Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dublin stars pay poignant graveside tribute to tragic Harris brothers

Alan Harris on left, Stephen on right
Alan Harris on left, Stephen on right
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

After Dublin fans Stephen and Alan Harris died in a work accident earlier this year, Michael Dara Macauley promised their sister Lucy that he would bring the Sam Maguire to their grave if Dublin were able to win the All-Ireland.

Dublin beat Kerry in the decider two weeks ago and MacAuley fulfilled his promise to the Harris family, bringing Bernard Brogan along with him.

Alan and Stephen Harris were avid Dublin supporters who were tragically killed in June when they were overcome with toxic fumes while working on a sewer.

Alan Snr (45) died instantly while Stephen (34), who jumped into the tank to save his brother, passed away in hospital two days later.

There was a minute's applause for the brothers after 16 minutes of Dublin's Leinster semi-final against Kildare.

Footballer of the Year candidate Philly McMahon paid tribute to the Harris brothers, former Dublin selector Dave Billings and County Board chairman Andy Kettle also passed away this year after Dublin's All-Ireland triumph.

“We had spiritual motivation there as well with the people that passed away this year that were involved with Dublin," he said.

“Dave Billings and Andy Kettle and there is a couple of people who passed away over in Boston so we didn’t need that much motivation, we had them over us and maybe they helped on the day and we can’t forget the Harris brothers as well.”

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