The late Ashling Murphy.

Mullingar vigil to remember Ashling Murphy

The country remains in a state of shock after Wednesday's senseless killing.

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 vigil 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.

Ashling was a teacher in a local primary school, and was attacked along the Grand Canal towpath near Boland’s Lock at around 4pm on Wednesday.

It’s understood another woman jogger came across the assault and raised the alarm at a nearby house.

A man in his 40s who was arrested a short time after the assault has since been released without charge. He is no longer considered a suspect in the killing.

Mountain Bike

Investigating Gardaí meanwhile are renewing their appeal for information on a Falcon Storm mountain bike with straight handlebars and distinctive yellow/ green front forks.

They are also appealing to anyone who was in the Cappincur/ Canal walk area of Tullamore, County Offaly before 4pm, on Wednesday, 12th January 2022, to make contact with them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room at Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

A death notice on read: Ashling Murphy, Cully, Blueball, Co. Offaly.

Died 12th January 2022, due to tragic circumstances. Sadly missed by her heartbroken family, Dad Raymond, Mum Kathleen, brother Cathal, sister Amy, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Ashling's funeral details will be released later.