The Irishman who died after being caught in a wildfire while on honeymoon in Greece has been described as "outgoing and very enthusiastic with a zest for life."

Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp and his wife Zoe Holohan were on honeymoon in the coastal town of Mati when the fires hit.

The couple were married last Thursday, before flying out to Greece for their honeymoon on Saturday.

Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp was originally from Co Clare and the couple were living and working in Dublin.

Fr Shay Casey, chaplain at Athlone Institute of Technology and a friend of the O'Callaghan-Westropp family, said it was the second tragedy to befall the family.

His only brother, Colin, died in a motorbike accident in 1997 when he was just 21.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Fr Casey said Brian "did everything with a full heart and saw the needs of other people around him."

He said he was a "very generous soul" who was successful in his work and would not be slow to help someone in need.

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Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp worked for catering company Ready Chef.

In a statement, the firm described him as "a larger than life individual in both his personal and professional life.

"He was many things to us, he was a friend and a mentor but most importantly he was a part of our family.

"He has always been someone who provided us with guidance, someone we looked up to and respected, and someone who has now left a gaping hole in the heart of our family," the statement added.

Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp volunteered for Blood Bikes East, which provides an emergency medical transport service around hospitals in Dublin.

The organisation paid tribute to him in a post on its Facebook page, describing him as a diligent colleague and dear friend whose influence will last for decades to come.

Ms Holohan, from Dublin, remains in hospital after suffering burns to her head and hands.

The couple were travelling in a vehicle when they were forced to flee.

Ms Holohan was able to escape and was admitted to hospital last night.

Irish Ambassador to Greece Orla O'Hanrahan, who confirmed the death last night, said Ms Holohan is expected to make a full recovery.

In a statement, the Holohan and O'Callaghan-Westropp families said: "We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of our family member, Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp.

"The families would respectfully appreciate privacy at this time as we grieve and as Zoe makes her recovery.

"Funeral arrangement will be announced at a later stage."

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he was very saddened to hear confirmation of the death of Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp.

Speaking to journalists in Rome, Mr Varadkar said he believed Mr O'Callaghan-Westropp.is a constituent and he may have met him in the past.

He expressed condolences to the family and called on people to respect their request for privacy.

"For a tragedy to visit a family in this way must be truly awful", he said. Mr Varadkar added that assistance is being offered through the embassy in Athens.

He has also written to the Greek Prime Minister to express condolences to the Greek people and offer any assistance necessary.