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Published: 08:57 | 23/8/16

Former FAI president Milo Corcoran passes away

Tributes paid to former president

Former Football Association of Ireland Michael 'Milo' Corcoran has passed away following a recent illness.

A former member of the Waterford United Board, Corcoran became vice-president of the FAI in 1997 and just four years later he was elected president, a position he held until 2005.

During his term as president, Corcoran had to deal with the fallout of the Saipan controversy as well as the departure of Fran Rooney.

Following his term, Corcoran was voted onto the FAI Council and was the driving force behind the creation of the Setanta Sports Cup, a cross-border competition between League of Ireland and Irish League clubs.

"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 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."

From all of us at eir Sport we offer our condolences to the Corcoran family and to his friends and colleagues at the FAI.

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