Media Release: Clodagh Hawe's Family Start Fundraising Appeal to Support Women's Aid.

3 Dec 2016

The mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe have started a fundraising campaign in aid of women and children affected by domestic violence.  Clodagh died with her children Liam, 14, Niall 11, and six-year-old Ryan, on 29th August 2016 by murder-suicide in their Co Cavan home.  Mary Coll, Clodagh’s mum, and Jacqueline Connolly, Clodagh’s sister, are asking for the public to donate to Women’s Aid through their fundraising page and they hope to raise at least €50,000.

Jacqueline Connolly said:

“We have set up a fundraising page for Women’s Aid in memory of Clodagh and the boys.  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. Our work makes a life-changing difference and this donation page will help us be there to listen, to believe and to support women. Every single time. One in five women in Ireland experience domestic abuse. They need us to listen to them, and to support them and their children. Since our 24 Hour National Freephone Helpline extended to become a 24/7 service last January, we now answer an average of 41 calls a day. By the end of the year we’ll have answered over 5,000 additional calls during the new night-time service, with many more contacts through our website. But our resources are already extended to breaking point, and we need all the resources we can to keep the 24 Hour National Freephone Helpline open. It takes a lot of strength to call us. We have to be here for every woman who needs us, at any hour of the day or night.”

Ms Martin continued:

“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. 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.”

The fundraising appeal page is available here: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/in-memory-of-clodagh-liam-niall-and-ryan

Margaret Martin concluded:

“We encourage everyone to support Clodagh’s family’s fundraising campaign by donating whatever they can, no matter how big or small.  Help them as they start to speak out for Clodagh and her boys and start building their legacy.”

Ends.

For more information contact Christina Sherlock 087 919 2457.

Please note that Mary Coll and Jacqueline Connolly do not wish to do media interviews at this time.

Notes for editors and producers:

  • The Women’s Aid 24hr National Freephone Helpline answers 41 calls a day.
  • Women's Aid is the national organisation providing support and information to women experiencing domestic violence through its Direct Services. It runs the only free, national, domestic violence helpline (1800 341 900, 24 hours, 7 days) with specialised trained staff & volunteers, accredited by the Helplines Partnership and with a Telephone Interpretation Service covering 170 languages for callers needing interpreting services as well as a Text Service for Deaf and Hard of  Hearing women. 
  • There were 16,375 disclosures of domestic abuse of women and 5,966 disclosures of abuse of children made to Women’s Aid Direct Services in 2015.