Former FAI president Michael "Milo" Corcoran passes away

He served as president of the organisation from 2001 until 2005

BY Newstalk 21:25 Monday 22 August 2016, 21:25 22 Aug 2016

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Clubs around the country have paid tribute to former FAI president Michael "Milo" Corcoran who has passed away.

Corcoran had held the position from 2001 until 2005 having previously served a five-year term as vice president.

"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 Tony Fitzgerald, FAI President.

"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 John Delaney paid tribute to Milo, saying that he made "an immeasurable contribution to the game" and had a huge impact on Irish football for many years.

He said: "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."

Born in Dublin to Kilkenny parents, Milo grew up in County Waterford and quickly became a key figure in a local supporters club which sparked his passion to make a difference in shaping the future of the beautiful game.

He was part of the current FAI Board and Chairman of the FAI International Committee, where he remained committed to raising the standards of football development throughout the country and worked closely with various departments along with Board and Council Members.

Considered to be the main driving force behind the creation of the Setanta Sports Cup - a cross-border competition between League of Ireland and Irish League clubs - he served as the tournament's chairman from its inception in 2005.

A strong supporter of domestic football, Milo was a regular at his beloved Waterford United, where he served a variety of roles including club chairman, and was the club's representative on the League Committee in the 1980s and 1990s. In recent years, he acted as one of the FAI's TV Liaison Officers.

A member of the UEFA Youth & Amateur Football Committee, Milo carried a strong reputation with him wherever he travelled around the world due to his gregarious personality and love of football.

He was a key figure in establishing the Football Village of Hope with the Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Irish Aid programme to assist integration between Palestinian and Israeli children through football.

In his career outside of football, Milo worked as a sales representative for Heineken Ireland and he recently did some consultancy work with Renua Ireland.

Milo passed away following illness and is survived by his beloved wife Marie, sons Alan and Evan.

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