Irishman on honeymoon among the dead in Greece wildfires

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp - Photo: Blood Bank East via –The body of an Irishman honeymooning in Greece has been found after he was caught up in wildfires that swept through a resort.

After an extensive search, the family of Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp received the devastating news yesterday afternoon that he was among the 80 people killed in the blaze.

He married his partner Zoe Holohan last week before they flew out for their honeymoon. When the deadly blaze tore through the coastal town of Mati, the couple became separated as they tried to escape.

Ms Holohan was hospitalised in Athens having suffered burns.

It is understood she will remain there for a period while she awaits surgery.

A source close to Ms Holohan told that both families had travelled to Greece with the Irish consulate in the hope of finding Mr O’Callaghan-Westropp alive.

However, the Irish Embassy in Athens confirmed the tragic news yesterday afternoon.

“I’m very sorry to confirm that we do have the death of an Irish citizen and it has been confirmed as Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp,” said the Irish Ambassador to Greece, Orla O’Hanrahan.

“Our sympathies and thoughts go out to his family at this time.” she added.

The Greek-Irish Society also paid tribute.

“The Greek-Irish Society would like to express its sincere condolences to the wife, family and friends of Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp and to all the other families of the victims of this disaster.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he was “devastated” to learn the honeymooner was among the missing as a result of the wildfires in Greece.

Mr Varadkar pledged the support of the Government and said that the Irish team on the ground would provide every assistance to those affected.

“I can assure you that our embassy team in Ireland are in touch with the Greek authorities and will do anything that we can to help support our citizens over there,” he added.

The small community of Mati, a popular tourist resort with Greek holiday-makers around 30km east of Athens, has been among the worst areas hit by the devastating wildfires.

At least 80 people have been killed, while dozens more have been injured.

Sadly, this figure is expected to rise.