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Vigils Held Around Ireland For Ashling Murphy

Jack Quann
Jack Quann

05:02 14 Jan 2022

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Vigils have been held around Ireland to remember Ashling Murphy.

The 23-year-old schoolteacher was attacked and killed while out jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly on Wednesday afternoon.

The National Women's Council held its #VigilForAshling outside the Dáil at 4.00pm, while another gathering took place in Tullamore.

Women hold photos of Ashling Murphy outside Dáil Éireann in Dublin as part of a vigil. Women hold photos of Ashling Murphy outside Dáil Éireann in Dublin as part of a vigil. Picture by: Sam Boal /

This was the scene outside the Dáil in Dublin city earlier:

A minute's silence was also held to remember her, with Taoiseach Micheál Martin among those in attendance.

Her friend, Grace Corrigan, addressed the crowd.

And people who gathered also sang a rendition of 'A Woman's Heart'.

In Tullamore, a local candle company donated 500 candles and a local printer donated a sign for people to leave messages.

A photo of Ashling Murphy is surrounded by messages and flanked by candles and flowers in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Picture by: Kacy O'Riordan

While musical tributes were paid to Ashling - who was an accomplished musician.

Similar events are being held across the country including Limerick (Arthur's Quay Park) and Belfast (Belfast City Hall).

Hundreds of people also attended a vigil for her at Eyre Square in Galway yesterday.

And a vigil is also planned in England tomorrow.

It'll be held outside the London Irish Centre in London at 4.00pm.

People are asked to wear facemasks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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