Hundreds of mourners pay tribute to Steve Harris

Harris' Dubs supporters bus that carried coffin to the church
Harris' Dubs supporters bus that carried coffin to the church

Hundreds of people have turned out to pay their respects to Steve Harris, one of two brothers who died following an industrial accident in Dublin.

Mourners gathered at Divine Mercy Church, Balgaddy, today to mark the passing of the 34-year-old, who was described as an "awesome guy". 

Harris passed away on Friday morning after being rushed to Beaumont Hospital in critical condition following the accident.

He became unconscious while trying to save save his brother Alan after he fell into a sewer pit after being overcome by fumes.

The arrival of Mr Harris' remains at the church was greeted by a standing ovation from everyone present, with a guard of honour led by his and partner Yvonne's TRX fitness group.

Steve's brother Derek read out a heartbreaking eulogy on behalf of his partner Yvonne, before paying a fitting tribute himself.

"He never left the house without a kiss. We were only eight years together...we only scratched the surface.

"I always told him he was perfect, even though he didn't believe me. I'll spend everyday telling Nathan about the man his dad was, by showing pictures and videos," he said in the words of Yvonne.

"I'm told Fridays were a very special day at the DrainTech offices, Ste christened them 'free hug Friday' where everyone got a free 'Stevie hug'...he charged during the rest of the week," said Derek.

The devastated brother then asked everyone in the church to turn to the person on their right and give them a 'Stevie hug' in memory of the tragic hero, whether they knew them or not.