Ashling Murphy’s tragic final post before alleged murder while jogging

Ashling Murphy’s tragic final post before alleged murder while jogging

The heartbreaking final post of a young woman killed while out exercising has been revealed as police charged a man with her alleged murder.

Tragic primary school teacher Ashling Murphy revealed the joy she felt playing music with her sister in a heartbreaking last post before she was killed.

Ashling Murphy, 23, was strangled to death in broad daylight while exercising along the Grand Canal Walk in Tullamore, Central Ireland, at about 4pm on January 12.

Before her shock death, the young woman shared a video playing the fiddle and concertina with her sister Amy with the caption: “Happiest when…”

In the three-minute clip, the pair perform a traditional Irish song in what looks like a home kitchen.

Ashling appears engrossed in the music, with her eyes closed and a smile on her face, The Sun reports.

The video, shared on Facebook in July 2020, was the last public post she wrote personally before her body was found on a canal bank in Tullamore, Co Offaly, almost 18 months later.

Jozef Puska, 31, has since been charged with the alleged murder, appearing in court in Ireland on Thursday.

Wearing a grey tracksuit and a black mask, he sat head bowed for the two-minute hearing and didn’t speak during the proceedings.

Supporters of Ashling’s family stood at the back of the elevated courtroom and held up framed pictures of the primary school teacher.

Emotional tributes have flooded in since her death, with hundreds of mourners gathering in the village of Mountbolus, Killoughey, and outside St Brigid’s Church, where Ashling’s funeral was held on Tuesday.

The priest said Ashling’s family had been robbed of their “most precious gift”.

Amy described her sister as “the light of our lives and the heart of our family”.

Ashling’s grief-stricken partner Ryan Casey also paid a graveside tribute to his girlfriend, declaring: “She will always be my soulmate.”

He went on to describe his girlfriend of five years as a “shining light” and the “greatest love of my life”.

“She was always there, always willing to help anybody, anywhere, at any time and always put herself last,” he added.

“She had so many hobbies and talents which all combined to make her an incredible, loving, beautiful person we were all so lucky to know and loved to spend as much time with as possible.

“Ashling was so much more to me than a girlfriend. She was my soulmate, she is my soulmate, she will always be my soulmate.

“She is the greatest love of my life. I will cherish the last five years we spent together my entire life.

“I hope that someday, God willing, we can be reunited once more and continue the great plans we had made for each other.

“Goodbye for now but not forever darling, as you will live on in all of our hearts and memories.”

‘Goodbye for now but not forever’

A number of items were brought up to the altar to represent Ashling’s life, including a fiddle to highlight her love of music.

Other symbols included a treasured family photo, a camogie jersey from her athletics club and a schoolbook in a nod to her teaching career.

James Hogan, Principal of Durrow National School where Ashling worked, said she as “one in a million”.

He told RTE’s News At One: “She was with us a short time and she just fitted in so well. That’ll tell you the type of person she was.

“Her personality, her bubbliness, her smile, her talent and she would reach out to any child in our community and had a great rapport with them and network with the parents.

“Anyone that knows Ashling, not only in the school setting but across the county, I’ve had calls from different countries…

“She was one in a million and had so much going for her and to think that it’s been all taken away from her, unplanned. It’s just heartbreaking.”

And former principal of the school, Frank Kelly, also said she was “adored” by the children.

Vigils have been held across Ireland and the world to remember Ashling and to call for a change in tackling gender-based violence.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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