Tribute has been paid to an Irish man who drowned while on holidays in Greece.

The parents of 46-year-old Kevin Devine said he was "beloved," and he will be "missed by his family, friends and colleagues in the Department of Health."

Kevin was holidaying with his partner John Lynch, 45, and the bodies of both men were recovered from the sea off the island of Crete.

In a statement tonight Mr Devine's parents Mary and Owen said, "Kevin was the second eldest of our children and beloved by his brothers and sister. He loved travel, music and discovering new bands."

Mr Devine was born and raised in Drogheda and studied linguistics and French at UCD. He also studied marketing at Mountjoy Square.

Mr Devine's partner John Lynch was an accomplished international musician and played viola with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Mr Lynch was born in Melbourne but had been living in Ireland for some time.

His parents John, originally from Donegal, and his mother June are both deceased and Mr Lynch is survived by three sisters and a large network of friends and relations in Ireland and across the world.

Mr Devine's parents said they are being assisted by the authorities in Greece and by the Department of Foreign Affairs and "deeply appreciate their support at this difficult time."

The family will not be making any further comment and have asked for privacy.

Funeral arrangements will be made once the bodies have been repatriated.