Ashling Murphy, the primary school teacher who was killed yesterday, was described as a “particularly talented” Irish traditional music player.
Ashling, 23, from Tullamore, Co Offaly was jogging along a popular canal route at 4pm when he was assaulted.
The young woman is a gifted musician and has been praised for her ensemble and fiddle skills.
As well as teaching at the local elementary school, Durrow National School, Ashling has taught music to local children over the years.
Ashling is a member of the Comhaltas Concert Tours, the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland which has successfully participated in the Fleadhanna Cheoil competitions in County, Province and All Ireland.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann paid tribute to the young musician and called her “exceptional talent”.
The group said: “She was an exceptionally talented young woman who made an unforgettable impression on all who had the good fortune to know her.
“Ashling is one of the best at concertina and fiddle, and is also learning the uilleann.
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“She has appeared on our Comhaltas Concert Tours and is also an important member of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland.
“We know that she and her family are at the heart of her local community. She is a beloved teacher at the school and has a lot to offer in so many ways.”
They continued: “The grief of her family at losing such a young and beautiful person is incomprehensible.
“We shared their pain with them and we will always remember Ashling as someone who enriched our lives with her warm personality; uplifting musical artistry; compassionate friendship. , outgoing and generous.”
Some of Ashling’s music accolades include her selection for the 14-day Comhaltas Concert of Ireland in 2017 and the 10-day British Comhaltas Concert Tour in 2018.
She was invited to join the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland in 2017 and continues to this day. This orchestra has performed at many national events including Pope Francis’ visit in 2018 which Ashling was a part of.
ROLE AND ROLE MODEL
The team added: “With that said, she exhibits great leadership qualities and has been a great mentor and role model to students both in her professional career as a teacher and as an instructor. her music in the Offaly area.
“She has always had a vibrant, sunny personality and is always involved in her local community hosting musical and choir performances.”
Durrow National School principal, James Hogan, said the 23-year-old’s death was Heartbreaking when students write memorial cards to thank their teacher.
Students at Tullamore School drew colorful cards that read “RIP Ms Murphy” and “We love you” in a heartbreaking performance at the elementary school.
Principal Hogan said: “She’s been with us for a short time and she’s very social. That will tell you what kind of person she is. Her personality, her enthusiasm, her smile, her talent. her talent and she will reach every child in our community and have a great relationship with them and a network with parents.”
‘ONE IN ONE MILLION’
He said people from other countries who knew her through her traditional music called the school to offer their condolences.
And he added: “She’s one in a million and there’s so much going on for her and thinking it’s all been taken from her, with no plan. It’s heartbreaking.”
And Taoiseach Michael Martin also pays his respects to the young teacher saying, “She hasn’t wasted a minute of her life.”
He told Virgin Media News: “This is shocking news, the murder of Ashling Murphy is gruesome and violent.
“My heart goes out to her parents, her family, the children she raised and the wider community.
“She has not wasted a minute of her life, a musician, a teacher.
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