“I HOPE Ashling Murphy feels the love of one country and the rest feel despair for change,” RTE star Angela Scanlon has said.
Primary school teacher, 23 years old, died after being ferocious attack along a canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Wednesday afternoon.
Ashling’s killing is supposed to be a random attack.
Today, on her Instagram, Angela expressed her gratitude to the young woman who was assaulted while on the run.
The Ask Me Anything host spoke to her followers of her shock and sadness and highlighted the measures women must take to stay safe on a daily basis.
In an emotional post, she said: “Can’t know what to say after the murder of Ashling Murphy.
“I kept seeing people saying she was dead but she refused, she ran away and her life was taken.
“Language matters. It’s not even dark. We women say that doing so in the dark would be crazy, ‘ask it.’ Keep our wits about us.
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“We’re also encouraged to run in January. Keys ready, headset silent, fake calls, asking taxis to wait while you make your way to safety, only to realize it by going by ask you have highlighted your vulnerability.
“Every woman knows what this is like, so much so that now it’s instinctive, carrying that fear and doubt, it’s our duty (along with the rest of us) to keep ourselves safe. body survived.
“We can’t grow while we focus on survival.”
Angela opened up about an experience she had while living in New York at the age of 23.
She told of a man brandishing a knife in front of her while she was taking the train home.
She said, “I spent a summer in New York working the same age as Ashling when she was killed. I was on the subway at night. Sober. No flesh. No temptation (( it’s our job too, to make sure that no man is tempted by us.)
“I wear a hood over my head, listen to silent music so I can ignore but be aware of everything.
“A man sits across from me, staring at me. I ignore, that’s what we do. I try to tell myself he’s crazy or I’m paranoid.
“My heart was racing and I blamed myself for just being there. I switched seats just to show I was being played. He followed, now smiling.
“After another movement, the man sitting opposite flicked out a military knife to play with, chuckling, smiling teasingly.
“I was getting close to my stop and finally another man got on that train. I explained that I had to get off the train and I would appreciate it if he watched to make sure the other guy wasn’t. follow.
“He looked uncomfortable but agreed. The zip guy jumped in and out of the car as I got off the bus, the other man tried to make a phone call and ended up jumping off with me.
“The train left. I was saved. Except right now I’m on the platform with a strange man. My ‘hero’ is also a potential killer.
“I ran. I often feel guilty for not being around to thank him.”
‘FEAR IN THE FAMILY’
The “heartbroken” Angela paid tribute to Ashling and told of the “desperation for change” in Ireland.
She added: “These ‘small’ things happen for hours every day to women. It’s exhausting and tragic, it lives in our bones, that familiar fear – it’s heavy and all-consuming. We are both too tired to carry it.
“I am heartbroken for the life Ashling will never live. For the life that was taken from her.
“Her hopes, dreams and potential, her ability to impact this world and light it up like she did.
“May she rest in peace. I hope she feels the love of an entire nation. I hope the rest of us feel the deep longing and despair of change.”
Angela’s fans and friends also paid tribute to Ashling in the comments section.
DWTS judge Loraine Barry said: “I feel like we’ve all had the same experience as yours. RIP Ashling. I hope she can feel the love too.”
Laura Jane commented: “Unbelievable words. Heartbreaking on every level.”
Author Marian Keyes wrote: “At this stage, it is instinctive. Fear is always present, disappears, constantly scanning every situation, every encounter, to assess its danger and how we can escape or survive. It’s ALWAYS there.”
https://www.thesun.ie/tvandshowbiz/8211618/ashling-murphy-love-nation-desperation-change-rte-angela-scanlon/ I hope Ashling Murphy feels the love of one country and the rest feel despair for change, says Angela Scanlon of RTE