Readers Blog: Liam Miller’s tribute game should be about respect

We need both rules and respect into-days society. I certainly do not wish to impose my views on the privacy of Liam Miller’s family.

Readers Blog: Liam Miller’s tribute game should be about respect

We need both rules and respect into-days society. I certainly do not wish to impose my views on the privacy of Liam Miller’s family.

There are enough already giving their opinions on the conflict with the GAA and their rule book.

What started as a lovely gesture and which was fully supported by high profile sports people and business people, both in Ireland and Britain is now turning sour over the venue for the Event.

Really, who found the ‘rule’? And who made the ‘rule’?

Sort it out and do not embarrass the Miller family. A young women has lost her young husband and three children have lost their daddy at a very young age.

No rules around when he was tragically taken from his family. Liam Miller was a member of his local GAA club as a schoolboy.

He had the talent to follow through the same dressing rooms as our national and global sports man Roy Keane.

He returned to his native city to finish his football career when he was given the biggest challenge of all. Sadly he was beaten by overpowering odds.

The sporting public of Cork have an opportunity to show their respect for Liam and his family through the sporting accommodation our city can offer.

We have the chance to show why we are the best supporters in the land. This event has nothing to do with a sports fixture or a rule book, but a way for Cork’s sporting public to show respect for one of their own and his family. When he was entertaining us and we were all proud of him there were full stadiums in Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin.

The GAA does belong to our communities and this was very evident when rugby players cried while standing to our national anthem in Croke Park, and by the respectful silence when the British national anthem was played at the same occasion.

Yes,respect is what is needed here, not rules, in order to allow us to mark Liam’s short life as a credit to himself and his family. If we do not demand this sporting right, then we are not‘rebels’ but wimps. Somebody stand up and sort it out.

Yes, the GAA is a huge national organisation and finance a lot of their assets. Soccer has always been the poor relation,despite every now and again a jump in the ratings at International level.

The overall picture is the game in this country is very weak at all levels compared to our European counterparts.

I should know as founder chairman of CCFC in 1984 and only for Foras the club could be gone or in the same boat as Limerick and Bray are today.

Incidentally Dundalk, Derry, Waterford, Shamrock Rovers, and Sligo all went AWOL. Soccer does not have administration capability or stadia like the GAA.

This is not about a sports fixture but about Cork’s sporting public showing their respect for one of their own; there should be no further discussion.

-Jim Hennebry

Blackrock

Cork

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