Wednesday 28 June 2017

Touching tribute to Bill O'Herlihy and tragic Harris brothers at Aviva Stadium

13 June 2015; The Republic of Ireland team observe a minute's applause before the start of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
13 June 2015; The Republic of Ireland team observe a minute's applause before the start of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
The two teams stand for the national anthems at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin.
13 June 2015; Ireland supporters during the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
13 June 2015; The two teams stand for the national anthems before the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
13 June 2015; The two teams stand for the national anthems. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
13 June 2015; Republic of Ireland team stand for a team picture ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin.
13 June 2015; Republic of Ireland fans show their support during the national anthems. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

A minute's applause was observed prior to kick-off between Ireland and Scotland in the crunch European qualifier at the Aviva Stadium.

Before the Celtic neighbours kicked off in the make-or-break encounter for Martin O'Neill's Boys In Green, the recent passing of the RTE broadcaster and the tragic deaths of Robbie Keane's first cousins in an industrial accident in Portmarnock was acknowledged by the FAI.

13 June 2015; Scotland supporters pose for a picture with Sergent Neil Randles, from Pearce Street Garda station ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
13 June 2015; Scotland supporters pose for a picture with Sergent Neil Randles, from Pearce Street Garda station ahead of the game. UEFA EURO 2016 Championship Qualifier, Group D, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland supporters Jennifer, Michael and Jack Fisher, from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, ahead the game.

The minute's applause was also in memory of former Ireland international Johnny Fullam and Shetemi Ayetigbo,The 16-year-old Belvedere who collapsed and died during a football game last month.

O'Herlihy, who retired as the anchor of RTE's football panel after the 2014 World Cup, died in his sleep last month aged 69.

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

Read more here: 'He wasn't just my dad he was Big Al and I was little Al' - Son pays emotional tribute at funeral of tragic Alan Harris  

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