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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
Latest Posts | By Rachel McLaughlin
Brenda’s luxury lashes set an eye-catching trend 10 hours ago

Brenda’s luxury lashes set an eye-catching trend

Brenda Doherty’s showstopping falsies are fast becoming favourites of Irish MUAs and makeup fans. With five styles and unrivalled quality, B|D Lashes are selling in their thousands.

They’re stocked in …
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Events: Beauty fans take ‘note’ at LMD Masterclass 3 days ago

Events: Beauty fans take ‘note’ at LMD Masterclass

Louise ‘LMD’ McDonnell gave an expert masterclass at a sold out event hosted by Magees Pharmacy on 10th April.

Over 200 beauty fans flocked to McGettigan’s Hotel to hear Louise’s …
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Taking New York: Donegal designers step into the city fashion scene 6 days ago

Taking New York: Donegal designers step into the city fashion scene

Two up and coming Donegal designers have dived head first into the NYC fashion scene, and are loving every New York minute.

It was only last November that Niamh Porter …
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Events: Catherine’s ABBA night raises a super €3,000 for street children 7 days ago

Events: Catherine’s ABBA night raises a super €3,000 for street children

Journalist Catherine Devine is taking a career break this summer to visit Calcutta and work with the Hope Foundation. She plans to do public relations with the Irish charity and …
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Interiors: Anne’s 10 tips to create a calm and happy home 7 days ago

Interiors: Anne’s 10 tips to create a calm and happy home

How does your home make you feel as you walk through the door?

Is it calm and happy, or is it in chaos due to your frantic lifestyle?

With a …
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Denise Blake poem captures commuters’ hearts 1 week ago

Denise Blake poem captures commuters’ hearts

By  •  Life

Dublin commuters are taking a break during rush hour this month to enjoy a poem by Donegal writer Denise Blake.

Denise’s work is one of a select few poems to …
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Watch: Rosie dashes off with over €1,000 in prizes! 1 week ago

Watch: Rosie dashes off with over €1,000 in prizes!

A Letterkenny woman went on a fast-paced shopping spree this week to nab over €1,080 in goods from Home Store + More.

Rosie Connolly was the winner of a competition organised …
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Gabrielle’s Diary Ball raises grand total for Donegal Down Syndrome 1 week ago

Gabrielle’s Diary Ball raises grand total for Donegal Down Syndrome

By  •  News

Gabrielle McMonagle hosted a hugely successful fundraiser in March to bring 400 people together in support of a strong local cause. Her charity ball in the Clanree Hotel was a …
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Events: Women’s Inspire sets a trend in Donegal 1 week ago

Events: Women’s Inspire sets a trend in Donegal

The global network for enterprising women brought a top line-up of speakers to Harvey’s Point for a day of inspiration and knowledge sharing.

Hosted by the Tweeting Goddess Samantha Kelly …
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It’s official! Series three of Derry Girls is happening 1 week ago

It’s official! Series three of Derry Girls is happening

The second series of Derry Girls has come to a poignant end, but after an emotional rollercoaster of an episode, fans got the news they were waiting for.

Channel 4 …
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Inspirational schoolgirl awarded for powerful account of teenage cancer 2 weeks ago

Inspirational schoolgirl awarded for powerful account of teenage cancer

By  •  News

Jessica Moir, who is one-year cancer-free, drew on her personal experience to write a powerful essay which came first in the Features category of the NewsBrands Ireland Press Pass awards …
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Donegal duo net prize for best chowder in Ireland 2 weeks ago

Donegal duo net prize for best chowder in Ireland

By  •  Life

A popular food shack in the heart of Killybegs has scooped the coveted title of best chowder in Ireland.

Chefs Mairead and Garry Anderson of the Killybegs Seafood Shack gave …
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Luck is in the air: Three Donegal players to appear on next Winning Streak 2 weeks ago

Luck is in the air: Three Donegal players to appear on next Winning Streak

There’s definitely some good fortune in the hills of Donegal as an incredible THREE people from the county are to appear on Winning Streak this week.

Donegal contestants have appeared …
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Miscarriage awareness project raises €4,250 2 weeks ago

Miscarriage awareness project raises €4,250

By  •  News

A Christmas charity campaign has raised an incredible €4,250 to support services for parents who have suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth.

The EverGlow Project by Christmas Spirit LK was launched …
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Women’s Inspire: How Patricia Greene helps put profit in pockets 2 weeks ago

Women’s Inspire: How Patricia Greene helps put profit in pockets

Patricia Greene from Derry is the guru every online businesswoman would love to have by their side.

As founder of TheWebClub.ie, she provides a unique support system for women in business …
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Margaret Gordon’s magical fairy tale flies off the shelves 2 weeks ago

Margaret Gordon’s magical fairy tale flies off the shelves

By  •  Life

Donegal woman Margaret Gordon is celebrating the launch of her new short story book – The Fairies of Drumboe Woods.

Inspired by folklore and her local area, the story is …
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Shining a spotlight on 100 years of trailblazing women 2 weeks ago

Shining a spotlight on 100 years of trailblazing women

Donegal County Museum has today opened an innovative pop-up exhibition charting ‘100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life 1918-2018’.

The exhibition is sure to intrigue, shock and inspire …
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Anita’s fitness fundraiser is a success 2 weeks ago

Anita’s fitness fundraiser is a success

A Donegal-based woman has gained a major lift on her road to recovery from spinal injury, thanks to a team of kind-hearted supporters.

Anita Jackson, 42, has been using a …
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Victory for Vicky: Campaigner secures bus accessibility for Donegal 2 weeks ago

Victory for Vicky: Campaigner secures bus accessibility for Donegal

By  •  News

Ballyshannon woman Vicky Matthew has been successful in her campaign for accessible transport to enable her to go to college.

The wheelchair user has received confirmation from Bus Eireann that …
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New Garda recruitment drive targets diversity 2 weeks ago

New Garda recruitment drive targets diversity

By  •  News

An Garda Síochána opened a new recruitment competition for Garda trainees today in their bid to achieve more diversity in the force.

The competition, which is open from today until 3pm on April 24 …
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Watch: Amybeth inspires with Best Lead Actress win 2 weeks ago

Watch: Amybeth inspires with Best Lead Actress win

Donegal actress Amybeth McNulty has done it again – winning another top award in Canada for her starring role in Anne with an E.

The seventeen-year-old actress picked up the …
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Local ladies get set for first ever Donegal Women’s Mini Marathon 2 weeks ago

Local ladies get set for first ever Donegal Women’s Mini Marathon

The Twin Towns will be awash with a sea of purple and pink t-shirts on Sunday 14th April when over 700 women hit the road for the first ever Donegal …
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Nora Stapleton leads the way in new Sport Ireland role 2 weeks ago

Nora Stapleton leads the way in new Sport Ireland role

Former Donegal international rugby player, Nora Stapleton, has been appointed as the new Sport Ireland Women in Sport Lead.

The 35-year-old Inishowen woman is leaving her position as the IRFU Women’s and …
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Action needed over frightening increase of sexual violence in Donegal, says Thoiba Ahmed 2 weeks ago

Action needed over frightening increase of sexual violence in Donegal, says Thoiba Ahmed

Ms Ahmed, who is running for a council seat in Letterkenny, said awareness of sexual violence and education must be consistent and supported by the government.

Her calls come as …
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Giving back after a life-saving heart transplant 3 weeks ago

Giving back after a life-saving heart transplant

By  •  Life

Organ Donor Awareness Week 2019 began with a park run for Clíona Marley.

The 45-year-old mum of three was given the gift of life almost 5 years ago when …
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Young Letterkenny man becomes Donegal’s latest Lotto winner 3 weeks ago

Young Letterkenny man becomes Donegal’s latest Lotto winner

By  •  News

A young Donegal man is celebrating winning a cool €1 million from Saturday night’s winning Lotto Plus 1 draw.

Odhran Doherty, aged 23 from the Glebe in …
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There’s a new character on Derry Girls – and she’s from Donegal! 3 weeks ago

There’s a new character on Derry Girls – and she’s from Donegal!

There is big excitement on Derry Girls week when a new girl joins the gang.

The C4 comedy will be welcoming Aoife Hinds as Mae Cheung, a new student at …
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So many winners as 700 complete RunDonegal Women’s 5k 3 weeks ago

So many winners as 700 complete RunDonegal Women’s 5k

Over 700 took part in Sunday’s event which was held through the Twin Towns.

706 took the starter’s gun which was fired by Triathlon Ireland Development Officer and motivational speaker, …
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Super Jessica scoops Magician of the Year 3 weeks ago

Super Jessica scoops Magician of the Year

By  •  News

It’s not often that a magician is stunned, but Jessica Harkin was amazed to claim the prize alongside Burtonport’s Dylan Murray in the International Runway Achievers and Recognition Awards on …
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Hold onto your hat: Anna’s adventures from San Fran to Bogman 3 weeks ago

Hold onto your hat: Anna’s adventures from San Fran to Bogman

A common fashion accessory spotted on Instagram, holiday snaps, and Wild Atlantic Way pictures is the Bogman Beanie – a colourful woollen hat worn by people who love adventures and …
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Letterkenny woman is India-bound in the hope of helping street children 3 weeks ago

Letterkenny woman is India-bound in the hope of helping street children

By  •  News

Catherine Devine is taking a career break from her role at the Irish Independent this summer to visit Asia, where she will spend three months in Calcutta with the Hope …
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Eggcellent Bricks 4 Kidz Lego camps to entertain kids this Easter 3 weeks ago

Eggcellent Bricks 4 Kidz Lego camps to entertain kids this Easter

Sponsored: Bricks 4 Kidz are bringing their ever-popular Lego themed camps to seven locations throughout Donegal during the Easter School holidays.

These 4 day camps are the ideal solution for keeping …
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Derry Girls buzzing over BAFTA award nomination 3 weeks ago

Derry Girls buzzing over BAFTA award nomination

The C4 comedy set in 1990s Derry has been shortlisted for best Scripted Comedy in the awards in May, where they will compete against Mum, Sally4ever and Stath Lets Flats.

It was just last week …
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Women’s Inspire: How Mags puts a positive spin on pricing 3 weeks ago

Women’s Inspire: How Mags puts a positive spin on pricing

Pricing is one of the biggest hurdles in business – how much should you charge, how much is your time worth and how do you price for profit?

Mags Boland …
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Call in for a cuppa at the Little Angels coffee morning! 3 weeks ago

Call in for a cuppa at the Little Angels coffee morning!

All are welcome to come and enjoy a fantastic spread of food in aid of three worthy local causes.

The event, running from 10.30am – 2pm, will support the three …
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Events: Hoteliers celebrate in style at the Donegal IHF Ball 3 weeks ago

Events: Hoteliers celebrate in style at the Donegal IHF Ball

The annual event is a glamourous celebration of the local hospitality industry and a chance for friends, colleagues and industry figures to catch up and look forward to the year …
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Tonight’s the night: Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon joins Derry Girls 4 weeks ago

Tonight’s the night: Father Ted’s Ardal O’Hanlon joins Derry Girls

Channel 4’s Derry Girls has been likened to a modern-day Father Ted by many, and tonight we’ll see a familiar face from Craggy Island on the Northern Irish comedy.

Irish comedian …
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Evita – a vivacious triumph for the Letterkenny Musical Society 4 weeks ago

Evita – a vivacious triumph for the Letterkenny Musical Society

Local theatre fans are off on a trip to Argentina with Evita at An Grianan Theatre this week!

DW checks out the Evita preview show to see how the …
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Gysling family make ‘life-changing’ decision to sell Harvey’s Point 4 weeks ago

Gysling family make ‘life-changing’ decision to sell Harvey’s Point

By  •  News

Donegal hoteliers Deirdre McGlone and Marc Gysling have today announced that they are stepping back from Harvey’s Point to focus on family life.

The iconic hotel on the shores of …
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Events: Gabrielle’s glamourous ball is a great success! 4 weeks ago

Events: Gabrielle’s glamourous ball is a great success!

Glitz and glam, generosity and great craic was the order of the night when Donegal social diarist Gabrielle McMonagle hosted her 10th fundraising ball last weekend.

Over 400 people flocked …
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Review: Nailed it! at Patrick Gildea 4 weeks ago

Review: Nailed it! at Patrick Gildea

Few things compare to the feeling of fresh nails. It’s one of the best treatments a woman can get for herself – because they’re so easy to show off!

The …
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‘It’s very fancy’ – Derry Girls scoops Royal Television Society Award 4 weeks ago

‘It’s very fancy’ – Derry Girls scoops Royal Television Society Award

The creators and cast of Derry Girls are on a roll this month with a successful second series and a new award to add to their collection.

The hit Channel4 comedy …
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Brave woman injured in horrific holiday fall gets an uplifting boost 4 weeks ago

Brave woman injured in horrific holiday fall gets an uplifting boost

An inspirational woman who is making great strides in her mission to walk again has received an outpouring of support from the Donegal community this week.

Anita Jackson, aged 42, …
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‘Audiences are in for a treat’ – Evita star Caitríona Solan 4 weeks ago

‘Audiences are in for a treat’ – Evita star Caitríona Solan

Dungloe teacher Caitríona Ní Shochlachain will be swapping academics for stardom this week as she plays the leading lady in Evita, a production by the Letterkenny Musical Society at An …
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Anne Marie makes an impact ahead of Mini Marathon 4 weeks ago

Anne Marie makes an impact ahead of Mini Marathon

A local community worker will be putting her best foot forward as she runs for Donegal in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon this summer.

Anne Marie Meehan from Mountcharles is …
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Happy volunteers out to turn Donegal yellow this Daffodil Day 4 weeks ago

Happy volunteers out to turn Donegal yellow this Daffodil Day

By  •  News

The bright flower bundles are ready, the pins are prepped and the smiles will be free today for Daffodil Day 2019. 

Volunteers will be taking to the streets across Donegal …
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Donegal soars to top list of world’s most scenic airports 4 weeks ago

Donegal soars to top list of world’s most scenic airports

The folks at Donegal Airport are on a high after scooping the award of the World’s Most Scenic Airport for 2019.

PrivateFly has today announced that the coastal runway at …
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Donegal mum praises Crumlin staff for saving baby girl 4 weeks ago

Donegal mum praises Crumlin staff for saving baby girl

By  •  Kids

Donegal woman Bella Ward is full of thanks to Crumlin Hospital for saving the life of her spirited little girl Kayleigh.

Kayleigh is a twin from Letterkenny who was born prematurely …
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Sequin Cinderella crowned Boutique of the Year 2019 4 weeks ago

Sequin Cinderella crowned Boutique of the Year 2019

Entrepreneur Nicola McLaughlin has triumphed over leading names in the Irish fashion scene to win RSVP Magazine’s Boutique of the Year 2019.

This is the first award for the Sequin …
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Tributes paid following sad passing of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan 1 month ago

Tributes paid following sad passing of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan

Laura Brennan, one of Ireland’s leading patient advocates and HPV vaccine campaigner, has died at the age of 26.

The popular young Ennis woman, who was terminally ill with cervical cancer, …
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