Books of Condolence in memory of Ashling opened at council offices

Books of Condolence in memory of Ashling Murphy have been opened at the Westmeath County Council Civic Offices in Mullingar and Athlone.

The Books of Condolence are available at the civic offices in Mullingar and Athlone from today, 14th January, 2022 for one week, between the hours of 9.30am and 4pm.

Cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council Cllr Frankie Keena has arranged for books of condolence to be placed in both civic offices to allow people to express their sympathies to Ashling’s family.

"I am just numb, shocked, saddened and angry with what happened to this young woman as she went out for her daily exercise after work on the greenway along the Canal in Tullamore and was attacked in such a vicious way," said Cllr. Keena.

"This was a brutal murder of a young primary school teacher who had so much to offer in life through her professional career, exuberant personality and musical talents. The entire country is just stunned by this senseless and horrific act," he added.

He extended his deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers to her family and friends.

Mullingar Vigil

A vigil will take place in Mullingar tomorrow afternoon (Saturday 15) to remember young school teacher and musician Ashling Murphy who was brutally killed earlier this week.

The vigil will take place at Mullingar Town Park, meeting next to the swimming pool, to honour the memory of the young woman who went for a run and was killed in an horrific attack in Tullamore on Wednesday.

The event starts at 4pm and with the number of Covid cases so high in the community, attendees are asked to please respect social distancing and wear a mask.