More than €2,000 raised for Ashling Murphy trust fund ahead of concert

This weekend’s Tullamore Tradfest to celebrate life and music of young teacher

A trust fund set up by the family of Ashling Murphy, a primary school teacher who was killed while out for a run in her home town of Tullamore in January, has raised more than €2,000.

Ms Murphy was involved in the arts and had performed traditional music in public for many years.

Her family, friends and groups she performed with are due to feature at this weekend’s Tullamore Tradfest to celebrate her life and music.

The festival will run from Friday to Sunday and will conclude with the concert celebrating the life and music of Ashling Murphy in the Tullamore Court Hotel.

Tickets for the event were made available for free and booked up within minutes.

To facilitate those who are unable to join in person at the concert, the festival organisers plan to live-stream the event on YouTube with the support of Hymany Films and TG4.

Those attending the live concert or joining the live stream are asked to donate to the Ashling Murphy Memorial Trust by donating to the GoFundMe campaign.

Ashling’s family will administer the donations to causes and organisations “relevant to Ashling’s memory”.

In a post on Facebook, Tullamore Tradfest organisers said they felt "privileged to be the first organisation to fundraise for the Ashling Murphy Memorial Trust".

In late March, Jozef Puska (31) with an address of Lynally Grove, Mucklagh, Co Offaly, was remanded in custody pending preparation for his trial after being charged with Ms Murphy's murder.