Communities across the region gather to remember Ashling Murphy

Fifth class pupil, Ellen O’Donnell, signing the book of condolences at last Saturday’s vigil for Ashling Murphy in Kildorrery. (Pic: John Ahern)

Vigils have been held and many tributes paid to the memory of Ashling Murphy, who was murdered on Wednesday afternoon last week in Tullamore, County Offaly.

The young woman’s death has sparked both local and international rallies and gatherings, of people who have, and are continuing to, band together to sympathise and express their sadness, sorrow and rage at the crime.

In The Avondhu region, almost every community held some form of remembrance over the last week, with many centred around a candlelit ceremony and a sense of togetherness.

In Mitchelstown, a vigil was held in the square on Friday evening, candlelit, and a ten-minute silence was observed in Ashling’s memory. In Fermoy, a crowd gathered at the gates of Fermoy Town Park, in a remembrance event organised by Ruth Baker and Jean Dingivan.

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