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sad loss Sylwia Adamczyk's funeral hears 'darkness has unfolded' since her 'suspicious' death

The 40-year-old, originally from Łódź in Poland, was found dead in an apartment at Castlebar Street, Westport, on July 31st


Sylwia Adamczyk

Sylwia Adamczyk

Sylwia Adamczyk

The priest speaking at the funeral of Sylwia Adamczyk, who was found dead in her Co. Mayo home last month, has said that a “darkness has unfolded” in the local community since her passing.

The remains of the 40-year-old, originally from Łódź in Poland, were discovered in an apartment at Castlebar Street, Westport, on July 31st.

A file is being prepared for the DPP in relation to her death, which is being treated as “suspicious.”

Two men who were suspected of being at the scene when she died were arrested on Friday but were later released without charge.

Sylwia’s funeral mass took place this morning at St. Mary’s Church, Westport and she was later laid to rest in Aughavale Cemetery.

Speaking at the funeral, Fr Shane Costello described Sylwia’s death as a “sad loss” and encouraged her loved ones to try to “make sense of their grief.”

“Tragic death is always sudden, it’s like a power outage,” he said. “One minute the light is shining, next thing it’s not.

“In an instant, our world is turned upside down and nothing can prepare us for something like this.

“For all those gathered here, this has been your experience. As you come to terms with Sylwia’s loss, you’re left asking: ‘Why did this happen? It has happened to someone we know and love.’

“Sadly, in life there’s not always easy answers or solutions. The darkness that has unfolded in this community over the past number of weeks is tough and not easy to bear. We rush to find a light that can someway penetrate the darkness.

“On this day as we gather for Sylwia’s funeral mass, we pray for Sylwia, whose life was cut short. May she enter into the fullness of life which Christ has won for us.”

Sylwia’s close friend Anita read out a few words dedicated to the deceased.

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Speaking first in Polish and then again in English, she said: “Sylwia was a person you couldn’t get bored with. We loved meeting up and going on walks together.

“Sylwia loved to laugh; she was a happy person, always very friendly to everyone she’s ever met.

“She was highly liked at work and outside of work, anywhere she went. I’m sure that she’s going to be very missed by everyone gathered here today.

“In my memories, she’s going to be remembered as a best friend close to my heart.”

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