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Former international Miller to be buried today

Monday, 12th February, 2018 10:15am

The funeral of Liam Miller will take place in Ovens today. The former Celtic and Manchester United star passed away on Friday in Marymount Hospice after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Last night mourners in their thousands attended his removal at Crowley's funeral home in Ballincollig to pay their respects, among them Roy Keane and Neil Lennon.

The former Ireland midfielder, who would have celebrated his 37th birthday tomorrow, revealed in November that he had been diagnosed with the disease and subsequently travelled to America for treatment.

From Ovens, Miller joined Celtic’s youth system in 1997 and stayed with the club until 2004 when he signed with Manchester United, fulfilling his dream of playing with his two childhood clubs. 

Miller enjoyed further spells with the likes of Sunderland and QPR before a move to Australia where he played in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane. He returned to Cork in 2014 where he played one season before a move to America.

Paying tribute to Miller, Cork City FC boss John Caulfield said: “I think everyone is shocked and saddened. While we have known that he was very sick, we are just thinking of his family, particularly his wife and three kids. When he was here, his two sons, Kory and Leo, used to be at training quite a bit. It does put everything into perspective. It’s hard to imagine what has happened, just three years after he was here.”
“He got to the highest level, winning international caps and playing for some big clubs. He was so modest, nothing ever went to his head. He came in every day and trained; a lovely person with a great attitude, a down to earth, humble guy,” concluded Caulfield.

Yesterday, in City’s 4-2 win over Dundalk in the President’s Cup, the crowd gave a minute’s applause at the 22nd minute of the game, in honour of his squad number, while Manchester United players wore black armbands in their clash with Newcastle in memory of Miller. Celtic players also observed a minute's silence before their fixture on Saturday.

He is survived by his wife Clare, his three children Kory, Leo and Belle and his parents Billy and Bridie. His funeral takes place at 11.30am today in St John the Baptist in Ovens followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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