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Saturday 10 December 2016

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

Alan Harris
Alan Harris

IRISH soccer star Robbie Keane has told of his family's ordeal following the tragic death of his cousin, Alan Harris.

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

Alan Harris died on Wednesday while working in a sewer. His brother, Steve, remains in hospital after trying to save him.

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 last night.

Alan was a keen sportsman and showed his passion for Dublin GAA any chance he got.

Alan (45) 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 together which they refurbished into a Dublin fan vehicle.

They named it 'Bluebird' in memory of their father, Michael, who was a lifelong fan of the Blues and who inspired his family to follow the teams.

Alan and his brothers brought the minibus to several games.

The van saw its fair share of support from county players too. Bernard Brogan, Michael Darragh McCauley, former captain Brian Cullen, Pat Gilroy and Paul Flynn were all pictured with the minivan.

'Bluebird' featured in the Herald in articles about Dublin's most loyal supporters.

"It was great to see the whole Harris family all dressed up in Dublin colours heading off to the matches," a neighbour told the Herald yesterday.

"They were fantastic GAA supporters and a truly wonderful family."

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