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Baby joy as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expecting first child 3 months ago

Baby joy as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry expecting first child

By  •  News

The pregnancy news came from Kensington Palace early this morning, which said that former actress Meghan is around 12 weeks pregnant.

Marie and Méabh’s coffee morning better late than never! 3 months ago

Marie and Méabh’s coffee morning better late than never!

By  •  Life

The annual Donegal Hospice coffee morning came and went on Sept 20th. But that didn’t stop colleagues in IDA and Enterprise Ireland from doing something for this great cause when they …
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Local ‘mná’ networking together in the Donegal Gaeltacht 3 months ago

Local ‘mná’ networking together in the Donegal Gaeltacht

By  •  Business

‘Networking Together in the Donegal Gaeltacht’ will hear from women in business and education to uncover opportunities in the thriving region.

The event, held in partnership with Údarás na Gaeltachta …
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Play Therapist and ‘Down Below’ Physio lead the Tea & Toast October line-up 3 months ago

Play Therapist and ‘Down Below’ Physio lead the Tea & Toast October line-up

By  •  Mammy

Deirdre Ward from Unlock and Lorraine Boyce from Down Below Physio will be the guest speakers at the Tea & Toast meeting on 24th October 2018.

The Tea & Toast …
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You’ll never guess what Jamie Dornan’s daughter thinks he does for a living 4 months ago

You’ll never guess what Jamie Dornan’s daughter thinks he does for a living

Hollywood star Jamie Dornan is adored by fans all over the world, but his eldest daughter has a completely different idea about her dad’s day job.

The Northern Ireland actor …
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Hi, did you hear they’ve started on Derry Girls Season 2? 4 months ago

Hi, did you hear they’ve started on Derry Girls Season 2?

This week, some of our favourite cast members have revealed that they’ve got their hands on the Derry Girls Season 2 script and begun read-throughs. Class!

Two new Breastfeeding Support Groups launching for Donegal mums 4 months ago

Two new Breastfeeding Support Groups launching for Donegal mums

By  •  Mammy

National Breastfeeding Week takes place this week, and with it comes the launch of two local support groups for mothers in Letterkenny and Buncrana.

In fact, there are 15 events …
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How Niamh preserves the voice of our people and history 4 months ago

How Niamh preserves the voice of our people and history

By  •  Life

Niamh Brennan has been the County Archivist for Donegal for almost 20 years.

The archives give voice to the rich history of Donegal and its people, through the records and …
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Donegal mum launches toy collection for Crumlin Children’s Hospital 4 months ago

Donegal mum launches toy collection for Crumlin Children’s Hospital

By  •  Mammy

As families begin to clear out toy boxes before Santa delivers new Christmas gifts, this collection at Little V.I.P’s Preschool Dunkineely seeks to gather donations for the children in Our …
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Country house wedding fayre set to bring dreams to reality 4 months ago

Country house wedding fayre set to bring dreams to reality

By  •  Bridal

Castle Grove Country House Hotel are hosting a wonderful Wedding Fayre this Sunday. Here, they tell us about the exclusivity and care they provide for couples on their most special …
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Abortion legislation on the way after official Repeal of 8th Amendment 4 months ago

Abortion legislation on the way after official Repeal of 8th Amendment

By  •  News

Health Minister Simon Harris is set to introduce abortion legislation to the government next week following the official repeal of the 8th Amendment. 

President Michael D Higgins signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment …
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Instagram sensation Mrs Hinch has her TV debut on This Morning 4 months ago

Instagram sensation Mrs Hinch has her TV debut on This Morning

By  •  Life

Instagram cleaning inspiration Sophie Hinchcliffe (aka Mrs Hinch) wowed fans with her TV debut today and revealed an upcoming visit to Ireland.

Sophie joined Philip and Holly on This Morning to …
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Inishowen mum meet-up to explore confidence and holistic therapies 4 months ago

Inishowen mum meet-up to explore confidence and holistic therapies

By  •  Mammy

The Tea & Toast is an Inishowen-based group hosting casual meet-ups for mothers to get together and learn new tips and tools for taking care of their own mental well-being.


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Danielle McLaughlin’s mum pushes for ‘Danielle’s amendment’ for grieving families 4 months ago

Danielle McLaughlin’s mum pushes for ‘Danielle’s amendment’ for grieving families

By  •  News

The mother and sister of the late Danielle McLaughlin said they had a positive meeting with Mr Varadkar after prolonged discussions on Tuesday night in Derry.

Ms Brannigan and her …
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Donegal’s Miss Universe Ireland to guest at Free Family Wellness day 4 months ago

Donegal’s Miss Universe Ireland to guest at Free Family Wellness day

By  •  News

The Buncrana woman will be a guest speaker at the open event for parents, soon-to-be parents and families on Sunday the 16th of September at the Sligo Park Hotel.

Grainne, …
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Recipe: Little lunchbox vegetable muffins 4 months ago

Recipe: Little lunchbox vegetable muffins

By  •  Life

We may be only a few weeks into September but if you’re like us, the lunchbox inspiration is starting to dip. Here’s a handly autumnal Courgette & Sundried Tomato Muffins recipe …
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CervicalCheck inquiry finds system was ‘doomed to fail’ 4 months ago

CervicalCheck inquiry finds system was ‘doomed to fail’

By  •  Health

Dr Sally’s scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck errors has made fifty recommendations to the Minister for Health to renew and strengthen the screening service.

Dr Scally heard from women and …
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Irish Red Cross to honour Pat Hume with Lifetime Achievement Award 4 months ago

Irish Red Cross to honour Pat Hume with Lifetime Achievement Award

By  •  News

Pat Hume will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish Red Cross, in recognition of her decades of public service.

Pat, who lives in Greencastle, has worked …
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Irish scientists find potential link for increased breast cancer survival 4 months ago

Irish scientists find potential link for increased breast cancer survival

By  •  News

Women who take vitamin D after being diagnosed with breast cancer may have an increased chance of survival, new research supported by the Irish Cancer Society has shown.

Researchers from …
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Mamma Mia! Hollywood star Christine Baranski is special guest at Donegal beach event 4 months ago

Mamma Mia! Hollywood star Christine Baranski is special guest at Donegal beach event

Actress Christine Baranski brought an A-List touch to an environmental event on a Donegal beach today – much to the surprise of many.

Baranski, who stars in Mamma Mia, The …
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Woman’s Words: College Girls by Caitriona Coyle 4 months ago

Woman’s Words: College Girls by Caitriona Coyle

This week on our Woman’s Words fiction series, Donegal author Caitriona Coyle shares a taster of her debut novel College Girls.

Writing this book was a life-long dream of Caitriona’s, …
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Priest suggests tax on brides with plunging necklines 4 months ago

Priest suggests tax on brides with plunging necklines

By  •  Bridal

Venice-based priest Fr Cristiano Bobbo has suggested that some brides have been showing too much cleavage on their wedding day.

The priest wrote in the local parish magazine to say brides should …
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Watch: Father of the Bride’s speech takes a surprise twist 4 months ago

Watch: Father of the Bride’s speech takes a surprise twist

The July wedding of Scottish couple Steven Morrison and Patricia McArdle has gone viral in recent weeks after Patricia’s dad Frank organised an amazing speech.

In welcoming his son-in-law to …
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Bereaved parents invited to information event in Letterkenny 4 months ago

Bereaved parents invited to information event in Letterkenny

By  •  Life

Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold a Bereavement Information Evening on Thursday 13th of September from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.


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Care for a cuppa to help the Hospice? Join the county-wide coffee morning! 4 months ago

Care for a cuppa to help the Hospice? Join the county-wide coffee morning!

By  •  News

This year’s Coffee Morning for Donegal Hospice was officially launched recently at the Hospice by Patron, Shaun Doherty, who was joined by the Chairperson, Grace Boyle, Administrator, Isobel Doherty, Assistant …
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Local programme launched for women looking to return to work 4 months ago

Local programme launched for women looking to return to work

By  •  News

Ambitious applicants are being invited to sign up for the RESTART-EMPOWER-SUPPORT (RES) programme by Rural Enterprise Skillnet.

Workshops are set to begin in Donegal Town from September 18th for women aged …
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Radio presenter Rachael Bland dies after breast cancer battle 4 months ago

Radio presenter Rachael Bland dies after breast cancer battle

By  •  News

The 40-year-old mum-of-one died peacefully at home surrounded by family this morning.

Events: Celebrations as holiday getaways are won at Rushe Fitness party 5 months ago

Events: Celebrations as holiday getaways are won at Rushe Fitness party

The fitness community has been challenging themselves to achieve new goals all summer as part of the Summer Shape Up contest. Now in its second year, the challenge is a …
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Rushe Fitness challenge holiday winners to be revealed this weekend 5 months ago

Rushe Fitness challenge holiday winners to be revealed this weekend

By  •  Health

The Rushe Fitness Summer Shape Up challenge comes to an end this Saturday and excitement is building to see who will be crowned the 2018 champion.

Designed by Letterkenny gym …
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Complaints over offensive nightclub billboard upheld 5 months ago

Complaints over offensive nightclub billboard upheld

By  •  News

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld complaints made against Liberties Nightclub’s ’19th Hole’ ad campaign after its content was considered to be offensive and misogynistic.

Sixty-four complaints were made against a …
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Breastfeeding Class to be held in Stranorlar 5 months ago

Breastfeeding Class to be held in Stranorlar

By  •  Mammy

All pregnant woman and their partners are invited to attend a HSE Breastfeeding Preparation Class in Stranorlar next week. 

The event will be run by Public Health Nurses to give parents practical …
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CervicalCheck backlog leaves women waiting up to 13 weeks for results 5 months ago

CervicalCheck backlog leaves women waiting up to 13 weeks for results

By  •  Health

Some smear tests under CervicalCheck have expired due to such long backlogs in the screening programme, the Irish Times reports.

Patients have faced delays of up to 13 weeks in …
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Ramelton rejoices as Shaun Dunworth wakes on 21st birthday 5 months ago

Ramelton rejoices as Shaun Dunworth wakes on 21st birthday

By  •  News

After more than four weeks in a deep coma in intensive care at St.Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, a young Ramelton man has awoken on his 21st birthday.

Shaun Dunworth gave …
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Plenty of drama as Nicola opens Donegal’s newest arts school 5 months ago

Plenty of drama as Nicola opens Donegal’s newest arts school

By  •  News

The fun is just about to begin at Act One Drama School in Letterkenny, established by Letterkenny woman Nicola Keegan Laughlin.

Based in Letterkenny Educate Together NS from Tuesday, the …
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Tea & Toast mothers’ group to welcome first male speaker 5 months ago

Tea & Toast mothers’ group to welcome first male speaker

By  •  Mammy

The Tea & Toast is an Inishowen-based group hosting casual meet-ups for mothers to get together and learn new tips and tools for taking care of their own mental well-being.


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Roses from Donegal have their big moment on Night One in Tralee 5 months ago

Roses from Donegal have their big moment on Night One in Tralee

Tralee is packed with squads of Donegal people this week as four young women from all parts of the county take part in the 59th edition of the Rose of Tralee International Festival.


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Not one, but four Donegal woman to appear in Rose of Tralee final 5 months ago

Not one, but four Donegal woman to appear in Rose of Tralee final

The countdown is on to the 59th Rose of Tralee contest – with this year’s show featuring four young women from Donegal, including our very own Donegal Rose Niamh Duggan.


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Hanlon family’s fight continues for operation to end Jason’s pain 5 months ago

Hanlon family’s fight continues for operation to end Jason’s pain

By  •  News

Doochary mother Liz Hanlon has set out to end the ‘disgraceful’ delays suffered by her son Jason who urgent needs a spinal operation.

The Hanlon family were forced to bring …
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Donegal County Childcare launches helpful interactive tool for parents 5 months ago

Donegal County Childcare launches helpful interactive tool for parents

By  •  Mammy

All parents want quality, affordable childcare for their family. Donegal County Childcare is here to offer a range of services to help families with all of their childcare questions and …
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Mammy blogger Maria makes it to the National Awards! 5 months ago

Mammy blogger Maria makes it to the National Awards!

By  •  Mammy

For the second year in a row, local blogger and Donegal Woman columnist, Maria Rushe, has been nominated in the Maternity & Infant Awards for Best Parenting Blogger.

The national …
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A lucky Donegal lotto player has just claimed a cool €500,000 EuroMillions prize 5 months ago

A lucky Donegal lotto player has just claimed a cool €500,000 EuroMillions prize

By  •  News

There was no need for Monday motivation for a lucky Donegal National Lottery player who today popped into Lotto HQ to claim a cool €500,000 EuroMillions Plus prize.

The delighted …
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Style: It’s all Yellow 5 months ago

Style: It’s all Yellow

By  •  Style

Yellow is the new pink, have you heard? The happy shade is everywhere this season and overtaking the popular baby pink we’ve embraced in the past year.

Millennial Pink was the …
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Plenty of stories ready to be shared this Heritage Week 5 months ago

Plenty of stories ready to be shared this Heritage Week

By  •  News

“The theme of this year’s Heritage Week is ‘Share a Story’ and County Donegal has lots of stories to tell about its heritage, landscape, environment, history, folklore, traditional skills and …
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Vanessa is coming home after holiday illness 5 months ago

Vanessa is coming home after holiday illness

By  •  News

Newtowncunningham woman Vanessa Donohoe’s recovery has taken another very positive step.

The family of the mum-of-three who took ill in Spain in June have announced that she will be …
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‘Time is running out’ – Donegal mother appeals for surgery to end son’s suffering 5 months ago

‘Time is running out’ – Donegal mother appeals for surgery to end son’s suffering

By  •  Health

Liz Hanlon from Doochary has invited the Minister for Health to visit her ill son and see him screaming in pain as he awaits an operation to fix his spine.

Jason …
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Fund for young Donegal man in Sydney gains overwhelming support 6 months ago

Fund for young Donegal man in Sydney gains overwhelming support

By  •  News

Hundreds of kind donators are sending their best wishes to the young Ramelton man following a tragic fall in Australia.

Shaun (21) suffered serious injuries when he fell from a …
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Spot the bridesmaid who made this wedding photo go viral 6 months ago

Spot the bridesmaid who made this wedding photo go viral

By  •  Bridal


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Environmentalist Sarah Carr is crowned Miss Water 2018 6 months ago

Environmentalist Sarah Carr is crowned Miss Water 2018

By  •  News

Sarah Carr picked up not one, but four special awards at Saturday’s Miss Earth Northern Ireland final in Derry.

The 24-year-old scooped the title of ‘Miss Water 2018’ along with awards …
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It’s Love Island finale day – who are the favourites, and where’s the party? 6 months ago

It’s Love Island finale day – who are the favourites, and where’s the party?

Love Island fans will have their calendar’s cleared to watch tonight’s final. But, who will be crowned the winners?

Jack and Dani are the bookies favourite to win the £50,000 prize …
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Dress for Success: Five M&S marvels for work 6 months ago

Dress for Success: Five M&S marvels for work

By  •  Style

If you are looking to transition your professional style from casual summerwear to autumn, Carmel is here to help choose the best buys from M&S:

“As the weather has …
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