Saturday 24 February 2018

Empty crisp bag a forlorn keepsake of happiness

Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll holds a Crisp Bag, the last thing that her Grandson Ryan (6) touched before he left her home on the night of his Murder by his Father Alan Hawe.
Clodagh Hawe’s mother Mary Coll holds a Crisp Bag, the last thing that her Grandson Ryan (6) touched before he left her home on the night of his Murder by his Father Alan Hawe.
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The mother of Clodagh Hawe, Mary Coll, has kept an empty crisp packet as a keepsake from the last time she saw her daughter and her grandson alive and happy.

Mary keeps the small packet of Hunky Dorys Salt and Vinegar in a drawer in her kitchen.

"That's the last thing Ryan ate," she said as she placed the packet down on the table.

"He had them in the living room there and made them last all evening," Mary said with sadness.

"After he had them he told me they were his favourite, and I asked him to put the bag in the bin."

When Mary returned home from the crime scene, she saw the crisp packet.

"After I got back from their house after they were killed, I spotted it on the top of the bin and it looked so sad. I picked it out and now I can't throw it away," she told the Irish Independent.

On the dark-grey fridge. a homemade card shines out, held in place by magnets.

A red love heart in crayon, surrounded with a pink line, and then a purple line. 'I Love You' written in multicoloured writing on the bottom.

On the inside, written in childish but neat writing, is the date. July 2016. Just weeks before their deaths.

"I wasn't well, and Ryan made me that card," said Mary. "It's been there since."

Irish Independent

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