Mother Anna pays final tribute at funeral of eleven-month-old son Baby Karol
Published 12/03/2016 | 20:05
The funeral of Baby Karol Rozycki took place in the small town of Ochaby, Poland today.
The 11-month-old was found smothered to death in a Killarney apartment last Sunday, leaving the Kerry town stunned.
Karol was buried this afternoon just four weeks before he was to celebrate his first birthday on April 17.
The toddler was also to visit Poland later this year to meet relatives who had not yet seen the bubbly, blonde-haired child.
Karol's father, Andrzej Piolunowicz (32), was found just metres from the little boy he had smothered to death, lying unconscious in a pool of blood.
Mr Piolunowicz, a hotel worker, had sustained self-inflicted stab wounds and died in Cork University Hospital on Thursday.
Anna Rozycka (24) paid a final tribute to her son today at the small St Martin Church in Ochaby.
The grieving mother held one of her son's cuddly toys as she listened to family and friends pray for her young child from the altar.
Anna, who was moved by the support she received in Kerry following the tragedy, said she has vowed to return to Killarney once her son's funeral is concluded in Poland.
Before leaving Ireland, Anna said she was "very proud" to be part of the kind-hearted Killarney community.
She had discovered the toddler lying unresponsive in the Park Place apartment complex on Upper High Street, Killarney, shortly after 6pm last Sunday after she returned from work as a chef in a local hotel.
Anna, accompanied by her mother, Teresa, flew back to Krakow from Dublin yesterday with her son's remains.
Before leaving, she paid a heart-moving tribute to the Irish and Polish community in Kerry for doing so much to help her endure the unendurable.
In a statement released on Anna's behalf, she said: "I am impressed how (the) inhabitants of Killarney can rally around in (the) face of tragedy.
"Me and my family are proud to be part of this community. We have met a lot of wonderful people to whom we want to express our gratitude."
The statement thanked the gardaí, the Polish interpreter, Aghadoe Heights Hotel staff and Killarney priests, Fr Piotr Delimat and Fr Kieran O'Brien.