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Funeral of Cornafulla accident victim on Sunday

Thursday, 27th March, 2014 5:30pm

Funeral of Cornafulla accident victim on Sunday

The funeral of a Ballinasloe resident who was killed in an accident in Cornafulla earlier this week, will take place this Sunday.

The remains of 49-year-old Mariola Kochanska of 1 Beechlawn Heights, Ballinasloe will be brought to St Michael’s Church in the town for funeral Mass at 3pm. Burial will take place in her home town of Grudziadz, Poland.

The mother-of-three died when the car she was driving collided head-on with a taxi close to Cornafulla NS, at Kielty, Athlone on the old N6 Ballinasloe road at 9am on Monday morning. She was pronounced dead a short time later in hospital.

The male occupant of the second car escaped with non-life threatening injuries.

A resident of the town for several years, Mariola was a longstanding member of staff at the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, where her work colleagues have been left in shock since news of the fatal accident first broke.

On behalf of staff in the hotel, Gareth McGuinness, Manager of the Carlton Shearwater Hotel said: “Our deepest condolences to her family, her husband, daughter and two sons. She was a hugely important part of not only the accommodation section, but the hotel team, having been a part of the property since it first opened in 2007.

She will be hugely missed by all of her colleagues in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe”.

Deputy Mayor of Ballinasloe Cllr Johnny Walsh also extended his deepest sympathies on behalf of the people of the town to the family of Mariola Kochanska.

“They are nice, quiet family who are well got around the place, all working locally and have been living in Beechlawn Heights for several years. They are very well respected and I extend my sympathies to them on their loss”.

She is survived by her loving family, husband Arkadiusz, sons Lukasz and Karol, daughter Sandra, parents Ryszard and Anna, brother, sisters, relatives and friends.

Gardai in Roscommon have said the accident is still under investigation and a file will be prepared for the DPP in due course, a routine procedure in all fatal accidents.

They are still looking for witnesses to the accident to come forward as part of the accident investigation. Anyone who saw the collision on the Athlone side of Cornafulla along the old N6 on Monday morning, a time when many people were dropping children to school, are asked to contact Roscommon Garda Station on 090 6638300, the Garda Confidential 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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