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Slain Celine's €1m will go to her 17-year-old daughter

SLAIN businesswoman Celine Cawley has left her teenage daughter a €1m legacy.

The 17-year-old will inherit all of her mother's net estate totalling €1,059,988.06 when she turns 18 later this year.

Probate papers show that Celine Cawley made a will in 1993, just two years after she married her husband and killer Eamonn Lillis.

He was jailed for six years and 11 months in February for her manslaughter.

On March 1, Lillis surrendered administration of the will to Ms Cawley's brother, Christopher, who lives in Howth, and her sister Susanna Cawley, who lives in Naas, Co Kildare.

Lillis (52) agreed to step aside as administrator for dispersal of her possessions and assets.


Under the 1965 Succession Act, Lillis was legally barred from inheriting Ms Cawley's estate because he killed her.

Instead, the entire net estate will be held in trust for Ms Cawley's daughter until she turns 18.

However Lillis will be entitled to keep his share of everything the couple owned together, which means he could still enjoy a nest egg of €2m from the couple's three homes in Howth, Sutton and Hossegor in France.

And he has already benefited to the tune of more than €350,000 from the voluntary winding up of the couple's television-advertising company.

As well as the properties, he will also be entitled to half of whatever cash is held in the couple's joint bank accounts. Ms Cawley made her will on June 7, 1993 and directed her husband to be executor of the will. She originally said she intended to bequeath all property to her husband Eamonn "for his own use absolutely".

Ms Cawley's will stipulated if her husband pre-deceased her then she wanted the estate to go to her children -- the couple had just one child.

The document was signed in the presence of her father James, a solicitor and Susanna Cawley, who was then an apprentice solicitor.

Ms Cawley (46) was a highly successful television and cinema advertising executive who ran her own firm, Toytown Films. Lillis also worked there.

Earlier this year, a jury of six men and six women found Lillis not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

Following a 16-day trial, the jury found the State had failed to prove that he intended to murder Ms Cawley on December 15, 2008, at their home on Windgate Road, Howth.