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Zoe Holohan’s diary: I dread the month of July with every ounce of my being. This is when my nightmares return in full force

On July 23, 2018, Zoe Holohan had been married just four days to her soulmate, Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp, when Greek wildfires took his life and their shared future. Four years on, she reflects on the many anniversaries July brings

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Zoe and husband Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp were on honeymoon in Greece when tragedy struck. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

Zoe and husband Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp were on honeymoon in Greece when tragedy struck. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

Zoe Holohan endured severe burns on her face and body in the Greek fires in 2018. Photo: Frank McGrath

Zoe Holohan endured severe burns on her face and body in the Greek fires in 2018. Photo: Frank McGrath

Zoe Holohan lost her husband Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp just four days after their wedding in July 2018. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

Zoe Holohan lost her husband Brian O'Callaghan-Westropp just four days after their wedding in July 2018. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

As The Smoke Clears by Zoe Holohan

As The Smoke Clears by Zoe Holohan

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Zoe and husband Brian O’Callaghan-Westropp were on honeymoon in Greece when tragedy struck. Photo: Andrzej Chorazyczewski

Four days into the month that I dread the most and I’d hardly registered the timing until I sent a message. As I hit send on my ‘Happy Independence Day’ message to my American pal, it suddenly hit me. July was already here.

I’d been so busy hurtling through the last few days of June, fully recovered from covid thankfully, that I’d barely registered the changing of the guard.


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