FRIENDS of a very popular Killarney resident, who died suddenly in a local hotel last Thursday, have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the funeral costs.
They had set a goal of €4,200 but, in just three days, over €6,000 has already been pledged.
Aneta Sawicka, a native of Zuruomin in Poland, was very well known in Killarney were she has lived for the past 15 years.
A familiar face with rail commuters, she had worked at the newspaper and snacks stall at Killarney Railway Station for a number of years. She had previously worked in the Killarney Oaks Hotel and, more recently, at the new Centra store on Main Street.
After moving to Ireland with a friend, Aneta studied at Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork and graduated with an arts degree two years ago.
She was particularly renowned for her artistic flair and her great skills as a photographer and she was delighted to host her first solo exhibition last year.
Aged 44 and single, she was the official photographer for two full-length feature films shot in Killarney by OC Productions, owned and run by Damian O’Callaghan.
“Not only was Aneta a personal family friend for years, she also showcased her amazing photography gift with OC Productions on all our projects including Let’s be Frank, Bouncers, The Gift and Tradition,” said Damian.
“Besides being an incredible talent, Aneta was just simply a beautiful person, always smiling, always in a good mood, happy, friendly, bubbly – just one of those kind of people you absolutely love to have around,” he added.
“She most certainly left her mark on this world. To say we are devastated is an understatement,” Damian said.
Aneta, who lived in Countess Road, Killarney, loved the outdoors and she regularly scaled Carrauntoohil, Tomies and Torc mountains as well as being a frequent visitor to the Gap of Dunloe where she honed her photography skills.
Her close friends who set up the GoFundMe page said Aneta was always was there for them when they needed her and now is the time to help her and her family at this difficult time.
An only daughter, Aneta’s two brothers are travelling to Killarney this week for the funeral of their beloved sister.
Reposing in O’Shea’s Funeral Home this Thursday from 5.00pm to 6.30pm, removal will take place afterwards to St Mary’s Cathedral. The Requiem Mass will be celebrated by the Polish chaplain in the Kerry Diocese, Fr Mario Jachym, at 12 noon on Friday followed by cremation in the Island Crematorium in Cork.
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