Westmeath woman appears in court charged with murder of her children

A woman has appeared in court in Westmeath this evening charged with the murder of her two children in a car fire in County Westmeath on September 9th.

Five-year-old Thelma Dennany and her two year old brother Mikey were killed when the car they were travelling in was engulfed by flames on a rural road in Multyfarnham two weeks ago.

Their mother, Lynn Egar, survived the fire but was rushed to hospital where she was treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Gardaí had been following a definite line of inquiry in their investigations and believed the fire began as a result of arson.


The family’s home in Rathowen, Co Westmeath, some 10km from Multyfarnham, was sealed off last week as part of the inquiry and detectives were trying to piece together the movements of Ms Egar and her two children before the incident.

A statement yesterday read:

“Gardaí investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of 2 year old infant and 5 year old girl in a fatal car fire at Lacken, Multyfarnham, County Westmeath on Friday, 9th September, 2022, have arrested a female in her 40s. She is currently detained under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984 at a Garda station in the midlands. An Garda Síochána will be making no further comment at this time.”

Lynn Egar, with an address at Winetown, Rathowen, Westmeath has since appeared at a special sitting of the Mullingar District Court this evening, charged with the murder of five year old Thelma and two year old Danny.


The court proceedings got underway at 8pm.