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Tuesday 12 December 2017

'No amount of prayers will save him from hell' - fury at Mass for killer

Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh on holiday
Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh on holiday

The family of Clodagh Hawe has been left devastated after plans were revealed for a church service in memory of her husband - who murdered Clodagh and their three sons.

Clodagh (39) and her children - Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) - were brutally murdered by Alan Hawe in their home near Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan, exactly a year ago yesterday. Hawe then took his own life.

It emerged yesterday that an anniversary Mass is scheduled to be held today at St Mary's Church in Castlerahan, Co Cavan, for the killer.

A close friend of Clodagh's family insisted that they had no idea who organised the service, which is scheduled to take place just 9km from where the tragic murder-suicide took place in Ballyjamesduff.

Disrespectful

"We don't know who organised it - it's just down as 'Alan Hawe' for Wednesday evening Mass. We feel it's disrespectful to Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan considering their killer was moved away from them in May.

"Whoever booked that Mass are seen by the family to condone what he did. He took their lives, no amount of prayers will save him from the fires of hell."

Clodagh's family were unavailable for comment and the friend said they "just need to be left in peace" .

The Herald contacted St Mary's Church but a spokesman replied "no comment" when asked about the service.

At the weekend, Clodagh's heartbroken mother Mary Coll spoke for the first time about the circumstances surrounding the horrific death of her eldest daughter and three grandsons.

The Coll family believes that school vice-principal Hawe's actions were premeditated and coldly planned, not the actions of someone who just suddenly had a breakdown.

After killing his wife with a knife and a hatchet, and then taking the lives of their sons, Alan Hawe used a computer to transfer money from the couple's joint account into 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.

Controlling

Before he killed himself, he wrote a note and stuck it to the back door. "Don't come in. Call the gardai," it said.

Clodagh's family said that the mum-of-three 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.

The Colls said Hawe, who was excessively "controlling" of Clodagh, was seeing a counsellor and having difficulty at work when he murdered his wife and their three sons.

"He looked like the ideal husband, but he was a controlling kind of person," Mary said.

"If I would ask Clodagh if she would like to go shopping in Dublin, she would have to run it by him first. He could be as controlling with his silence as he could be with his words."

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