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RIP Clodagh Hawe's sister pays tribute to her and her sons on fifth anniversary of murders

Clodagh and her three boys Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) were murdered by her husband and their father.

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Pic shows: Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh Hawe on holiday Clodagh Hawe family interview exclusive See Conor Feehan Copy

Pic shows: Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh Hawe on holiday Clodagh Hawe family interview exclusive See Conor Feehan Copy

Pic shows: Niall, Ryan, Liam and Clodagh Hawe on holiday Clodagh Hawe family interview exclusive See Conor Feehan Copy

The sister of murder-suicide victim Clodagh Hawe (whose family now call by her maiden name Coll) has paid tribute to her sibling and her three sons as their anniversaries approach. 

Jacqueline Connolly posted on Twitter: “Remembering Clodagh, Liam, Niall and Ryan on the fifth anniversary of their deaths” along with an image of a broken heart.

Clodagh and her three boys Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) were murdered by her husband and their father.

The 39-year-old teacher was preparing for a return to school when Alan Hawe (40) killed all of them at the family home in Ballyjamesduff, Co Cavan on August 28th, 2016.

He subsequently took his own life. He left a note on the back door of the house instructing whoever arrived to not enter and to call the Gardaí.

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Alan Hawe, left, who commit suicide after murdering his wife Clodagh and children Liam (13), Niall (9) and Ryan (6). Photo: Hawes/Coll families/PA Wire

Alan Hawe, left, who commit suicide after murdering his wife Clodagh and children Liam (13), Niall (9) and Ryan (6). Photo: Hawes/Coll families/PA Wire

Alan Hawe, left, who commit suicide after murdering his wife Clodagh and children Liam (13), Niall (9) and Ryan (6). Photo: Hawes/Coll families/PA Wire

In 2017, Alan Hawe’s remains were exhumed from the shared family grave.

In an interview with regional newspaper The Anglo Celt, Jacqueline and Clodagh’s mother Mary Coll renewed their calls for changes in how domestic homicides are reviewed in Ireland.

“He was so manipulative. He only ever showed people what he wanted them to see. Only we know now how unhinged he was,” Jacqueline told the newspaper.

Clodagh’s mother Mary added: ““For Clodagh and the boys, their torture ended when he killed them, but for relatives it just goes on and on and on. We’re still living this torture he left us with.

"Nothing is ever going to change reality. Five years this year is 10 years further down the line. Your spirit dies when a love like that is taken from you.”

She remarked that if Clodagh were still alive "and something terrible had happened, she’d be the one telling us ‘you have to keep going, we have to keep at this’. Because that’s the kind she was, always positive, so we have to do this for her if nothing else.”

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