Ashling Murphy’s grieving father performs at a vigil for his daughter at the GAA club where she played

For the second time last night, musician and grieving father Ray Murphy performed in public at a vigil for his daughter Ashling.

r Murphy was joined by his daughter Amy when he aligned himself with traditional musical group Ballyboy Comhaltas at Mountbolus.

The vigil took place at the Mountbolus GAA ground of the Kilcormac Killoughey club, and chairman Joe Slevin expressed the community’s deepest sympathy to the family.

Mr Slevin said he trusted and prayed that the family would have the support of the community in the future.

“We all remember the beautiful, vibrant person that Ashling was and maybe we can bring some of that beautiful person out into our own lives every day from now on to honor her memory,” he said. he declares.

Ashling was a member of Ballyboy Comhaltas and played camogie with Kilcormac Killoughey.

GAA coach and local councilor John Leahy said he hoped the event would give the grieving family a helping hand when they needed it most.

Another local councilor and neighbor of the family, Neil Feighery, said the vigil was a way for the community to physically show solidarity with the family.

“Despite the fact that this tragedy has affected people across the country, it is a very local tragedy for us in the parish of Killoughey and Blueball in particular,” he said.

“We all grew up with Ashling and we know the Murphy family and the Leonard family, and they are an integral part of the community.

“We experienced a very dark tragedy in Tullamore this week with the loss of Ashling and we are all struggling to put our feelings into words.

“Their courage in the face of this tragedy is just amazing and for them to come here tonight in front of the whole community and play music and perform so well with the Ballyboy Comhaltas is a testament to their character.

“But it also shows that they find some comfort playing the music they loved playing with Ashling.”

Elsewhere, thousands of people gathered last night for a candlelight vigil in the city of Limerick, where Ashling Murphy had studied to become a music teacher.

Local musicians softly played slow traditional Irish music as a sea of ​​candles lit up Arthur’s Quay Park.