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Tributes to Irishman Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp killed in Greece fire tragedy while on honeymoon

By Cate McCurry

An Irishman has died while on honeymoon after getting caught up in the wildfires that have swept across Greece.

Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp became separated from his wife Zoe Holohan as they tried to escape the fires in the coastal town of Mati.

The pair got married last Thursday at Clonabreany House in Kells, Co Meath, before flying out to Greece on Saturday.

Ms Holohan, who works in advertising for the Sunday World, is in hospital after suffering burns to her head and hands.

In a statement, the couple's family said: "We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of our family member, Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp.

"The families would respectfully appreciate privacy at this time as we grieve and as Zoe makes her recovery.

"Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later stage."

Ireland's ambassador to Greece, Orla O'Hanrahan, confirmed Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp's death.

She said her sympathies and heart went out to his family at this time.

The couple, who lived in Dublin, were travelling in a vehicle when they were forced to flee.

Ms Holohan was able to escape to a nearby beach and was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night.

The Irish Embassy in Athens is providing consular assistance to her and her family.

Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp worked in finance for a Dublin catering company and also volunteered for Blood Bikes East, which provides an emergency medical transport service around hospitals in the city.

Committee member Franco De Bonis said: "He's a man of action and is very selfless. His heart is in the right place and will always want to help."

He added: "Brian would never walk away from a situation knowing someone needed help."

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