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Online vigil for Ashling from Shannon this Thursday

AN online vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy will take place from Shannon on this Thursday evening. While it is being held in a church, it is not a religious event, said Ann McMahon, who has been involved in its organisation. “It’s a vigil event, that will be non-religious in memory of Ashling Murphy. It’ll be largely an online event, but it’ll take place in Ss John & Paul Church at 8pm on Thursday. “There will be some invited guests, but with Covid restrictions and erring on the side of caution. It’ll be on the Shannon parish website and also the Shannon parish Facebook page, it’ll be livestreamed there.” There will be speakers and traditional music on the night, and Ann feels last week’s tragedy may provoke change in society. “This very sad and tragic event has evoked very strong feelings in a lot of people. It is perhaps a pinch point in our reflections as a community about violence …

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Organiser of Ashling vigil ‘overwhelmed’ with public response

THE organiser of last Saturday’s walk and run in Ennis to honour of the memory of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy has said he was “overwhelmed” with the response. Around 1,000 people gathered at the Fair Green to walk and run at 4pm in memory of Ashling, culminating in a poignant candle lit vigil with music and minute’s silence. Supported by The Clare Champion, the event was initiated by John Condon, who hopes the tragedy of Ashling’s killing will not be in vain by resulting in more being done to address violence against women. “Will this be the tipping point where we say enough is enough? There have been some brutal killings, some right here in Clare, and at some stage there has to be a tipping point, hopefully this might be it. However, addressing this is a monumental task, it’s education at home, education at school, educating of young men on how to respect women, it has to do with …

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Ennistymon honours Ashling

DUSK was gathering as the town of Ennistymon came to a standstill last Friday to honour the memory of Ashling Murphy. In solidarity with the town of Tullamore and communities all over Ireland, hundreds stood silently in The Square. The sense of sadness and shock at the murder of the 23 year-old teacher was palpable. The only sounds were the traditional airs that rang out to honour the talented young fiddle player, and muffled sobs when emotion became too much for some to bear.  Tiny children, helped by the guiding hand of their parents, lined up to leave their candles and flowers. The pool of light around the memorial slowly grew brighter and stronger. Many children were the same age as the members of Ashling’s own first class at Durrow National School. Too young to take in such a terrible tragedy, they stared up at the solemn candle-lit faces of the adults around them. Stealing shy glances at each other, …

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GALLERY: Crowds gather to remember Ashling in Ennis’ Fairgreen

AROUND 1,000 people came together at the Fairgreen in Ennis this evening to mark the tragic passing of Ashling Murphy. Beginning with a walk at 4pm, as day turned to night, traditional musicians, some who knew Ashling personally, took centre stage. This poignant moment was followed by a minute’s silence in honour of the school teacher.

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GALLERY: Clare people turn out in large numbers to honour Ashling

LARGE crowds gathered in Ennis this afternoon for a vigil organised by Clare Women’s Network to honour the memory of the late Ashling Murphy. The Square in Ennis was filled with people holding candles and pictures of the 23-year-old school teacher who was murdered in Tullamore this week. Further vigils will follow all around the county this evening at Clarecastle 7:30pm; Ennistymon Square 5:30pm; Ruan Pitch 7pm; Corofin GAA Pitch 6:30pm; Kilrush at 7pm in the Square; Lissycasey’s main pitch at 7pm; Kilmaley National School running track at 7pm and at the Town Park, Shannon 6:30pm with more planned tomorrow. On Saturday there is a walk/run at Tim Smythe Park, Ennis with candle-lit vigil at 5pm. There is a vigil at the Bandstand in Kilkee at 4pm, a bog walk beginning at the School Road side, Kilkishen at 6pm and a vigil in Newmarket on Fergus meeting in O’Regan Park at 4pm

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Clare vigils to be held in honour of late Ashling

THERE will be a number of vigils held in county Clare today and tomorrow to honour the memory of the late Ashling Murphy. The murder of the 23-year-old school teacher in Tullamore has shocked and angered the nation and thrown the focus once more on male violence towards women. Clare Champion MD John Galvin said, “We are all horrified at what happened to Ashling Murphy and we need to do something as a community to show our abhorrence of violence in all its forms.” In Ennis, on Saturday afternoon at 4pm there will be a walk/run at the Fair Green with candles to be lit at 5pm. Also tomorrow, there will be a vigil in Newmarket-on-Fergus at 4pm in O’Regan Park. At the same time in Kilkee, there will be a vigil at the Band Stand. At Kilkishen, there will be a candle bogwalk in honour of Ashling at 6pm Saturday from the School road side. This afternoon there will …

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