The funeral of former Celtic player Liam Miller has taken place in Ireland.
"Liam fought his illness with the same resilience with which he played", he said.
The Offertory Gifts reflected the loves of the young man's life - three jerseys for Ireland, Celtic and Manchester United as well as photos of his wife and children, his parents and siblings as well as the Eire Og team he captained as a youngster.
At the opening of the mass Fr Hickey offered prayers for the footballer's family.
A spokesman for Hibs said: "We were very saddened to learn of the passing of Liam Miller following a short battle with cancer".
The priest also welcomed the large number of dignitaries and sports figures who attended the service.
"Liam used his talents to the full in such a short time".
"And through that he gave so much joy to people".
Miller made over 70 appearances for the Easter Road side between 2009 and 2011, scoring seven times and his former clubs paid their own tributes before matches over the weekend.
A service for the Republic of Ireland worldwide took place this morning at the Church of St John the Baptist in Ovens, Co Cork.
The former Celtic manager said: "Liam's passing is very sad and he will be greatly missed". It will be followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.
Martin O'Neill, Roy Keane, Denis Irwin, John O'Shea, Brian Kerr and several members of the Cork City squad are in attendance, as are representatives for the Taoiseach and President Michael D Higgins.
He joined Manchester United in 2004 and players donned black armbands in Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United, while former manager Sir Alex Ferguson described Miller as "a good professional who served the club in an excellent manner".
The former Manchester United, Celtic, and Cork City midfielder passed away on Friday following a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Miller grew up in Ovens, Co.
Roy Keane and Neil Lennon at the removal of Liam Miller in Ballincollig last night.
Caulfield said: "It's important that we show our support for the family and give Liam the tribute he deserves".
The players and officials of the club are expected to form a guard of honour tomorrow at Liam's funeral which is expected to be attended by well-known names in the Irish sporting world including top officials from the FAI, O'Neill and Keane.