Tuesday 22 August 2017

Killer dad's body exhumed - 'now family can rest in peace'

Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam (15), Niall (11) and Ryan (6)
Alan Hawe with his wife Clodagh and their children Liam (15), Niall (11) and Ryan (6)
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The tragic wife and sons of killer Alan Hawe can "finally rest in peace" since his body was exhumed from the local graveyard, relatives said.

Mr Hawe (40) killed his wife Clodagh (39) and children Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) in a tragic murder-suicide at their home in the townland of Castlerahan, near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan.

He then left a note on the back door of their home telling whoever see it to ring gardaí, and killed himself inside the house.

The family were all buried together side by side in the same plot in the small graveyard in the local St Mary's Church after the killings last August.

But yesterday Mr Hawe's body was exhumed at dawn.

Mrs Hawe's sister Jacqueline Connolly and mother Mary Coll requested that Mr Hawe's remains be removed a short time after the funeral last September. A licence was granted in March to do so.

They had requested that the body be removed ahead of Easter Sunday but this did not happen.

"Niall should have made his Confirmation in April. Liam should be preparing for his Junior Cert, all his class are doing it in a couple of weeks," Mrs Hawe's sister Jacqueline said.

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"Clodagh should have celebrated her 40th last month.

"Our beautiful Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan should still be alive.

"At least now they can finally rest in peace."

Meanwhile, Mr Hawe's family have now revealed they have been the subject of threats from anonymous people since the tragedy.

The Co Kilkenny family also insist that they played no part in the decision about where he was to be buried after the deaths, and claim they exhumed his body when requested to do so.

The statement, issued by solicitor Michael Lannigan on behalf of the Hawe family, confirmed the exhumation took place on foot of a licence granted by Cavan County Council.

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"The Hawe family had been requested by the Coll family to make that application.

"The Hawes agreed. The Hawe family had not previously been involved in the decision as to where Alan was buried.

"Over the last number of months the parents of Alan Hawe have received threats from persons unknown which have added to the devastating losses that they have suffered of their son, grandchildren and daughter-in-law.

"They would hope that they, and the Coll family, would now be left in peace," it added.

In their statement, the Hawe family denied that they alone decided when and how the body should be removed.

"The timing of the exhumation was decided by the professionals who dealt with the exhumation and in that regard there was no substance to any suggestion that it was delayed for any reason by the Hawes," the family statement said.

The statement went on to say that the Hawe family now wish to be "left in peace" before adding the tragic deaths will be the subject of an inquest later this year.

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Irish Independent

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