FAI lead tributes to ex-president Corcoran
Former FAI president and current board member Milo Corcoran passed away yesterday after a short illness.
Corcoran was a long-serving football administrator who was on the board at Waterford United before graduating to become vice-president of the FAI in 1997.
Four years later, he took over as president to serve during a busy period which included the wrangling over Eircom Park, the Saipan controversy and the departure of Fran Rooney which led to John Delaney's appointment as CEO.
His term ended in 2005 but he was duly voted back onto FAI council and re-appointed to the association's 10-man board of management as the chair of the International Committee.
In recent years he also functioned as the chair of the Setanta Cup organising committee.
Corcoran was a popular figure in the Irish football community and the current FAI hierarchy led the tributes.
"In Milo Corcoran, we have lost one of Irish football's true gentlemen. It is with great sadness that I learned of his passing on Monday evening and my thoughts are with his family," said FAI president Tony Fitzgerald.
"Milo was someone who made a huge impact on so many levels to improve football in this country and his contribution is simply invaluable. From grassroots right up to being FAI president, he made a difference wherever he was and that will be his legacy.
"He will be missed by anyone who knew him and Irish football will certainly be a little poorer without him around. May he rest in peace."
FAI CEO Delaney added: "Milo was a great personal friend of mine, someone who I had the pleasure of knowing for more than 30 years, and someone who I was extremely close to.
"He made an immeasurable contribution to the game and he is someone whose loss will be felt deeply in the world of football.
"The FAI will pay a number of tributes to Milo in the coming days and weeks, and we will miss him greatly.
"I want to pass on my deepest sympathies to his family and many friends in the game."
Corcoran was born in Dublin to Kilkenny parents but grew up in Co Waterford. He worked as a sales representative for Heineken Ireland and the FAI statement added that he recently did some consultancy work with Renua Ireland.
He is survived by his beloved wife Marie, and sons Alan and Evan.