Liam Miller tribute game raises €1.5 million for charity

Liam Miller tribute game raises €1.5 million for charity
Irelands Liam Miller celebrates his goal against Sweden during their friendly international at Lansdowne Road in 2006. Picture: Dan Linehan

THE organisers of the Liam Miller tribute match have confirmed that €1.5 million was raised during the charity fundraisers.

Banner at the Liam Miller tribute match between Manchester United and Celtic/Republic of Ireland at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Banner at the Liam Miller tribute match between Manchester United and Celtic/Republic of Ireland at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.Picture: Eddie O'Hare

€1 million has been put into a trust for the Liam Miller family, with the remaining €500,000 shared between another eight causes.

It includes €100,000 for the Jack O'Driscoll Fund to help the Mayfield teen injured in a fall during Storm Emma earlier this year.

€250,000 was donated to Marymount Hospice, where Liam received end-of-life care, with €35,000 donated to both the Mercy University Hospital Foundation and the Oesophageal Cancer Fund.

€20,000 each will be donated to Enable Ireland, Cork Simon Community, Cork Penny Dinners and Down Syndrome Cork.

Liam Miller's wife Clare at the game. Picture:  INPHO/James Crombie
Liam Miller's wife Clare at the game. Picture:  INPHO/James Crombie

Clare Miller paid tribute to those who supported the event.

She said: "We feel truly blessed and grateful. We would like to thank everyone involved from the bottom of our hearts. The love and support you have shown will always be remembered and treasured by us."

The fundraising match took place at a sold-out Páirc Uí Chaoimh on September 25 with a gala dinner and charity auction also contributing to the funds raised.

Announcing the funds at City Hall this afternoon, organiser Michael O'Flynn paid tribute to all involved and to the Cork public for their unwavering support during the campaign.

He said: “This was such a wonderful occasion for the people of Cork and sports fans throughout Ireland who attended an event that brought some very famous footballing stars to Cork. It was indeed both celebratory and poignant, saluting the achievements of one of Cork’s sporting heroes who sadly lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.

"We are so grateful to everyone who supported the event by buying tickets or attending the dinner in City Hall, your support was truly phenomenal. We are delighted to have achieved this level of fundraising, and are pleased to donate funds to the various charities as a result."

Manchester United's Roy Keane after the game at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Pic: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
Manchester United's Roy Keane after the game at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. Pic: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

Roy Keane, who acted as player/manager for the Manchester United squad on the day described the reaction as 'truly amazing.'

He said: “Everyone involved in the game is delighted with the amount raised, which will benefit so many people."

The benefit match was the brainchild of number of key figures from the world of business and sport, including chairman of the organising committee, Michael O’Flynn, who is a neighbour of the Miller family, Sir Alex Ferguson, Roy Keane, Martin O’Neill, John O’Shea, Graham Barrett, Ciaran Medlar, Ger Gilroy, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell, Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward and Denis O’Brien amongst many others.

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