Siblings Mike and Thelma Dennany | Vigil for Mike and Thelma Dennany | Source: facebook.com/DublinLiveOnline | facebook.com/Newry slabber
Siblings Mike and Thelma Dennany | Vigil for Mike and Thelma Dennany | Source: facebook.com/DublinLiveOnline | facebook.com/Newry slabber

Two Children Die in a Car Fire While an Anonymous Hero Saves Their Mother

Brittany Chalmers
Sep 15, 2022
02:00 P.M.

Few heartbreaks are as painful as the loss of a child. A family from Westmeath, Ireland, experienced the devastating passing of not one but two little ones. Amid the tragedy of their story, there was a glimmer of hope and life thanks to an unknown hero.


The bond between a mother and her children is one of the strongest, and the love they share is special. Moms nurture and protect their little ones to the best of their ability and dream about seeing their kids grow and reach milestones.

Sadly, many parents are robbed of the opportunity to watch their precious children blossom into young adults. One mom experienced the unthinkable with her two kids—grab your tissues before you read their heartbreaking story.

Bright Futures Cut Short


Mom Lynn Egar was traveling on the road just outside the Multyfarnham village with her two kids in September 2022. It was an ordinary day, and the trio never imagined that life as they knew it would change forever.

According to the unknown hero, he did what anyone would've done. He tried to help the victims to the best of his ability and remained with them until the emergency services arrived.

Two-year-old Mike and five-year-old Thelma were adorable youngsters, and their dad, Michael Dennany, couldn't have been prouder. They brought joy wherever they went, made memories with their family, and had bright futures awaiting them. Tragically, those futures were cut short.


Flames Engulfed the Car

During a car trip, the family's vehicle caught alight. A passerby witnessed the terrible incident and stopped to try and help the desperate kids and their mom. He called the horrific scenes something nobody should ever have to see.

The stranger was a farmer who opted to remain anonymous but shared his experience, noting that he managed to pull Egar and her son from the wreck. The farmer added:

"I saw the car was on fire. You could see the smoke from way down the road. I brought the mother to the side of the road and back from the flames."


It Was a Tragedy

According to the unknown hero, he did what anyone would've done. He tried to help the victims to the best of his ability and remained with them until the emergency services arrived.

Mike was rushed to Regional Hospital Mullingar, but sadly, it was too late to save him, and he passed away. His mother was airlifted to a medical facility.

However, sister Thelma who was described as "warm, happy, and vibrant," died at the scene, leaving her parents shattered and shocked.


A Miracle in the Middle of the Pain

Miraculously, mom Egar was recovering at the healthcare facility and becoming stronger daily. Sadly, while she was healing physically, there would be deep emotional scars and pain because of the significant loss.

The mother was without both her beloved kids, and Father Conor McGee expressed:

"I think of the poor woman now and what awaits her. There are no words."


Shocking Developments

Irish police, also called gardai, made a shocking revelation. They suspected foul play and investigated the traumatic ordeal that claimed two lives. A source said:

"Hopefully [Egar] can speak to gardai later in the week about any ­information she might be able to provide ... Gardai are just trying to get a clearer picture about what led to the car being engulfed in flames."


A Community in Mourning

Father McGee said prayers for the family as they grieved and navigated the unbelievably challenging time. He described the situation as "difficult for everybody" and something that affected their entire community.

Teachers, friends, schoolmates, and parents were shattered, along with the family of the kids. McGee noted that it would be a while before everyone could come to terms with what had occurred.


Tributes for the Fallen Angels

A tribute for the fallen angels was posted online and said the brother and sister would be missed dearly by the people who knew and loved them. The post added that they were safely in the arms of angels.

Around 500 people attended the tear-jerking vigil held in honor of the siblings. Candles were lit alongside framed photos of the kids, reminding attendees about the fragility of lives lost too soon.


The Online Response

Condolences and prayers poured in for the family. Many online users sent messages of strength to the mother and wished her a speedy recovery after the terrible trauma:

"R.I.P. two little angels [who left] this world way too soon. [I am] thinking of their mom, siblings, and family."

- (Margaret Heslin) September 13, 2022

"I can't read a single line without tears in my eyes. RIP Angels. So painful. Look at the poor mom and adorable kids. My heart goes to the family and friends."

- (Satheesh Sreekantan Nair) September 13, 2022

"Such a difficult time for all the family. My sincere sympathies. No words can express how heartbroken I am."

- (Lorraine Ledwith) September 13, 2022


No parent should have to bury a child. We send thoughts and prayers to the angels' heartbroken mom and family members. Fly high and rest in peace, little ones!

Click here for a story about a family that was traveling to a dance competition when the unthinkable happened. Their car was involved in an accident that almost claimed the lives of all three passengers. Miraculously, unknown heroes selflessly ran to help them.

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