Light a candle and say a silent prayer for Aisling

Killarney to pay tribute: A striking view at sunset with the spire of St Mary’s Cathedral protruding through the clouds.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

A VIGIL in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old primary school teacher killed while out for a run in her native Tullamore, Co Offaly, has been planned for Killarney this Friday afternoon.

It will take place at Killarney Racecourse at 4.00pm and it is being organised in support of her family and all those who knew and loved the highly accomplished musician and sportswoman.

Those wishing to attend have been encouraged to bring a candle to light in Ashling’s memory and the Killarney event is one of numerous vigils to be held around the country today and tomorrow.

Those attending, who have been asked to gather in front of the Ross Golf Club clubhouse from 3.45pm, are being encouraged to wear appropriate face masks and the maintain a safe social distance.

“There has been a huge outpouring of grief and support across Ireland for Ashling and her family. Women must feel safe in their homes and their communities,” the organisers of the Killarney event said.

Rathmore GAA Club, meanwhile, is organising a drive-through commemoration in memory of Aisling at Rathmore GAA grounds in Rathbeg this Friday from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.

Those who wish to participate are asked to drive in the main gate, pick up a candle and place it on the path at the railing and then drive out the old gate.

The club has asked supporters to say a silent prayer for Aisling and her family at this sad time.

Vigils will also be held this afternoon at Library Point, Killorglin, on Cromane Beach,in The Square, Tralee and in Dingle.