'God decided that after 11 months with us Karol would go back to him' - Heartbreaking scenes as Anna lays her baby boy to rest
Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30
The 11-month-old baby boy who died in Killarney last weekend was yesterday laid to rest in his mother's hometown in rural Poland.
The funeral of little Karol Rozycki took place amid heartbreaking scenes at the Church of St Martin in the small village of Ochaby, 30 minutes outside the city of Bielsko-Biala in south Poland.
Villagers and Anna Rozycka's family and friends joined the devastated young mother to show solidarity and support just six days after she discovered Karol's lifeless body at their apartment in Park Place, Killarney.
Ms Rozycka, who works at the Aghadoe Heights Hotel in Killarney, clutched her son's much-loved cuddly toy and white roses as the tiny white coffin was brought into the church. A beautiful pictorial portrait of baby Karol playing was placed at the side of the altar.
In his homily Fr Marek Rozycki, a relative of Anna said: "No one among us could imagine that we would be gathered here in such circumstances. But God decided that after 11 months with us Karol would go back to him.
"Now, we are sure that Karol is happy, and nothing bad will happen to him again, only goodness. He brought our family a lot of happiness, goodness, and a beautiful smile."
The infant's body was repatriated from Dublin on Friday, accompanied by his grieving mother and his grandmother Teresa, who had flown to Ireland earlier last week to comfort her daughter. The child would have celebrated his first birthday on April 17.
A 32-year-old man who was found critically injured at the apartment was pronounced dead last Thursday.
Andrzej Piolunowicz was taken to Kerry University Hospital in Tralee last Sunday.
He was then transferred from to Cork University Hospital on Tuesday after his condition deteriorated and also due to the nature of his injuries, understood to be self-inflicted stab wounds.
In a statement released on Ms Rozycka's behalf, she thanked the people of Killarney and the public for their support. "Me and my family are proud to be the part of this community. We have met a lot of wonderful people to whom we want to express our gratitude."
A bank account has been set up at the Ulster Bank in Killarney to help Ms Rozycka with the cost of repatriation for yesterday's funeral.