Former Celtic and Manchester United player Liam Miller laid to rest
Last Updated: 13/02/18 9:30am
The funeral of former Republic of Ireland international Liam Miller has taken place in the village where he was raised in County Cork.
Ex-Celtic and Manchester United midfielder Miller died last week, aged 36, after losing his battle with cancer.
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane, as well as Miller's former Republic team-mates Kevin Doyle, Aiden McGeady all attended the requiem mass, which was followed by Miller's burial.
The service took place at the Church of St. John the Baptist, where Miller was christened and confirmed. Miller, who is survived by wife Clare and three children Kory, Leo and Belle, went to school across the road from the church.
At the opening of the mass, Father Liam O'Hickey, parish priest in Ovens, offered prayers for the footballer's family.
He added: "Liam used his talents to the full and in so short a time. 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."
Miller grew up in Ovens, and although he played Gaelic football, his real passion was soccer, with a fondness for Celtic taken from his father Billy, a Scotsman from Motherwell.
Mourners heard how Liam's father called him "my little Stanley Matthews".
Celtic wore black armbands in Miller's memory during their Scottish Cup match against Partick Thistle on Saturday and Manchester United did the same for their visit to Newcastle on Sunday
Miller, whose former clubs included Sunderland, Leeds and Hibernian, also played in Australia, America, and his native Ireland with Cork City. The entire Cork City squad attended Miller's funeral.