Liam Miller has been remembered as a family man above all else.
The former Celtic and Manchester United player died on Friday at the age of 36 after suffering from cancer.
Among deeply moving tributes at his funeral mass in Co. Cork, including that he achieved the rarest feat of living his dreams, one message that stood out was that he was a sportsman with decency, humour, honesty, integrity and humility.
Hundreds of mourners packed into the small St John the Baptist Church in the village of Ovens, near Ballincollig, with leading names from Irish football paying respects.
Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane were joined by former internationals John O'Shea, Denis Irwin, Kevin Kilbane and Kevin Doyle, as well as past managers Brian Kerr and Steve Staunton.
After the rousing words of football anthem You'll Never Walk Alone were read out to the congregation, Miller's brother-in-law Dan Sheedy gave a hugely emotional eulogy.
"To those who knew Liam best, Liam's legacy won't be about anything he achieved on a football pitch, though, on that, he achieved what was to most of us an impossible fantasy" he said.
"Liam was that most rare of things - he lived his dreams.