By Dominic McGrath, Cate McCurry, James Ward and Jonathan McCambridge, PA
Vigils have taken place across the island of Ireland to remember murdered teacher Ashling Murphy.
Gardaí are continuing the hunt for the killer of the 23-year-old, who was found dead on Wednesday after going for a run on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly.
Thousands of people gathered in the late afternoon in Tullamore, Dublin and Belfast, as well as in many other towns across the island.
Taoiseach Micheál Martin was among those who gathered outside the Dáil on Friday, while deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill joined the crowd at City Hall in Belfast.
It feels like the entire town of Tullamore has turned out this evening for Ashling pic.twitter.com/LYKba9peGs
— Dominic McGrath (@McGrathDominic) January 14, 2022
More vigils and memorial events will be held in the days to come.
In Tullamore, shops, businesses and cafés closed early on Friday evening, as the midlands town came largely to a halt as thousands flocked to attend the vigil in a local park.
There were many tears as people of all ages came to mourn and pay their respects to the young teacher.
Friends of Ms Murphy were among the traditional Irish musicians who played at the vigil in Tullamore.
The town has been left reeling from the death of Ms Murphy, who was described as a “special girl” and a “little angel” by her family.
In an interview with the Irish Independent newspaper, her father Raymond said: “She was a great worker, with great drive. A marvellous musician.
“She crammed so much into her short life.”
Those who knew her described her as a gifted musician who was loved by her pupils.
Floral tributes were left outside the gates of Durrow National School, where Ms Murphy taught, and on Friday the school issued a fresh tribute to her.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the school said it was “utterly devastated by the passing of our dear colleague and friend”.
“Ashling was a very professional and talented young teacher. We are deeply saddened by her tragic loss. Our thoughts are also with her beloved family at this sad time.”
Here is the full list with locations and times for each event.
- Dublin city centre – 4pm on Friday outside the Dáil.
- Lucan – 4pm on Friday at Lucan Weir.
- Drimnagh – 8am on Saturday at the Drimnagh Luas.
- Blanchardstown – 12pm on Saturday outside Draíocht Blanchardstown Shopping Centre.
- Dun Laoghaire – 4pm on Saturday at the seafront entrance to People’s Park.
- Dundrum – 4pm on Saturday in front of the church on Main Street.
- Portmartnock – 5pm on Saturday at Portmarnock Beach.
- Donabate – 5pm on Saturday at St Patrick’s Green.
- Kanturk – 6pm on Friday at Kanturk Place.
- Mallow – 7pm on Friday at Lidl.
- Buttevent – 7pm on Friday at Buttevent Primary School.
- Cork city – 9.30am on Saturday at the Atlantic Pond.
- Tullamore – 4pm on Friday at Tullamore Town Park.
- Cappincur – 4.30pm on Friday at Digby Bridge.
- Tullamore – 6pm on Friday at Durrow National School.
- Birr – 7pm on Sunday at John’s Hall.
- Bray – 4pm on Friday at Bray Town Council.
- Greystones – 4pm on Friday at Men’s Cove.
- Wicklow town – 6pm on Friday walking from Murrough Playground car park.
- Greystones – 4pm on Sunday for a run/walk from Park and Ride Car Park Greystones.
- Waterford city – 6pm on Friday in People’s Park.
- Dungarven – 6.15pm on Friday at Walton Park.
- Carriganore – 4pm on Saturday at the Waterford Greenway.
- Wexford town – 4pm on Friday at The Quay.
- Gorey – 6.30pm on Friday on Main Street.
- Carlow town – 6pm on Friday at The Fountain.
- Kilkenny city – 2pm on Sunday at Kilkenny Castle.
- Cashel – 4pm on Friday at the Plaza Main Street.
- Nenagh – 4.30pm on Friday at Banba Square.
- Clonmel – 6pm on Friday at the Main Guard.
- Cahir – 6pm on Friday at Cahir Castle car park.
- Thurles – 6.15pm on Friday at Thurles town park.
- Templemore – 6.15pm on Friday at Templemore Park.
- Canon Hayes – 7.30pm on Friday at the running track.
- Limerick city – 6pm on Friday at Arthur’s Quay Park.
- Killorglin – 4pm on Friday at Library Place.
- Tralee – 4pm on Friday at Town Square.
- Dingle – 4pm on Friday at The Marina.
- Valentia Island – 4.25pm on Friday at Cracow Park, Knightstown.
- Ballydavid – 6.16pm on Friday at The Pier.
- Ennis – 4pm on Friday at Fair Green.
- Ennistymon – 5.30pm on Friday at Ennistymon Town Square.
- Portumna – 6pm on Saturday at Town Square.
- Ardee – 4pm on Friday at Ardee Library.
- Dundalk – 5pm on Friday at The Square.
- Drogheda – 4.30pm on Friday at The Ramparts.
- Navan – 4pm on Friday Blackwater Park.
- Oldcastle – 4pm on Friday at The Square.
- Ashbourne – 4pm on Friday at Arkle Monument.
- Trim – 4pm on Saturday at the wooden bridge by Trim Castle.
- Moate – 4pm on Sunday at The Greenway.
- Maynooth – 4pm on Friday at Maynooth Square.
- Westport – 8pm on Friday at the Mall.
- Ballina – 7pm on Saturday at Abbeyhalfquarter.
- Sligo town – 4pm on Sunday at Doorly Park.
- Ballymahon – 6.30pm on Saturday at Ballymahon GAA.
- Manorhamilton – 7.30pm on Friday at Market Square.
- Castleblaney – 4.30pm on Friday at Hope Castle.
- Ardee – 5pm on Friday at The Diamond.
- Letterkenny – 7pm on Friday at Market Square.
- Belfast – 4pm on Friday at Belfast City Hall.
- Armagh – 4pm on Friday at Market Street.
- Crossmaglen – 4pm on Friday at The Square.
- Enniskillen – 6pm on Friday at Fermanagh House.
- Derry – 4pm on Friday at the Guildhall Steps.
- Strabane – 4pm on Friday at Strabane Square.
- Omagh – 4pm on Friday at Killyclogher.
- London – 4pm on Saturday at the London Irish Centre.
- National Deaf Women of Ireland – 6pm on Friday on Facebook Live.