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Ashling Murphy remembrance walk to take place in Curraghchase



Ashling Murphy remembrance walk is to take place in Curraghchase on Sunday, February 6 following a charity remembrance walk held by Limerick Educate Together School.

Ashling Murphy remembrance walk to take place in Curraghchase

By I Love Limerick Correspondent David Towey

Ashling Murphy remembrance walk

Ashling Murphy, pictured above, recently graduated from Mary Immaculate College.




Ashling Murphy was tragically murdered earlier this month while out running by the canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly. In the wake of this terrible loss of life, there has been an outcry against gender-based violence. Here in Limerick, walks have been organised to raise funds for women’s charities and to show solidarity to Ashling’s friends and family.

Raheen/Dooradoyle Walking Club has organised an Ashling Murphy remembrance walk in honour of the late schoolteacher and all other women who have fallen victim to violence in Ireland. Participants will walk the Curraghchase loop path on Sunday, February 6 to raise funds for the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

The Raheen/Dooradoyle Walking Club’s Ashling Murphy remembrance walk will take place at 11 am, meeting at the main entrance of the Curraghchase loop. There is a charge of €5 to take part, with all funds raised donated to the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

The Curraghchase walking path is 3.5 km in distance and is a commonly travelled area for hikers, walkers, or runners in the local community and beyond. The path is beginner-friendly and anyone who wants to take part, regardless of past walking experience, is urged to do so.

There will be a minute of silence before the walk begins to show respect to Ashling Murphy along with every other woman who has died due to violence in Ireland. 

Previously, students from Limerick Educate Together Secondary School took part in a walk along the Three Bridges trail in Limerick City to honour Ashling Murphy. They raised €500 for women’s aid charity, Adapt, which helps victims of domestic abuse.

On Friday, January 14 there was a vigil held at Arthur’s Quay Park where hundreds paid their respects to the young schoolteacher, who recently graduated from Mary Immaculate College.

Mayor of Limerick City and County, Daniel Butler said, “Ashling’s death is a huge tragedy and a senseless killing, and on behalf of the people of Limerick city and county I would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Ashling’s parents, family and friends on their loss.

“The outpouring of grief following her murder shows how well-loved and respected she was in her local community and further afield, including in Limerick where she studied in Mary Immaculate College.”

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