The CCAO Electric Ireland Third Level Camogie announced yesterday that the previously unnamed Division 5 Cup will officially be named the “Ashling Murphy Cup.” Ashling played camogie for her local club Kilcormac/Killoughey and represented Mary Immaculate College at collegiate level.
Ashling’s passing shook the country to its core, especially women and girls who have often found themselves “just going for a run.” The Camogie Association said in a statement that they hope the renaming of this competition can be a celebration of Ashling’s life, her achievements and the sport she played and loved.
They also thanked both the Murphy family for their approval and Mary Immaculate College for their kind donation of the trophy.
Uachtarán an Cumann Camógaíochta Hilda Breslin thanked the Murphy family, CCAO and Mary Immaculate College.
“Ashling’s tragic death was deeply felt by the camogie community, most especially by her teammates, club, county and Mary Immaculate College where she had played. Our thoughts will always be with Ashling’s family, friends, club and wider community. Since Ashling’s death her family with great courage and dignity have sought to raise both the issue of violence towards women but also celebrate the wonderful life of Ashling. Ashling’s accomplishments, her generosity of spirit and her love of Irish culture which touched so many. The naming of the CCAO cup in her honour is a fitting tribute. It will also continue to highlight the responsibility of all of us within society to ensure a safe environment for women.
We look forward to the CCAO Third Level Electric Ireland finals in UCD this weekend, it promises to be a wonderful weekend of skill, action, excitement with Third Level Camogie rightly taking centre stage in our national calendar.”
The #SheWasGoingForARun campaign, launched by Her Sport, Gorm Media, and Human Collective, aims to actively combat violence against women by raising awareness, community building, and fundraising. On 18th February 2023, we will host commemorative runs/walks across the nation in honour of Ashling Murphy and all other victims of gender-based violence. To donate or get involved visit run.hersport.ie. All funds raised will go to Women's Aid.