A Killarney priest in New York led vigils in memory of Ashling Murphy, the 23-year-old teacher who was senselessly murdered in Tullamore, last week.
WORDS: Sean Moriarty Photos: Marie Carroll O'Sullivan
Fr Brendan Fitzgerald, the pastor of St. Barnabas Church in The Bronx, led the vigil at the Ashling Irish Centre on McClean Avenue.
“The gathering, more than 3,100 miles away from the scene of the unimaginable crime, is a small example of the shockwaves that Murphy's death has sent through the global Irish community,” said the New York-based Irish community on-line news agency IrishCentral.com.
Closer to home hundreds more gathered at Killarney Racecourse on Friday night to pray for the young woman and her family.
Cllr Marie Moloney, the Mayor of Killarney of Killarney led local tributes.
The Killarney vigil was organised by Vera O'Leary of the Kerry Rape Crisis Centre and Lily McMonagle who thanked the public for their support at such short notice.
“At the outset, I wish to convey my sincere and genuine sympathy to the family, friends, work colleagues and pupils of the late Ashling Murphy," said the Mayor.
“I was with great shock and horror that I learned of the brutal and untimely death of Ashling.
“A young innocent woman who was simply going for a jog in broad daylight. I have attended a vigil and seen the many vigils from all over this country, attend by both women and men, which indicates the abhorrence that all feel about the brutal and cold murder of this young woman and indeed the level of fear that women, in particular, live with.”
Mayor Moloney warned of a greater societal issue where woman cannot feel safe if they are out walking alone – the fact the Miss Murphy was murdered in broad daylight adds to the widespread shock people are feeling.
“It is very easy for people to say that women should not go out on their own, but in real life this is not always possible. Women have to fit things in around their busy lives and it can necessitate walking to work or to catch a bus or train early in the morning or home in the evening, or going for a jog or run when time allows and it is not always feasible that they have someone to accompany them,” she added.
“No woman, nor indeed men, but predominantly women, should have to live in fear, not to have to keep looking over their shoulder every time they are out for a walk or run.”
She called on government action, and change by the courts. Sentencing needs to be strengthened with proper and lengthy confinement for assaults on women and for episodes of Domestic Violence.
“Violence against women must be stopped and I am calling on Government to commit to radical structural reform in the implementation of the 3rd National Strategy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence (DSGBV), which is scheduled for publication later this year,” added Mayor Moloney.
“I am also calling for more funding for the Psychiatric services which may alleviate a lot of domestic and public violence.”
Leona named PRO of the year
By Sean Moriarty She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts. The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named […]
By Sean Moriarty
She is best known for promoting the county’s GAA news – and now Leona Twiss has been rewarded for her efforts.
The Gaelic Games Writers’ Association named Leona as its Public Relations Officer of the Year at an awards ceremony at Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Friday night last.
Leona has been the PRO for Kerry GAA for the last five years but will have to step down this year due to County Board rules.
“I was speechless, it was wonderful to get PRO of the Year but I am only as good as the team around me and this success is attributed to the hard work of the entire PR team at Kerry GAA,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
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By Natalya Krasnenkova On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”. That is why Ukrainians who […]
By Natalya Krasnenkova
On the eve of the final of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, President Zelensky said “Ukrainians need victory – big and small”.
That is why Ukrainians who gathered around the world on Saturday night were waiting for Ukraine’s win in the song contest, just like the victory in the war.
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“Voting around the world for Ukraine gives us hope for support from the world community not only in the Eurovision Song Contest,” said Stepan Krasnenkov.
The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra received the highest number of points from the audience during the entire existence of the competition: 439 points from the audience, 192 points from the professional jury. In the end – 631 points, which brought Ukraine victory.
Also, thanks to the Kalush Orchestra, the whole world now knows about the humanitarian catastrophe in Mariupol and the Azovstal enterprises, where wounded Ukrainian soldiers and civilians are under blockade without food, water and medicine.
After their performance, Kalush Orchestra addressed the audience from around the world with a request to save the defenders of Mariupol, who are at the Azovstal plant.
“Please help Ukraine, Mariupol! Help Azovstal! Right now!” – the band called.
After these words, search queries for Azovstal and Mariupol took off on the Internet as people were looking for what they meant.
Irish Eurovision contestant Brooke also sang it and the whole world sings the song of the winners ‘Stefania’.
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