Runners across the island of Ireland take a break in memory of Ashling Murphy | Ireland

Runners across the island of Ireland took a break in memory of 23-year-old Ashling Murphy on Saturday, with additional guards organized following the murder of the teacher.

Irish police continue to hunt down Murphy’s killer, who was found dead after running a ride on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, County Offaly.

Garda said it had made “significant progress” in its investigation amid reports that detectives had identified a person of interest.

Gardai said they did not release details for operational reasons.

Park Run runners in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and beyond kept quiet moments Saturday morning for Murphy.

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

On Saturday afternoon, a guard will also be held in London.

Thousands of people gathered late in the afternoon in Tullamore, Dublin and Belfast on Friday, while Ireland continues to wind down from the murder of Murphy, echoing the national accounts unleashed in Britain last year by the murder of Sarah Everard.

Events also took place in Belfast, Dublin and other cities across the island of Ireland on Friday.

Murphy’s family attended a candlelight vigil near the murder scene Friday night.

Her father, Ray Murphy, paid tribute to the talented young musician by performing her favorite song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, on the banjo.

Musicians at an Ashling Murphy memorial outside government buildings in Dublin. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters

The Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, has said the assassination has “united the nation in solidarity and disgust”.

“No stone will be left unturned in bringing this investigation to an end and bringing the person responsible for this to justice,” he said Friday.

Michelle O’Neill, Stormont’s Deputy Prime Minister, said at the Belfast vigil: “I think the sheer fact that people across every town, village and county across this island today gather in large numbers for to remember Ashling Murphy shows that women have had enough. We have the right to feel safe, we have the right to be safe. We have the right to run. We have the right to go to work and feel safe, we “has the right to go to the stores and feel safe. I think this is a landmark moment in our society today.”

Murphy’s death has sparked a new debate on women’s safety in Ireland, with many asking how such an attack could happen in broad daylight.

“We as a society need to face that. There is an epidemic of violence against women. It has been going on for millennia, quite frankly, “said Leo Varadkar, Deputy Prime Minister, on Friday.

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