Tallaght stabbings: Gardaí release images of tragic twins, 8, and an older sister who died in an attack at their home

The three siblings who were stabbed to death during an overnight violent incident in Tallaght have been named.

Christy and Chelsea Cawley, aged 8, and their older sister, Lisa Cash, 18, died after the frenzied attack on their home on the Rossfield estate just after midnight.

A suspect in his early 20s, known to the victims, was arrested at the scene after being subdued by members of the Armed Support Unit (ASU) with non-lethal weapons.

The victim’s 14-year-old brother was also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

At this point, all four siblings are believed to have been stabbed to death by a man they knew using a large bladed object. Gardaí released pictures of the three siblings on Sunday afternoon.

Neighbors at the Rossfield estate in Brookfield this morning expressed their shock at the deaths and reported hearing screams coming from the house just after midnight.

A local said he heard a female voice shouting “help me, help me” and the sound of windows shattering before Gardai arrived at the scene.


The crime scene at the Rossfield Estate remained sealed off this morning. (Image: Mark Condren)

In a statement Sunday afternoon, the Gardaí said their mother, who is in her 40s, has been discharged from hospital and is being supported by family members.

“The family liaison officer will continue to update you on the progress of this investigation,” Gardaí said.

“Her brother (age 14) remains at Tallaght University Hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“The scene remains preserved for a forensic investigation by the Garda Technical Bureau.

“The bodies of the deceased will be examined this afternoon and tomorrow by state pathologist Dr. Sally Anne Collis autopsy.


Flowers were laid at the site of the tragedy in Tallaght today. Photo: Mark Condren

“The man in his early 20s who was arrested at the scene remains at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”

The suspect was arrested just before 1am by members of the Armed Support Unit and taken into custody at Tallaght railway station.

Emergency services worked desperately to save the three siblings, but they were tragically pronounced dead.


Twins Chelsea and Christy Cawley (age 8) and older sister Lisa Cash (18)

Gardaí conducted door-to-door investigations today, while forensic officers also conducted an investigation at the crime scene.

A number of smashed windows were visible at the front of the property, including an upstairs window and a front room.

Gardaí said they are continuing to investigate all circumstances surrounding the incident at the home in Rossfield Estate, Tallaght on Sunday.

Fianna Fail Councilman Charlie O’Connor said at the scene this morning the community was shocked by what had happened.

“I started getting calls this morning. I was deeply shocked, the community is shocked, we obviously have to think of the family and sympathize with the family and hope they get all the support they need,” he said.

“I understand Gardaí are also deeply shocked at the scene, as you would expect.

“Not only here in Rossfield, but in the wider Tallaght area, this is a truly terrible tragedy.”

Unarmed gardaí were the first to respond to reports of an incident that a spokesman described as “violent, challenging and traumatic”.


Gardaí conducted a forensic investigation into the crime scene in Tallaght today. Photo: Mark Condren

Gardaí are currently not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

The tragedy was described as “unfathomable” by South Dublin Mayor Emma Murphy.

“It’s incredible. It’s horrifying. The details are still emerging this morning but the loss of three young lives is just unfathomable,” she told Independent.ie.

“There is a huge shock in the community, it’s going to be a really, really tough road for the affected community. And for the affected family.”


Gardaí at the crime scene at Rossfield Estate, Tallaght. Photo: Mark Condren

Ms Murphy, the Mayor of South Dublin, said: “People are waking up on a Sunday morning to the most horrific news that three young people have died and it’s going to be a really, really tough road for the community there.”

An Garda Síochána has appointed a family liaison officer and will continue to support the affected family in collaboration with other government agencies.

A Garda spokesman said: “This violent, challenging and traumatic incident was responded to by uniformed, unarmed Garda First Responders from Tallaght County, supported by uniformed members and armed detectives from the broader DMR South Division and members of the Specialist Armed Support Unit.

“An Garda Síochána has established and will continue to establish welfare support for all members who participated in this incident.”

Meanwhile, Attorney General Helen McEntee said today that the killing of three young family members “is a tragedy so horrific and heartbreaking that it is difficult to understand”.

She added: “My thoughts are with the family and the local community as they deal with this unimaginable crime. Gardaí and other services are supporting them during this difficult time.”

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