Sunday 11 December 2016

Poignant Croke Park send-off for tragic brothers

Published 29/06/2015 | 02:30

Tracy Harris, widow of GAA-mad Alan Harris, who died in a Portmarnock sewer accident along with his brother Steve with family and friends at the Leinster semi-finals between Dublin and Kildare in Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Collins
Tracy Harris, widow of GAA-mad Alan Harris, who died in a Portmarnock sewer accident along with his brother Steve with family and friends at the Leinster semi-finals between Dublin and Kildare in Croke Park yesterday. Photo: Collins
Alan Harris
Steve Harris

Dublin GAA fans have paid a moving tribute to the victims of the Berkeley tragedy and brothers, Alan and Steve Harris.

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Fans erupted into a rousing one-minute applause during the 16th minute of Dublin's clash with Kildare during the Leinster Senior Football semi-final at Croke Park yesterday.

Alan Harris (45) died earlier this month when he was overcome by fumes while working on a sewer in Portmarnock alongside his brother Stephen (32).

Stephen lost his battle for life just days later, after he was overcome trying to save his older brother.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Alan's wife Tracy said the atmosphere was "absolutely electric".

"Everyone clapped, cheered, screamed and whistled," said Tracy.

"The whole stadium stood up, it really was incredible. One woman said to me: 'If Carlsberg did send-offs, then your lads certainly got one' - and it was true," she said.

"It made all of Dublin one big Harris family. That's what it felt like ... If only they could have been there to see it."

Irish Independent

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