TRIBUTES is being paid to a young teacher who was murdered while jogging along a canal yesterday.
Ashling Murphy, 23, was violently attacked in Cappincur, Tullamore, Co . Offaly, at about 4 p.m.
The talented commercial musician, who used to work at Durrow National School, was exercising along a popular route when she was targeted.
Gardai believes the suspect – believed to be from outside the area – Random and gratuitous attacks.
A man in his 40s was arrested following the incident.
It is understood the attack was witnessed by other pedestrians.
The officers were pleased that the elementary school teacher and her attacker did not know each other.
Suspects can be detained for 24 hours before it is issued or charged.
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Remembrances fell on Ashling after news of the tragedy emerged.
Former Durrow National School principal Frank Kelly said she “loved” the children.
He told Irish Times: “She is a shining light as a teacher, the children in her class all admire her.
“Her words are gold, they worship the ground on which she walks.
“She is an absolute gem. She arrived at the school as a substitute teacher in March 2021 and was subsequently placed in a position for a term from September.
“Ashling is a music connoisseur, she recently bought a set of uilleanns and is going to learn how to play them, they are a very difficult instrument to master, but no obstacle is too big for her.
“She also loves her sports and has joined the choir. Her smile will light up a room.”
Sacred Heart School Tullamore also posted a poem and pictures from her high school days.
They wrote: “Today we pay tribute to our former student Ashling Murphy. Ashling has been a vibrant member of our school community during her six years here and she will be deeply saddened.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”
Mary Immaculate College President Eugene Wall said Ashling graduated from the school three months ago.
He wrote: “The entire MIC community is heartbroken and shocked to hear of the tragic and senseless death of Ashling Murphy, who graduated from MIC three months ago.
“Our sincere sympathies go out to her family, friends, colleagues and students. RIP Ashling.”
‘NO LEFT ROUND UP’
Gardai has said that “no stone will be thrown away” in the murder investigation.
Tullamore Garda Station Superintendent Eamonn Curley said: “The victim of this crime was Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old local woman from the Blueball area of Tullamore.
“Ashling was a teacher at Durrow National School.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Ashling family at this time and indeed the wider community, her teaching colleagues, and the children she thinks are the best people in the world. They don’t have a teacher.
“Staff from our family liaison unit are providing ongoing support to the family.
“Shortly after the discovery of this crime, a full Homicide investigation was launched.
“The scene has been cordoned off and remains as it is, where the Garda Technical Department is conducting a detailed forensic examination of the scene.
“State pathologist services have been provided and autopsy results are awaited.
“We have established an incident room at Tullamore Garda station with a team of more than 50 Gardaí tasked with investigating.
“Staff from the Kuomintang Special Operations Units including the National Criminal Investigation Bureau have been tasked with investigating.
“No stone will be missed when it comes to bringing the perpetrators of this crime to Justice.
“At this time, there is no information that the victim and her killer are known to each other.
Gardai is appealing to anyone with information to contact them.
Director Curley added: “As part of the investigation to date, we have arrested a 40-year-old man who is currently in custody at Tullamore Garda station.
“I would like to add that we continue to keep an open mind in this investigation and I would like to appeal to the public to help them in that regard.
“First, I would like to thank the public for their cooperation and assistance thus far, the information received from the public thus far has assisted us in reaching the current stage of investigation.
“I would also like to appeal to anyone who hasn’t been on the Grand Canal Way on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 from 3pm to 5pm. We want to talk to you.
“We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone behaving unusually in that area. Any information you have is trivial but you might think it might be. I need to hear from you.
“Were you on Grand Canal Road from 3pm to 5pm yesterday or do you have any information about this incident.
“Please contact us at Tullamore Garda Station on 0579327600 or any real Garda Station, or if you would like the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111. I want to assure the public that any information received will be are handled in the most rigorous manner.
“Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with the Ashling family at this time.”
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