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Thursday 27 June 2019

Keane switches on Christmas lights at Miller hospice

Roy Keane at Marymount Hospice, Cork, to switch on its Christmas lights at an event attended by 500 people. Picture: Provision
Roy Keane at Marymount Hospice, Cork, to switch on its Christmas lights at an event attended by 500 people. Picture: Provision

Ralph Riegel

Former Ireland and Manchester United star Roy Keane switched on the Christmas lights at Marymount Hospice in Co Cork as moving tributes were paid to the late footballer Liam Miller (36).

More than 500 people attended the fundraiser for Marymount yesterday, with the hospice each year depending on €3m in public donations and sponsorship to maintain services.

The event is a vital element of supporting the palliative care packages for more than 3,000 people and their families at Marymount every year.

The former Republic of Ireland assistant manager helped spearhead a major charity match between Manchester United and Celtic/Ireland legends in September to raise funds for Miller's wife and three children.

A total of €1.5m was raised by the Páirc Uí Chaoimh event - the first soccer match ever staged at the Cork GAA headquarters.

Miller, who was treated at Marymount, died in February after a battle against oesophageal cancer.

He played alongside Keane at Manchester United, having started his career at Celtic.

Keane, who last night declined all media comment on his departure from the Irish management team, later signed the Ovens-born midfielder for Sunderland.

The former Manchester United captain agreed at the Liam Miller fundraising soccer match to launch the 'Light Up A Life' Christmas event at Marymount.

He spent more than an hour before the Christmas ceremony last night visiting patients, posing for photographs and signing autographs for young fans.

The event allows people to share memories of loved ones as the Christmas tree lights are switched on at the Curraheen facility.

Irish Independent

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