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‘How could he kill those poor boys?’

Father who killed wife and three sons pinned note to door warning visitors to call gardaí

Paul Williams

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

Alan Hawe is pictured with his sons Ryan (6), Liam (13), and Niall (11).
Alan Hawe is pictured with his sons Ryan (6), Liam (13), and Niall (11).

A father who killed his wife and three sons before taking his own life pinned a note to the back door of the family home warning any visitor to call the gardaí.

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The Hawe family tragedy has shocked the small community of Ballyjamesduff in Co Cavan.

It is suspected that mother and primary school teacher Clodagh and her children Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) Hawe were all murdered by their father Alan Hawe, a primary school deputy principal, before he took his own life at their home in Oakdene, Barconey outside Ballyjamesduff.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John O'Driscoll confirmed a number of objects found in the house are being examined as gardaí piece together the tragic family's final moments.

"We are not looking for anybody else. We believe all the answers are within that house," he said. "The most likely scenario is that one person in that house may have caused the death of others."

The three brothers were found in two bedrooms upstairs and their parents were discovered in separate rooms downstairs.

A distressed neighbour expressed the question many in the local community were asking last night, saying: "How could he kill those poor boys?"

Last night, a local source said Mr Hawe is believed to have had a history of mental health issues.

The Hawes were described as a "salt of the earth family" by neighbours who knew them and were actively involved in the local GAA and basketball community.

If you have been affected by issues raised in this article, please contact The Samaritans on freephone 116 123

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