The mother of the two Westmeath car fire incident was absent during the funeral service of her two children.
The two siblings who have been described as “inseparable” lost their lives in a car fire incident on a Friday evening at Lacken near Multyfarnham in Co Westmeath.
Their bodies were repose in a funeral home on Wednesday and was followed by an evening prayer session.
The funeral for the two Westmeath car fire victims came on Thursday at 11.00am.
The mother of the kids is still at the hospital receiving treatment.
It was their father Michael Dennany along with his sister Katelyn and brother Eddie who served as family members for the children.
They were said to have been comforted by relatives throughout the ceremony which saw hundreds in attendance.
The family statement which was read during the service said: “We the family would like to thank everyone in helping us say farewell to Thelma and Mikey.
“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 funeral cortege came to the church early before the advertised 11.00am.
One of the mourners who came to sympathize with the family came with a floral tribute of a tractor and a unicorn.
The remains of the pair were carried into the church in two white coffins.
A teacher at Saint Cremin’s national school, Multyfarnham, Joan Hickson brought an work Artwork done by Thelma.
It was an artwork she she did last Friday before the tragedy.
There was a collage made by pupils of the school to remember Thelma.
They were all brought up to the altar.
There was also an artwork of young boy Michael by Niamh Anderson from Toddlers and Waddlers in Rathowen.
Michael and Thelma aunt Aline Fitzgerald and uncle John Dennany brought forward the children’s fishing rods. They are rods to which they had planned to use in lakes in the near future, but unfortunately had no chance to do it.
Fr Sean Casey, Parish Priest of Killoe said that their lives “so tragically cut short in the full bloom and promise of childhood.”
He added that “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.”