Alan Hawe

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Most exhumations take place due to environmental reasons. Graveyards becoming flooded or geologically unsound are the most common reasons for moving remains. Photograph: Getty Images

The exhumation of bodies involves a complex application process, and is only allowed in the rarest of circumstances. Most exhumations take place due (...)

Alan Hawe (40) was buried in the same grave as Clodagh Hawe (nee Coll) and their three boys, Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6). Photograph: Hawe and Coll families/PA Wire

The body of Alan Hawe, who murdered his wife and children before killing himself last year, was exhumed in Co Cavan on Wednesday morning. The family(...)

Clodagh Hawe with her sons Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6). Photograph: Jacqueline Connolly

The mother and sister of Clodagh Hawe, who was murdered by her husband along with her three sons Liam (14), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) last August, have (...)

The hearse carrying the coffin of Clodagh Hawe arrives at St Mary’s Church in Castlerahan, Co Cavan, where the funeral of the Hawe family was taking place. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

After a blizzard of criticism from a huge volume of people, have any lessons been taken by the media from its coverage of Alan Hawe’s murder of his wi(...)

In front of the altar were five photographs: Alan Hawe on the left, his wife Clodagh on the right; between them their three children. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Emotionally bruised and bewildered, the community of this tiny village south west of Kilkenny, and its surrounding townlands and parishes, came toget(...)

The coffin of Clodagh Hawe at her joint funeral with husband Alan and sons Liam, Niall and Ryan in Castlerahan, Co Cavan. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins

It has been a week since the tragic Cavan killings. A man killed his wife and three children before taking his own life and media outlets faced the di(...)

 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Katherine Zappone (left)  and Linda Smith, manager at the launch of the Women’s Aid 24 hour  National Freephone Helpline. Photograph: Eric Luke/ The Irish Times

A national helpline saw a “significant spike” in calls from women afraid for their and their children’s safety, since the murder of a mother and her (...)

The funeral of Alan Hawe (41), his wife Clodagh (39) and their sons Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) at St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The photograph the families chose was placed on a wooden stand in the church porch. A lovely portrait of Alan and Clodagh Hawe, smiling for the camer(...)

Mourners at the funeral of Alan Hawe (41), his wife Clodagh (39) and their sons Liam (13), Niall (11) and Ryan (6) at St Mary’s Church, Castlerahan, Co Cavan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“The family chain is broken and nothing will ever be the same. But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Sleep tight.” Those were t(...)

What lessons can be taken from the Hawe family  case to reduce the chances of such awful acts happening again, or at the very least to reduce their frequency? File photograph: Getty Images

When the media focus on the Cavan murder-suicide diminishes, the shattered relatives and friends of the Hawe family will be left with their grief and (...)

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