Special memorial mass takes place after infant death in Killarney

A special mass has taken place in Killarney this evening in memory of baby Karol Rozycki.

The 11-month-old baby boy was found dead in an apartment complex in the town on Sunday evening.

A man in his 30s from Poland was taken from the scene on Sunday after sustaining serious injuries, and remains he in hospital.

The special Mass for baby Karol and his family got underway at St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney at 4.30pm. It celebrated by Fr Piotr Delimat, the Polish chaplain seconded from the Archdiocese of Kraków serving the Diocese of Kerry, as well as Parish Priest of Killarney, Fr Kieran O'Brien.

The mass was held in the absence of Baby Karol's body. His funeral is to take place in Poland at a later date.

Fr Kieran O'Brien spoke about how Baby Karol brightened up his family's lives in his short 11 months.

He offered sympathies to Baby Karol's mother Anna who was present and said he hoped people's sympathies would lighten her burden in whatever way possible.

Fr Piotr Delimat said Karol's death had brought together the Irish and Polish communities in Killarney.

Several gifts were brought to the altar, including a picture of Baby Karol, some of his toys, and several candles - which were lit by his mother Anna to form a shrine to the infant.

 

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