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Ashling Murphy’s heartbroken boyfriend Ryan Casey says ‘she will always be my soulmate’ in emotional tribute

TRAGIC Ashling Murphy’s grieving partner, Ryan Casey, has expressed emotion over his murdered girlfriend, declaring: “She will always be my soulmate.”

Famed teacher Ashling was brutally killed while jogging on a canal walkway.

Ryan Casey was heartbroken over Ashling's death

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Ryan Casey was heartbroken over Ashling’s deathCredit: refer to footnote
The couple has big plans for the future

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The couple has big plans for the future
Crowds outside St Brigid's Church for Ashling's funeral

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Crowds outside St Brigid’s Church for Ashling’s funeralCredit: CLODAGH KILCOYNE

The 23-year-old, who fought bravely in a frenzied attack by a stranger, lost her life last Wednesday after she was targeted in a random attack at the canal bank in New York. Cappincur, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Ashling’s funeral was held today at St Brigid’s Church in the Offaly village of Mountbolus, with the murder victim laid to rest this lunch at the nearby Lowertown cemetery.

Speaking at his partner’s grave, Ryan said: “I can’t explain what Ashling means to herself and her family and friends.

“What I want to say at the moment is that Ashling is really our shining light.

“She loves her mom Kathleen, dad Ray, sister Amy and brother Cathal and all her family and friends very much.

“She was always there, always willing to help anyone, anywhere, anytime and always put herself last.

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“She has so many interests and talents that all combine to make her the beautiful, endearing and incredible person we are all so lucky to know and love to spend so much time with. as much time as possible.

“Ashling is more than a girlfriend to me. She is my soulmate, she is my soulmate, she will always be my soulmate.

“She is the greatest love of my life. I will cherish the last five years we spent together for the rest of our lives.

“I hope that one day, God willing, we can be reunited again and continue the wonderful plans we made for each other.

“Goodbye now but not forever, honey.”

‘ACT OF VIOLENCE NOT TO MISS OUT’

Ashling’s murder has been labeled “an act of depraved violence” had “united the country in grief and support”, her funeral had previously been heard.

Miss Murphy, Raymond and Kathleen’s heartbroken parents, sister Amy, brother Cathal and boyfriend Ryan were supported during the Mass in prayer by mourners including President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Michael Martin.

What did Tom Deenihan, Bishop of Meath, say The Ashling family was engulfed in a ‘nightmare’ after her horror murder.

Speaking during the funeral Mass, Deenihan said: “I would like to extend my sympathies and support on behalf of the people and priests of the Diocese of Meath to Ashling’s family and friends.

“The past few days have been a nightmare. A stroll on a mildly sunny afternoon in January must have been a celebration, promising brighter and warmer spring and summer days.

“That, as we know, is not so. An act of depraved violence took the life of a kind, talented, loved and admired young woman, since then the country has ruled the country. most in pain and support.”

LOSE SHOCKING

As the Bishop spoke of the shocking loss of the Murphy family, the head of the church also called for more to be done to tackle violence against women.

“Crime has also questioned ourselves and society,” said Bishop Deenihan.

“It has questioned our attitudes and especially our attitudes towards women and it has questioned our values ​​and our ethics.

“Whether those questions will be resolved or passed on remains to be seen, but we cannot allow violence and disregard for human life and bodily integrity to take root in our times and cultures.” we.

“Pope Francis in his homily for New Year’s Day just two weeks ago said that violence against women is an insult to God.

“We all know that no individual has to die like Ashling and no family has to suffer like Ashling.

“Respect is an old fashioned word but it is an important word. Respect was lost last Wednesday but it reappeared here stronger than all. Let’s respect each other. “

Several items have been placed on the altar to symbolize Ashling’s life, including a lute to highlight her love of music.

Other icons include a treasured family photo, a camogie shirt from her GAA Kilcormac/Killoughey club, and a book highlighting her teaching career.
Murphy’s first graders at Durrow National School formed an honor guard outside the church.

In a deep tribute, each child held a photo of Ashling on her graduation day and a single red rose.

PROTECTION OF HONOR

Teachers and students from Coolanarney National School in Blueball, where Ms. Murphy attended, also established an honor guard.

The elementary school teacher is remembered as a “woman who made a difference, one who brought happiness and one who was loved”.

Bishop Deenihan said: “Today is about Ashling and her family and friends. I also think of Aisling’s students and Durrow National School staff, who have lost a colleague and friend. great teacher.

“Their grief and loss must be acknowledged and supported. When we return to our lives after today, their grief and loss remains.

“If there’s been a ray of light in the darkness of last week, it must have been the outpouring of support and sympathy we’ve all seen.

“It has been shown through the various vigils, it has been shown by those who have supported here, at home and at Durrow School over the past few days by those who have quietly and discreetly provided drinks. refreshments, management and whatever help they can Community is important building and community.

“Community is needed to get through evils like this and community will need to be here in the weeks to come.”

“Today, we bury Ashling as we are supposed to. We bury a woman who lived to the fullest the short years given to her, who developed her talents, who reaching out to others, making a difference, bringing happiness and being loved.” “

READINGS

Ashling’s cousins ​​Emma Murphy and Lorraine Dunne read the readings during the sentimental ceremony.

Bishop Deenihan added: “In times like these, our faith in Jesus Christ and in His Resurrection helps us.

“Death is not the end, the grave is not our final destiny. We must remember that. We need to remember that.

“The prayer of adoration we are about to begin is about ‘dispersed in grief’ but in the hope of seeing each other again. In the bitter reality of one, let us not lose faith in the other.

“Saint Paul speaks of the ‘Communion of Saints’, the union of people who live good and holy lives, live generously, live happily.

“One day, the prayers say, we will see Ashling again and enjoy her company. Until then, we praise her to God, console ourselves. and each other by different inscriptions in the ritual.” Blessed are those who die in the Lord, let them rest for their good deeds will go with them’.

“May Ashling’s memory be solace and may she rise to glory.”

The local parish priest, Father Michael Meade, spoke of the Murphy family’s “severe and intense” grief.

‘HORRIBLE ACTION’

In his Sermon, Father Meade described the murder as a “terrible act of violence that has invaded all of our lives”.

“I extend a warm welcome to everyone involved with the Murphy Family and with Ashling’s faith community,” he said.

“We grieve together, we pray, we grieve – this is the heavy price we pay for love – we gather as a family of faith, side, support. by our prayer and presence, those whose darkness is deep, whose pain is raw and fierce.

“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.

Centuries ago, four very important words were delivered by angels first to Mary, who said yes – then to the lowly shepherds – we all need to hear these words again. those words ‘Fear not’ – these words are for all of us who have walked with, who have gathered in vigilance, who have gathered today wherever we are. in – let’s not be afraid to pray for each other, let’s not be afraid to make change a reality in our lives, let’s change to what is just good.

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.”

Six of Ashling’s cousins ​​came to the altar for the Faithful Prayer.

VIGILS AROUND WORLD

Thousands of people attended prayers in Ireland, the UK and cities around the world in memory of Mrs. Murphy and demanding that more be done to tackle violence against women.

In one of the Faithful Prayers, Rachel O’Shea, Ashling’s cousin, spoke of the hope that her death would mark a turning point for women.

Rachel said: “We pray that many vigils take place in Ashling’s memory, marking the beginning of an end to violence against women.

“May the candlelight memorial bring eternal hope to all those living in fear.”

Durrow National School has made Ashling an honor guard outside the church

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Durrow National School gave Ashling an honor guard outside the churchCredit: Reuters
Crowds on the street as mourners walk beside the hearse carrying Ashling Murphy's coffin

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The line of people in the street as mourners walk beside the hearse carrying Ashling Murphy’s coffinCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Ashling was murdered when she was on the run last week

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Ashling was murdered when she was on the run last week

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