What happened to Ashling Murphy? What we know about murder of teacher in Tullamore - as suspect arrested

The funeral of school teacher Ashling Murphy was held on Tuesday, with the arrest taking place hours after

Irish police investigating the death of Ashling Murphy have arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of murder.

Ashling was a 23-year-old primary teacher at Durrow National School, and was from from Tullamore in County Offaly, Ireland.

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Her body was found by authorities on Wednesday afternoon on the banks of the Grand Canal in Cappincur.

Tens of thousands of people have also attended vigils in recent days to honour Ashling.

Here is everything you need to know about the situation.

The funeral of murdered teacher Ashling Murphy took place on Tuesday.

What is the latest development in the inquiry?

The arrest comes hours after the 23-year-old’s funeral took place.

Irish police said the man, aged in his 30s, is being questioned in Tullamore garda station in Co Offaly.

On Monday police asked anyone who saw a man dressed in black tracksuit top with no hood, black tracksuit bottoms with a large white stripe or white writing on the side and black runners to come forward.

Officers have asked members of the public whether they saw this man walking in the Tullamore area, or if they gave the man a lift on the evening last Wednesday.

The gardai had said at the weekend that the investigation had made “significant progress”

Floral tributes and candles are left after a vigil outside the London Irish Centre in Camden.

Where was Ashling’s funeral?

Crowds gathered for the funeral in the village of Mountbolus, and outside St Brigid’s Church, where Ashling’s funeral mass was taking place.

Irish president Michael D Higgins and Irish premier Micheal Martin were among those in attendance.

Children outside the church held photographs of Ashling and roses. The message next to her image read: “Fly high in the sky, Our shining light.”

Representatives from Ashling’s local Gaelic football club as well as from her old school attended at the parish church of Saint Brigid.

Schoolchildren provided a guard of honour outside the church prior to the funeral. A number of children also held fiddles and tin whistles.

Ms Murphy’s sister paid tribute to her on social media.

Amy Murphy described Ashling as the “light of our lives and the heart of our family”.

She asked musicians attending the funeral to bring their instrument and play music at the town’s lower cemetery after the funeral.

Ms Murphy’s parents Raymond and Kathleen, and siblings Amy and Cathal and her boyfriend Ryan were among the chief mourners.

Teacher unions urged schools across Ireland to observe a minute of silence in her memory.

Mourners walk beside the hearse as the cortege arrives at St Brigid’s Church, Mountbolus, Co Offaly, for the funeral of Ashling Murphy.

What have others said about the situation?

Ashling’s death has sparked fresh conversations about the safety of women in Ireland.

Vigils took place across Ireland and beyond on Saturday in memory of Ashling.

Park Run runners in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland held moments of silence on Saturday morning for Ms Murphy.

Later, people gathered at locations across Ireland on Saturday afternoon to remember Ms Murphy, with hundreds attending a vigil in Cork on Saturday morning.

Vigils have spread beyond Ireland in recent days, with events organised in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as in Brisbane, Australia.

At a vigil in north London on Saturday, people held candles and stood in silent tribute outside the London Irish Centre.

Traditional music was played in honour of Ms Murphy, a talented fiddle player, while some of the crowd quietly sang or hummed along.

Park Run participants at Orangefield Park in Belfast observe a silence in memory of murdered primary school teacher 23-year-old Ashling Murphy.

Thousands of people gathered in the late afternoon in Tullamore, Dublin, and Belfast on Friday, as Ireland continues to reel from the murder of Ms Murphy.

Ms Murphy’s family attended a candlelit vigil near the murder scene on Friday evening.

A woman lays flowers at the scene where Ashling’s body was found in Wednesday afternoon. (Credit: PA)

At the event, her father Ray Murphy paid a poignant tribute to the talented young musician by performing her favourite song on the banjo.

He broke down in tears while playing the final chords of When You Were Sweet Sixteen.

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