By Crimson Tazvinzwa
AN IRISHMAN HAS died in Greece’s wildfires.
The news has been confirmed by Orla O’Hanrahan, the Irish ambassador to Greece.
She named the man as Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp.
She said that “our sympathies and hearts go out to his family at this time”.
A statement from the Holohan and O’Callaghan-Westropp families 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 arrangement will be announced at a later stage.”
Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp was on his honeymoon when he and his wife Zoe Holohan were caught in the fires, which have claimed over 70 lives. The two were married last week.
They became separated as they tried to escape the fires in the coastal town of Mati. Holohan is being treated in a nearby hospital.
O’Callaghan-Westropp has an active involvement with the charity Blood Bikes East and his fellow committee member Franco De Bonis told RTÉ’s Today with Miriam O’Callaghan that he’s an “incredibly selfless individual”.
At least 79 people have died in the fires around Athens, Greek authorities confirmed today, as rescuers scrambled to search for survivors in scorched homes and burnt out cars.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has said it was providing consular assistance to a number of Irish people affected in the region, but has not commented on specific incidents.
- At least 79 people killed and 187 people injured
- European Union states respond to Greek appeal for help
- Department of Foreign Affairs providing consular assistance