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Wife-killer Eamonn Lillis counts final hours to prison release

Published 09/04/2015 | 02:30

Eamonn Lillis. Photo Collins
Eamonn Lillis. Photo Collins
Eamonn Lillis
The house in Howth where Celine was killed
Celine Cawley pictured shortly before her death
Two of Lillis's watercolour paintings were exhibited in Kilmainham Gaol
‘Browsing’, a work by ‘EL’ – who it is thought could be Eamonn Lillis (left) – at the prison art exhibition. Picture: Arthur Carron

WIFE-killer Eamonn Lillis was last night counting his final hours in his prison cell in west Dublin as he prepared for his walk to freedom.

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Lillis (57), a father of one, was jailed for killing his wife, Celine Cawley at their home in Windgate Road, Howth, in north Dublin in December 2008. It is expected that the prison authorities will set him free from Wheatfield jail in the coming days.

He was sentenced to a prison term of six years and 11 months in February 2010 after a jury found him guilty of the manslaughter of his wife. He had been charged with her murder.

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Celine Cawley pictured shortly before her death
Celine Cawley pictured shortly before her death

Lillis has been regarded as a model prisoner during his stay and as a result of good behaviour, he qualifies for a remission of a quarter of his sentence.

He has studied literacy and taken part in art courses, including an exhibition of prisoners' paintings.

Two of Lillis's watercolour paintings were exhibited in
Kilmainham Gaol
Two of Lillis's watercolour paintings were exhibited in Kilmainham Gaol
‘Browsing’, a work by ‘EL’ – who it is thought could be Eamonn Lillis (left) – at the prison art exhibition. Picture: Arthur Carron
‘Browsing’, a work by ‘EL’ – who it is thought could be Eamonn Lillis (left) – at the prison art exhibition. Picture: Arthur Carron

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