Scholarship in memory of tragic Limerick graduate Ashling Murphy

The late Ashling Murphy at Mary Immaculate College on her graduation day.

LIMERICK’S Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) have launched an entrance scholarship in memory of Ashling Murphy who graduated as a primary teacher from MIC three months before she was tragically killed.

The €4,000 scholarship will be awarded to a first year Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) student for their exceptional achievement and talent in the field of traditional Irish music.

Applications will open on Wednesday, November 30 and close on September 1 on the year of entry to MIC.

MIC President Professor Eugene Wall said that in launching the scholarship, the Limerick college would continue to cherish Ashling’s memory and her many accomplishments, her love of music and her skills as an educator.

“Ashling exemplified the qualities of what it means to be an excellent primary teacher. She was warm, caring, vivacious, conscientious and so lavishly talented. We’re uniquely fortunate in this country to attract student teachers of Ashling’s calibre and we are pleased that this scholarship in her memory will benefit those who share her passions,” he added.

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Professor Wall undertook to create an annual scholarship in Ashling’s memory at a vigil at MIC last January, which was attended by her family, friends, class-mates, Minister Simon Harris and the wider public.

INTO General Secretary John Boyle said they felt it was important to honour Ashling Murphy’s memory in a lasting way.

“On behalf of our members across the country, we hope this scholarship will serve as a lasting tribute to Ashling, her family and all who knew her.”

More information on the Ashling Murphy scholarship here