Ashling Murphy was a former student of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick
THE YOUNG teacher who was murdered in a random attack while jogging along a popular walkway in broad daylight has been named locally as Ashling Murphy, a former student of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick.
Gardaí are investigating the fatal assault on the woman that occurred at approximately 4pm on Wednesday, along the canal bank at Cappincur, Tullamore, County Offaly.
Gardai believe that Ms Murphy, 22, was beaten to death by a man in what was a random attack. She had been jogging along a stretch of the Grand Canal, known as Fiona’s Way in memory of missing woman Fiona Pender.
Heartfelt condolences were expressed to local solicitor John Quinn on the recent death of his wife, Helen, at last week’s sitting of Longford District Court.
A suspect in the case – a Romanian national aged in his 40s who has been living locally – was being questioned last night on suspicion of her murder.
The young teacher’s death has sent shockwaves across the country.
Ms Murphy hails from a highly-respected family who live outside Tullamore and are well-known in music circles.
An accomplished musician, Ms Murphy began her studies at Limerick's Mary Immaculate College in August, 2017. A member of Ballyboy Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the talented fiddle player also tutored students.
In one of her posts on Facebook, she had commented that she was happiest when playing music with her sister Amy, also an accomplished musician.
Ms Murphy had performed in numerous trad events and competitions throughout her young life. She also had a keen interest in camogie.
The young woman’s body was removed from the scene in Tullamore in a hearse.
The scene remained preserved overnight.
The man in his 40s who has been arrested in connection with the incident is currently being detained at Tullamore Garda Station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984. An incident room has been established at Tullamore Garda Station under a Senior Investigating Officer.
A family liaison officer has been appointed and is liaising with the family of Ms Murphy.
People across the country have expressed their disbelief at the “senseless” nature of the crime.
A young woman, simply out for a run in the afternoon and brutally killed. Thinking of her and her family and community tonight & their unimaginable pain. We must all act to end violence against women. We all have a responsibility. https://t.co/G9Q1hyQK9h— Simon Harris TD (@SimonHarrisTD) January 12, 2022
In a tweet, the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said : “My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, with her friends and with her community. Please anyone with information, come forward to An Garda Síochána. The gardaí will investigate this awful crime and ensure justice is done.”
My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, with her friends and with her community.— Helen McEntee TD (@HMcEntee) January 12, 2022
Please anyone with information, come forward to An Garda Síochána. The Gardai will investigate this awful crime and ensure justice is done.
Many comments have been posted by young women who have expressed their fear at walking alone, after the shocking murder, “even in broad daylight”.
“To lose another woman to such senseless, horrific violence is difficult to understand,” posed one woman.
“She was in her 20s. A school teacher. Her whole life ahead of her. Going for a run in broad daylight at 4pm. Never to make it home. RIP - our thoughts and prayers to this woman’s family. Unfathomable,” posed another woman.
Gardaí are appealing for any person with any information on this fatal assault to come forward. In particular Gardaí are appealing to any persons that were in the Cappincur/Canal walk area of Tullamore, County Offaly before 4pm on Wednesday, January 12, to make contact with them.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station
Violence against women as perpetrated by men is a pandemic. Ashling Murphy should be getting ready for school right now. There are no words. pic.twitter.com/Ag6zVfONrY— Muireann O'Connell (@MuireannO_C) January 13, 2022
Heartfelt and sincere sympathy to the family, friends and school community of Ashling Murphy. Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time.— Norma Foley T.D (@NormaFoleyTD1) January 13, 2022
Rest in peace Ashling Murphy. Just unfathomable. Heartbroken for all who loved her.— Doireann Garrihy (@DoireannGarrihy) January 13, 2022
“Ms Murphy (22) had been jogging along a stretch of the Grand Canal, known as Fiona’s Way in memory of missing woman Fiona Pender.”— Womenscouncilireland (@NWCI) January 13, 2022
Our thoughts are with Aisling Murphy and all who loved her.
We need a sea change to end men’s violence against womenhttps://t.co/4vY6ef75MJ
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