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Soccer ace Keane tells of pain after tragic death of cousin Alan

HEARTFELT tributes are being paid today to the two Dublin brothers who have died following a work accident this week.

Steve Harris (34), originally from Monasterboice Road, Crumlin, died at 9am this morning in Beaumont Hospital.

His older brother Alan (45) died on Wednesday following the incident in Portmarnock. The brothers are first cousins to Irish soccer star, Robbie Keane.

Last night, Keane told of his family's ordeal following the tragic death of Alan.

Keane is in camp with the Irish soccer team ahead of tomorrow's crunch international Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

Robbie's mother and the Harris brothers' mother - Gertie - were sisters.

"As you can imagine it's been a very difficult time for our family, may Alan RIP and we continue to pray for Stephen. Thanks everyone for your kind messages and support," Keane posted on Facebook before Steve died this morning.

Alan was a keen sportsman and big supporter of Dublin GAA.

The 45-year-old grew up in a family of six boys and one girl who shared a deep love for supporting Dublin's GAA teams.


The Harris brothers even bought an old Commer 1975 van which they refurbished into a Dublin fan vehicle.

They named it 'Bluebird' in memory of their father, Michael, who was a lifelong Dubs fan.

The van saw its fair share of support from county players such as Bernard Brogan, Michael Darragh McCauley, former captain Bryan Cullen, and Paul Flynn who were all pictured with it.

Michael Darragh McCauley expressed his sympathies with the family.

"Tragic news about the Harris brothers. Alan was a gent of a man and a brilliant Dub," he said.

Dublin GAA supporters page, Hill 16 Army said their thoughts were with Harris families.