Thursday 27 April 2017

Family to set up refuge in memory of murdered Clodagh and sons

Family are planning to run the Women's Mini marathon to raise funds for much-needed Co Cavan home

Clodagh Hawe with her boys Liam, Niall and Ryan
Clodagh Hawe with her boys Liam, Niall and Ryan
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The sister and mother of a young woman murdered alongside her three children at their home has revealed that they plan to source a refuge for victims of domestic abuse in Co Cavan in their memory.

Clodagh Hawe (39) and her three sons  Liam (14) Niall (11) and six-year-old Ryan, were killed by husband and father Alan Hawe in a frenzied attack inside the family home in Co Cavan last August 29.

Now, exactly six months on from the brutal murder suicide, the family say they are now hoping to raise funds to help others.

Her sister Jacqueline Connolly told Independent.ie: "We are in the very early stages of setting up a committee with the view to doing the Women's mini marathon in June in memory of Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan.

"We hope to raise funds from this and going forward with the view to setting up a refuge in Cavan."

Ms Connolly revealed that there is currently no facility in Co Cavan for victims of domestic abuse.

"One woman per day from Cavan is turned away from other refuges due to lack of accommodation and facilities. We are acutely aware that men are also victims of domestic violence," she said.

According to the Anglo Celt her death is one of six in the county in the past 10 years where it’s alleged that women were killed by a male partner or a man known to them.

There is no emergency refuge accommodation in either Cavan or Monaghan, with the nearest centre located in Navan, Co Meath or Dundalk and Drogheda, Co Louth.

The family are fundraising online and they have set themselves a target of €50,000 for a Women's aid charity.

They have already raised almost €17,000 and are hopeful of reaching their target.

On the page, Jacqueline and her mother Mary write: "Clodagh was strong and beautiful inside and out and was so loving. She was warm, loving, bright and capable and she was bringing her boys Liam, Niall and Ryan, up to have those same qualities. They will live on and her strength will live on.

"We want their deaths to help other women who are living in fear and isolation in their own homes. So please support our fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid."

Today Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone confirmed that support services for victims of sexual, domestic and gender based violence are to receive €22.1m in funding for the current year. 

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Funding has been increased by €1.5m on last year.

Speaking in the Dáil Minister Zappone said the money will be used by Family Agency Tusla to support frontline services, improve supports for victims within the Courts system as well as meeting the needs of minority communities.

She added: "Supporting  and protecting victims and their families is a key priority for me in the negotiations for Government and the provision of extra supports is another step to ensuring that those confronted with violence are offered proper supports and protections."

You can donate to Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan's cause here

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