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The inquest into the deaths of the Hawe family starts today

The shocking murder-suicide rocked the community of Castlerahan in August 2016.

The funeral of the Hawe family in Saint Mary's Church in Castlerahan, Co Cavan.
The funeral of the Hawe family in Saint Mary's Church in Castlerahan, Co Cavan.
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THE INQUEST INTO the deaths of the Hawe family from Castlerahan in Co Cavan starts today.

Clodagh Hawe and her three children Liam, 14, Niall, 11, and six-year-old Ryan were found dead in their home in August 2016. It’s understood that her husband Alan Hawe killed his family before taking his own life.

The inquest starts at 10am at the courthouse in Cavan town.

The appalling tragedy sent shock waves through the quiet Cavan townland. Alan Hawe was the vice-principal of Castlerahan National School and the family were heavily involved in the local community.

Clodagh Hawe was originally from the nearby village of Mount Nugent and she taught at Oristown National School in Kells, Co Meath.

Alan Hawe was originally from Kilkenny. At the request of his family his body was exhumed from the family grave at St Mary’s Church earlier this year in order to be cremated.

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Clodagh Hawe’s mother and sister carried out a fundraising campaign for women and children affected by domestic violence in the aftermath of the tragedy. The campaign raised more than €20,000.

If you need to talk, contact:

  • Samaritans: 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org
  • Aware: 1800 80 48 48 (for depression and anxiety)
  • Pieta House: 1800 247 247 or email mary@pieta.ie (for suicide and self-harm)
  • Teen-Line Ireland: 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)
  • Childline: 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s).

You can contact Women’s Aid on 1800 341 900.

READ: ‘Her strength will live on’: Mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe start Women’s Aid fundraising page>

READ: Body of Alan Hawe exhumed from family grave this morning>

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