Ashling Murphy’s heartbreaking family and boyfriend ‘robbed of their most precious gift,’ priest tells mourners

ASK Murphy’s devastated family and boyfriend have been “robbed of their most precious gift”, mourners for the funeral were informed today.

A 23-year-old teacher, who was killed while jogging on the canal walkway in Tullamore, Co Offaly, has been laid to rest after her funeral at Mountbolus this morning.

Ashling and her boyfriend Ryan in a photo taken during the funeral montage


Ashling and her boyfriend Ryan in a photo taken during the funeral montage
The Last Journey... Protecting the Honor After Ashling's Funeral


The Last Journey… Protecting the Honor After Ashling’s FuneralCredit: PA
Flowers in outside church


Flowers in grief…family outside churchCredit: PA

Taoiseach Michael Martin, President Michael D Higgins and Attorney General Helen President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at the start of the funeral embraced Ashling’s devastated father Raymond, mother Kathleen, sister Amy, brother Boyfriend Cathal and boyfriend Ryan Casey.

Huge crowd gathered For the funeral, when children were outside the church holding pictures of Mrs. Murphy and roses.

Father Michael Meade told the service that the Ashling family had been “robbed of your most precious gift”.


Ashling with family, friends and boyfriend Ryan played in a video during Communion at Mass.

He told those in mourning: “We grieve together, we pray together, we grieve together – this is the heavy price we pay for love.

“We gather as a family to be around, support with our prayers and presence, who have deep darkness, raw and intense pain.

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“Kathleen and Ray, Cathal, Amy and her boyfriend Ryan – you’ve been robbed of your most precious gift – a gift that brings only joy and love, joy and laughter to so many people outside of your family.

Issues raised in many ways and voices since this terrible act of violence invaded all of our lives, we will pray, continue to grow and bring about change. that we need so much, simply giving and showing respect.”

Ashling and Ryan, who had been together for about six years, planned to build a house together.

Ryan was “stunned” by the death of his dear girlfriend.

A friend told Irish Mail on Sunday: “Just before Christmas, Ryan’s grandfather, Willie, gave them a website and he told them to ‘build it’.

“Ryan is a gentleman. He and Ashling have been hanging out together for six years. They’ve been hanging out together for a long time and Ryan is stunned.

“Ashling is great. They’re great together and very well matched. So many lives have been ruined by this. Ryan’s life has been ruined.”

The service began with music performed by members of Ballyboy Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, taught to colleagues and friends of Ms. Murphy.


Huge crowds gathered for the funeral, as children outside the church held pictures of Mrs. Murphy and roses.

The message next to Miss Murphy’s image read: “Far high in the sky, our bright lights.”

Screens were set up at the Killoughey community center and the Kilcormac/Killoughey GAA yard to accommodate large crowds at the funeral.

Representatives from Ms. Murphy’s local Gaelic football club as well as from her alma mater were attending at the parish church of Saint Brigid.

Icons of Ashling’s life were placed on the altar at her funeral, including a rooster, a Kilcormac/Killoughey camogie shirt, a family photo, a school book and her photo .

The 23-year-old’s death has sparked a debate around women’s safety and prompted calls for more to be done to tackle domestic and domestic violence. gender.

Tens of thousands of people have also attended prayers in recent days in Ashling’s honor.


It came as Gardai, who was investigating Ashling’s death, renewed an informational appeal, stating that “remarkable progress” was made in the murder investigation.

Gardai gives a description of a man they want to talk to in connection with the murder of a teacher in Co Offaly.

They asked anyone who saw a man wearing a black tracksuit with no hood, a black tracksuit bottom with large white stripes or white lettering on the side, and a black jogger advancing. forward.

Officers asked members of the public if they had seen the man walking in the Tullamore area or if they had given the man a lift last Wednesday night.

The public was also asked if they had noticed him loitering in any places or “engaging in any activity that would attract your attention”.

Gardai said that “significant progress” is being made, but would not confirm any specifics.

It happened when they identified a new person of interest, who was believed to be in a hospital in the Dublin area receiving treatment, and was waiting to speak to him.

As their investigation continues, gardai believes the development of a DNA profile will form an integral part of the search for Ashling’s killer.


Police have appealed to anyone who has not contacted the investigative team and who has any information to provide.

“We are now asking any members of the public who were on Grand Canal Way on the morning or afternoon of January 12 between Digby Bridge and Ballycommon to contact the investigation team,” Gardai said in a statement.

“Whether you think you’ve seen anything or not, please contact the gardai in Tullamore.

“We continue to protest any information about a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and a distinctive yellow/blue front fork by 4pm on Wednesday and the days and weeks before that.

“We’re currently asking everyone in Tullamore to think about last Wednesday after 4pm and not limit their thinking with the Falcon Storm mountain bike.”

Gardai said it is concerned about people sharing information on social media, especially private messaging apps.

Gardai has urged people to stop sharing these messages.

Members of the public have continued to bring flowers and messages to the canal in recent days.

Children in symbolic gesture of final farewell


Children in symbolic gesture of final farewellCredit: Reuters
The mourners walk along the hearse on the way to the church


The mourners walk along the hearse on the way to the churchCredit: Getty
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