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Mother of children burned to death charged with murder

The mother of two children who were burned to death in a car in Multyfarnham has been charged with their murder at a special sitting of Mullingar District Court.

Lynn Egar, mother to 2-year-old Mikey Dennany and his 5-year-old sister Thelma, survived the blaze which took place on the road to the Westmeath town two weeks ago.

Ms Egar made no reply when charged with the murder of her children this evening at Mulingar Garda station. She was granted legal aid.

Judge Bernadette Owens remanded her in custody to the women’s section of Mountjoy Prison in Dublin, the Dóchas Centre.

It is understood that another motorist came upon the burning car on a road between Coole and Multyfarnham and tried to rescue those inside.

Ms Egar sustained injuries in the blaze but was released from hospital earlier this week.

At the funeral of the two children on September 15th, parish priest of Killoe, Fr Seán Casey, told mourners that the children’s lives were “tragically cut short in the full bloom and promise of childhood”..

Fr Casey said that Mikey and Thelma were “vibrant and creative children”.

“As the symbols that were brought up indicate to us, they loved artwork. They loved to scribble and they loved to paint,” he said.

“They were inseparable in life. In the words of their dad Michael, the only thing that separated them was school as they went their separate ways each morning.”

“Thelma attended dancing classes and football training, and Mikey always came to watch her training from the sideline. But on Saturday week last, he ventured onto the pitch for the first time to join her in the sport she loved.”

They loved to run and laugh and feel the wind in their hair and to pick wildflowers. They looked forward to trying out their new fishing rods. They are together now exploring the highways and byways of heaven,” he said. 

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