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Giving birth on the double!

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Lifestyle – Journalist Sandra Coffey wrote a book on media for businesses during lockdown. The first-time mother had her hands full but as she explains here, being busy focused her mind. The Athenry author hopes her publication will help organisations get back on their feet as life slowly returns to normal.

If anyone had told me I’d be writing my first book during a global pandemic, with the world in lockdown, and shortly after having had a baby, I would have thought it was impossible and frankly ridiculous!

But as with many parents during the pandemic, things that looked impossible at first somehow became possible, due to having to find a way to make them a reality.

During my 15 years as a journalist, I saw the power of a good media story and what it could do for a business, charity, or sport. I had always wanted to write this book so I could share some insights into the world of the media, to pull back the curtain so to speak. My aim was that it would help people find their media-worthy stories and allow them to develop the knowledge and courage to tell those stories. Getting publicity is one of the oldest and most trusted ways to grow a business – and it needn’t be something that people think is out of their reach.

I had the basics of the book put together before I had my daughter, Nicole in UHG in September 2018. Then, work on it came to a stop. I was a 41-year-old first time mom who had a lot to learn and get used to.

It was almost 16 months before I got back to the project. As I started writing again, Covid-19 had arrived. Its impact on our lives, along the fact that I was a new mother meant I needed to change the direction of the book.

Time-poor entrepreneurs and businesses needed PR advice that was going to suit their new reality. I was now snatching at time myself and trying to get things done in a shorter timeframe. I knew that having PR advice that could be easily digested was vital for businesses. I also decided that story ideas, prompts, templates, and checklists would be essential in order for the book to be of real help to busy people.

I used to sit at my kitchen table surrounded by baby bottles and bibs and ask, “Is it possible to read/digest/do this easily?” I also wanted the book to help businesses get back on their feet after what’s a difficult time for everyone.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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