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Portmarnock sewer tragedy: Hundreds turn out for funeral of Alan Harris

Alan and his younger brother Stephen were overcome by fumes as they worked on a sewer in the north Dublin suburb on Wednesday.

Alan Harris
Alan Harris

A CROWD OF hundreds turned out this morning for the funeral mass of Alan Harris – one of two brothers who died following a sewer accident in Portmarnock, north Dublin, this week.

The 45-year-old and his younger brother Stephen, both of drain-clearing and service firm Draintech, were overcome by fumes as they responded to a call-out on Wednesday.

Alan was pronounced dead in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

34-year-old Stephen passed away yesterday, in Beaumont Hospital.

The two men were working on a sewer in Drumnigh Wood, when they got into difficulty.

Three firefighters who attended the scene were also hospitalised in the wake of the emergency – but were discharged later the same day.

Alan’s wife Tracy has paid tribute to her husband as her “soulmate”. She wrote in a Facebook post that her heart had been shattered by his death.

Footballer Robbie Keane, a cousin of the two men, also paid tribute to them during the week, saying it was a very difficult time for the family.

Alan’s funeral mass took place at St. Agnes’s Church in Crumlin at 10 this morning.

Read: Robbie Keane’s message of support after cousins involved in sewer pipe tragedy

Read: Investigation under way after one man dies and a second injured in Portmarnock sewer pipe incident

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