Tracy Harris: 'I'm sure the two lads were looking down with big grins on their faces'
THE wife of Alan Harris, who died with his brother Stephen in an industrial accident earlier this month, has thanked Dublin fans who led a round off applause in their memory in Croke Park.
"I'm sure the two lads were looking down with big grins on their faces. It was brilliant," Tracy Harris, Alan's widow, told the Herald last night.
Dublin and Kildare fans stood and applauded at the 16th minute of the game in memory of the brothers as well as the six young people who died in the Berkeley balcony collapse.
"The atmosphere was absolutely electric. Everyone clapped, cheered, screamed and whistled," Tracy said.
"The whole stadium stood up, it really was incredible. One woman said to me: 'if Carlsberg did send-offs then your lads certainly got one' and it was true,"
The Harris brothers had a van called the Bluebird that they had painted in Dublin colours. They were laid to rest earlier this month, with their beloved van acting as the hearse for their funerals.
Tracy and Alan Harris
"It was great to see so many people wearing the Bluebird T-shirts, too. The Logo Shop in Lucan said they had to stop printing them at 270 but there are orders for more," Tracy said.
"It made all of Dublin one big Harris family. That's what it felt like. If only they could have been there to see it, but of course if they were there, there would be no need for it.
"It was a day of mixed emotions because it was hard not having Alan and Steve there where they belong - watching Dublin win," she added.
Tracy was on Hill 16 with her son Alan jnr, daughter Nicole, and members of the wider Harris family and friends.
Their brother Darren previously told the Herald how "a minute's noise" would be a fitting tribute for his siblings.
Tracy has also spoken movingly of how she lost her childhood sweetheart Alan, who she described as her "soulmate".
"We would have been married 23 years this year. We had known each other 28 years,. It was love at first sight," she said.