The heartbroken family of Tallaght siblings speak of heartache for the first time

The heartbroken family of three in the slain Tallaght have spoken out about their grief for the first time.

In an emotional interview with the Sunday World outside the home in Tallaght where tragic twins Christy and Chelsea Cawley, 8, and their sister Lisa Cash, 18, were killed last week, the siblings’ first cousin Nan Cawley told us: “We will never ever forget her.”

“Margaret, the children’s mother, wanted me to speak to you to thank everyone for the support since this happened,” she said.

“She wanted to thank the schools, the guards, the community and everyone in the community for everything they’ve done for the family.”


The funeral service at Bohernabreena Cemetery

When asked if there was anything the grieving mother would most like to remember about eldest daughter Lisa, Nan replied, “She was just a pretty girl…she really was.

“She was due to start work at Tallaght Traveler Youth Service on Monday morning after the incident.

“She had finished school so this would have been her first real job.

“She was so excited about it.”


Lisa Cash with twins Chelsea and Christy Cawley

Nan also revealed the close relationship Lisa had with her now grieving mother.

“Lisa’s mom was her best friend … she had two other best friends in Mary and Natasha, but Lisa and her mom were so close.”

Nan then contacted the children’s mother by phone to see if she would like to add anything.


09/09/2022 A family member pays tribute as the cortege stops outside the Rossfield Avenue home where the deaths were reported this morning at St Aidan’s Church, Brookfield Tallaght, at the funeral of Lisa Cash and twin siblings Chelsea and Christy Cawley who died were pictured in an attack last Saturday night. … Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

“She said Lisa was about to take her theory test… I forgot,” Nan said.

“That was her first car there in the driveway,” she added, pointing to a vehicle parked in front of the now-empty family home.

“Lisa was like a happy 18-year-old girl, but she also loved Elvis … both her and Chelsea.”

“It was mostly about her family and friends.

“She’s never bothered in her life.”

Speaking about little Christy, Nan said his two biggest passions are cars and soccer.

“That’s why the little cars are in there with the flowers,” she said.

“And his favorite team was Manchester Utd.


09/09/2022 The three white coffins are laid after the funeral mass which was held this morning at St Aidan’s Church, Brookfield Tallaght, at the funeral of Lisa Cash and twin siblings Chelsea and Christy Cawley, who died in an attack last Saturday night , carried out of the church. … Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

“Christy and Chelsea were just out of junior school and entering the second grade of senior school.

“So they finished St. Brigid’s and that was their first week or two at St. Aidan’s.”

Nan added that both Christy and Chelsea loved school.

“They were always the first ones there…the first ones out the door,” she said sadly.

“They didn’t miss a day.”

Though Christy hasn’t joined a local club yet, Nan said he’s probably weeks away from doing just that.

“I know there was a plan for him to start with that,” she said.

“I remember his mother talking about it.”

Nan said her own son, Martin, is Christy’s best friend.

“His favorite color was blue,” Martin told the Sunday World when his mum called him.

“And he loved his phone.”

Nan’s daughter Isabella spoke out for the murdered Chelsea.

“Her favorite color was pink,” Isabella said.

“And she liked Elvis and Harry Potter and Tom Holland (Spiderman).

“Her favorite song was ‘Buttercup.’

“And she really loved gymnastics.

“She wanted to be a gymnast when she grew up.”

When asked how the children’s mother was doing, Nan said: “She’s not doing very well … as you’d expect, but we’re trying to pull her through.

“She has a nephew ‘Baby David’ who Lisa, Chelsea and Christy thought the world of… they all think the world of him… so having him around helps.

“And as a family, we’re always close to her.

“She is with her mother and her family and her daughter Margaret and her son Mikey and they are all very close.”

At last week’s funeral service, Mikey’s courage in sounding the alarm and seeking help when the tragedy struck was commended by Father Paul O’Driscoll, pastor of the Traveling Community and celebrant at the three siblings’ funeral service. “Mikey, your courage and strength to sound the alarm, to go and get help is an inspiration for courage and love.”

Nan described the days since the tragedy simply: “We are all devastated.

“It probably hasn’t even fully arrived yet…it probably won’t be for a long time.

“The most important thing for us is that they will never be forgotten.

“And we want them to be fondly remembered.”

Nan said the family organized a Ninth Day Mass yesterday (Saturday) afternoon at Bohernabreena Cemetery where the children were buried.

“There will be a mass and music and balloons going up,” she said.

“For her family, her friends and her neighbors, nothing will ever be the same again.

“We will all miss her and we love her.

“We will never overcome them.

“There are no words to describe it… nothing will ever ease this pain.

“So now all we can remember is her.”

The children’s older brother Andy Cash, 24, has been charged with the murder of his siblings.

He was remanded in custody, only to appear again on October 6. The heartbroken family of Tallaght siblings speak of heartache for the first time

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