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Irish mother, 48, appears in court after being charged with murdering her two children in car fire


A mom has appeared in court docket charged with the homicide of her two kids in Co Westmeath, Eire, after they died in a automotive hearth.

Lynn Egar, 48, was charged with murdering her five-year-old daughter Thelma Dennany and two-year-old son Michael Dennany on a rural highway at Lacken, Multyfarnham.

A truck driver found Egar’s automotive, which had not crashed, engulfed in flames with the mom and two kids inside on September 9.

Thelma and Michael – identified by household and pals as Mikey – each died within the hearth, whereas Egar was pulled out of the burning automotive by the truck driver earlier than being airlifted to hospital with severe accidents. 

Egar appeared in Mullingar District Court docket on Thursday and sat together with her head bowed throughout the five-minute listening to.

Lynn Egar, 48, (centre together with her face coated by a hoody) was charged with murdering her five-year-old daughter Thelma Dennany and two-year-old son Michael Dennany on a rural highway at Lacken, Multyfarnham

Thelma and Michael (pictured together) - known by family and friends as Mikey - both died in the fire, while Egar was pulled out of the burning car by the truck driver before being airlifted to hospital

Thelma and Michael (pictured collectively) – identified by household and pals as Mikey – each died within the hearth, whereas Egar was pulled out of the burning automotive by the truck driver earlier than being airlifted to hospital

Egar, 48, covers her face as she appears in court charged with murdering her two children

Egar, 48, covers her face as she seems in court docket charged with murdering her two kids 

Detective Sergeant David Donnelly instructed the court docket that Egar was charged with two counts of homicide shortly earlier than 8pm on Thursday. He mentioned that the mom made no reply after she was charged.

District Decide Bernadette Owens granted solicitor Damien Coffey’s utility for authorized support after he handed over an announcement of Egar’s means.

Decide Owens mentioned that any utility for bail is a matter for the Excessive Court docket.

Egar was seen overlaying her face and head together with her maroon-coloured zipped hoody as she was led away from the court docket room and positioned in a automotive by officers.

She was remanded to the Dochas Centre, the ladies’s part at Mountjoy Jail in Dublin, and can seem earlier than Athlone District Court docket subsequent Wednesday by way of video hyperlink.

Thelma and Mikey had been buried collectively in a single coffin on 15 September, as mourners at St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford heard that the siblings had been ‘inseparable’.

Father Sean Casey, parish priest of Killoe, Co Longford, instructed these gathered that Thelma and Mikey had been ‘vibrant’ kids.

Thelma and Mikey both died in the car fire, as their mother is charged with their murder

Thelma and Mikey each died within the automotive hearth, as their mom is charged with their homicide

Thelma and Mikey were buried together in a single coffin on 15 September, as mourners at St Mel's Cathedral in Longford heard that the siblings were 'inseparable'

Thelma and Mikey had been buried collectively in a single coffin on 15 September, as mourners at St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford heard that the siblings had been ‘inseparable’ 

Thelma and her brother Mikey loved exploring together

Thelma and her brother Mikey cherished exploring collectively

The priest described Thelma, who was a pupil at Saint Cremin’s Nationwide Faculty in Multyfarnham, as a ‘pretty woman, all the time smiling’.

He mentioned her little brother Mikey was enrolled in Toddlers and Waddlers pre-school in Rathowen and that they cherished to discover collectively.

Symbols of their lives had been dropped at the altar, together with art work and a collage from Thelma’s main faculty, art work by Mikey at his pre-school and their fishing rods.

Father Casey mentioned there was a ‘particular place in our hearts’ for the kids’s pals in pre-school and faculty, in addition to their minders and lecturers.

‘Thelma and Mikey had been vibrant kids,’ he instructed mourners.

‘They had been inseparable in life. Within the phrases of their dad, Michael, the one factor that separated them was faculty as they went their separate methods every morning.

‘Thelma attended dancing courses and soccer coaching — Mikey all the time got here to look at her coaching from the sideline.

‘On Saturday week final, he ventured onto the pitch for the primary time to hitch her within the sport she cherished.

‘They cherished to run and snort and really feel the wind of their hair and to select wild flowers. They seemed ahead to attempting out their fishing rods.’

Thelma and Mikey's father, Michael Dennany, is seen next to the children's coffin on September 15 in Co Westmeath

Thelma and Mikey’s father, Michael Dennany, is seen subsequent to the kids’s coffin on September 15 in Co Westmeath 

He additionally instructed these gathered: ‘We have no idea how these tragedies occurred, we do know they had been deeply cherished.’

Father Casey additionally learn a message from the household, which mentioned: ‘We the household wish to thank everybody for serving to us to say farewell to Thelma and Mikey.

‘We are saying farewell as a result of with the reminiscences they left us by way of their quick lives and their infectious smiles, they are going to be with us without end.

‘Your heartfelt sympathy and affords of assist have touched us tremendously at this very troublesome time. As soon as once more, we thanks all.’

Publish-mortem examinations on the our bodies of each kids by the state pathologist Dr Sally Ann Collis have concluded, however Gardai mentioned they won’t launch the outcomes for operational causes.

Fr John O’Brien, of Multyfarnham Franciscan Abbey, mentioned there’s a ‘deep disappointment’ within the village.

‘There’s a horrible feeling of disappointment, like a cloud coming down on us. There’s a feeling of being dazed and confused, what do we are saying? How will we come to phrases with this?’ Fr O’Brien instructed RTE Morning Eire.

‘This sense of unreality we’ve got to face this horrible tragedy.

‘Did this actually occur? The 2 little children are lifeless. There may be an amazing feeling of disappointment, disbelief and never having the ability to discover the phrases.

‘Individuals are assembly informally. Moms are speaking about it and they’re nervous about their children going to high school and the way they’ll face the information.

‘It will likely be exhausting on the lecturers and really exhausting on the little ones who should face this sense of grief and loss.

‘I can not discover the phrases, however simply sitting with somebody and listening to how they really feel and their confusion, in that approach we create a therapeutic spirit between us.

‘We’ve got to do this and do it for one another in the neighborhood. We’re in shock, it’s merely unbelievable.

‘We do not have a magic wand to remove the tears, we’ve got to sit down and be with any individual. It’s a lonely time for everyone.

‘It has been an amazing shock.’

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