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Ashling Murphy Remembered As 'Kind, Talented, Loved, Admired' At Funeral

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

01:09 18 Jan 2022

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Ashling Murphy has been remembered as a kind, talented, loved and admired young woman.

The 23 year old's funeral mass has taken place in Mount Bolus.

Ashling's first class students each held a red rose and photo of their beloved teacher as the cortege arrived at St Brigid's church.

Members of the Kilcormac/Killoughey senior camogie team also joined a guard of honour - as hundreds of mourners came to pay their respects.

The President and Taoiseach offered their condolences to the family as the service got underway.

In his homily, Chief Celebrant Father Michael Meade described Ashling as a precious gift:

"We simply can only give thanks for having had some small share in the privilege of knowing such a wonderful and lovely human being."


Offerings of a musical instrument, hurl, jersey of her local GAA club, a family photo and a book to represent her love of teaching were all brought to the altar.

Ashling's Cousin Ciara Leonard paid tribute to her through a Prayer of the Faithful

"Ashling epitomised the beauty of life and shared her passion, gifts and talents with others so generously."

"We pray for her friends, colleagues and students."

"May Ashling's legacy live in the hearts of all she touched."

United The Country In Grief

Bishop Tom Deenhihan told the congregation that Ashing's death had united the country in grief and support:

"We all know that no individual should die like Ashling."

"No family should suffer like Ashling's are now."

"Respect is an old fashioned word, but it is an important one."

"Respect was missing last Wednesday, but it has re-emerged here - I think all the stronger."

The funeral cortege is now making its way towards Lowertown cemetery - where Ashling will be laid to rest.

Stephen Murphy reports from Mountbolus, Co. Offaly, with additional reporting from Kacey O'Riordan

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