Liam Miller 'fought illness with same resilience with which he played'

Roy Keane and Neil Lennon at the removal of Liam Miller in Ballincollig last night. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney  Provision

Roy Keane and Neil Lennon at the removal of Liam Miller in Ballincollig last night. Pic Michael Mac Sweeney Provision

A service for the Republic of Ireland global took place this morning at the Church of St John the Baptist in Ovens, Co Cork.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, who was Celtic boss when the midfielder made his breakthrough into the first team in 2004, was also in attendance along with Miller's former Ireland manager Steve Staunton.

The players and officials of the club are expected to form a guard of honour tomorrow at Liam's funeral which is expected to be attended by well-known names in the Irish sporting world including top officials from the FAI, O'Neill and Keane.

Liam, 36, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last week leading to an outpouring of emotional tributes from former colleagues and fans.

Jerseys from Liam's time at Manchester United, Celtic, and Ireland were then brought to the altar.

Celtic players wore black armbands in Mr Miller's memory during their William Hill Scottish Cup match against Partick Thistle on Saturday.

"We would like to pass on our condolences to his family and friends at this sad time".

The 36-year-old Cork man, who began his distinguished footballing career with Cork City and also played for Manchester United, passed away in Marymount Hospice.

Current Republic manager O'Neill described Miller as a "fantastic man". "He was an excellent footballer and a fantastic man".

Irish president Michael D Higgins said it was with great sadness that he had learned of the death of Miller, who brought skill and passion to his career in football at home and overseas.

Irish president Michael D Higgins said it was with great sadness that he had learned of the death of Miller, who brought skill and passion to his career in football at home and overseas.

"And through that (Liam) gave so much joy to people and also glory to God who gave him those talents and pride to his family".

Mourners heard a roll call of some of the sport's greats who Miller played for including Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish and Giovanni Trapattoni.

Ahead of the funeral Cork City manager John Caulfield encouraged the people of Cork to turn out in force as a show of support.

His wife, Clare, and children, Kory, Leo and Belle led the mourners alongside his parents, Billy and Bridie, and siblings, Sean Robby, Martin and Suzanne at the Church of St John the Baptist in Ovens, Co Cork.