A walk in memory of murdered Irish woman Jill Meagher will be held in her home town of Drogheda, 30 miles north of Dublin, later this month.
It is being organised by former school friends who were inspired by the march in Melbourne where 30,000 people took to the streets to remember her.
“We want her family in Australia as well as her family in Ireland to know they have our support and that we will never forget her,” said Joan Farrell, who met Jill in Transition Year at St Oliver's Community College in Drogheda.
The one kilometre route will start at the gates of St Oliver's and culminate with a symbolic gesture to honour her, possibly the release of a large number of balloons in a public park on the ramparts, beside the river Boyne.
Fellow organiser Shane McQuillan said he remembered Jill as “always having a smile on her face, I never saw her in a bad mood. I don't think there was a person in the school who did not get on with her.”
He watched as the news unfolded first about her disappearance and then her murder.
“The time zones make it difficult; as we go to sleep, Melbourne is waking up so they find out information before we do so you feel a bit helpless here,” he said.
“You feel there is nothing you do from so far away and all we in Drogheda felt we could do was share her picture.”
Along with thousands of people around the world, Mr McQuillan watched the streets of Melbourne fill last Sunday with people who refused to forget her.
“After that there was conversation between me and a couple of school friends and we decided why don't we do something in the town itself, because a lot of people have contacted us and been talking about it (the march),” he said.
They are liaising with the local authority and the gardai (police) on the finer details of the walk but expect it will be in the afternoon of October 21.
Among those hoping to attend is former school friend Elizabeth Wallace, who now lives in Florida.
She said: “I will always remember Jill for her cute Australian accent and her infectious laugh. She was such a sweet and kind girl who never passed any judgment on anyone. I was so so happy to reconnect with her and my other friends from school over Facebook.”
“It has been a hard week; a living nightmare learning each detail of her disappearance. I'm completely heartbroken for her family and her husband. I'm hoping I can attend this walk in honour of her life. It would mean a lot to me to be there and be with my school mates during this time.”
Information on the walk will be posted on the Facebook 'Walk in honour of Jill Meagher (McKeon)' page.
Meanwhile, details of the memorial tomorrow evening in Drogheda are being finalised by her family in Ireland today.