Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has sent his condolences to Ashling Murphy’s friends and family after his side’s win against Castres Olympique.
Ashling Murphy, a 23-year-old teacher, was murdered while going on a run in Tullamore, County Offaly on Wednesday afternoon. The incident has shocked the country, with vigils taking part across Ireland to grieve her death.
O’Mahony was speaking after Munster’s win against Castres in the Heineken Champions Cup and admitted that there was a “sombre mood” in the team’s dressing room.
Peter O’Mahony sends condolences to Ashling Murphy’s loved ones.
“Yeah look, we’re certainly happy with the performance, or certainly happy with the win but I suppose given everything that’s gone on at home there’s a little bit of a sombre mood in our dressing room,” O’Mahony said.
“We weren’t able to be part in all the tributes and vigils for Ashling Murphy at home. The shocking act that happened. She was part of our community in Limerick having gone to Mary I and I’m sure everyone’s thoughts are with her family.
“Particularly on behalf of everyone in the dressing room in Munster Rugby our thoughts are with Ashling’s parents, family, extended family and friends. Thoughts are with ye.”
Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has offered his condolences on behalf of the squad and everyone at Munster Rugby to the family & friends of Mary Immaculate College graduate Ashling Murphy following her tragic death on Wednesday.
RIP Ashling Murphy. pic.twitter.com/VzjhOYQyly
— Munster Rugby (@Munsterrugby) January 14, 2022
Gardaí investigations into the murder are ongoing.
A man had been arrested in relation to the murder, but was later released by the gardaí and is no longer considered to be a suspect.
According to the Irish Independent, a new suspect has been identified and is linked to a bicycle that gardaí have made repeated appeals about.