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Powerful debut novel from adopted Galwegian Edel

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Author and journalist Edel Coffey. Her debut novel Breaking Point is a gripping read. Photo Ger Holland.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Two years ago, journalist Edel Coffey made a New Year’s resolution – a short but powerful one.  “I decided on ‘achievement over perfection’,” says the Dubliner who has been living in Galway for the past six years. “You don’t have to do everything perfectly. And if you’re not obsessed with doing everything perfectly, you might be able to do everything.”

Having made that decision, she began working on what’s become her debut novel, Breaking Point, which has just been published and which is a compelling read.

Set in New York, it centres on Susannah, a high-achieving paediatrician, a wife and mother, an author and broadcaster whose life is choreographed to the last. On a morning when her rigid routine is disrupted, Susannah makes a fatal error while running on autopilot. It results in the death of her baby, who has been left in the back seat of the car.

This wealthy woman who seemed to have it all, is put on trial for negligence. The media converge, eager for every last detail of her life and lifestyle. Among the journalists is Adelaide, a woman who has also had to face her demons. Edel set the story in New York because the US social welfare system isn’t exactly renowned for maternity care. So, it’s more extreme than Ireland but the issues are the same, she says. And while Covid-19 initially seemed to herald a change in how we work, she isn’t sure.

“Initially, people thought it was great, but ultimately, you have work in your home and you end up working at night. There’s no distinction and no downtime.”

A recently-introduced code of practice in Ireland is the first step towards creating a balance, she says, and it’s needed.

The high-pressured life of someone like Susannah – a doctor, a mother, an author and TV personality – carries a cost. Each of those is a career on its own, but she’s caught in a world where “doing more means you’re doing better and it’s hard to say no”.

Much of the tension in the story arises from how the police, the prosecutor and public view her, based on assumptions and with no real knowledge of her life behind closed doors.

The courtroom and newsroom scenes are very true-to-life, and Edel had a certain degree of experience in the latter, she laughs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Family-friendly location just a stroll to the beach

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Family friendly location: 26 Tearmann Eala (red door) in Renmore.

This large semi-detached residence in the popular Tearmann Eala estate in Renmore has come to the market with an asking price of €395,000.

Number 26 is a well-presented four-bed property with very generous living space spread out over two floors.

The ground floor comprises a wide entrance hall with under stairs toilet, a large living room with open fireplace and to the rear, the kitchen/dining room and utility both with access to the back garden.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms all with built-in wardrobes and the master is en suite. Completing the upstairs is the main bathroom.

Externally, there is off-street parking to the front and a well-kept rear garden.

Selling agent Kyle O’Brien said: “Tearmann Eala is a quiet cul de sac development in Renmore. It is a perfect family friendly development and is well serviced by local amenities and services nearby.

“Ballyloughane Beach is only a short stroll away and not to mention all the communal green areas and facilities such as Galwegians Rugby Club and the Kingfisher Leisure facilities.

“Additionally, there are many further amenities such as schools, Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Parkmore IDA Park, the major employment hub on the east side of the city.”

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact DNG Maxwell, Heaslip & Leonard on 091 565261.

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Consumer spend hit by inflation

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The average planned monthly spend among Irish consumers has decreased by ten per cent, according to Deloitte’s latest State of the Consumer Tracker.

The survey found that consumers in Ireland are ten per cent more concerned about inflation than the global average, with more than half (56 per cent) worried about their level of savings.

It also found that consumer confidence in engaging with businesses and services in person has increased over the last month; 80 per cent feel safe going to the store (up six per cent since the previous wave); 80 per cent feel safe engaging in one-to-one services such as hairdressing (up five per cent); 78 per cent feel safe going to a restaurant (up seven per cent); and 66 per cent feel safe attending in-person events (up ten per cent).

Despite this, financial concerns among consumers in Ireland have remained constant or lessened only slightly since the previous wave: 26 per cent are concerned about making upcoming payments (down two per cent); 52 per cent say they are delaying large purchases (no change); 44 per cent are optimistic that their personal financial situation will improve within the next three years (up one per cent); and 56 per cent are concerned about their level of savings (no change).

In fact, of the 23 countries surveyed, Ireland is the third-most-concerned about inflation, with 85 per cent of consumers in Ireland saying that they are concerned about inflation, compared to the global average of 75 per cent.

Consequently, the average planned monthly spend among consumers in Ireland has decreased by a significant ten per cent, from €2,654 in the previous wave to €2,396.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Little by way of ready relief from hypochondria ailment

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Country Living with Francis Farragher

Not all the time, but here and there, I get occasional nominations for being the number one hypochondriac in my immediate circle, an ‘accolade’ I hotly dispute but often to no avail. There is always that tendency when a sudden headache arrives or a twinge in the back comes like a lightning strike or a cough starts out of the blue to straight away harbour thoughts of impending doom.

With the passing of years – even decades – you get subtle hints of your finitude (a fancy way of saying that you’re going to die sometime) and you begin to check out medical terms like floaters (little black spots that appear in your line of vision), cataracts, osteoarthritis, diabetes, depression and of course the dreaded dementia.

If you can tick off more than two of those boxes then you know that you’re in a bit of bother and the only hope is that if you tick them all, you’re probably just in a state of chronic hypochondria rather than being on your last legs.

Luckily many years ago after a brief flirtation with cigarettes while at school (secondary), some kind of a spirit descended upon me and prompted me to turn my back on the dreaded weed, which has now become horrendously expensive as well as killing you off before your time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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