Fear takes over the whole area as killer Ashling Murphy is still big and locals anticipate safe Monday, councilor says

“FEAR is taking over the whole area” of Tullamore, according to a local councilor – because young teacher killer Ashling Murphy is still big.

Tullamore Councilor Tony McCormack said locals are speculating for a second about plans to walk or jog after the 23-year-old was murdered on a popular walking route at 4pm on Wednesday. Private.

Ashling, 23 years old, is an elementary school teacher


Ashling, 23 years old, is an elementary school teacher
She was killed while running along the Tullamore Canal


She was killed while running along the Tullamore CanalCredit: PA

Last night, Gardai revealed that the man who was arrested a few hours after Ashling was killed was free release and was not considered a suspect for long.

Police are continuing to appeal to anyone with further information – and are also looking for information on a Mountain bikes can be connected to the attack.

Cllr McCormack says emotions run high in Tullamore as locals grieve their loss Ashling, and felt “shocked and frightened” at the news that the culprit was still big.

He told RTE’s Today with Claire Byrne: “People have woken up to that kind of news, emotions have been running high here in Tullamore and what has happened now has raised it to another level.


“Everybody in Tullamore now, whoever they are, male or female will guess a second time whether they’re going to run or walk for exercise to make sure they choose a safe path and that they go with it. others.

“It’s shocking and terrifying is what I mean by the feeling that’s taking over the entire area as a result of what’s happened in the last 24 hours.”

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He continued: “Yesterday we had a terrible tragedy when we were told that Ashling had been killed by someone. But everyone thought the culprit was caught and being questioned.”

“But unfortunately when that news came out last night, most people were in bed at the time and woke up this morning, Gardai unequivocally said that this man was excluded from the investigation. their.

“I have never seen such a strong statement.”

He added: “You can imagine that feeling of shock and sadness, but also fear.”


Vigils will be held across the country today and tomorrow in memory of Ashling. Cllr McCormack said the support was “incredible” and hoped that the Ashlings would find comfort in it.

He said: “It’s been unbelievable to see the reaction to this tragic event. You would hope that the family gets some solace from it.

“I’m sure there’s not much that can comfort them right now but in the days to come and in the future [hopefully] they will get comfort from that. “

He added that local businesses are allowing employees to leave work early and local candle maker Duffy and Scott have donated 500 candles.

Meanwhile, Ashling’s parents were Kathleen and Raymond last night tribute to their daughter and say she is their “rock”.

The grieving mother told Kathleen “The last thing she said in the morning when she went out was ‘Mom, I love you’.”


Heartbroken Father Raymond added: “She was just a special girl. She is the youngest child, a little angel.

“She is a wonderful girl in every sense of the word.

“She is a great employee, with great motivation. A great musician. She has crammed too much into her short life.

“She has played with Comhaltas Ceoltóirí throughout Ireland and throughout the UK on tours. She has been in their youth choir and senior orchestra.

“She played her best and was greatly respected by her peers.”

Advisor Tony McCormack


Advisor Tony McCormackCredit: Crispin Rodwell – The Sun Dublin
The young woman is a talented musician


The young woman is a talented musicianCredit: refer to footnote
Gardai vows ‘no stone will be missed’ as massive investigation into young teacher Ashling Murphy’s horror murder kicks off Fear takes over the whole area as killer Ashling Murphy is still big and locals anticipate safe Monday, councilor says

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