Books of Condolence opened for tragic Brian

Books of Condolence opened for tragic Brian


Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp (Left) was a volunteer with Blood Bikes East – Photo: Blood Bikes East/Facebook

Two books of condolence have been opened in Shannon for newlywed Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp who died tragically while on his honeymoon in Greece.

The popular 46-year-old charity worker, who was originally from Clare, lost his life in the wildfires in Greece that have killed at up to 81 people and injured almost 200 others. Brian’s wife Zoe is recovering in hospital from her injuries.

Brian and his wife Zoe Holohan were on honeymoon in the coastal town of Mati when the fires hit. The couple got married just last week.

Mr O’Callaghan-Westropp’s tragic death was confirmed by the Department of Foreign Affairs last night.

Brian’s tragic death was confirmed last night.

Books of Condolence will be opened on Friday at 12 noon in The Jubilee Chapel of Mary Immaculate Church in Shannon where it will be available until 12 noon on Sunday.

Another book will be available to sign from Friday at 3pm in SS John & Paul Church until 1pm on Sunday.

“As a mark of respect and to show solidarity with his wife Zoe and family, we are offering you the opportunity to sign a Book of Condolence in our Churches, beginning Friday 27th July and continuing throughout the weekend,” according to the Parish website.

Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp was a volunteer with Blood Bikes East – Photo: Blood Bikes East/Facebook

Brian worked as a volunteer with Blood Bikes East, a charity organisation that provides a free emergency medical transport service between the hospitals, clinics and medical establishments in Dublin city and the greater Dublin region. Volunteers deliver Blood, Blood Products, Medical Equipment, Breast Milk and any other medical items as required.

The group has been paying tribute to their colleague on Facebook.

“We are beyond devastated at the confirmation that the fires in Greece took Brian from us.

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.

Finally, we send our deepest condolences to Zoe, his wife, and his family and friends,” the post said.

It has also emerged that Brian’s only brother Colin died in a road accident in 1997.



Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.