VIGILS will be held in Tullamore and towns across Ireland this evening in memory of Ashling Murphy.
The kill the young teacher while she was out jogging in Tullamore on Wednesday afternoon sent shockwaves across the country.
Collectives and individuals across the country held ceremonies to remember the 23-year-old talent taught by her family, friends and the first students.
Two vigils are currently taking place in Ashling’s hometown of Tullamore at Lloyd Town Park and the Digby Bridge on the Grand Canal.
The National Council of Women held a candlelit vigil outside the Dáil Éireann that started at 4pm.
Gatherings have also begun in Ardee, Armagh, Ashbourne, Dublin, Belfast, Bray, Derry, Newbridge, Tralee Cappincur, Drogheda and Nenagh.
Ms. Murphy’s friend was one of the traditional Irish musicians who played during the vigil at Tullamore.
This came as President Michael D Higgins paid tribute to the talented musician.
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He said: “I spoke to the Ashling family this morning to convey, as President on behalf of the Irish people, and on behalf of Sabina and myself as a parent, my sympathies. The depth, grief, and sense of loss caused by her tragic death is so much, but especially so how much it must have meant for her mother Kathleen, father Raymond, sister Amy and brother Cathal .
“I sought to convey a sense of how so many parents, family, really all Irish people are thinking about the Murphy family at this very sad time. it is beyond description.
“The overwhelming grief over Ashling’s death shows how emotional it was for all of us, and how exemplary it is for young and old alike, to read about all of Ashling’s accomplishments in a short but brilliant life. her brilliance and generosity.
“Those who know, have studied with, or, as we have heard, cherish her as a talented young teacher, have all witnessed a life of generous commitment to the local community and for her creativity.
“As a young, talented and passionate teacher, she has had a positive impact on young students and colleagues at school. To hear them talk about her is testament to the joy of sharing, whether in teaching, music or sports, she conveyed in a way that must have brought a lot of joy to everyone.
“She represented the best of her generation, in a life they will recall as an inspirational person.”
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- Tullamore, Friday, 4 p.m., Tullamore . Town Park
- Ardee- Friday, 4pm, Ardee . Library
- Armagh- Friday, 4pm, Market Street
- Ashbourne- Friday, 4pm, Arkle Memorial, SuperValu
- Dublin- Friday, 4pm, outside Dáil Éireann
- Belfast- Friday, 4pm, Belfast City Hall
- Bray- Friday, 4pm, Bray . Council Office
- Derry, Friday. 4pm, Guildhall steps
- Newbridge- Friday. 4:00 p.m., Liffey Linear Park
- Tralee- Friday, 4pm, Square
- Cappincur, Friday, 16:30pm, Digby Bridge
- Drogheda, Friday, 4:30 p.m., Ramparts
- Nenagh- Friday, 16:30pm, Banba . Square
- Carlow, Friday, 6 p.m., Fountain
- Clonmel, Friday, 6 p.m., Main Guard.
- Cork- Friday, 6 p.m., Milltown Town Park
- Limerick- Friday, 6pm, Arthur’s Quay Park
- Waterford- Friday, 6pm, People’s Park
- Wicklow- Friday, 6pm, Murrough . Playground
- Dundalk- Friday, 7pm, Square
- Clone- Friday, 7pm, Diamond
- Longford- Friday, 7pm, Crib, Granard
- Manorhamilton- Friday, 7:30pm, Market Square
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 run high here in Tullamore and what has happened now has raised it to another level.
“Everybody in Tullamore now, no matter who they are, male or female will second-guess whether they’re going to run or walk for exercise to make sure they choose a safe route and that they go with someone else. .
“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.”
He continued: “Yesterday, we had a terrible tragedy when we were told that Ashling had been killed by someone. But everyone thought the perpetrator 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 categorically said that this man was excluded from the investigation. their check.
“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 Independent.ie: “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.”
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8206740/vigils-ireland-tribute-murdered-teacher-ashling-murphy/ Vigils were held across Ireland as the country paid tribute to murdered teacher Ashling Murphy