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Thursday 8 December 2016

'Special moment' as Dubs bring Sam to grave of tragic Alan Harris

Michael Darragh MacAuley and Bernard Brogan with Tracy Harris (holding Sam) and her kids Alan and Nicole at the grave
Michael Darragh MacAuley and Bernard Brogan with Tracy Harris (holding Sam) and her kids Alan and Nicole at the grave

All-Ireland champions Michael Darragh MacAuley and Bernard Brogan have delivered on a very special promise to a late Dublin fan.

The two Dubs stars brought Sam Maguire to the grave of Alan Harris on Saturday.

Alan and his brother Stephen died tragically in June this year when they were overcome by fumes while working in a sewer in Portmarnock.

Both men were devoted fans of the boys in blue and, as the GAA community rushed to support the grieving families, the team pledged to bring the cup to his grave if they won Sam.

True to form, the Dubs delivered on their promise just two weeks after being named All-Ireland champions.

Alan's wife Tracy told the Herald that the gesture was "incredible".

"It was very special, and the lads deserve all the credit they get because they are busy, but made time for us," she said.

"The fact that they even made the offer in June was incredible, but to follow through on the promise was amazing."

The moment was, however, bittersweet for her family.

"It was both happy and sad, because one minute we'd be laughing and talking football and having the craic, but then the next minute you'd remember why we were there, because Alan isn't with us anymore and we had to go to his grave," Tracy said.

"In a way it rounded everything off. Alan would have been at all the games.

"He would have enjoyed the final. He would have held the cup proudly.

"Alan was the biggest Dublin fan I know and I'm not just saying that because he was my husband.

"I think he had blue blood in his veins," she added.

Both players were happy to give their time on Saturday morning she added.

"They chatted with others in the cemetery who came over when they saw them. They gave time to everybody," Tracy said.

Inherited

She told the Herald that her daughter Nicole has inherited her dad's love of football.

"Michael Darragh even invited us to a party on Saturday night and Nicole went along to it," Tracy said.

"She was in her element because a few of the team were there, which is great because she's as big a supporter as her dad."

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