Two Irishmen killed in separate incidents in France and Greece

TWO Irishmen have died tragically while abroad in separate incidents.

Police in France are investigating the death of Limerick man Paul Hogan, 20, from Rathkeale whose body was taken from a river about 30 kilometres from Paris on Tuesday.

The father-of-one had been missing for a number of days and members of his family had travelled to France to help in the search after he had not turned up for work over a number of days.

Mr Hogan was in France working for a Limerick tarmacadam company.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has offered consular assistance to the Hogan family as they prepare to bring his remains home for burial.

Consular assistance is also being offered to the family of a 20-year-old Dublin man who died following an assault on a Greek island a week ago.

Mark O’Neill from Rathfarnham in Dublin died in hospital on Monday. Mr O’Neill was knocked to the ground and hit his head after being accidentally caught up in a brawl between two other men. The incident occurred on the street in Zakynthos, a small island in the Aegean Sea.

Mr O’Neill had been working in a bar in the Greek resort. Members of the O’Neill family, including Mark’s parents, Paul and Jackie, and some of this seven siblings had travelled to Greece to be near the critically injured man.

Mr O’Neill had travelled to Greece along with an older brother to seek work some months ago.

It is expected to take up to two weeks for Mr O’Neill’s remains to return to Ireland for burial. Family members are expected to travel from Australia to be at the funeral.


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