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Mourners after the funeral mass of Ingrida Maciokaite follow her remains from St. Nicholas’s Church in Dundalk town. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Mourners after the funeral mass of Ingrida Maciokaite follow her remains from St. Nicholas’s Church in Dundalk town. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Mourners after the funeral mass of Ingrida Maciokaite follow her remains from St. Nicholas’s Church in Dundalk town. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Mother-of-two Ingrida Maciokaite, who was stabbed to death last week, has been remembered as a woman with a desire for life who gave 100pc to everything she did.

Ms Maciokaite was attacked at her home on Linenhall Street, in Dundalk, Co Louth, last Tuesday afternoon.

Her former partner Edmundas Dauksa (48) has been charged with her murder.

Mr Dauksa, of Castleross, Castletown Road, Dundalk, but originally from Lithuania, appeared at Dundalk District Court last Thursday before Judge Conal Gibbons.

Emotional

He was remanded in custody to appear at the same court again today via video link.

Ms Maciokaite, who was also originally from Lithuania, had lived in Ireland for a number of years.

There were emotional scenes yesterday as her white coffin painted with colourful flowers was carried to St Nicholas' Church, just yards from where she was killed.

Fr Maciej Zacharek told the mourners, from the local and Lithuanian community, that Ms Maciokaite "was taken so violently from our lives".

From the front pew, her six-year-old daughter was comforted by friends of the victim.

Her baby brother was not at the mass.

Symbols of Ms Maciokaite's life that were taken to the altar included her favourite coffee, her cigarettes and lighter, her phone, photographs of her with her children, and her work apron from Ruby's cafe in the town.

The funeral was recorded for her family and friends back in Lithuania.

During his homily, Fr Zacharek said it was not easy to find words to express the feelings of everyone who had gathered to mourn her loss.

"She was a very young woman who came to Ireland 12 years ago, a mother of two beautiful children," he said.

"She will be remembered as a very kind person who was loving and giving and ready to give 100pc.

"In her there was a light and a desire for life.

"She loved gardening and animals and was always looking out for the wounded ones. In many ways she was childlike."

Fr Zacharek praised the people of Dundalk for reaching out to people like Ms Maciokaite who arrived from abroad to make a new life here.

Violently

"She came here and found a home, friends, built relationships and we suffer that she has been taken so violently from us," he said.

"We are united in pain but strengthened by faith, we support each other.

"We can see that this evil can touch our lives. Life is very short."

During the prayers of the faithful a prayer was said for gardai and the emergency services who attended the scene when Ms Maciokaite was attacked, and they were remembered for the work they do.

After the funeral mass her remains were taken to St Patrick's Cemetery for burial.


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