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Family of late Ashling Murphy set up trust fund in her memory

The 23-year-old died following a fatal assault on January 12th

Ashling Murphy was killed while out running in January (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann/PA)

Clodagh Meaney

The family of the late Ashling Murphy have set up a trust fund in her memory.

The fund, which has so far raised almost €1,600, will help causes that were close to Ashling during her lifetime.

Tullamore Tradfest is set to fundraise for the trust at an event on Sunday at Tullamore Court Hotel.

A respected member of the trad music community, she was well known in her hometown and across Ireland.

The Tradfest event will end with a memorial concert, Ceiliuradh Ceolmhar ar Ashling Murphy, in her honour.

Acts performing on the day include Ballyboy CCE, the Macalla na hEireann Tour Group, the Sacred Heart School Choir and Orchestra, and Best Foot Forward.

Family, friends, and groups she previously performed with will also perform on the day.

The free event will be live-streamed by Tullamore Tradfest and TG4.

Viewers are encouraged to make donations to support the Tradfest GoFundMe campaign for The Ashling Murphy Memorial Trust.

The festival has raised an additional €3,000 for the trust so far, with more donations expected.

The 23-year-old primary school teacher died on January 12th while she was out jogging near her home in Tullamore.

31-year-old Josef Puska, with an address at Lynally Grove, Tullamore, Co Offaly, is charged with her murder.

He was served with the book of evidence at Cloverhill district court on Wednesday.

Mr Puska has not yet indicated a plea to the charges.

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