Ashling Murphy: Teacher’s tragic last post before being killed while jogging

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Ashling Murphy shared a clip on Facebook of her playing a traditional Irish song with her sister. The 23-year-old teacher was killed while out jogging on the banks of Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland

School teacher Ashling Murphy’s last social media post before she was killed was a tribute to her love of music, it has emerged.

The 23-year-old was killed while out jogging, with her body found on the banks of Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Ireland, on January 12.

Her final Facebook post in July 2020 was a video showing her and her sister playing the fiddle and concertina with the caption: “Happiest when….”

The pair were performing a traditional Irish song in a kitchen.

Ashling is smiling with her eyes closed.

Jozef Puska, 31, has been charged with her murder.

On Tuesday, large crowds gathered in the village of Mountbolus and outside St Brigid’s Church, where her funeral was held.

Mourners included Irish President Michael D Higgins and premier Micheal Martin.

Addressing those who had gathered for her funeral, heartbroken boyfriend Ryan Casey broke down in tears as he said Ashling was the light of all the lives of those who knew her.

He said she was “always there and always willing to help and put herself last”.

He said Ashling was “so much more to me than a girlfriend”, adding “she is my soulmate, will always be my soulmate, she is the greatest love of my life”.

Around 40 people walked along the canal on Wednesday 19, close to where her body was found, to mark a week since her death.

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

Puska was heckled as he was taken from a Garda car to a special sitting of Tullamore District Court on Wednesday evening.

A large crowd gathered outside the courthouse as he was taken away by gardai.

Detective Sergeant David Scahill gave evidence of the arrest and charge.

He told the court the accused was charged with murder at 7.42pm on Wednesday.

Det Sgt Scahill told the court that when he was charged with the offence, Puska replied: “No.”

Defence solicitor Eoin Lysaght made an application for legal aid and for the services of an interpreter for the future court appearance.

The court was told that Puska, who was wearing a grey jumper and grey tracksuit bottoms, is a Slovakian national.

A statement of his means was provided to the court during the brief hearing.

District Judge Catherine Staines remanded Puska in custody to appear at Cloverhill District Court on January 26.

A number of family members stood in court with framed pictures of Ms Murphy.

A second man, arrested under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939, has been released without charge.

A file is to be prepared for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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Surjo Das

Surjo Das is a Digital Media Publisher and freelance copywriter. He has been working in the publishing industry for over 5 years now, holding various positions at different publishing houses Worldwide. His work experience includes managing marketing campaigns, content development, and website maintenance for various industries including healthcare, IT, finance, and education. He also offers to ghostwrite services to help aspiring authors get their books published while maintaining creative control over the project.

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