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'Her death is unspeakably painful': Funeral of Natalia Karaczyn takes place in Sligo

Natalia Karaczyn’s body was discovered on Wednesday morning.

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Updated at 11.45am

THE FUNERAL OF mother-of-three Natalia Karaczyn has taken place in Sligo this morning.

Natalia Karaczyn’s body was discovered shortly after 10am on Wednesday in the Lough Gill area of Sligo.

The mother of three had been missing from her home in Crozon Park, Sligo since Sunday morning.

Her husband appeared before Sligo District Court yesterday morning charged with the murder of his wife.

Rafal Karaczyn, 32, was brought from Ballymote Garda Station to the courthouse.

Funeral mass

Karaczyn’s funeral took place in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Sligo. The mass was celebrated both in Polish and English, with Father Stanislaw Kardas, Chaplain of the Polish community in Sligo acting as chief celebrant.

“The death of Natalia is unspeakably painful. It seems incomprehensible to our minds that she should be taken from this life,” Father Kardas said during his homily.

“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 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.

In a statement yesterday, Bishop Kevin Doran said that “there is a very real sadness in Sligo” at Karaczyn’s “untimely death”.

“I wish to extend our sympathies and the promise of our prayers to Natalia’s family and friends, both here in Sligo and at home in Poland.

May God give to Natalia, eternal life with Jesus and all the saints, and may His Spirit console and strengthen her family in these very difficult days.

Doran also delivered his message in Polish for members of the Polish community.

“Wiadomość o przedwczesnej śmierci Natalii Karaczyn dogłębnie wstrząsnęła mieszkańcami Sligo.

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“Łącząc się w żałobie i smutku wobec tak ogromnej straty, w imieniu społeczności diecezjalnej pragniemy przekazać wyrazy najszczerszego żalu i współczucia oraz zapewnienie o nieustającej modlitwie Rodzinie oraz Przyjaciołom Natalii, zarówno w Sligo jak i w Polsce, ojczyźnie Zmarłej.

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A cremation will take place after the funeral mass at Lakelands Crematorium in Cavan today.

Out of respect for the solemnity of the mass, and to provide privacy and space to the family, the use of camera equipment within the Church, or its grounds, is forbidden during and after the funeral mass.

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With reporting by Hayley Halpin. 

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