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Darkness unfolded on Westport following death of Polish woman


TRAGIC DEATH The late Sylwia Adamczyk.

Fr Shane Costello tells funeral Mass of Sylwia Adamczyk she died before her time

Anton McNulty

The sudden and tragic death of a Polish woman in Westport last month was like a power shortage which plunged the community of Westport into darkness, her funeral Mass was told last week.
Members of the Polish community in Westport and family and friends of Sylwia Adamczyk gathered in St Mary’s Church in Westport for her funeral Mass last Wednesday. Ms Adamczyk (40) was found dead in her apartment on Castlebar Street, Westport on July 31 and the circumstances of her death remain under investigation by the local gardaí.
The funeral Mass of Ms Adamczyk, a native of Lodz, Poland heard that she had lived in Westport for the last five years where she worked in the Knockranny House Hotel.
Fr Shane Costello told the congregation and the many people who watched the service online that Ms Adamczyk’s life was cut short and she died ‘before her time’.
“A tragic death is always sudden and like a power outage. One minute the light is shining and the next thing it is not. In an instant, our world is turned upside down and nothing can prepare us for something like this. For all gathered here this has been your experience as we come to terms with Sylwia’s loss. The darkness which has unfolded on this community in the last couple of weeks is tough and not easy to bear,” he said in his homily.
Fr Costello expressed his sympathy to Ms Adamczyk’s family and thanked her friends and members of the Polish community for the support they have provided since her death. A friend of Sylwia described her as a person you couldn’t get bored with and was highly liked.
“We loved meeting up and going on walks together. Sylwia loved to laugh, she was a happy person, always very friendly to everyone she would ever meet. She was highly liked at work and outside of work, anywhere she went,” she told the congregation.
The cause of her death is officially classified as ‘unexplained’ but gardai have not ruled out that she was the victim of foul play. Gardaí in Westport investigating the circumstances of her death arrested two men, aged in their 50s and 30s, on Friday, August 20 but they were later released without charge. A file has been prepared for the DPP.
A post-mortem on the body of Ms Adamaczyk has been completed by Assistant State Pathologist Dr Heidi Okkers. The results have not been released for operational reasons.
Following Ms Adamczyk’s funeral Mass, her remains were brought to Aughavale Cemetery for burial.