The devastated mum of three children killed in their own home in Dublin has spoken of how ‘every day is getting harder’ since the tragedy.
Margaret Cash McDonagh, 40, was left utterly distraught when her children, twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley, eight and their older sister Lisa Cash, 18, died in their home in Rossfield Avenue in Tallaght, South Co Dublin on Sunday, Sept 4.
The heartbroken mother, known as ‘Twink’, paid emotional tribute to the three in a post on Instagram, three weeks after their funeral in which thousands from the community turned out to pay their respects.
‘Goodnight my three beautiful children. My two lovely girls and my handsome son,’ she wrote.
‘I love and miss you all more everyday. Mommy’s three angels forever.’
In a previous social media post, she wrote about her loss and how much the void left in her heart.
‘My three lovely angels. I will love and miss you for the rest of my life,’ she added.
‘Everyday is getting harder without you. Mommy loves you.’
Devastated mother Margaret Cash McDonagh, 40, has said how ‘every day is getting harder’ since the deaths of three of her children
Lisa Cash, 18, and her two younger siblings, eight-year-old twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley
Andy Cash (pictured), 24, has been charged with killing his sister, 18, and eight-year-old twin siblings in Dublin, as neighbours honoured the tragic victims on Monday Sept 4
The three siblings were laid to rest in Bohernabreena Cemetery in Dublin on Sept 9 in a moving ceremony that saw the coffins carried on horse-drawn carriages while the streets were lined with crowds.
Older brother Andy Cash, 24, has been charged with killing his three younger siblings in a horrific knife frenzy in the early hours of Sunday morning on Sept 4 at their home up the road in Rossfield Avenue, Tallaght.
Cash appeared before a special sitting of Dublin District Court charged with three counts of murder the following day.
He appeared before Cloverhill district court at 10am on Friday Sept 9 via video link from the Midlands Prison in Portlaoise and did not comment when asked to confirm his name.
He is scheduled to appear before the court again on October 6 for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Cash allegedly stabbed Lisa and the twins, while their 14-year-old brother managed to escape through a window and call for help, the Irish Sun reported.
Eight-year-old twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley were stabbed to death in their home in Ireland on Sunday morning
Lisa Cash, 18, who along with her two younger siblings died in a violent incident at a house in Tallaght, Dublin
A lone piper walks in front of the coffins of Lisa Cash, 18, and her eight-year-old twin siblings, Christy and Chelsea Cawley, as they make their way to St Aidan’s Church
The coffins of Lisa Cash, 18, and her eight-year-old twin siblings, Christy and Chelsea Cawley, make their way to St Aidan’s Church, Brookfield, Tallaght, ahead of the service
Margaret Cash McDonagh is consoled as the coffins of her children arrive at St Aidan’s Church, Brookfield, Tallaght
He was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Lisa’s body was found at the bottom of the stairs with apparent stab wounds.
It is believed that older sister Lisa was babysitting at the time they lost their lives.
During the funeral, the congregation heard how twin siblings Chelsea and Christy Cawley were Lisa’s ‘whole life’ and that she was the ‘mammy’ of her friend group.
The friendship group were left devastated by Lisa’s loss and an emotional friend said they did not know how they would go on without her.
She said: ‘I will never forget you. My heart is completely shattered. You were my best friend. You were the mammy of the group. How are we meant to do this without you?
‘You had so many plans for your future. A piece of my heart is completely broken. There were your whole life. You were always there for them and when you weren’t there you were talking about them.’
Fr Paul O’Driscoll, spoke of the community’s heartache and said: ‘Bereft of words, all of us hold the same question, how could this be happening?’
Surviving brother Mikey, 14, who escaped and raised the alarm to the hell that was being raised in the house was praised for his ‘bravery and strength’.