Bride in hospital, groom missing as Irish newlyweds caught up in Greece wildfires
A newly-married Irish couple have been caught up in wildfires that have been sweeping Greece.
Zoe Holohan and Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp became separated as they tried to escape the fires in the coastal town of Mati.
The pair got married at Clonabreany House in Kells, Co Meath, last Thursday before flying out to Greece for their honeymoon on Saturday.
Ms Holohan, who works in advertising for the Sunday World, is in hospital after suffering burns to her head and hands, but her husband has not yet been found.
The couple, who live 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 Department of Foreign Affairs said it is providing consular assistance to a number of Irish people who have been caught up in the fires, but would not give details about specific incidents.
Around 79 people have died in the forest fires which have raged through Greek villages and holiday resorts.
Blazes started west of Athens near the town of Kineta, while further outbreaks started 18 miles (29km) east of Athens in Rafina.
Hundreds of people ran to beaches as gale-force winds fanned the flames.
Twenty-six of the deaths were groups of families or friends who were found huddled together as they tried to escape.
Our condolences with Greece at this difficult time. Irish citizens in region should keep up to date with local media + follow advice of Greek authorities in affected areas. Irish citizens affected can contact Irish Embassy in Athens +30 210 723 2771 or my Dept +353 1 408 2000.
Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney issued advice for Irish citizens.
He tweeted: “Irish citizens in region should keep up to date with local media and follow advice of Greek authorities in affected areas. Irish citizens affected can contact Irish Embassy in Athens +30 210 723 2771 or my Department +353 1 408 2000.”
President Michael D Higgins said he has written to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos to express his sympathies with the families of those who have lost their lives and livelihoods in the fires.
He said: “Following my visit to Greece and my meeting with him and the presidents of Italy and Portugal, I am very conscious of the resilience of the Greek people, who should be assisted by all of us in these difficult times.
“I offered, on behalf of the people of Ireland, our deepest condolences and our solidarity.”
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