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She was going for a run: Stirling holds a vigil for Ashling Murphy

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Stirling residents gathered in the town centre to pay tribute to Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old teacher from Ireland, who died following an assault on Wednesday afternoon in Tullamore, Ireland.

The vigil took place in front of Caffè Nero on Port Street, starting at 7p.m.

It had been attended by a few dozen people holding candles, some of whom made speeches or read poems for Ashling.

Credit: Aditi Shroff

The event was organised and advertised on Facebook by Maeve McNeill, a University of Stirling employee.

Maeve wrote on the event’s Facebook page: “The whole Island of Ireland today was devastated to hear the news of [Ashling’s] tragic passing, I know a lot of us are rocked by this because it is so close to home.

Having lived in Stirling for seven years and working at the University I know how big and close the Irish community is here in Stirling.

There are numerous vigils being held in Ireland to pay tribute to Ashling and I know a lot of you like myself will want to [attend as well].

Please invite your friends and family to come along, everyone is welcome.”

Credit: Julia Adamska/Brig Newspaper

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