Monday 11 December 2017

'You might be gone from our lives but never from our hearts' - Classmates in tribute to tragic Liam Hawe

Clodagh Hawe with her sons Niall, Ryan and Liam on a holiday in Venice
Clodagh Hawe with her sons Niall, Ryan and Liam on a holiday in Venice
Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The school friends of murdered Liam Hawe have produced a heartbreaking song in his memory.

Liam (14) was murdered by his father Alan at the family home near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan last August 29.

His mother Clodagh (39) and brothers Niall (11) and six-year-old Ryan were also killed in the frenzied attack that sent shockwaves across the country.

Now Liam's classmates at Virginia College in Co Cavan have penned and recorded a rap in his memory.

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

The tune, titled Taken Away (A song for Liam - Virginia College) was produced by acclaimed music producer Garry McCarthy, who operates under the name GMC Beats.

In a message, posted on Facebook, McCarthy wrote: "Very energised and inspired after 2 days of rap, beats & songwriting workshops with talented transition year students at Virginia College, Cavan. This is just one of the tracks that was written, produced and recorded. A song for their friend."

The poignant song includes the lyrics: "You might be gone from our lives but never from our hearts,

"We fell apart when you left and now we have to restart."

The students go on to rap that they all "lost a bit of our souls" on the day Liam was murdered.

"I miss you more than I can say," the song continues.

"It wasn’t your time to be taken away. Taken away too soon which was a nightmare. Why did it have to happen?" the singer asks.

Alan Hawe murdered his wife with a knife and a hatchet before taking the lives of their sons. The father then used a computer to transfer money from the couple's joint account to his own account.

He then laid out details of all the couple's bank accounts and financial affairs to be found by whoever came into the house. He also placed all of Clodagh's jewellery neatly on the bed. Before he killed himself, he wrote a note and stuck it to the back door. "Don't come in. Call the gardaí," it said.

In an interview with the Irish Independent ahead of the first anniversary Clodagh's family said that the mum-of-three was clearly unaware of her husband's plan and had been innocently researching a family holiday online, according to the computer history.

They believe the walls were closing in on Hawe - that he was about to suffer a fall from grace.

Taken Away (A song for Liam)

We know we can’t see you and we’re not ok,

We all love you so much and this is hard to say,

So I’ll just rap it to the best of my ability,

We bought you a star but you deserved a galaxy,

You might be gone from our lives but never from our hearts,

We fell apart when you left and now we have to restart.

Can’t express in words so we’ll express it in a song,

You didn’t realise how great you love something until it’s gone.

People come and go but the memories stay,

And we all lost a bit of our souls that day.

We never saw you without a smile on your face,

In our minds and our hearts you will never be replaced.

I know I can’t see you now,

But we’ll live for the day,

You were taken away, you were taken away

You had so many times before you left.

So we miss you Liam, I’ll admit you left a dent in my life,

And I wish and remember the last time we talked and I remember to the time when you couldn’t walk.

Thinking of these memories just makes me laugh.

It’s hard to let go of the past but I’ll remember the good times always.

Your memory lives on until the end of all days. But your memory stays,

but your memory stays.

I know I can’t see you now,

But we’ll live for the day,

You were taken away, you were taken away.

I miss you more than I can say.

It wasn’t your time to be taken away.

Taken away too soon which was a nightmare. Why did it have to happen?

Just want to see you smile here.

Even if you cry, even if you laugh, want to see you one more time.

Unbelievable, you were unforgettable. Everybody misses you terrible.

We love you and we will always be inseparable.

Hopefully you’re watching over us from above.

Have to say it again,

But I miss you so much.

 

Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly are fundraising for 'Cavan Lighthouse', which they hope will provide for family aid refuge for victims of domestic violence. Donations can be made here

Samaritans 24 hr Freephone Helpline: 116123  www.samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.org.

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