GAA club’s moving tribute to Ashling Murphy at elementary school teacher’s funeral


Ashling Murphy’s local GAA club was part of a guard of honor at the elementary school teacher’s funeral which was held on Tuesday.

Players and members of the Kilcormac/Killoughey camogie club were among the huge crowd that gathered in the village of Mountbolus ahead of the service.

The children she taught at Durrow National School were also part of the large honor guard near St Brigid’s Church in the village of Co Offaly.

Offaly GAA paid tribute to the 23-year-old after her death.

They tweeted: ‘It’s hard to put into words the sentiment throughout the county regarding the tragic events of Aishling Murphy.

“Ashling was a member of the senior and junior teams at Kilcormac/Killoughey Camogie Club and we keep them in our thoughts today.

Members of Ashling Murphy’s camogie team at funeral

“We are also thinking of Aishling’s family and friends, her students and colleagues at Durrow National School.

“Ar dheis de go raibh a hanam dilis”.

The talented musician was murdered last week while jogging on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore.

Her death sparked a debate about women’s safety and sparked calls for more to be done to tackle domestic violence and gender-based violence.

Members of the Kilcormac Killoughey Camogie Club, of which Ashling Murphy was a member, outside St Brigid’s Church

Tens of thousands of people have also attended vigils in recent days to honor Ms Murphy.

Gardai investigating Ms Murphy’s death renewed an appeal for information, saying “significant progress” had been made in the investigation into the murder.

Police have released a description of a man they want to talk to about the teacher’s murder.

Mourners walk beside the hearse carrying Ashling Murphy's coffin as the motorcade arrives for his funeral at St. Brigid's Church
Mourners walk beside the hearse carrying Ashling Murphy’s coffin as the motorcade arrives for his funeral at St. Brigid’s Church

Police are asking anyone who sees a man wearing a black hoodless tracksuit top, black tracksuit bottoms with a wide white stripe or white writing down the side and black runners to come forward.

Officers asked members of the public if they had seen the man walking in the Tullamore area or had taken him away last Wednesday evening.

The audience was also asked if they had noticed him hanging around anywhere or “involved in any activity that caught your eye”.

A large crowd of people fills the street ahead of Ashling Murphy’s funeral

Police said “significant progress” was being made, but would not confirm any specific details.

It comes as they have identified a new person of interest, believed to be in Dublin Area Hospital receiving treatment, and are waiting to speak to him.

As their investigation continues, Gardai believe the development of DNA profiles will be integral to the search for Ms Murphy’s killer.

People line the street for Ashling Murphy’s funeral

Police have appealed to anyone who has not contacted the investigation team and has information to provide.

Gardai said in a statement: “We are now asking any member of the public who was on the Grand Canal Way on the morning or afternoon of 12 January between Digby Bridge and Ballycommon to contact the inquiry team. .

“Whether you think you saw something or not, please contact Gardai in Tullamore.

“We continue to request any information on a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/green front forks prior to 4 p.m. Wednesday and in the days and weeks prior.

“We are now asking the people of Tullamore to think about last Wednesday after 4 p.m. and not limit their thoughts to the Falcon Storm mountain bike.”

Gardai expressed concern about sharing information on social media, especially private messaging apps.

Gardai called on people to stop sharing these posts.


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