Death – Woman, 20s, dies following daylight assault at popular Offaly jogging route

Death – Obituary

A man has been arrested after a woman out jogging was killed in an apparently random daylight attack on the banks of the Grand Canal in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

The incident happened at around 4pm, with the woman – understood to be in her 20s – seriously assaulted.

Gardaí confirmed at 7.40pm that she had died. A murder investigation is now underway.

A man in his 40s has been arrested and is being detained for questioning in connection with the incident.

Gardaí quickly closed off the area on the banks of the Grand Canal, between the town centre and Boland’s Lock. 

The body of the woman remains at the scene tonight and gardaí said the scene would be preserved overnight for further examination on Thursday.

The Office of the State Pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have also been notified.

A murder investigation is now underway and an incident room has been established at Tullamore Garda Station under a Senior Investigating Officer and a family liaison officer has been appointed and is liaising with the family of the deceased.

The violent incident, which took place on the greenway regularly used by walkers and runners, has shocked people in the town and beyond.

Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, tweeted: “My thoughts tonight are with the family of the young woman killed in a truly shocking crime, with her friends and with her community. 

“Please anyone with information, come forward to An Garda Síochána. The Gardai will investigate this awful crime and ensure justice is done.”

Cllr Neil Feighery, who lives in Tullamore, said: “It is a terrible, terrible act of savagery. I am absolutely gutted and gobsmacked. I think the whole community is in shock”.

“My sympathies and thoughts and prayers go out to the family.”

Fianna Fáil Cllr Tony McCormack said the greenway where the incident happened was very popular and was used by people throughout the day and into the nighttime.

Cllr Declan Harvey, the Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, said he used the greenway regularly and that it had “kept people sane” during lockdown when people used it frequently.

“I think from now on people will be nervous about walking there,” he said. “I am in shock.”

Gardaí are appealing for any person with any information on this fatal assault to come forward. In particular, Gardaí are appealing to any persons that were in the Cappincur/canal walk area of Tullamore before 4pm on Wednesday to contact them.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.