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First picture of tragic mother and wife Clodagh Hawe

Crime DeskBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
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Tributes are being paid to the mother of the Cavan tragedy family, Clodagh Hawe, nee Coll.

Clodagh was in her 30s and was described as ‘very religious’ and as a woman who could ‘talk for hours’.

A family friend said “She was great to chat to, very friendly, although I wouldn’t have known her as well as Alan but I’d see them always at Mass on Sundays.

“Both Alan and Clodagh were very religious and they were readers in mass. Young Liam (their eldest son), was a very good singer in the choir. The family were always together.

“If you saw one you saw them all, they were very close.”

Reports in the Irish Mirror indicate that Alan Hawe stabbed Clodagh in the throat in a downstairs room before strangling and stabbing his sleeping boys to death.

A source told the paper: ”It looks like he attacked his wife with a knife before then turning his attention to the children.

“It is truly awful. An absolute horror story.”

Two letters were today found at the scene of the grim tragedy.

A letter, addressed to relatives was found inside the house at 3 Oakdene Downs, Barconey in Co Cavan where Alan Hawe, his wife Clodagh and their three children Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) were found dead.

Another note was earlier found, pinned to the front door warning callers not to enter the house and to call gardai.

Details of the second note have emerged following a full day's search at the scene of the house at Oakdene Downs in the townland of Barconey, near Ballyjamesduff, in Co Cavan.

Sources say it reveals the vulnerable state of mind which Mr Hawe was in when he carried out the murders of his wife and three children. 

Mr Hawe, who was 40 was a vice principal at Castlerahan National School.