Rathpeacon Community Coming Together to Pay Respects to Ashling Murphy

Members and organisations within the Rathpeacon community are coming together to pay their respects to murdered schoolteacher Ashling Murphy.

Rathpeacon G.A.A. and Rathpeacon Community Association will be holding a vigil in the carpark of Rathpeacon National School this coming Sunday afternoon, 16th January at 4 pm.

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Rathpeacon G.A.A. shared a post on Facebook Friday evening announcing the details of the vigil.

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the senseless killing of a young woman simply out for a run. RIP Ashling.”

Irene Farrell, a committee member of the local community association, will be delivering a welcome address and reading a reflection before a minutes silence will be held.

Those who wish to attend are asked to bring either a candle, torch, battery operated light or your phone to mark the tragic passing of the young lady from Tullamore.

Ashling Murphy, 23, was out for a jog along the Grand Canal in Tullamore on Wednesday 12th January when she was seemingly randomly attacked and killed.

Ashling Murphy at her graduation last year

A 39-year-old man was initially arrested as part of the investigation on Wednesday evening but was released without charge Thursday night.

Gardaí have identified a new suspect in the investigation and are pursuing all lines of inquiry in the hope of identifying this man.

The suspect is being treated at a hospital in Dublin for serious facial injuries that could have been caused by someone defending themselves.

He will be questioned by Gardaí when the medical staff at the hospital deem it safe enough.

There has been an outpouring of grief and anger across social media and the news following the murder of Ashling Murphy.

Thousands attended vigils held across the country to highlight Ashling’s death and the rise in gender-based violence in recent times.

An emotional and moving tribute to the schoolteacher and musician was held in her hometown of Tullamore.

Led by her parents and childhood friends, the mourners travelled along the route that Ashling took on Wednesday afternoon.

More vigils are set to take place across the country over the coming weeks.

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