30 Nov 2021

‘Huge grief and sadness’ among Polish community at funeral mass in St Mel's Cathedral, Longford

‘Huge grief and sadness’ among Polish community at funeral mass in St Mel's Cathedral, Longford

The late Arkadiusza Czajkowski. Photo by: Michelle Ghee.

A funeral mass to commemorate the life of Polish man Arkadiusza Czajkowski took place at St Mel’s Cathedral, Longford on Monday evening.

Mr Czajkowski lost his life in Longford town on Tuesday, November 1 last when a man stabbed him close to Longford shopping centre.

He died shortly after the attack at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.

Around 100 or so mourners gathered with the parents of the deceased at the Cathedral on Monday to bid a fond farewell to a much loved son and member of the local Polish community here in Longford.

Fr Krzysztof Przanowski, chaplain to the Polish community, who is based in Athlone officiated at the Mass.

He said there was huge “grief and sadness” both in the community and within the family of the late Mr Czajkowski because of the “sudden death” of the 31-year-old man who had been living in Longford for the last few years.

“We must stay close to God and bring our cross to him,” Fr Przanowski added. “This will help all of us at this time.”

Arkadiusza Czajkowski will be laid to rest in his native Poland later this week. May he Rest in Peace.

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