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Numbed Murdered school teacher Ashling Murphy remembered as exceptionally talented musician

'What a lovely talented young lady, such a tragic loss. May she rest in peace and fill the heavens with her music and talent'

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Undated handout photo issued by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann of Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann/PA)

Undated handout photo issued by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann of Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann/PA)

Undated handout photo issued by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann of Ashling Murphy (Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann/PA)

A poignant video posted on Facebook of murdered school teacher Ashling Murphy and her sister Amy performing a selection of trad songs has highlighted the extraordinary talents of a musician whose loss has shocked the community. 

The video was posted by the community group ‘It's All About Carlow’ as a tribute to “this beautiful, talented young woman”, who added that they were “sending condolences to her family and friends, especially those in the traditional music community”.

In the video, entitled ‘Tradfest TV - Amy and Aisling Murphy - Hornpipe & reels @ Tullamore TradFest 2019’ Ashling introduces herself and Amy as sisters “from Blueball, just up the road” and says they are “delighted to be here for the Tullamore Trad Fest”.

“There's a multitude of sessions and events and concerts going on throughout the weekend and I really recommend it to anyone in the area or anywhere if you can travel, it's well worth it,” she says to the camera before giggling as she prepares to play.

People have taken to the comments section to pay tribute to what one person described as a “truly beautiful and talented young lady”.

“Her loss will be immeasurable to those who knew and loved her,” they added. “Rest in Peace.”

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Ashling Murphy

Ashling Murphy

Ashling Murphy

Another adds: “Wonderful music. I am so sorry for your terrible loss. May Ashling rest in peace.”

“What a lovely talented young lady, such a tragic loss. May she rest in peace and fill the heavens with her music and talent,” one has written, while another adds: “Such a talent. Such a loss to Ireland RIP.”

Others have described the death of the 23-year-old in the Co Offaly town yesterday afternoon as an “immeasurable loss” to the local community that has been left reeling in the aftermath.

Speaking to RTE Radio earlier, local Tullamore councillor and Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Cllr Declan Harvey, said Ashling and her family were very well known in the area.

“She was a teacher in Durrow National School and she was from the area as well,” he said. “Her family are very well known around Tullamore and her father plays in the music group Best For Forward.”

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Cllr Harvey said that during the Christmas period, there was a concert and Ashling “brought in some of her 6th class kids from Durrow to sing a few carols for us onstage”.

“It’s highlights like that in your life that you remember,” Cllr Harvey said. “And then you see what happened yesterday.

“The people in Tullamore are the best in the world and this is probably the safest place in the world, but after yesterday people will be too nervous to go down to the canal again,” he added.

Cllr Harvey revealed how he was so devastated he “couldn't sleep last night thinking about it”.

“Because it’s a place I go to all the time, to clear my head,” he said. “And here’s that young lady who had just gone for a jog. I'm lost for words.”

Meanwhile, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann said everyone in the world of Irish traditional music was shocked at Ashling’s “untimely death”.

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Flowers at a Garda checkpoint after the primary school teacher’s death (Dominic McGrath/PA)

Flowers at a Garda checkpoint after the primary school teacher’s death (Dominic McGrath/PA)

Flowers at a Garda checkpoint after the primary school teacher’s death (Dominic McGrath/PA)

“She was an exceptionally talented young lady who made an unforgettable impression on all who had the good fortune to know her,” they wrote in a Facebook post.

“Ashling was among the finest exponents of the concertina and fiddle and was also learning the uilleann pipes. She has featured in our Comhaltas Concert Tours and was also a valued member of the Comhaltas National Folk Orchestra of Ireland.

“We know that she and her family are at the heart of her local community. She was a much-loved school teacher and had so much to offer in so many ways.

“The brutal manner of her death – in the middle of the day – as she jogged by the banks of the peaceful canal in Tullamore has left us numbed and bewildered. The suffering of her family at the loss of such a young and beautiful person is beyond understanding.

“We share their grief with them and we will always remember Ashling as one who enriched our lives with her warm personality; uplifting musicmaking; compassionate, outgoing and generous friendship.”

They added: “Ashling, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers as we cherish the memories and friendship of your short but exceptional life. Ar dheis Dé go raibh do anam uasal ceolmhar. From all your musical colleagues and friends in Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann."

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