Vigils to be held across the country in memory of Ashling Murphy

Vigils to be held across the country in memory of Ashling Murphy

Floral tributes and candles laid near the place where much loved and respected Offaly teacher Ashling Murphy was murdered while jogging by the Grand canal in Tullamore yesterday at 4pm. Picture: Liz Dunphy

While the community of Tullamore mourns the loss of one of its own, with flowers and candles carpeting the bank of the Grand Canal close to where Ashling Murphy was killed, women throughout Ireland are reacting in shock and grief. 

The National Women's Council of Ireland will be holding a vigil for the 23-year-old teacher outside Dáil Éireann later today.

From 4-5pm in Dublin, the NWCI has encouraged people to bring flowers and candles while wearing face masks gathering in a socially distanced manner, to remember Ms Murphy.

Ashling Murphy was a primary school teacher in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Ashling Murphy was a primary school teacher in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

"Ashling Murphy was killed yesterday when she was on a jog, in broad daylight. There has been a huge outpouring of grief and support across Ireland for Ashling and her family," the NCWI said.

"...At 4pm, around the time Ashling was killed, we will hold a vigil to remember Ashling and to support all who knew and loved her.

"Women must be safe in our homes and our communities. Join us and call for an end to men's violence against women."

In Cork city, a walk will take place to honour the memory of Ms Murphy.

People are encouraged to meet at 9.30am at the Atlantic Pond (Páirc Uí Chaoimh side) and loop back along the Marina.

In Limerick, Social Democrats Councilor Elisa O'Donovan has said a vigil will take place on January 14 "to remember her and all who have died by gender-based violence."

Those wishing to attend are to meet at 6pm at Arthur's Quay Park in the city and are asked to wear a face mask and bring a candle.

A Book of Condolences has also been opened in Limerick, where Ms Murphy went to college. 

It is available on Limerick.ie and will remain open for seven days. The book will then be collated and forwarded to her family.

Daniel Butler, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, said that her death is a “huge tragedy and a senseless killing”.

“The outpouring of grief following her murder shows how well loved and respected she was in her local community and further afield, including in Limerick where she studied in Mary Immaculate College.”

In Waterford, there will be a vigil at the People’s Park at 6pm.

People attending are asked to adhere to current Covid guidelines.

In Galway, Comhaltas na Mac Léinn at NUIG will be holding a vigil in Eyre Square tonight at 6pm.

List of planned vigils for Ashling Murphy

Several hundred people have attended a vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy in Galway last night.

The crowd gathered at the Browne Archway at the top of the public plaza.

Many brought flowers and candles to commemorate the 23-year-old teacher, who was murdered in Tullamore on Wednesday.

Nationwide, more vigils are taking place today and in the coming days. 

A vigil held by the National Women's Council of Ireland for the 23-year-old teacher outside Dáil Éireann, Dublin, on Friday from 4-5pm.

A walk will take place in Cork city, to honour the memory of Ms Murphy, at the Atlantic Pond (Páirc Uí Chaoimh side) and looping back along the Marina, on Saturday from 9.30am.

In Limerick, a vigil will take place at Arthur’s Quay Park on Friday from 6pm.

In Waterford, there will be a vigil at the People’s Park on Friday from 6pm.

In Clonmel, people will gather at the Main Guard on Friday from 6pm.

In Carlow, people will gather at The Fountain on Friday from 6pm

A vigil will also take place in Tullamore, at Tullamore Town Park on Friday from 4pm.

Many other events are also scheduled.

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