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music and prayers Ashling Murphy’s former college in Limerick set to hold vigil in her memory

The tragic 23-year-old graduated from the college in October 2021

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Ashling Murphy who was killed by a stranger while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore pictured on her Graduation Day.

Ashling Murphy who was killed by a stranger while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore pictured on her Graduation Day.

Ashling Murphy who was killed by a stranger while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore pictured on her Graduation Day.

Ashling Murphy’s former college in Limerick is set to hold a vigil in her memory.

The 23-year-old primary school teacher was killed on Wednesday January 12th after she while out running along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

On Monday, Mary Immaculate College in Limerick will hold a candlelit vigil to remember the late woman.

The vigil will be held on Monday 24 January at 6pm on Tailteann Pitch at the college.

The evening of remembrance will consist of tributes, and music and prayers, with contributions from staff, students.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr. Daniel Butler and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD will also speak at the event which is open to the general public.

Children are welcome to attend the vigil but must be supervised at all times and will not be permitted to hold candles.

In accordance with current Government guidelines, the college has asked mourners to wear face coverings, and adhere to social distancing rules.

President of the college Professor Eugene Wall said of the tragic death: “It is with profound sadness and shock that we learned of the untimely and tragic death of Ashling Murphy, who graduated from MIC as a primary teacher only three months ago."

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“The thoughts and prayers of the entire MIC community go out to her family, friends, colleagues and students.”

On Wednesday, one week after her tragic death, Jozef Puska (31), a Slovakian national with an address at Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, was charged with her murder.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Cloverhill District court on January 26th.

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