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Artwork done by the Westmeath victims brought to their funeral along with fishing rods.

The funeral mass of the two Westmeath victims was held in church and the bodies laid to rest.

The family spoke about the “memories” the pair left behind in their short lives. They said their memory will be with them “forever.”

The funeral service of Thelma Dennany and Michael who are five and two respectively was held St Mel’s Cathedral in Longford.

The bodies of the two children were brought in white coffin on Thursday.

The funeral mass was without the presence of their mother who is still at the hospital.

Lynn Egar absent as her two kids are laid to rest in white coffins.

Their tribute of the family read “We the family would like to thank everyone in helping us say farewell to Thelma and Mikey.

Artwork done by the Westmeath victims brought to their funeral along with fishing rods.

“We use farewell because with the memories they’ve left us in their short lives and their infectious smiles, they will be with us forever.

“Your heartfelt sympathy and offers of help have touched us greatly at this very difficult time. Once again we thank you all.”

The tribute to the two siblings also came with artwork.

There was an artwork done by the elder sibling Thelma. It was an artwork she did before her death later in the day.

The artwork was brought forward by her teacher at Saint Cremin’s national school, Multyfarnham, Joan Hickson. There was also a collage made by pupils of Thelma school which they did to remember her. They were all brought up to the altar.

Artwork done by the Westmeath victims brought to their funeral along with fishing rods.

 

There was equally an artwork done by Michael Dennany. It was his teacher Niamh Anderson from  Toddlers and Waddlers in Rathowen who presented  the artwork.

Michael and Thelma Dennany also had fishing rods which they planned to use.

The fishing rod were  by their aunt Aline Fitzgerald and uncle John Dennany.

The children who were described as “inseparable” according to Fr Sean Casey, Parish Priest of Killoe their  life “so tragically cut short in the full bloom and promise of childhood.”

He added: “Thelma and Mikey were vibrant children. 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.”

Artwork done by the Westmeath victims brought to their funeral along with fishing rods.

The priest further added”They loved to run and laugh, feel the wind in their hair and to pick wild flowers.

“They looked forward to trying out their fishing rods. They are together now exploring the highways and byways of Heaven. Thelma and Mikey will remain forever young in the hearts of their parents and brother and sister.”

“As their Dad so aptly put it, ‘Of bringing them into the Church”.

He continued: “We are deeply saddened at the death of these two young beautiful children. The photographs of their smiling faces speak to us of two bundles of joy who were loved and cherished and who no doubt filled the lives of their families and friends with vibrancy, laughter and love.

“We know that your loss is very deep. We ask God to shed his light upon this time of darkness and to give you comfort, hope and strength to face the future.”

 

By Robert

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