A local candle company has donated 500 candles to the gathering.
The country is united in its grief for Ashling Murphy.
That's the message coming from a vigil in the town park in Tullamore this evening, with more gatherings planned in all corners of the country in the coming hours.
Gardaí continue their investigation into the murder of the 23-year-old schoolteacher, saying they've received good information about a bike that's of significant interest to them.
Speaking from the vigil is Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council Declan Harvey:
A local candle company has donated 500 candles to the gathering in the Town Park, while a number of local bands have come together to play music for the crowd.
Thousands have gathered in Tullamore to show their support to the family of Ashling Murphy.— Midlands103 (@Midlands103) January 14, 2022
“The country is united in its grief” the message being relayed from attendees. pic.twitter.com/OYwgXf82mW
Flowers, candles and written messages are being left at a shrine to the primary school teacher who was murdered when out for a run on Wednesday.
Among the thousands that gathered are these women at the vigil in Tullamore went to school with Ashling.