Mothers, birth and illness in Celbridge author’s latest book

Caroline Finnerty (centre) with (l) Louise Phillips and (r) Siobhan McKenna.
A new book by a Kildare author may prove to be very timely.

A new book by a Kildare author may prove to be very timely.

In her second fictional book, The Long Gooodbye, Celbridge native, Caroline Finnerty, deals with the dilemma of seriously ill pregnant women .

Caroline, who lives in Ardclough with her husband, Simon Von Lonkhuyzen, and their three children, finished writing the book last September.

In November, the Savita Halappanavar story emerged.

The conflict between illness and birth is not easy,“There are no easy decisions. There are no winners,” is how she sums it up.

On 17 July, Caroline and her family, including daughter, Lila (4) and twins Tom and Bea (trice), both one and a half, launched the book at Dubray’s in Grafton Street.

Caroline’s first book, “In a Moment,” came out last year after she signed up for a three book deal with Poolbeg Press.

Now living canal side in Ardclough, Caroline was born and raised in Celbridge, where her parents, Delores and Andy, currently live on the Oldtown road.

Writing did not appear to be a top prioirty. “I did love the english essay,” she said, but she took another route after the Leaving Cert in St. Wolstan’s and the basics in Scoil Brid but also took a Creative Writing course with Mae Leonard at Colaiste Chiarain in Leixlip. “Great,” is how she described it.

She stayed local and studied biotechnology at NUI Maynooth before working for the Unicare Pharmacy group.

When the twins arrived, she opted to write full time from hope as Simon beavers away at his own technology company.

- Henry Bauress