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Thursday 26 April 2018

Dubs to hold a minute's applause for Harris brothers

The Harris brothers.
The Harris brothers.

Robin Schiller

Thousands of Dublin GAA fans will remember Alan and Stephen Harris - who tragically passed away last week following an industrial accident - with a minute's applause at the next big championship game.

The Hill 16 Army - a Facebook page for Dublin GAA supporters - has announced that the applause will take place on the 16th minute of Dublin's next game, against Kildare.

The match takes place at Croke Park on June 28, and will be the first Dublin senior men's match since the two brothers passed away.

A post on the page paid tribute to the brothers, who were described as "two true blues".

"Dublin has shown we stick together through tough times and above all that our compassion is strong.

"We are still shocked, saddened and haven't quite come to terms with the tragic loss of two of our own," the post said.

"On the June 28 we will clap so loud that the rest of Ireland will hear us," it added.

Alan Snr (45) died when he was overcome by toxic fumes while working on the sewer.

Stephen Harris (34) tried to rescue his brother.

He was overcome by the fumes as well and was hospitalised, clinging to life until he sadly passed away on Friday morning.

Alan Jnr, paid a touching tribute to his father and his uncle at Alan Snr's funeral, saying: "He wasn't just my dad. He was Big Al and I was little Al."

"Stephen tried to save my dad's life," Alan Jnr said to a round of applause from the congregation.

Stephen will be reposed at his home in Clondalkin today, and his funeral will take place tomorrow at 11am at the Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy.

He is survived by his partner Yvonne McGrath, their son Nathan, his step-son Lee, his five siblings and his mother Gertrude.


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