Enormous crowd in Crumlin for funeral of Alan Harris
A huge crowd were in attendance at St. Agnes’s Church in Crumlin to pay their respects to Alan Harris, who died so tragically this week.
Alan was inspecting underground pipes in a housing estate in the Portmarnock area of north Dublin when the incident occurred. His brother Steve, who worked with him, tried to save him but he too got into trouble and he passed away on Friday morning.
Alan Harris's son, Alan Junior, paid an emotional tribute to his father at the funeral service.
"I just want to say thanks to everybody for coming here today and showing your support for my dad - it's just the vision of how many people he touched in his life, he wasn't just my dad he was everyone's Big Al and I was little Al," he said.
Parish Priest Father David Fleming said that today was a day of "mixed emotions," and little answers for the Harris families.
"On this sad day we have very few answers, we ask why Alan could not be left to his family any longer, we cannot explain.
"We have many mixed feelings and emotions, anger, sadness, helplessness, despair and we also grieve the sudden and untimely loss of Alan," said Fr Fleming.
Alan's coffin as brought to the church in his beloved BlueBird bus, a tribute to his deep passion for all things Dublin GAA
Robbie Keane, cousin of Alan and Steve, was not seen at the funeral ahead of his possible participation in Ireland's game against Scotland this evening.