There has been a national and local outpouring of grief, shock and anger over the last 48 hours over the murder of Aisling Murphy, a 23-year-old primary school teacher from Tullamore in county Offaly, who was attacked and killed on the banks of the Grand Canal on Wednesday afternoon.

Vigils, walks and prayers are being organised across the region this evening and tomorrow in her memory and in solidarity with her family and friends.

These are just some of the events locally, all being organised with social distancing in mind: 

A candlelit vigil will be held at the footbridge in Belmullet at 6pm this evening. You are asked to bring your own candle and lighter or battery candle and prayers will be led by Fr. John.

At 6.30 pm, Castlebar Community Cleanup is holding a vigil for Aisling at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar. Those attending are asked to meet at Lough Lannagh Carpark and to bring a candle or tea light.

There is another vigil at the Square Claremorris at 7pm this evening.

A walk will take place this evening at 7pm in Louisbourgh to remember Aisling, those attending are asked to meet up at the Sancta Maria College.

The NoName Club from Crossmolina will hold a vigil at the lake at 7pm  this evening where Fr Judge will say a prayer.

At 7.30pm a vigil takes place at Our Lady’s Grotto in Robeen this evening.

A candlelit prayer vigil will take place around the Mall River in Westport this evening at 8pm in memory of Ashling and in solidarity with all who have the right to exercise safely. Candles will be provided.

This evening at 6pm a candle lit vigil will take place at the Pier in Enniscrone in solidarity with Aisling and her family.

On Saturday at 3pm, there will be a socially distanced vigil on The Square, Castlebar. Organisers urge people to come out and show solidarity.

Tomorrow there is a Vigil planned at the Square in Ballaghaderreen at 5pm. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be followed.

On Sunday, there is a vigil at Kiltane GAA grounds, where there will also be a book of condolence.

Elsewhere, Brikens Community Centre holds a vigil at 4pm on the same day, please wear highvis.

Castlebar councillor Donna Sheridan has been telling Midwest News why Castlebar Cleanup group decided to organize this evening’s vigil at Lough Lannagh...





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