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Large attendance at funeral of Natalia Karaczyn

The husband of Natalia Karaczyn who has been charged with her murder was prayed for at her funeral in Sligo yesterday, Friday.

Sligo's Polish community turned out in large numbers of the funeral mass for Ms Karaczyn at Sligo Cathedral.

Her body was found last Tuesday morning in a wooded area off the Holywell Road about 4km from the centre of Sligo town.

The 30-year-old mother-of-three had been reported missing on Sunday morning having gone out socialising in the town on Saturday night.

Her 32-year-old husband, Rafal, was charged with her murder at a sitting of Sligo District Court on Thursday.

There was a Prayer of the Faithful for Mr Karaqczyn recited by Fr Brian Conlan at the funeral mass.

Prayers were also said for the couple's three boys.

During the ceremony, Fr Brian Conlon, chaplain at Sligo University Hospital, prayed for Natalia's three children asking that they find peace and consolation.

"We pray for her husband Rafal. May the Lord support him at this time," he added.

There were prayers too for gardaí who have provided support to the family during the recent difficult days and also for the community which has rallied around the family.

In his homily Father Stanisław Kardas who is Chaplain to the Polish community in Sligo and who was chief celebrant said the death of Ms Karaqczyn was unspeakably painful.

"It seems incomprehensible to our minds that she should be taken from this life. Faith invites us, however, to see that, in death, God has called Natalia to himself and has pointed us towards the ultimate goal of eternal life. In ordinary daily life, eternal truths are frequently pushed further into the background.

"In the face of this death of a young woman, beloved mother of three little children, we are invited to find, in the deepest recesses of our hearts, and to ponder, the hope that comes from our eternal vocation."

                                        The funeral cortege in Sligo yesterday

Magdalena McMorrow, sister of Ms Karaqczyn, told the congregation that she had been very close to her sister and that for 22 years they had shared a bedroom while growing up in her native Poland.

She was delighted her sister moved to Ireland permanently in 2014 having returned for a while previously to start a family with Rafal Karaczyn in Poland and where they had two boys.

Family and friends of Natalia Karaczyn accompany the coffin after the funeral Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. Photo: James Connolly

Ms McMorrow described her sister as the sensible one who was so dedicated to her boys and that she and her husband were a loving mum and dad and had created a loving home for them.

Ms Karaqczyn is survived by her parents Regina and Zenon, sons Oskar, Nikodem and Max, siblings Magdalena, Jedrzej  and Wojciech. Following the mass, the funeral proceeded to Lakelands Crematorium, Cavan.

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