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A bright evening made for outdoors and then a figure appeared in Ashling’s path, bringing with him a darkness more chilling than the night

Catherine Fegan


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Gardaí at the sealed off area where 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy was killed while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Gardaí at the sealed off area where 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy was killed while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Aisling Murphy

Aisling Murphy

Superintendent Eamonn Curley (right) in Tullamore after a young woman, who has been named locally as Ashling Murphy, was killed in Co Offaly.

Superintendent Eamonn Curley (right) in Tullamore after a young woman, who has been named locally as Ashling Murphy, was killed in Co Offaly.

School Principal James Hogan and Mary Daly who is chairperson of the Board of Management at Durrow National School. Photo: Steve Humphreys

School Principal James Hogan and Mary Daly who is chairperson of the Board of Management at Durrow National School. Photo: Steve Humphreys

23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy was killed while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore. Photo by Steve Humphreys

23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy was killed while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore. Photo by Steve Humphreys

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Gardaí at the sealed off area where 23-year-old teacher Ashling Murphy was killed while jogging along a canal bank in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photo: Steve Humphreys

It was 4pm on Wednesday, the onset of that golden hour in January, before sunlight fades and shadows turn to darkness. As she set off on a quick afternoon jog, Ashling Murphy’s feet crunched their way along the gravelled path of the Grand Canal Towpath in Tullamore.

It was a particularly fine afternoon, remarked locals, the kind that’s too fresh and crisp not to spend outdoors.


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