“That’s no age at all to be losing a dad or a husband”.
Liam Miller sadly passed away following his battle with pancreatic cancer this week aged just thirty six.
His former club mate at Celtic Darren O’Dea paid tribute to the Cork man on this mornings Now That’s What I Call Sport.
When asked about his reaction to the horrible news the former Ireland defender had this to say.
“The actual news itself wasn’t a huge shock to myself I’ve been in touch with plenty of people who know Liam and knew his situation, but when the news came through it was just horrific.”
“All my thoughts are with his young family, lovely wife and three young kids.”
Liam was diagnosed late last year, had his whole life ahead of him and was an athlete which makes this all the more tragic.
“It’s a disease that doesn’t discriminate and all sports people are looked at as fit and healthy which they are.”
“Liam was at the forefront of that he was as fit as anyone. You couldn’t meet a fitter guy.”
“I can’t think of anything worse it’s horrific.”
Miller had been a role model on and off the pitch. His career brought him to many different teams and in touch with a lot of people which is clear to see in the floods of incoming messages of condolences at this sad time.
“He’s played across continents, with different teams in different countries. You won’t meet one player who knows him that will have a bad word to say about him.”
“Anyone you’ll hear talking about Liam over the next while it won’t be about the footballer he was (which he was a great footballer), it will be about the person he was.”
“I hope they (his family) can take even the smallest bit of comfort with the outpour of messages and people wanting to say nice things about him.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Also on this morning’s show we were joined by Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt and former Ireland hooker Shane Byrne on the win over Italy in the six nations. Cuala manager Mattie Kenny spoke following his sides All Ireland Club Championship semi final win over Liam Mellows. Also both Dublin manager Jim Gavin and Dublin Ladies manager Mick Bohan spoke on the successful double header wins over Donegal and Cork.
Listen to the show in full below.
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