The funeral of murdered school teacher Ashling Murphy will be live streamed tomorrow morning, and her family are appealing for privacy at this difficult time.
The funeral will take place in St Brigid’s Church, Mountbolus on Tuesday at 11am, close to her home in Cully, Blueball, Co Offaly.
The 23-year-old, who was killed while out jogging along the Grand Canal in Tullamore last Wednesday, has been reposing at the family home since Sunday.
Her family are appealing for privacy at the house on Tuesday morning prior to the funeral Mass. The family have also asked for family flowers only at the funeral.
A controlled traffic plan will be in place in the village of Mountbolus on Tuesday. The requiem mass will be live-streamed, and audio will play outside the church for the anticipated crowds.
Meanwhile, all of the main education and teaching unions have called for a minute’s silence across schools and colleges tomorrow, to honour Ashling’s memory.
All schools across the country are being asked to observe a minute’s silence at 11am on Tuesday.
“We are encouraging schools to fall silent to remember a beloved primary school teacher, taken far too soon, and show our solidarity with her friends, family, colleagues and pupils as Ashling is laid to rest,” the unions said in a statement.
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland, FÓRSA and the Teachers’ Union of Ireland are urging all schools and colleges to join in the tribute.
The Garda investigation into the murder of remains focused heavily on a man being treated for a variety of wounds in a Dublin hospital.
His DNA was being cross-checked against a DNA profile taken from the crime scene and forensic evidence on a mountain bike found there and believed to have been used by the killer.