Vigil in memory of Ashling Murphy to be held on campus this evening

Books of condolences for the Murphy family are open this week

A vigil for Ashling Murphy is to take place this evening from 6pm on campus.

Students and staff are invited to attend the vigil outside the 1937 Reading Room in memory of Ms Murphy.

Announced on social media, the vigil has been organised by Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) and the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU). 

This afternoon, the College Chaplains also announced that books of condolences would be open for the family of Ashling Murphy from today until next Thursday 27 January. 

In an email, the Chaplains invited students and staff to sign a book as a “small, but helpful, sign of solidarity for Ashling’s family as they walk these difficult days, months and years”. 

The Chaplains said: “As a local community buries a treasured young woman, we are mindful of how the immeasurable pain of a family carries into local, national and even international experience.”


“The awful murder of Ashling Murphy has not only dramatically changed the lives of a family and of a local community. The brutality also speaks to all forms of violence against women in our nation and around the world”, the email continued. 

The Chaplains added: “It can be hard to know exactly what to do in such times, save self-decision to do all we personally can to make our world safer and more fair for women. As chaplains, we stand with all who face discrimination in all its forms.”

Books will be available on the steps on the College Chapel in Front Square, and in the Watts Building (Academic Registry), before being passed onto the Murphy family.

Ashling Murphy was fatally assaulted while jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly, last Wednesday 12 January. 

There has been a national outpouring of grief and anger since her death, with hundreds of vigils organised across the country and world. The murder has provoked conversations about tackling gender-based violence against women. 

Last night, Jozef Puska was charged with the murder of the 23 year old teacher at Tullamore District Court.

Sarah Emerson

Sarah Emerson is currently a Deputy News Editor of Trinity News. She is a Senior Sophister English Literature and Jewish and Islamic Civilizations Student.