Communities across Donegal are to hold candlelight vigils today in memory of Ashling Murphy.

There has been an outpouring of grief nationwide following the horrific murder of the 23-year-old teacher in Tullamore.

The shocking events have led to groups organising gatherings to send solidarity to her family and to remember all those who have died by gender-based violence.

A virtual #LightUpforAshling vigil will take place across Donegal, led by the Donegal Women’s Centre. Staff will light candles in the centre at 4pm and invite people to join by placing a candle in the window of your home/business.

In-person gatherings will be held at:

  • Donegal Town, The Diamond at 6.30pm. Organised by Angela Mulreany.
  • Ardara, The Diamond, 5pm. Organised by Senator Eileen Flynn, who asks people attending to please bring a candle.
  • Letterkenny, Market Square, 7pm. Letterkenny CDP are organising a candlelit vigil.
  • Buncrana Shore Front, 4pm.
  • Carndonagh Town Centre, 8pm
  • Killea Grotto, 4pm

In Derry, a vigil has been organised by Derry For Choice at the Guidhall Steps at 4pm.

A candlelight vigil will also take place outside Leinster House at 4pm this afternoon.

The Donegal Women’s Centre offers support to anyone affected by men’s violence against women. Call the listening ear service on 0749124985

If you are organising a vigil, please send details to to be added to this list.