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Vigils in Ireland and beyond for Ashling Murphy

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Runners across the island of Ireland took a break on Saturday to commemorate 23-year-old Ashling Murphy and more vigils were organized following the murder of the Co Offaly teacher.

Irish police are continuing their search for the killer of Ms Murphy, who was found dead after walking on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Lake Garda said it has made “significant progress” in its investigation but has not released details for operational reasons.

Gardai are understood to have identified a new person of interest who is currently in hospital and is awaiting to speak to him.

Park Run runners in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and beyond held minutes of silence for Ms Murphy on Saturday morning.

Hundreds of people also gathered in Cork on Saturday morning for a vigil, with more planned for the weekend in towns and villages.

A vigil will also be held in London on Saturday afternoon.

Thousands of people gathered in Tullamore, Dublin and Belfast late Friday afternoon as Ireland continues to be rocked by the murder of Ms Murphy.

Ms Murphy’s family attended a candlelit vigil near the scene of the crime on Friday night.

At the event, her father, Ray Murphy, paid a poignant tribute to the talented young musician by performing her favorite song on the banjo.

He burst into tears playing the closing chords of When You Were Sweet Sixteen.

Mr Murphy, along with his wife Kathleen and daughter Amy, walked to the opposite side of the canal where his daughter was attacked and died on Wednesday.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin said the killing “united the nation in solidarity and revulsion”.

“We will do everything we can to complete this investigation and bring the person responsible to justice,” he said on Friday.

Politicians have promised that the Gardai will be given all the resources needed to find the killer.

Ms Murphy’s death has sparked fresh debate about women’s safety in Ireland, with many wondering how such an attack could have happened in broad daylight.

“We have to face that as a society. There is an epidemic of violence against women. It’s been like this for thousands of years, to be honest,” Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said on Friday.

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