Miller time mem­o­ries at the Oys­ter Tav­ern

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First the facts, then the emo­tions. Liam Miller had the spirit and the char­ac­ter of 100 Paul Pog­bas. It’s sim­ply heart­break­ing that he is no longer with us.

Last Tues­day night was Miller Time in the Oys­ter Tav­ern on Saint Patrick’s Street. This fol­lowed a black-tie gala din­ner in Cork City Hall in hon­our of the young man who was taken from the world at the age of only 36 af­ter suf­fer­ing from pan­cre­atic can­cer.

At 9pm his for­mer team mates at Manch­ester United such as Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, De­nis Ir­win, John O’shea, as well as Ire­land team­mates Damien Duff, Kevin Kil­bane, Paul Mcgrath and Robbie Keane (with wife Clau­dine), ar­rived in the Oys­ter Tav­ern to pay one last trib­ute to the great Cork sport­ing hero.

Liam was fan­tas­tic on the field of play but he was also a fan­tas­tic per­son off it. In the Oys­ter Tav­ern, there was an im­promptu per­for­mance by Ir­ish band Pic­ture This. There was danc­ing — and mem­o­ries shared and sto­ries told of Liam — un­til late. Robbie and Clau­dine left late to go back to their ho­tel, the In­ter­na­tional at the air­port in Cork, be­fore jour­ney­ing back to their home in Malahide the next day.

Liam Miller’s jour­ney to the pan­theon of Ir­ish sport­ing im­mor­tals is com­plete.

Clau­dine and Robbie Keane and (be­low) Liam’s widow Louise Miller and Ryan Giggs. A black-tie gala din­ner in hon­our of Liam Miller was fol­lowed by friends gath­er­ing at the Oys­ter Tav­ern in Cork

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