Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp's mother travelling to Greece as efforts being made to repatriate his body

Update 12.55pm: Efforts are being made to repatriate the body of the Irishman who died in the Greece fires.

Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp was on honeymoon in the resort of Mati when he went missing while trying to escape the blazes.

His wife Zoe Holohan remains in hospital with burn injuries.

Brian's mother is travelling to Greece to identify her son's body - her other son died in 1997 in a motorbike crash.

Family friend Fr Shay Casey says Brian was a hard-working man who was great fun.

He said:

Brian would be a go-getter, he'd have worked hard at getting on in life. He was a very good-humoured and light-hearted kind of guy, big into outdoor pursuits and sports. He was very good to his Mum.

Earlier: Tributes paid to Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp who died in Greece wildfire

Tributes are being paid to the Irish man who has died in the Greek wildfires.

Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp was on honeymoon in the resort area of Mati, when he went missing after becoming separated from his wife, Zoe Holohan, while trying to flee the blazes.

Newlyweds Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp and wife Zoe Holohan. Photo: Facebook.

He has been described as a "vivacious character with an ability to enter a room and touch everyone with a smile" by Blood Bikes East, where he worked as a volunteer.

The charitable group wrote on Facebook that Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp was "a diligent colleague and dear friend."

We will miss Brian's huge personality and infectious smile. His no-nonsense, can-do approach to the work of volunteering meant that he helped BBE to become the professional organisation we are today.

"Despite it being a year and 3 months as a BBE Volunteer, it feels like he was involved for so much longer, and his influence will last for decades to come.

"Thank you Brian for everything, you leave us bereft but better for having known you!

"Rest In Peace now our friend, your work is done."


In a statement, the families say they are "deeply saddened" to confirm Brian's death and have asked for privacy.

"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."

The Tánaiste Simon Coveney has described the death of Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp as a "terrible tragedy".

In a statement, Mr Coveney says he is "deeply saddened" at confirmation of his death - and says the Irish embassy in Athens will continue to provide whatever help is needed.

Ms Holohan was able to flee to a nearby beach and was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night. She is being treated for burns to her head and hands.

Over 80 people have died in the wildfires with more than 200 injured.

Rescuers have intensified a house-to-house search for more casualties, as the Greek military said it was using footage from US combat drones to try to determine whether arsonists were behind the blaze.

Joint patrols of the fire service, army personnel and volunteer rescuers discovered more bodies in the gutted homes near the port of Rafina east of Athens, raising the death toll to 81.

- Digital Desk and PA


Related Articles

Greek divers recover body offshore from wildfire devastation

Greek PM visits area damaged by deadly forest fires

Fundraising webpage for Greece victim Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp set up

Charity warns of fake fundraising page for Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp

More in this Section

Man, 53, fatally assaulted in Waterford named locally

Gardaí investigating after taxi stolen at knifepoint in Drogheda

Applegreen announces drop in fuel prices by 5 cent a litre

MacSharry: More detail on President's spending should be provided in annual audit


Lifestyle

Derval O'Rourke's tips on how to be healthy at Christmas

How to cook the traditional festive feast this Christmas

Vintage View: The world’s most iconic and influential mouse

Wish List: Classy place-setting to cute snowmen to get through the shortest days

More From The Irish Examiner