RUNNERS across the island of Ireland stopped to remember Ashling Murphy today – as thousands attended prayers at home and abroad.
Park Run runners in the Republic, Northern Ireland and beyond celebrated Saturday morning moments of silence for Ms Murphy.
Thousands of people gathered at cork for a vigil and walk, with more planned in Kilkenny, Athlone, Greystones, Sligo and Birr tomorrow.
Cork Sexual Violence Center director Mary Crilly said turnout at Atlantic Pond near Pairc Ui Chaoimh was phenomenal.
Two walks took place in Ashling’s hometown Offaly along the Grand Canal in Rhode and Edenderry, while in Smithfield in Dublin another ceremony drew large numbers.
FAMILY IS SUPERIOR SUPPORTED
And beyond that, a huge crowd gathered in London in solidarity with the Ashling family, who told them how they “appreciate and are overwhelmed by the nationwide support they have received.” show” after attending vigil in Tullamore on Friday.
Vigils have also been planned for Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as Brisbane in Australia.
In London, people held candles and stood in silent remembrance outside London Irish Center as large numbers lined up in Camden Square to sign condolence books and lay flowers.
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Traditional music was played in honor of Miss Murphy, a talented fiddle player, while some of the crowd quietly sang or hummed along.
Anna Johnston, culture officer at the Ireland Center in London, said people have come together with those who know and love Mrs Murphy “and all Irish women and beyond who are angry, suffering and heartache”.
Addressing the crowd, she added: “Today, with Ashling, we remember all the women who lost their lives as a result of gender-based violence. We shouldn’t be here, and Ashling should be here. ”
There was a minute of silence, then the young teacher’s favorite song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, was played.
Her father, Ray Murphy, played the tune on the banjo in memory of his youngest daughter during a vigil on Friday near the scene of her murder.
Last year, in London, people gathered to remember marketing executive Sarah Everard and school teacher Sabina Nessa – two women who were fatally attacked while walking in the capital.
A small sign near the entrance to the London Irish Center reads their names and those of other women who have died, under the word “RIP”.
A steady stream of people place flowers and candles as darkness descends.
A floral memorial plaque left outside the center reads: “Your beautiful life has been stolen by evil. You deserve so much better. May your soul live forever in music. ”
SEARCH HAS BEEN MOVED
Meanwhile, the police proceed search across two counties as part of the investigation into the Ashling murder.
Gardai has identified a new suspect in the case after a man self-presentation at a Dublin hospital with a facial wound. He had lived in Tullamore but had relatives in the capital.
Detectives from Tullamore are understood to be working closely with their colleagues in Dublin.
Gardai said it did not disclose details for operational reasons.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8211696/ashling-murphy-thousands-london-tears-vigil-runners/ Tears and anger at Ashling Murphy unfold in Ireland and around the world as the athlete pauses in the memory of his mentor