The Liam Miller tribute game has raised 1.5 million the organisers have announced on Tuesday.
The game which took place between a selection of legends of Manchester United and a combined Republic of Ireland/Celtic selection took place in a sold out Pairc Ui Chaoimh at the end of last month in memory of Liam Miller who passed away this year at the age of just 36. The committee which was led by Chairman Mick O ‘Flynn made the announcement on Tuesday at the Lord Mayor’s office in Cork City. A statement released 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”.
The organisers revealed the break down of the funds raised would see 1 million go to the Miller family and it will be put into a trust. 250,000 will be donated to the Marymount Hospice in Cork where Mr Miller receives end of life care, while 100,000 will be donate to the Jack O’Driscoll foundation. The Jack O’Driscoll foundation was set up after a young man named Jack O’Driscoll was left paralysed after a freak incident during Stork Emma. 35,000 euro will be donated to the Mercy Hospital in Cork, 35,000 to the O esophageal Cancer fund, while 20,000 each will be donated to several charities including the Cork Simon Community, Enable Ireland, Cork Penny Dinners and Cork Down Syndrome.
Marymount Hospice in a statement said they are deeply greatful for the donation of 250,000 to them. They thanked the Miller family, while they also hoped that the support of the Hospice and the players will offer them some comfort in the difficult times ahead. The Jack O’Driscoll trustees were also extremely thankful for the donation. In a statement they thanked the Miller and said that the money will go a long way in helping Jack maximise his potential and goals.
Again it just goes to show the kind of man Liam Miller was. He is a real hero, a man that fought for everything on and off the pitch and we all miss him dearly in the Sporting world.