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heartbroken 'My heart goes out to the family of my fellow camogie player Ashling' - says Anna Geary


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Anna Geary

Anna Geary

Anna Geary

FOUR times All-Ireland camogie winning champion Anna Geary says her heart goes out to the family and friends of tragic Ashling Murphy after the young teacher was killed while out jogging.

The Co Offaly woman was building up her fitness in preparation for an upcoming camogie game she was due to play with her local GAA club when she was killed in Tullamore.

And Anna - who was also the recent winning team mentor on TV's Ireland's Fitness Family - says Ashling's death has led to a sea change in perceptions about violence against women.

"It's a beyond devastating scenario for Ashling's family and friends and for anyone that knew her," said Anna (34).

"It's been really hard to process for everybody in the nation, regardless of who you are or whether you're a man or a woman or what age you are.

"There is a collective sadness in Ireland at the moment and it's really palpable. I really feel there is an immense sense of loss, of a young beautiful, talented girl's life cut short.

"But also I think there's a realisation that there is such a vulnerability out there as well, and there is this realisation that you are coming to terms with the fact that you thought you were safe at four o'clock in a public area and then the fear now that you might not be, that is really weighing heavily on people."

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Aisling Murphy

Aisling Murphy

Aisling Murphy

Anna, who lives in Co Kildare with her husband Kevin Sexton, stresses it's not just women who are affected.

"It's sad there is a realisation to people, and I say women as well as men, because some men might feel the same and they might feel vulnerable, because they don't feel safe. That's really sad, that really weighs heavily.

"There's not one solution to this, it's a multifaceted problem and it needs to be dealt with accordingly. It's everything from educating people from when they are really young, boys and girls in school, all the way up.

"While this is like a time for change and it's a time that we have to demand change, there's also a family and friends that are grieving the loss of Ashling and while in time this might be a comfort to them right now I'm sure it's of little thought to them because they are mourning the loss of her."

Anna is hosting a new radio series on RTÉ Radio 1, Supercharged, which focuses on health and wellbeing.

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