Tuesday 24 October 2017

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

Clodagh Hawe. Photo: Jacqueline Connolly/Facebook
Clodagh Hawe. Photo: Jacqueline Connolly/Facebook
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The sister and mother of a young woman murdered alongside her three children by her husband 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 inside the family home in Co Cavan on August 29 last.

Six months on from the brutal murder-suicide, the family said they were hoping to help others.

Clodagh's sister Jacqueline Connolly said: "We are in the very early stages of setting up a committee with a 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, with a view to setting up a refuge in Cavan."

Ms Connolly said there was no facility in Co Cavan for victims of domestic abuse.

"One woman a day from Cavan is turned away from other refuges due to lack of accommodation and facilities," she said.

The family have set themselves a target of €50,000 for a Women's Aid charity.

Read more: 'One woman per day from Cavan is turned away' - Clodagh Hawe's mum and sister reveal plans for shelter in their memory

On the donation page, Jacqueline and her mother say the deaths made them want "to help other women who are living in fear and isolation in their own homes".

You can donate at https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/in-memory-of-clodagh-liam-niall-and-ryan

Irish Independent

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