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'Her strength will live on': Mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe start Women's Aid fundraising page

Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29 August by murder-suicide in their Cavan home.

THE MOTHER AND sister of Clodagh Hawe have started a fundraising campaign for women and children affected by domestic violence.

Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29 August by murder-suicide in their Cavan home.

Clodagh’s mother and sister, Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly, have set up a fundraising page for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and her sons.

Jacqueline Connolly said, “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. After their deaths, we want to help women who are living in fear and isolation in their own homes. So please support our fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid.

Margaret Martin, Director of Women’s Aid said, “We are very touched that Mary and Jacqueline have set up a fundraising appeal for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and her children.

Martin added that the 24 hour freephone helpline receives around 41 calls a day.

“One in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse. They need us to listen to them, and to support them and their children.

Our thoughts and support go to Mary and Jacqueline as they speak out on behalf of Clodagh and her boys to raise awareness of the controlling and abusive nature of many homes around Ireland today.

“Their bravery and strength should be applauded and we are only too aware that only a short time has passed since they had Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan cruelly taken from them.”

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“We encourage anyone living any form of physical violence including emotional abuse and control, physical violence, sexual and financial abuse, to contact our 24hr National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 or to visit www.WomensAid.ie.”

Coll and Connolly are hoping to raise at least €50,000 through the fundraising appeal.

Read: ’How can so much goodness be destroyed?’: Hundreds of mourners attend Hawe family funeral>

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