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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.
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Letterkenny women earn awards from Donegal Centre for Independent Living 2 days ago

Letterkenny women earn awards from Donegal Centre for Independent Living

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Aisling Hunter and Pauline Larkin both received end of year awards for their care and leadership in the community for people with disabilities.

A large number of nominees were celebrated …
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Special Santa’s Milk will be back on Irish shelves for Christmas 2 days ago

Special Santa’s Milk will be back on Irish shelves for Christmas

Getting the mince pies, carrots and milk together for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve is a tradition that takes place the world over each year on December …
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Donegal Traveller women unveil stunning symbolic quilt 2 days ago

Donegal Traveller women unveil stunning symbolic quilt

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A spectacular pictorial quilt created by Traveller women and girls from all over Donegal was launched at Donegal County Museum.

The quilt, a community arts initiative of Donegal Travellers Project …
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Charity ball raises €17,000 for local breast cancer research 3 days ago

Charity ball raises €17,000 for local breast cancer research

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The North West Breast Cancer Ball 2018 has raised a grand total of €17,000 for cancer research and patient care.

The glamorous event was held in the Silver Tassie Hotel …
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Outstanding young Donegal women earn President’s Awards 4 days ago

Outstanding young Donegal women earn President’s Awards

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Two inspirational young women from Co. Donegal have been honoured with Gold Gaisce Awards by President Michael D. Higgins.

Sorcha McElchar from Castlefin and Emma McKinley from Falcarragh were both celebrated …
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Success for Spraoi agus Spórt at Charity Impact Awards 4 days ago

Success for Spraoi agus Spórt at Charity Impact Awards

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It was celebrations all round for Spraoi Agus Spórt Family Centre after their win in the Charity Impact Awards 2018.

The Carndonagh centre which was established by five local mums …
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Review: Party prep tanning in Allure at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 5 days ago

Review: Party prep tanning in Allure at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

Tucked in the back of Patrick Gildea’s Hairdressing salon lies a real hidden gem – the boutique beauty room Allure.

Allure is perfect for Christmas party prep when you want your …
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Donegal’s finest female artists unite for hospice memorial album 5 days ago

Donegal’s finest female artists unite for hospice memorial album

The Wild Atlantic Women ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ CD project is a collection of songs donated from local artists in aid of Donegal Hospice.

The compilation also remembers a much-loved young …
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Events: Letterkenny Babies party raises a ho-ho-huge amount for charity! 6 days ago

Events: Letterkenny Babies party raises a ho-ho-huge amount for charity!

The annual event brings local parents and children together for a family day out in aid of a great cause.

This year’s party raised €1,100 for The Belarus Orphanage Appeal. …
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Sinead Kelly crowned Ireland’s top sports volunteer 6 days ago

Sinead Kelly crowned Ireland’s top sports volunteer

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A local football club hero from Donegal has won a Volunteer Ireland Award 2018.

Sinead Kelly is a tireless volunteer with Raphoe Town Football Club and a passionate promoter …
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Review: Experiencing colour excellence at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 1 week ago

Review: Experiencing colour excellence at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

Patrick Gildea Hairdressers in Letterkenny is known as a house of excellence. It’s a premier experience for any guest, so I was more than delighted to visit this week for …
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Donegal girl stunned by incredible family Christmas gift 1 week ago

Donegal girl stunned by incredible family Christmas gift

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A brave teen from Donegal Town was lost for words on live radio yesterday after receiving a special  Christmas surprise.

India Kennedy (15) and her family have been going through …
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One step closer: Abortion legislation passes in the Dáil 1 week ago

One step closer: Abortion legislation passes in the Dáil

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The Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy Bill will proceed to the Seanad as the Government aims to introduce termination of pregnancy services to Ireland by January 2019.

The Bill was …
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Watch: Donegal wedding video blows all others out of the water 2 weeks ago

Watch: Donegal wedding video blows all others out of the water

Two Donegal newlyweds stunned their guests with an explosive entrance last weekend – complete with zombies, guns and jetskis!

Jackie and Bernard Greene from Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair, were delayed getting …
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Ballybofey boy dreams up Tesco’s toy of the year 2 weeks ago

Ballybofey boy dreams up Tesco’s toy of the year

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A lovable little bear with a unique link to Donegal has launched in Tesco stores this December.

Cedric the Teddy was given his name by Lewis Evans (aged 5) from …
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Watch: Powerful Donegal-made video highlights silent grief of miscarriage 2 weeks ago

Watch: Powerful Donegal-made video highlights silent grief of miscarriage

A charity project by Christmas Spirit LK has brought an emotional topic to the fore through a heartbreaking video.

The moving film, titled EverGlow, was filmed locally in Donegal and …
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Super Santa experience coming to Carrigart for special cause 2 weeks ago

Super Santa experience coming to Carrigart for special cause

Local woman Nuala McGurk has organised an unmissable family fun day in aid of the North West Simon Community.

All proceeds will go towards helping the homeless in Donegal and …
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Silent Sensory Santa is coming to town – in Ray! 2 weeks ago

Silent Sensory Santa is coming to town – in Ray!

A very special Santa Claus is on the way for some merry little Christmas visits.

Boys and girls living near Rathmullan, Ramelton, Milford and Kerrykeel and surrounding areas will have …
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Buncrana woman wins Presidential award for achievements abroad 2 weeks ago

Buncrana woman wins Presidential award for achievements abroad

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Breege McDaid from Donegal is set to receive a Presidential Distinguished Service Award today.

Breege, a native of Buncrana, is the Director of Irish Community Care Merseyside (ICCM).

Breege has …
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DonegalWoman.ie and Women’s Inspire join forces for national conference 3 weeks ago

DonegalWoman.ie and Women’s Inspire join forces for national conference

The global online Women’s Inspire Network have set their sights on Donegal for their sixth annual conference.

On April 10th 2019, women in business, WIN members and non-members will …
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Watch: Donegal woman surprised by very sweet proposal 3 weeks ago

Watch: Donegal woman surprised by very sweet proposal

Brid Chandler and Thomas Keaveny from Convoy were out celebrating a nostalgic adult prom night in the Central Hotel when Brid got a very special surprise for dessert.

Thomas had …
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Little local heroes honoured for making a big difference 3 weeks ago

Little local heroes honoured for making a big difference

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The special awards were held on Saturday 24th November in Athlone, where 18 children from all over Ireland were recognised as inspirational heroes.

The heart-felt initiative was run by Donegal …
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Spraoi agus Sport are calling for your vote! 3 weeks ago

Spraoi agus Sport are calling for your vote!

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Spraoi agus Sport in Carndonagh has welcomed countless children and adults to their community over the past eight years.

Now, they are calling for votes from the community to achieve a dream of …
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Elishia’s mix is a winner in All-Ireland Junior Bake-Off 3 weeks ago

Elishia’s mix is a winner in All-Ireland Junior Bake-Off

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Fifteen-year-old Elishia Moyne from Carndonagh baked a very a-peeling Lemon Drizzle cake to impress in the Aldi Foróige National Junior Baking Competition

Elishia from Carndonagh Foróige Club began her competitive …
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‘Danielle will never be forgotten’ – family gets Embassy support in trial 3 weeks ago

‘Danielle will never be forgotten’ – family gets Embassy support in trial

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The family of the late Danielle McLaughlin from Buncrana has received assistance from the Irish Consul in India as the trial of her alleged killer continues.

Approximately 50 witnesses are …
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Donegal’s Katie McGloin fronts special report on women’s lives 4 weeks ago

Donegal’s Katie McGloin fronts special report on women’s lives

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The Bundoran Magh Ene College student is one of six young women featured in ‘The Big Picture – A Woman’s World’ on RTE. This social media and TV series examines …
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NW Breast Cancer Ball gifted with €5,200 Kevin Sharkey painting 4 weeks ago

NW Breast Cancer Ball gifted with €5,200 Kevin Sharkey painting

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Donegal painter Kevin Sharkey has donated a painting valued at €5,200 for auction at the upcoming North West Breast Cancer Charity Ball.

The painting, titled Friends Forever will be auctioned …
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Families affected by baby loss invited to Christmas craft workshop 4 weeks ago

Families affected by baby loss invited to Christmas craft workshop

Feileacain (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) is hosting a Christmas craft workshop for families in Donegal who have experienced the loss of a baby.

The event on 3rd December …
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Volunteers going bald for little Lucy’s cancer battle 4 weeks ago

Volunteers going bald for little Lucy’s cancer battle

Some eager volunteers are enjoying their last few days of having hair before they shave (and some wax!) it all off for a great cause.

The ‘Big Shave for Lucy’ …
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Tickets launch for NW Simon Women’s Little Christmas Ladies Lunch 4 weeks ago

Tickets launch for NW Simon Women’s Little Christmas Ladies Lunch

The fifth Women’s Little Christmas Black Dress Ladies Lunch has been announced for Sun 6th Jan 2019 in the beautiful setting of Kilronan Castle, Ballyfarnon, Co. Roscommon.

The fun and …
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Police appeal for help finding missing woman 4 weeks ago

Police appeal for help finding missing woman

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The PSNI has appealed to the public to come forward with any information that may help them find a missing woman, Jean McGahey.

The 72-year-old was last seen in the Derry …
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Director Jo leads her BBC team to victory 1 month ago

Director Jo leads her BBC team to victory

Josephine McCusker from Letterkenny picked up a prestigious Royal Television Society Award last weekend for a ground-breaking BBC sports documentary.

‘Alan Shearer: Dementia, Football & Me’ won Best Sports Programme …
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Derry Girls ‘buzzing’ to be back filming in Derry 1 month ago

Derry Girls ‘buzzing’ to be back filming in Derry

Some very well-known characters have been spotted around Derry this week as filming begins on series two of Derry Girls.

The cast, crew and series writer Lisa McGee arrived in …
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It’s that time of year again – the John Lewis Christmas advert is here 1 month ago

It’s that time of year again – the John Lewis Christmas advert is here

The much-anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert was released this morning with a sprinkling of star quality.

Titled The Boy and the Piano, the advert celebrates the life of Elton John. The singer’s …
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Laura’s ‘amazing’ win as Muff Gin tickles taste buds in China 1 month ago

Laura’s ‘amazing’ win as Muff Gin tickles taste buds in China

Muff Gin from Donegal has won a second international gold medal – less than one year since its launch.

The potato-based craft gin from Inishowen impressed the judges of the ‘World …
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I’m a Celebrity line-up revealed: Here’s who’s coming to the jungle! 1 month ago

I’m a Celebrity line-up revealed: Here’s who’s coming to the jungle!

I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! is back this Sunday which can mean only one thing… the time has come for a brand new cast of celebrities to head …
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Unique gifts and family fun in store for Stranorlar Christmas Craft Fair 1 month ago

Unique gifts and family fun in store for Stranorlar Christmas Craft Fair

The BASE in Stranorlar and Donegal Women in Business Network are hosting a Christmas Craft Fair this Saturday 17th November from 11am to 4pm.

This festive event is a great …
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Events: Stars come out for Letterkenny Shopping Centre fashion show 1 month ago

Events: Stars come out for Letterkenny Shopping Centre fashion show

The Welcome Winter fashion show in the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny was a sparkling occasion of music, style and bubbles all for a great cause.

The event was organised by the …
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Lottie gets to work inspiring women in engineering 1 month ago

Lottie gets to work inspiring women in engineering

The Lottie Tour is well underway this Engineers Week as 150 volunteers bring Lottie Dolls to their labs, offices and work sites to show the world what a little girl can …
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Aeva stands tall for diversity 1 month ago

Aeva stands tall for diversity

Aeva Andersson from Ardara is making her mark on the modelling industry after being signed to an agency championing diversity.

Standing tall and proud at 6ft 2”, the 19-year-old never …
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Trailblazing Donegal historian leads rediscovery of Irish women’s feats 1 month ago

Trailblazing Donegal historian leads rediscovery of Irish women’s feats

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Donegal woman Angela Byrne is making great strides in her role as DFAT Historian-in-Residence at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin.

The Culdaff woman is well on her way to accomplishing one …
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Comedy, fashion and beauty combine for this Ladies Night in Stranorlar 1 month ago

Comedy, fashion and beauty combine for this Ladies Night in Stranorlar

St Mary’s NS and The Parents Association present a Ladies Night Out in Kee’s Hotel to celebrate 60 years in Stranorlar.

The night is guaranteed to have lots of laughs with special …
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Inspirational Gortahork girl gets the chop for charity 1 month ago

Inspirational Gortahork girl gets the chop for charity

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Gortahork schoolgirl Polly Harris will have a brand new haircut going back to school on Monday – along with an inspiring story to tell her friends.

The kind-hearted 12-year-old had …
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Be Kind to Your Mind: How Sarah-Marie’s new Piloxing series makes fitness fun 1 month ago

Be Kind to Your Mind: How Sarah-Marie’s new Piloxing series makes fitness fun

Pinehill Studios are about to launch a ‘Be Kind To Your Mind’ Piloxing programme for adults on Monday 5th November 2018.

What does that involve? I recently joined a class at …
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Lucy vs Cancer: Family and friends rally around a ‘wee trooper’ 2 months ago

Lucy vs Cancer: Family and friends rally around a ‘wee trooper’

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People all over Donegal and the North West have come together this week to lend a helping hand to a brave little girl and her family.

Lucy Mc Geehan, aged …
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This ‘Welcome Winter’ fashion show sounds very cool! 2 months ago

This ‘Welcome Winter’ fashion show sounds very cool!

Donegal fashion fans will be getting a glimpse of the very best winter and Christmas fashion at an upcoming charity fashion show.

The ‘Welcome Winter’ showcase, hosted by Letterkenny Shopping Centre, …
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Tailor-made success: Graduates fashion their future from LYIT 2 months ago

Tailor-made success: Graduates fashion their future from LYIT

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Nine students completed the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Promotion this year and are now stepping into the exciting and dynamic world of fashion and textiles.

These students have …
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Success is assured for Letterkenny’s Kristine Reynolds 2 months ago

Success is assured for Letterkenny’s Kristine Reynolds

Ms Reynolds was awarded the 2018 Life Assurance Educational Achievement Award at the 2018 Brokers Ireland Annual Lunch last week.

She was the joint winner of the accolade alongside Kate …
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‘We are the lucky ones’ – Orla and Jackie think pink at McElhinneys 2 months ago

‘We are the lucky ones’ – Orla and Jackie think pink at McElhinneys

Orla Maguire and Jackie McGavigan were the special guests at an afternoon tea fundraiser at the Ballybofey department store on Wednesday 24th October.

Both women had overcome at different stages …
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Trailblazer Mika scoops top Girl Guide award 2 months ago

Trailblazer Mika scoops top Girl Guide award

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Mika Browne, a member of Convoy Girl Guides, received the Trailblazer National Guide Award – Irish Girl Guides’ highest award – at a special ceremony in Croke Park recently.

Mika was …
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