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Dublin fans to pay touching tribute to Berkeley victims and Harris brothers on Sunday

Hill 16 supporters group are organising a minute’s applause.

DUBLIN FANS ARE planning a touching tribute to the victims of last week’s Berkeley accident and brothers Alan and Stephen Harris during Sunday’s Leinster SFC clash with Kildare.

CILmUlBWEAA11eG Source: Hill16

Jim Gavin’s side face the Lilywhites at Croke Park this weekend and a minute’s applause, in the 16th minute of the game, is set to reverberate around HQ as a mark of respect for those who have so tragically lost their lives.

Brothers Alan and Stephen Harris, who are cousins of Ireland captain Robbie Keane, were working on a sewerage pipe in Portmarnock when they were overcome by toxic fumes.

Father-of-two Alan died and Stephen lost his brave battle a day after in hospital. Both were avid Dublin fans and Alan was regularly spotted at grounds around the country in his ‘Bluebird Dublin van’.

The six Irish students – Niccolai Schuster (21), Eoghan Culligan (21), Eimear Walsh (21), Olivia Burke (21), Ashley Donohoe (22) and Lorcan Miller (21) – who last their live in California last week were remembered with a minute’s silence before all inter-county games at the weekend.

One of the deceased, Mr Culligan, was a member of Ballyboden St Endas and members of the club formed a guard of honour at the 21-year-old’s funeral this morning while a signed Dublin jersey was one of several symbols of his life brought to the altar.

If you’re going to Croke Park this Sunday, make sure to take part in what’s sure to be a poignant moment as those taken too soon are remembered.

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