Funeral of Irish­man killed in Greek wild­fire de­layed un­til wife re­cov­ers

Irish Independent - - News - Jane Last

THE funeral of Brian O’Cal­laghan-We­stropp will take place when his wife Zoe Holo­han is well enough to at­tend.

It’s un­der­stood no ar­range­ments will be made un­til Zoe is in a con­di­tion where she is able to at­tend.

Mr O’Cal­laghan-We­stropp and Ms Holo­han were on hon­ey­moon in Mati, close to Athens in Greece, when a wild­fire broke out close to where they were stay­ing on Mon­day, July 23.

The cou­ple had mar­ried the pre­vi­ous Thurs­day, July 19, in front of their fam­ily and close friends be­fore fly­ing out to Greece two days later.

It is un­der­stood the cou­ple fled from their rented home on foot as their hire car wouldn’t start.

A pass­ing mo­torist urged them to get into the boot of his car, which was al­ready full to ca­pac­ity with peo­ple, in a des­per­ate bid to get away from the fire.

Some­where along the way, they lost Mr O’Cal­laghanWe­stropp.

He was con­firmed dead sev­eral days later.

The of­fi­cial death toll from the wild­fires now stands at 93.

An­other 34 peo­ple re­main in hos­pi­tal, six of whom are in in­ten­sive care.

Ms Holo­han – who works in ad­ver­tis­ing with the ‘Sun­day World’ news­pa­per – is con­tin­u­ing her re­cov­ery at a hos­pi­tal in Athens.

Friends say she is very thank­ful to staff who have been treat­ing her, and for the sup­port they have given to the fam­i­lies of her­self and her late hus­band.

It is un­der­stood she had fur­ther surgery last week and her re­cov­ery is go­ing as well as can be ex­pected.

Zoe Holo­han and Brian O’Cal­laghan-We­stropp were mar­ried just days be­fore tragedy struck in Mati, close to Athens, in Greece

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