On Friday, thousands of Irish people attended Vigils in Ireland to remember Ashling Murphy who was murdered.
On Wednesday, the 23-year old was found dead on the Grand Canal banks outside Tullamore County Offaly.
She was accompanied by her family to a candlelit vigil at the crime scene.
According to The Irish Independent, her father performed her favorite song as a tribute to her talent.
Ray Murphy broke down during the last chords of “When You Were Sweet Sixteen” and reportedly wept.
The Murphy family were said to be “appreciative and overwhelmed by the national outpouring of support show to them,” according to a statement from Gardaí (Irish police).
According to the statement, Ashling’s family asked for privacy and space in processing Ashling’s death.
According to the statement, “significant progress has been made” in the investigation into the murder of Michael Moore. However, the force stated that it could not confirm any details because they were “not operationally motivated”.
A 40-year-old man arrested after Ms Murphy’s murder was released without charge on Thursday night “and is no longer a suspect”, according to gardaí.
On Friday, the National Women’s Council of Ireland announced details of several vigils. Some events attracted huge crowds.
Many of the vigils started at 16:00 local, which was the same time that Ms Murphy died.
One of Dublin’s most important events was held outside Oireachtas (the Irish parliament).
Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Micheál Martin was among those in attendance.
Helen McEntee, the Irish Justice Minister, tweeted a picture of a candle just after the Vigils started. She said that she was thinking of Ashling as well as all those women who have been victim to violence.
We must all unite to end violence against women. Minister for Justice, I work to create a society that doesn’t tolerate such violence anymore,” she stated.
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Also, events are taking place in Northern Ireland. These include vigils at Belfast, Londonderry and Newry as well as Coleraine and Strabane.
Numerous politicians were present at the Derry’s Guildhall Square event, including Colum Westwood (leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party)
Large crowds gathered at the City Hall in Belfast to light candles and place flowers.
A number of traditional Irish musicians performed at the event, in tribute to Ms Murphy who was a talented multi-instrumentalist and member of the National Folk Orchestra of Ireland.
Newry, County Down: Crowds assembled in Hill Street next to the cathedral, and listened as speakers condemned violence against women.
One woman addressed the gathering, saying that women should feel secure every day.
In an interview with The Irish Independent, Ms Murphy’s relatives spoke of the loss of “a little Angel” and “our Rock” during a time when they were speaking to her family.
Raymond, Raymond’s father, spoke to the newspaper about his daughter’s musical talent and how she “crammed so many things into her limited life”.
Kathleen, Kathleen’s mother, said that Kathleen was “so soft and gentle.”
She stated, “She’s a pretty girl and she is the best.”
“We are all distraught.”
Irish President Michael D Higgins stated that he spoke to Murphy’s family Friday morning in order to offer his condolences to them.
Ashling said that the outpourings of grief following Ashling’s passing show how touched we are all. It is so inspiring, for all ages, to see all Ashling accomplished during her short, brilliant, and generous life,”
“It’s crucial to take the opportunity, like so many have done in the very short time following Ashling’s passing, to reflect about what we can do to end violence against women in every aspect of society.
‘Limiting our lives’
Orla O’Connor was the director of Ireland’s National Women’s Council. She told BBC News that there was “nationwide destruction, grief, and shock at this horrific killing”.
The vigils are being held all over Ireland in memory of the teacher and to support her family.
She stated that there was a lot of frustration and anger expressed.
She said, “This really has triggered past experiences with physical and sexual abuse that women had,”
This also really shows just how women live their lives in fear of violence. A young girl was running in the middle of the day, when everybody expects her to be safe.
The Taoiseach stated that Ms Murphy was an accomplished musician, who represented the “very best of the tradition teaching in Ireland.”
He added, “I feel it has unites the nation in solidarity with revulsion over what has occurred.”
We must do all we can to eradicate this unacceptable behavior from society.
Tánaiste (Irish Deputy Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar said that men needed to have conversations about violence against women and how it was “never justified”.
He stated, “It doesn’t really matter who she’s, it doesn’t even matter where it was or the time it was. It is never justified and always wrong.”
On Friday morning, gardaí renewed their appeal for information about the murder.
Detectives had previously claimed that she was killed by an individual man.
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More than 50 police officers were assigned to the investigation into murder and an incident room was set up at Tullamore.
“We will not leave any stone unturned to bring the perpetrators of this crime before justice,” stated Supt Eamonn Curley Thursday.
He claimed that Ms Murphy had sustained severe injuries consistent with an assault.
A post-mortem examination was carried out to determine the exact cause of her death, but gardaí have said the results would not be released “for operational reasons”.
Detectives are appealing for information on a Falcon Storm mountain bicycle.
The bike was photographed by them and they stated that it had straight handlebars with distinctive yellow/green front forks.
They stated that they wanted to continue hearing from any person who witnessed the crime at Cappincur (Tullamore) on Wednesday afternoon.
Gardaí responded to the incident following a call from a member of the public at about 16:00 local time and found Ms Murphy with serious injuries.
Although she was treated, her life could not be saved.
Durrow National School was where Ms Murphy was employed. She was also a gifted musician, who was able to play the violin and the concertina and also learn the uilleann pipes.
Her first class included 28 children aged six- to seven years. She was a member of the staff since March 2021.
Virgin Media News was told by James Hogan, her principal, that the school community felt “devastated” and “numb”.
She was a “fantastic and beautiful” athlete, Irish musician, conductor of choral music, as well as an inspiration.
She was called the “shining star” because her face lights up the space when she enters it. He also said that the school is working with students and staff.
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