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Ashling Murphy's Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday

Ashling Murphy's Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday

Local people outside St. Brigids Church , Mountbolus where prayers were said for murdered Ashling Murphy ahead of her funeral on Tuesday Picture; Gerry Mooney

Local people outside St. Brigids Church , Mountbolus where prayers were said for murdered Ashling Murphy ahead of her funeral on Tuesday Picture; Gerry Mooney

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Ashling Murphy's Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday

The funeral mass for Ashling Murphy (23) will take place on Tuesday morning.

Parish priest of Kilcormac and Killoughney, Mount Bolus in Co Offaly, Fr Michael Meade will be the chief celebrant at the mass which will be attended by family and close friends.

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Local people outside St. Brigids Church , Mountbolus where prayers were said for murdered Ashling Murphy ahead of her funeral on Tuesday Picture; Gerry Mooney

Local people outside St. Brigids Church , Mountbolus where prayers were said for murdered Ashling Murphy ahead of her funeral on Tuesday Picture; Gerry Mooney

Local people outside St. Brigids Church , Mountbolus where prayers were said for murdered Ashling Murphy ahead of her funeral on Tuesday Picture; Gerry Mooney

According to the arrangements published on RIP.ie: “Ashling will repose in her family home on Sunday from 3pm until 8pm, strictly. Also on Monday from 3pm until 8pm, strictly. Rosary on both nights will take place at 8pm.

"Removal on Tuesday to arrive at St. Brigid's Church, Mountbolus, for Requiem Mass at 11am. Burial afterwards in Lowertown Cemetery, Mountbolus. Family flowers only, please. House strictly private on Tuesday, please,” the notice stated.

It said that Ashling is sadly missed by her “heartbroken” family, dad Raymond, mum Kathleen, brother Cathal, sister Amy, boyfriend Ryan, aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family, neighbours and friends.

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Ashling’s parents Kathleen and Raymond and sister Amy

Ashling’s parents Kathleen and Raymond and sister Amy

Ashling’s parents Kathleen and Raymond and sister Amy

Primary school teacher Ms Murphy was murdered at around 4pm last Wednesday as she went for a run alongside the Grand Canal near Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Her death has sparked a wave of nationwide and international grief, leading to hundreds of vigils being held across Ireland and among the Irish diaspora globally.

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Vigils will take place in cities as far away as Vancouver today to remember Ashling, and to call for action on violence against women.

Meanwhile, the parish priest at the church where Ms Murphy’s funeral will take place next Tuesday has said everyone has been challenged by the tragic events of her death.

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A memorial for Ashling Murphy in Tullamore. Photo: David Conachy.

A memorial for Ashling Murphy in Tullamore. Photo: David Conachy.

A memorial for Ashling Murphy in Tullamore. Photo: David Conachy.

Speaking in his homily during Sunday mass this morning at St Brigid’s Church in the village of Mountbolus, Co Offaly, Fr Michael Meade said we are challenged by our own attitudes, and challenged in the way we practice what we call respect to one another.

Speaking after delivering the gospel of the wedding at Cana, where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water into wine, Fr Meade said we are all invited to that great wedding feast of life, and how we live it depends very much on ourselves.

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A makeshift shrine to Ashling Murphy at the vigil in her memory at Leinster House on Friday

A makeshift shrine to Ashling Murphy at the vigil in her memory at Leinster House on Friday

A makeshift shrine to Ashling Murphy at the vigil in her memory at Leinster House on Friday

“In modern times, we have perhaps sidelined faith and religion and belief to tragic events. The real challenge is not just to practice goodness when tragedy comes. The real test is to practice goodness, when tragedy does not strike,” he said.

“To practice goodness every day we live. To practice goodness in what we say and do.

“We are challenged to make changes. We are all invited to become proper participants at that wedding feast. We are called to be bringers of love and justice and peace, to especially be bringers of Christ’s peace to all of us who do say yes to that great invitation to that wedding feast of life and living and love,” he concluded in the short homily.

In the prayers for the faithful, Fr Meade prayed for all who are affected and challenged by “the tragedy that has come to us”.

“We pray that through our love, and through our support and through our gatherings we may give a little comfort and support to all who have a heavy cross to carry,” he said.


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