A Vigil for Ashling Murphy

Tonight, Ballycran held a vigil for the late Ashling Murphy that was contemplative, reflective, sensitive and engaging as our community came together to express our sympathy for the Murphy family’s loss and wider circle of relations and friends with solidarity in our conviction to have a safer environment for all women in our communities.

Mark Egan, Club Chairperson, thanked everyone for attending and introduced Paula McKeown who read our evening prayer.  This was followed by a procession around the main pitch by a senior hurler (Liam Savage) and senior camogie player (Ciara McCarthy) to signify a journey of hope for all woman to be able to feel safe in any space.

Ballycran would like to thank everyone for attending our very special evening and a huge thanks to Paula, Peter Finnegan (sound), Jeremy Rodgers (services), the hurling committee, Emma and Marguerite and the Parish of Ardkeen for their generous use of the votives and candles.

Crowds gather in the John Mallon stand (AMV – 1)

Votive support from Ciara and Alaidh (AMV – 2)

Chairperson Mark Egan with Paula McKeown (AMV – 3)

One minute silence (AMV – 4)

Reflection as the procession gets underway (AMV – 5)

A wide representative turnout for the vigil (AMV – 6)

Liam Savage and Ciara McCarthy bring the candlelights of hope back to the stand and close our vigil (AMV – 7)

Twenty three candles for Ashling Murphy’s twenty three years (AMV – 8)


Ashling Murphy Vigil Rundown

Running order 20th January 2022

Car park opens for direction by hurling committee at 6:15pm

Assembly loop played by Peter

Attendees pickup candle votives from Emma and Marge

Mark Egan thanks attendees for coming in memory of Ashling and solidarity from everyone against acts of violence and abuse towards women in our society and introduces Paula McKeown

Paula McKeown (prayer)

Mark Egan calls for 1 minute silence

Mark Egan announces that the procession around the pitch signifies a journey of hope for all women to be able to feel safe in any space

Mark Egan thanks everyone for attending, safe journey home

Peter plays the disassembly tracks


Marge and Michael out at 4pm for votive and lamp check

Jeremy, Peter and Michael out at 5:30pm for power and audio



Assembly – Idir Deighric ‘Gus Breo” (Florie Brown), Mist on the highlands (Florie Brown), Air: Bruach na Canraige Báine (Fiddle and Flute) (various)

Procession – The promise (Fiddle and Flute), Jump the broom (Beoga), Valhalla (Beoga)

Disassembly – Ballymacaldrick (Beoga)