in his 14 year career played 168 times for the Farney Army. During those games he became Monaghan’s leading point scorer with an amazing tally of 5-548. He won 3 National league titles and 2 Ulster titles. He also won an All Ireland Vocational Schools medal with Monaghan and a Sigerson with Sligo IT. In 2008 he was called in to the Ireland International Rules Football team. He has also represented Ulster in the Railway cup. Regarded as one of the most stylish footballers of the modern era he also had one of the sweetest left feet in the game. Since he announced his retirement Paul has been inundated with well wishers. He recently took to twitter to thank them all tweeting, “Gobsmacked by nature and volume of kind words sent my way over the last few days. All I can say is a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all”.