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Donegal Woman Author - Rachel McLaughlin


Rachel McLaughlin is the editor of DonegalWoman.ie. She loves hearing about inspirational women, wearing red lipstick and making up terrible puns. Get in touch by emailing news@donegalwoman.ie
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Watch: These delightful dad/daughter films are sure to brighten your day 5 hours ago

Watch: These delightful dad/daughter films are sure to brighten your day

A Donegal dad has turned daycare into a daily film series as he passes the time with his baby daughter during the Covid-19 isolation period.

Michael and baby Gracie

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Watch: Birthday joy for Josephine as friends unite for a video surprise 3 days ago

Watch: Birthday joy for Josephine as friends unite for a video surprise

A Ballybofey grandmother in isolation was in good company on her 70th birthday thanks to a heartwarming video.

Josephine Chambers couldn’t believe her eyes when she sat down to watch …
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Awesome Donegal boy receives over 1,000 birthday surprises in isolation 6 days ago

Awesome Donegal boy receives over 1,000 birthday surprises in isolation

By  •  Life

A special Donegal boy is celebrating a birthday like no other today after being inundated with cards and presents from around the world.

Birthday boy Jack Beattie turns nine today …
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Gardener Joanne gets Donegal growing together, while staying apart 1 week ago

Gardener Joanne gets Donegal growing together, while staying apart

By  •  Life

Donegal community gardener Joanne Butler is calling on everyone to get green fingered during the Covid-19 isolation period.

Joanne, founder of OURganic Gardens and a member of ChangeMakers Donegal, has …
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Mum urges community to keep smiling for Jasmine 1 week ago

Mum urges community to keep smiling for Jasmine

By  •  Life

The mother of Jasmine McMonagle is urging everyone to keep her daugher’s memory alive during this covid-19 emergency by supporting the online ‘Smile for Jasmine’ campaign.

Model Jasmine McMonagle, aged 28, …
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Grainne Gallanagh signs up to join Ireland’s healthcare heroes 1 week ago

Grainne Gallanagh signs up to join Ireland’s healthcare heroes

Dancing with the Stars finalist Grainne Gallanagh is set to return to nursing to help during the Coronavirus crisis.

The Buncrana nurse and model (25) revealed that she has answered …
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Hope agus Story – sharing how we live through coronavirus 2 weeks ago

Hope agus Story – sharing how we live through coronavirus

By  •  Life

A new online diary has been started this week to help people share their thoughts and feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entitled Hope agus Story, the diary contains entries from …
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How do you celebrate a Lotto win during a pandemic? By WhatsApp! 2 weeks ago

How do you celebrate a Lotto win during a pandemic? By WhatsApp!

A Donegal family who became instant millionaires in the Lotto last week are taking a sensible digital approach to their success.

They can’t throw a party due to coronavirus, but …
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Needs Must! How teacher Karen Murphy is embracing online communication 2 weeks ago

Needs Must! How teacher Karen Murphy is embracing online communication

A Donegal speech and drama teacher is taking a novel approach to communicating with students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Murphy has this week launched virtual classes to work with …
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Smiles all round as Gráinne’s dancing journey comes to an end 2 weeks ago

Smiles all round as Gráinne’s dancing journey comes to an end

Donegal’s own dancing queen Grainne Gallanagh has done her home county proud as her Dancing with the Stars journey comes to an end.

The Buncrana beauty may have missed out …
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It’s Gráinne’s time to shine as Dancing with the Stars final is brought forward 2 weeks ago

It’s Gráinne’s time to shine as Dancing with the Stars final is brought forward

Donegal star Grainne Gallanagh will be competing in the grand final of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars tonight – a week earlier than expected due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Show …
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Local mothers kindly donate trauma teddies to hospitals 2 weeks ago

Local mothers kindly donate trauma teddies to hospitals

By  •  News

The Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union worked together recently to create a range of items for use in various wards across Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry and Omagh Hospital and Primary Care …
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Donegal Person of the Year 2019 Gala Ball Postponed 2 weeks ago

Donegal Person of the Year 2019 Gala Ball Postponed

By  •  News

In the interest of health and safety the Donegal Association have made the decision to postpone the Annual Gala Ball which was due to take place this Saturday night in …
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Feeding 1.6million children – a Donegal woman’s mighty new role 2 weeks ago

Feeding 1.6million children – a Donegal woman’s mighty new role

By  •  News

Ramelton woman Patricia Shannon has been appointed to a major new role with Mary’s Meals Ireland.

Ensuring 1,667,067 hungry and impoverished children get daily meals is no easy feat, but as …
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16 awards on the menu for Donegal’s top restaurants 3 weeks ago

16 awards on the menu for Donegal’s top restaurants

By  •  Life

Local restaurants are having a taste of success after picking up 16 accolades at last night’s Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Over 600 restaurant owners and staff …
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Review: The Addams Family – far from normal 3 weeks ago

Review: The Addams Family – far from normal

With all the darkness in the world today, the Addams Family seems like a very apt production to begin in Letterkenny.

The Addams Family is an extraordinary family that embraces …
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‘Wonder Woman’ Grainne stepping close to Dancing with the Stars final 3 weeks ago

‘Wonder Woman’ Grainne stepping close to Dancing with the Stars final

Donegal’s Grainne Gallanagh is stepping ever closer to the Glitterball Trophy after surviving another round on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars Ireland.

The Buncrana beauty queen and nurse was a …
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Man ‘pops’ the question with beautiful balloon surprise 3 weeks ago

Man ‘pops’ the question with beautiful balloon surprise

Newry couple Paul and Anna are celebrating their engagement following a very successful surprise balloon-based proposal.

The couple, who have been together for three years, were enjoying a weekend getaway …
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‘Mighty Women’ celebrated in commemorative plate display 3 weeks ago

‘Mighty Women’ celebrated in commemorative plate display

By  •  News

A new display was launched at Simple Simon Donegal Town this week featuring commemorative plates painted by local women.

The plates honour women who have influenced and enrich our everyday …
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Be You Donegal – A special event for every woman 3 weeks ago

Be You Donegal – A special event for every woman

Donegal’s first BE YOU event is taking place this March and is set to be a wonderful day out with a difference.

This health, wellness, fashion and beauty event places …
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Events: Celebrating all things local with the Donegal Women in Business Network 3 weeks ago

Events: Celebrating all things local with the Donegal Women in Business Network

All businesses start somewhere – and local foundations and local communities are at the heart of so many Donegal enterprises.

The Donegal Women in Business Network (DWBN) placed a special …
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Events: Falling for the Grand Ballroom at Harvey’s Point 3 weeks ago

Events: Falling for the Grand Ballroom at Harvey’s Point

As twilight fell on Lough Eske last night, the new-look Grand Ballroom at Harvey’s blended in beautifully with its surroundings.

The revamped function room has undergone a €1million redesign to …
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Legacy of pioneering Donegal woman celebrated by nurses of the future 4 weeks ago

Legacy of pioneering Donegal woman celebrated by nurses of the future

By  •  News

Agnes Elizabeth Jones (1832 – 1868) of Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland is recognised as the founder of Public Health Nursing. In her short life, she worked with people who suffered …
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Portnoo woman celebrates 28th successful charity appeal 4 weeks ago

Portnoo woman celebrates 28th successful charity appeal

By  •  News

A 40ft truck is on its way to Belarus packed with much-needed supplies for orphanages thanks to a generous community fundraiser organised by Portnoo woman Siobhan Boyle McNelis.

Chernobyl Children …
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Big smiles for Donegal dentist manager after major awards success 4 weeks ago

Big smiles for Donegal dentist manager after major awards success

Blueapple Dental Care in Belcoo, Co Fermanagh have plenty of reasons to celebrate this weekend. 

Managed by Killybegs woman Sinead Doogan, they have just walked away with 4 top awards …
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Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Donegal mum 4 weeks ago

Huge sadness at passing of much-loved Donegal mum

By  •  News

Sonya McCloskey (née Hamilton), a much-loved Ballybofey woman, has passed away at the age of 36.

The mother-of-five passed away at the Donegal Hospice following a battle with cancer.

Sonya Hamilton …
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Relatives inspire volunteers on amazing Kilimanjaro challenge 4 weeks ago

Relatives inspire volunteers on amazing Kilimanjaro challenge

By  •  Life

Four volunteers from Donegal have set their sights on climbing Kilimanjaro – the highest free standing mountain in the world – to raise money for Down Syndrome Ireland. 

Charlie McNulty …
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Baby names 2019: Three new names top the list in Donegal 1 month ago

Baby names 2019: Three new names top the list in Donegal

The most popular baby names chosen by Donegal parents in 2019 have been revealed – with three newcomers topping the list.

Jamie was the most popular boys’ name in Donegal …
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Harvey’s Point to reveal brand new ballroom at Wedding Showcase 1 month ago

Harvey’s Point to reveal brand new ballroom at Wedding Showcase

Big things have been happening at Harvey’s Point, and all will be revealed this Thursday at their extra special Wedding Showcase.

The luxury lakeside hotel will open the doors to …
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‘Empowering Women in Donegal’ document aims to prompt change 1 month ago

‘Empowering Women in Donegal’ document aims to prompt change

A new report will be launched this Friday exploring women’s experiences of life in Donegal.

The document was created as a result of the “Empowering Women in Donegal” initiative, …
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A cafe with no takeaway cups or waste? For Fiona, it’s simple! 1 month ago

A cafe with no takeaway cups or waste? For Fiona, it’s simple!

At Simply Green, you won’t find takeaway coffee cups, plastic lids or lunchboxes, because the focus is on reusing and recycling.

This cafe makes eco-cafe culture, well, simple for customers.


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Local singer healthy and safe after evacuation from coronavirus-hit cruise 1 month ago

Local singer healthy and safe after evacuation from coronavirus-hit cruise

By  •  News

Donegal-based singer Rebecca Harkin says she is healthy and safe after being evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

The vessel, off the coast of Japan, has been under quarantine …
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Events: Donegal actors celebrate Ros na Rún’s Valentine’s wrap party 1 month ago

Events: Donegal actors celebrate Ros na Rún’s Valentine’s wrap party

The cast and crew of TG4’s Ros na Rún have celebrated the end of another exciting series of the popular soap drama.

Season 24 saw local talent, including the Daly …
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Hair salon bins gossip magazines after tragic death of Caroline Flack 1 month ago

Hair salon bins gossip magazines after tragic death of Caroline Flack

By  •  News

A Letterkenny hair salon has joined the movement to remove celebrity gossip magazines from guest areas following the death of TV presenter Caroline Flack.

LK Hair Design on Lower Main …
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Donegal donations deliver vital support to Belarus orphanage 1 month ago

Donegal donations deliver vital support to Belarus orphanage

By  •  News

Ramelton couple Myrtle and Alan Doherty have issued a massive thank you to the local community after another successful Belarus orphanage collection.

The lorry which delivers all the donations from …
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Don’t miss Gabrielle’s glam girls night! 1 month ago

Don’t miss Gabrielle’s glam girls night!

Donegal social diarist Gabrielle McMonagle from Gabrielle’s Diary is hosting a fashion night out with McElhinneys in the Orchard Letterkenny on Thursday 5th March.

Gabrielle McMonagle – Gabrielle’s Diary …
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Events: Embracing the new season at McElhinneys 1 month ago

Events: Embracing the new season at McElhinneys

McElhinneys are kicking off the Spring/Summer 2020 season in style with their fashion launch all this weekend.

The spotlight was on the new womenswear collections at last night’s preview, as …
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Bronwyn brings a community together for Australian relief concert 2 months ago

Bronwyn brings a community together for Australian relief concert

A Donegal-based Australian woman is bringing the local community together to support people devastated by disasters in her home country.

A fundraising concert, taking place this Saturday 15th February, will …
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Review: The super deluxe treatment at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 2 months ago

Review: The super deluxe treatment at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

If your hair has had its own dry January, a cut and a hydrating treatment is the only way to rescue and refresh.

And there’s no better feeling than a …
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Donegal Domestic Violence Service welcomes Ireland’s first coercive control conviction 2 months ago

Donegal Domestic Violence Service welcomes Ireland’s first coercive control conviction

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The Donegal Domestic Violence Service has welcomed a new precedent set by Ireland’s first coercive control conviction, which took place in Letterkenny.

Kevin Dunleavy (33) was yesterday jailed for 21 …
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Young girls invited to build their ‘confidence kit’ with Laura Doherty 2 months ago

Young girls invited to build their ‘confidence kit’ with Laura Doherty

By  •  Life

Letterkenny youth worker Laura Doherty has established Confidently Me to workshops combine fun, creativity and mental health focus to help teenage girls build confidence and self-esteem.

After two successful workshops …
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Kay McNulty’s remarkable story to air this week 2 months ago

Kay McNulty’s remarkable story to air this week

By  •  News

Kay McNulty, a native of Creeslough, was a Donegal Gaeilgeoir, computer programmer and one of the six original programmers of the ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.

Kay McNulty. …
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Erin McGinty launches the ‘coolest’ giveaway 2 months ago

Erin McGinty launches the ‘coolest’ giveaway

The Dungloe schoolteacher, who runs a popular travel, sports and lifestyle Instagram page @coolestplaceontheplanet, is celebrating reaching 7,000 followers with a big Donegal giveaway.

Erin McGinty @CoolestPlaceOnthePlanet

This competition brought …
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Luxury Donegal hotel ranks in US Top 10 list 2 months ago

Luxury Donegal hotel ranks in US Top 10 list

By  •  Life

The results were announced by U.S. News and World Report, who rank the world’s best hotels each year.

Lough Eske Castle also placed in the Top 200 hotels in Europe …
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Unstoppable Grainne set for Dancing with the Stars switch-up 2 months ago

Unstoppable Grainne set for Dancing with the Stars switch-up

All couples will swap their dancing partners for this week’s show, which is also switching days to air on Saturday, as the election count takes place on Sunday.

Grainne will …
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New dating show seeks Donegal cast members 2 months ago

New dating show seeks Donegal cast members

If you know a dashing farmer or a small-town sweetheart, this could be their chance to find love!

The series, called ‘Love in the Countryside’, is being created by the …
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Events: Donegal Women in Business study skills in selling online 2 months ago

Events: Donegal Women in Business study skills in selling online

The world of direct marketing and selling online is a place of great opportunities but also of great complications and regulations.

Mastering the legalities, etiquette and numbers of online business …
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Watch: Laundry days will never be the same again thanks to the Siemens centre at Irwin Expert Electrical 2 months ago

Watch: Laundry days will never be the same again thanks to the Siemens centre at Irwin Expert Electrical

This week we take a look at the premium range of Siemens Washing Machines at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana.

Beginning with theSiemens iQ700 SensoFresh – watch it …
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New ultrasound for Breast Centre North West thanks to generous donation 2 months ago

New ultrasound for Breast Centre North West thanks to generous donation

Breast Centre North West would like to sincerely thank the Good & New Charity, Letterkenny for their recent generous donation.

The donation helped purchase an Ultrasound Ge Logiq Lee 7 which …
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Noel Cunningham named Donegal’s Person of the Year 2 months ago

Noel Cunningham named Donegal’s Person of the Year

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My gratitude is to forever sing that song ‘My Donegal’ – Noel Cunningham

Donegal hotelier and broadcaster Noel Cunningham has been named as the Donegal Person of the Year …
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