A Laois hair and beauty salon is planning a fundraiser for Women’s Aid in memory of the late Ashling Murphy.
The 23-year-old Offaly primary school teacher was murdered in Tullamore on Wednesday when she was out for a run.
Redmond’s Hair and Beauty, established in 2008 and located on Main Street in Portlaoise, are behind the fundraiser.
So on Friday January 21, they will donate 50% of their takings to Women’s Aid.
They said: “I think the nation agrees that we were all shook to hear the most heartbreaking news of what happened to the young, enthusiastic and beautiful Ashling Murphy this week.
She only went for a run…
“In light of this, on Friday the 21st of January us girls at Redmonds hair and beauty are going to donate 50% of our takings made that day to Womens Aid. Women standing by women.
“As a team of only women this is very close to our hearts and we count our lucky stars everyday.
“On this day there will also be a table with tea/coffee and cakes displayed with a donation box if anyone want to just pop in and make a donation.
“We will also have some tea light candles. You can take one and put it in the window for display. At the end of the day (8pm) We will then light every candle and leave them to burn for 23 minutes as our mark of respect.
“You will be able to see the candles lighting through our salon window and our team at Redmonds will be standing side by side for the 23 minutes.
“If anyone wants to stop by outside the shop to stand with us, you are more than welcome to join. This will be happening at 8pm.
“We will also have a box both inside and out the salon if anyone wants to drop off a candle, flower or card paying tributes, we will be bringing these over to Tullamore.
“We can’t change the world but we will do what we can to support women at risk and to build a better future. We would like to thank our clients for supporting us always.”