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'Steve died a hero trying to save his brother...he will always be our hero' - Family's tribute to second man who died following tragic sewer incident

Alan O'Keeffe and Robin Schiller

Published 12/06/2015 | 07:29

Alan Harris (45) and his younger brother Steve (32) in an image posted by their cousin, Irish footballer Robbie Keane, to his Facebook
Alan Harris (45) and his younger brother Steve (32) in an image posted by their cousin, Irish footballer Robbie Keane, to his Facebook
The late Alan Harris with his wife Tracey Pic: Facebook
The late Alan Harris with his wife Tracy Pic: Facebook
A tribute to Alan Harris on his wife Tracy Glynn Harris' Facebook page. 11/6/2015. Alan died in an industrial accident in Portmarnock on 10/6/2015

The brother of Steve Harris who died after an incident in which his other brother, Alan Harris, was killed by toxic fumes has paid tribute to a 'hero'.

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Derek Harris said a few poignant words about his brother, who passed away this morning after a tragic sewer incident.

The late Alan Harris with his wife Tracey
Pic: Facebook
The late Alan Harris with his wife Tracey Pic: Facebook

Steve Harris (34) - who tried to rescue father-of-two Alan Harris (45) - was also overcome by the fumes in the incident in a sewer at Drumnigh Wood estate in Portmarnock, Co Dublin on Wednesday afternoon.

He was in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital in Dublin until he passed away this morning.

Alan Harris died at the scene.

“I’ve been asked to say a few words," Derek told The Herald today.

The late Alan Harris with his wife Tracy
Pic: Facebook
The late Alan Harris with his wife Tracy Pic: Facebook

"Stephen went by many names to everyone that knew him but to Eve, he was Steve, he was everything and to Nathan, he was simply Dad.

“They loved him and he loved them even more back because everything Steve done was always double what you could give.

“If you were fortunate to meet him, then you would have been the recipient of a Stevie hug and you always went away feeling better.

"Steve died a hero trying to save his brother Alan and to us he will always be our hero.

"From me Steve, you were my best friend and best man. We will love you always. Thoughts are with Tracy, Nicole and Alvin. Steve watch over Eve and Nathan.”

Gardai confirmed to Independent.ie that Stephen Harris of Monasterboice Road, Crumlin, D12 passed away at 9am.

Gardai also said the family of the late Mr Harris have requested that their privacy be respected at this time of grief.

The investigations by An Garda Siochana and the Health and Safety Authority are continuing and the scene of the incident is still preserved for investigation purposes.

Meanwhile, the grieving widow of his older brother Alan Harris made an emotional tribute to her husband and 'soulmate' yesterday- and asked people to pray for the life of his younger brother Steve who tried to save him.

Tracy Glynn Harris declared her heart had been broken "into a million pieces" following the death of her husband Alan.

Read more here: Tributes to dead brother as two more killed in work accidents  

Tracy received the devastating news while in Turkey on a brief holiday with female friends. The couple, married 22 years, have two grown-up children, Nicole and Alan junior.

Read more here: Wife of toxic fumes victim in emotional tribute to 'soulmate'  

Tracy's heart-rending tribute to Alan on Facebook declared: "Tragically yesterday I lost my best friend and soulmate Alan Harris.

"My heart has been shattered into a million pieces yet again."

Read more here: Wife of toxic fumes victim in emotional tribute to 'soulmate'  

She thanked everyone who had offered words of kindness at this devastating time for the family.

And she paid tribute to the heroism of Steve who had desperately tried to save the life of his older brother.

"Please send all your prayers to his brother Steve Harris who is fighting for his life after trying to save Alan's," she declared.

Alan was one of a family of six brothers and one sister who grew up in Monasterboice Road in Crumlin in Dublin.

Read more here: Robbie Keane pays tribute to late cousin: "May Alan RIP and we continue to pray for Stephen"  

His heartbroken brother Mark stated that Alan was "a special man".

In a moving tribute on Facebook, he said: "My heart is broken today about the death of one of my wonderful brothers, Alan Harris, a special man who I looked up to. His achievements in life are too numerous to mention. He will always have a special place in my heart."

He, too, had called on everyone to pray for "another special person, my baby brother Stephen".

Alan Harris lived in Clonee, and the local soccer club Clonee United paid tribute on social media.

Read more here: Tragedy for brothers in accident at sewer works  

He had played for the club and was a close friend of several club members. The club offered "heartfelt condolences" to his family.

Neighbours of the Harris family in Crumlin told the Herald yesterday the hearts of the entire community went out to them.

"There's no answer to what has happened. They are a really lovely family. It is so sad. It's a terrible tragedy. Alan was a lovely man, like his father. Our hearts go out to his mother Gertie and all the family," said a family friend.

Read more here: One brother dies and another critical in sewer work accident  

Alan Harris (45) ran his own drain and sewer maintenance business.

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