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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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Events: Together for Yes launch #DonegalSaysAye campaign 48 mins ago

Events: Together for Yes launch #DonegalSaysAye campaign

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Adopting a very local hashtag – #DonegalSaysAye – the group brought together over 100 supporters, public and political representatives from across Donegal to discuss the campaign.

Orla O’Connor, national Co-Director …
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Trash ‘N’ Fashion reveal beneficiaries of 2018 show 2 days ago

Trash ‘N’ Fashion reveal beneficiaries of 2018 show

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Donegal’s upcycling fashion fundraiser Trash ‘N’ Fashion is fast approaching. This year, it has been decided that proceeds from the show will be donated to the Donegal Rape Crisis Centre and …
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Town centre tranforms into women’s health hub 2 days ago

Town centre tranforms into women’s health hub

Women in Letterkenny have been getting free health checks, advice and celebrating women’s health in the heart of the town thanks to the CDP this week.

This week is Women’s …
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Half a million people urged to check the register ahead of referendum 3 days ago

Half a million people urged to check the register ahead of referendum

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The deadline for registration for voting in the Eighth Amendment referendum is fast approaching. If a person is not registered by May 8th 2018, they will not be able to vote …
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Carndonagh dog lover opens Pawsh Hotel for Dogs 3 days ago

Carndonagh dog lover opens Pawsh Hotel for Dogs

The Carndonagh businesswoman has this week welcomed her first residents to her custom-made luxury home-away-from-home for dogs. Three puppies checked in last night, and today there are five pooches enjoying …
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Events: Gifted Donegal girls win Junior Painter Awards 3 days ago

Events: Gifted Donegal girls win Junior Painter Awards

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Patricia Poprawa from Co. Donegal was yesterday announced as the 1st Place Winner of the Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards, with three other pupils winning top prizes in the national contest. 

The winners of …
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First Look: Daniel to make a surprise soap cameo 4 days ago

First Look: Daniel to make a surprise soap cameo

The Donegal music star has booked a VIP appearance in TG4’s Ros na Run next month. Excitement is already building for the big cameo.

Daniel has plenty of fans among …
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Talented Tara is named Young Writer of the Year 4 days ago

Talented Tara is named Young Writer of the Year

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Tara McDermott is a fifth class pupil at Stramore NS Glendowan, who amazed competition judge Deirdre Hines with her creative writing piece called ‘Octavia’s Wish’.  Tara’s school principal Therese Mc Monagle …
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‘King of Country’ Big Tom dies aged 81 4 days ago

‘King of Country’ Big Tom dies aged 81

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Big Tom McBride passed away this morning surrounded by family, just months after his wife Rose died in January.

The Monaghan man’s career spanned over 50 years on the Irish …
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It’s Our Day: Free events pop-up in Letterkenny for Women’s Health Week 5 days ago

It’s Our Day: Free events pop-up in Letterkenny for Women’s Health Week

Health and beauty demos, advice stands and fun events are on the agenda for Wednesday 18th April. The Courtyard Shopping Centre will be a hub of free information and services …
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Donegal woman designs high-impact set for hard-hitting stage play 5 days ago

Donegal woman designs high-impact set for hard-hitting stage play

Audiences and critics across Northern Ireland have been heaping praise on the work of Sinead O’Donnell Casey from Donegal Town in a new theatre production.

Sinead is the creative mind …
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Ciara Doherty’s ‘Grease’ group are Battle of the Stars winners! 5 days ago

Ciara Doherty’s ‘Grease’ group are Battle of the Stars winners!

The TV3 Ireland AM presenter wowed the crowds on Saturday as she played Sandy from Grease in a winning lip-sync performance in the Breast Cancer Ireland fundraiser. Ciara starred in …
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Readers’ Choice: Donegal’s Top 10 Afternoon Teas 1 week ago

Readers’ Choice: Donegal’s Top 10 Afternoon Teas

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Lent is well and truly over and we’re all looking ahead to summer occasions – so it’s a great time to announce the winner of our latest Readers’ Choice poll.


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This local couple are appearing in a major Italian ad campaign right now 1 week ago

This local couple are appearing in a major Italian ad campaign right now

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Louisa Harley and Mark Forrester from Letterkenny have been revealed as the star models in a new Tourism Ireland ad campaign in Milan.

Their striking photoshoot set against the Wild …
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Una Healy’s debut shoe collection prices are a dream 1 week ago

Una Healy’s debut shoe collection prices are a dream

Irish singer and fashion icon Una Healy has this week launched her very own shoe collection, adding another accomplishment to her exciting career.

The 94 designs are diverse and beautiful, …
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‘Beautifully crafted’ poetry book to be launched by Denise Blake 1 week ago

‘Beautifully crafted’ poetry book to be launched by Denise Blake

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This Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 pm, Revival Press is hosting a special book launch of the well-known writer, Denise Blake’s newest collection of poetry, INVOCATION.

The …
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Laura Whitmore stands up for an end to routine abuse of women 1 week ago

Laura Whitmore stands up for an end to routine abuse of women

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Irish TV presenter Laura Whitmore has been inspired to ‘speak up for herself’ this week and reveal her own experiences of sexual abuse.

In a powerful and personal account, the …
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Parents and infants invited to local Weaning Workshop 1 week ago

Parents and infants invited to local Weaning Workshop

The HSE would like to invite parents and infants/toddler’s to attend a Weaning Workshop on:

Date: Friday the 13th April 2018 Time: 11am-1pm Location: Ionad Naomh Padraig, Dobhar Upper, Bunbeg

The workshop will …
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Tees and coffees make the Golfing Ladies fundraiser a winner 1 week ago

Tees and coffees make the Golfing Ladies fundraiser a winner

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The Dunfanaghy community came out in support of a great Coffee Morning organised by the three local Golf Clubs on March 23rd 2018.

This fundraiser was the idea of Portsalon …
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Women of Donegal step up to raise €5,130 for Donegal Hospice 2 weeks ago

Women of Donegal step up to raise €5,130 for Donegal Hospice

The twelfth staging of RunDonegal attracted a record number of 780 participants and raised €5,130 for the Donegal Hospice.

The event was run in memory of Lisa McGranaghan from Castlefinn who passed away at …
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‘Extraordinarily beautiful’ Donegal airport wins World’s Most Scenic Award 2 weeks ago

‘Extraordinarily beautiful’ Donegal airport wins World’s Most Scenic Award

Global travel fans have voted Donegal Airport as the world’s most beautiful landing spot – it has been revealed today.

The private jet booking platform PrivateFly, asked the international travel community …
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This fashion show will have us springing into summer in style 2 weeks ago

This fashion show will have us springing into summer in style

Fashionistas all over Donegal will have a spring in their step as they look forward to a glamorous event this month.

Details of the Spring into Summer Fashion Show have …
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Gillespie sisters dance to success in World Championships 2 weeks ago

Gillespie sisters dance to success in World Championships

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Donegal Town sister team Ruth and Katie Gillespie have returned home to celebrate their success at the WIDA World Irish Dance Championships in Maastricht, Holland last weekend. 

Ruth (20) and Katie …
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Baby Bump day invites mums to paint a picture of Maternal Mental Health 2 weeks ago

Baby Bump day invites mums to paint a picture of Maternal Mental Health

A team of local women have organised a fun, thoughtful and creative gathering of local mothers this May 5th in Letterkenny. The event is free, while all donations on the …
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Ciara Doherty steps up for a mighty dance battle 2 weeks ago

Ciara Doherty steps up for a mighty dance battle

Donegal’s Ciara Doherty will be battling beneath bright lights and disco balls this weekend in support of Breast Cancer Ireland.

The TV3 Ireland AM presenter is one of the …
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Creative Donegal woman’s agency wins two international awards 3 weeks ago

Creative Donegal woman’s agency wins two international awards

Creative agency Red Dog, founded by Mary Doherty, is celebrating on the double this week after two triumphs at two international awards ceremonies.

The agency was awarded …
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Eighth Amendment Referendum voting date announced 3 weeks ago

Eighth Amendment Referendum voting date announced

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 May 25, 2018 is the date on which Irish citizens will be asked if they want to repeal Article 40.3.3 if the Irish Constitution.

The Referendum Bill has now been passed …
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Donegal Mind Wellness presents new series of Stress Control courses 3 weeks ago

Donegal Mind Wellness presents new series of Stress Control courses

Local mental health charity Donegal Mind Wellness is set to launch another round of Stress Control courses in various locations around the county.

The programme is open to everyone. It is …
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Dancing sisters soar to the World Championships 4 weeks ago

Dancing sisters soar to the World Championships

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Sisters Ruth (20) and Katie (19) Gillespie will be taking to the World Stage next Sunday April 8th in Maastricht, Holland to compete in the WIDA World and European Championships. …
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Events: Team WISE invites Donegal women to find their fresh start 4 weeks ago

Events: Team WISE invites Donegal women to find their fresh start

The ‘A Fresh Start for Women’ event by the WISE Project was held on Thursday March 22nd to explore the many avenues of employment, education and self-employment that are open …
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Aer Lingus launches direct flights to Philadelphia – here we come! 4 weeks ago

Aer Lingus launches direct flights to Philadelphia – here we come!

If you’re planning a US holiday this summer, there’s a new direct option to pick from today.

Aer Lingus’ inaugural service direct to Philadelphia took flight at 1.40pm on Sunday 25th March from …
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Conall’s magical film wins a LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Oscar! 4 weeks ago

Conall’s magical film wins a LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Oscar!

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A Letterkenny boy and his family are celebrating an unforgettable day out after winning big at the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice Oscars Ceremony.

Conall Shiels, aged 3, his parents Alice and Kieran, …
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Autism Aware Quiet Evenings coming soon to our local Lidl stores 4 weeks ago

Autism Aware Quiet Evenings coming soon to our local Lidl stores

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Lidl Ireland have announced that they will begin rolling out Autism Aware Quiet Evenings across all 194 Lidl stores in Ireland and Northern Ireland. 

Every Tuesday between 6pm and 8pm, …
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Don’t miss this delightful Diamond Wedding Showcase 4 weeks ago

Don’t miss this delightful Diamond Wedding Showcase

The Diamond Wedding Showcase takes place this Sunday 25th March from 2 – 5pm in the Abbey and Central Hotels, Donegal Town.

Start the day with a champagne reception then meet with …
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Alison’s ambitions to help Donegal families understand Dyspraxia 4 weeks ago

Alison’s ambitions to help Donegal families understand Dyspraxia

Alison Doherty’s eldest son Ryan was diagnosed with Dyspraxia last year, and it was only then that she discovered a lack of awareness of the condition.

Dyspraxia is a …
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HPV vaccine teams revisit Donegal’s first year girls 4 weeks ago

HPV vaccine teams revisit Donegal’s first year girls

The HSE have launched the next phase of the HPV Vaccine Information Campaign to support parents in making an informed decision to ensure their daughters get the vaccine and get protected …
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‘Together For Yes’ umbrella group unites for abortion referendum 4 weeks ago

‘Together For Yes’ umbrella group unites for abortion referendum

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The national civil society will campaign to remove the Eighth Amendment from the Irish constitution ahead of the referendum. Together for Yes has united pro-repeal groups from across Ireland, including …
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Let’s turn Donegal yellow for Daffodil Day! 4 weeks ago

Let’s turn Donegal yellow for Daffodil Day!

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Volunteering teams will be out in force in local towns selling daffodils, pins, socks and more. The goal is to turn Ireland yellow and selfies are encouraged to spread the …
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How Kayla (5) inspired friends to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day 1 month ago

How Kayla (5) inspired friends to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

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Celebrations are continuing all day in Donegal as young and old mark World Down Syndrome Day on March 21st.

This year, World Down Syndrome Day focusing on #WhatIBringToMyCommunity and one …
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Looking for a fresh start? Pop into this women’s motivational morning 1 month ago

Looking for a fresh start? Pop into this women’s motivational morning

‘A Fresh Start for Women’ is a WISE (Women’s Integration, Skills & Employment) Project taking place in the Clanree Hotel on Thursday 22nd March from 10am to 1pm.

The event …
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Inishowen mammy March meet-up to focus on self-care 1 month ago

Inishowen mammy March meet-up to focus on self-care

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

There is a …
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First Look: Carndonagh Musical Society revives the classic Oklahoma! 1 month ago

First Look: Carndonagh Musical Society revives the classic Oklahoma!

We have a sneak peak at the hit show before the curtains open tonight. From the colourful stage design, authentic costuming, and action-packed scenes, it’s clear that anyone with a …
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Meaningful interviews mark World Down Syndrome Day in Donegal 1 month ago

Meaningful interviews mark World Down Syndrome Day in Donegal

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This year, World Down Syndrome Day focusing on #WhatIBringToMyCommunity and highlighting how people with Down syndrome can and do make meaningful contributions throughout their lives, whether in schools, workplaces, living …
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WATCH: This beautiful Down Syndrome video is just so full of love 1 month ago

WATCH: This beautiful Down Syndrome video is just so full of love

World Down Syndrome Day is being celebrated in great ways everywhere today – and it’s the perfect day to take a few moments to watch this heartwarming video.

50 …
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Eggstra eggstra! A choctastic Cadbury Easter Egg hunt is coming to Donegal 1 month ago

Eggstra eggstra! A choctastic Cadbury Easter Egg hunt is coming to Donegal

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An eggciting event is coming to Letterkenny this month as the Town Park will host one of the famous family Easter Egg Hunts.

Go Visit Letterkenny is working with Cadbury …
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Want to have excellent etiquette? Just ask Noel! 1 month ago

Want to have excellent etiquette? Just ask Noel!

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Donegal County Museum in Letterkenny will host a Modern Day Manners event with Noel Cunningham on Friday 23rd March 2018 at 7.30pm.

As a TV3 host and Harvey’s Point hotelier, …
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Watch: Donegal schoolgirl delivers powerful St. Patrick’s Day performance 1 month ago

Watch: Donegal schoolgirl delivers powerful St. Patrick’s Day performance

The voice of local singer Katie McCarthy’s rang out through Letterkenny to open the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations on Saturday. Thanks to a video filmed by her proud father, Katie’s take on …
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One Donegal act remains for the Ireland’s Got Talent semi-finals 1 month ago

One Donegal act remains for the Ireland’s Got Talent semi-finals

The Ireland’s Got Talent live semi-finals kick off this week on TV3, and while many familiar faces impressed in the auditions, it’s down to sensational Donegal farmer Martin McGuinness to …
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Mighty runner Mary reaches her fundraising goal 1 month ago

Mighty runner Mary reaches her fundraising goal

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Do you remember the formidable woman who was running around Ireland for the RNLI? This week, Mary Nolan Hickey has reached her fundraising target of €20,000. But, of course, she won’t …
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Travel: Sampling the high life at the Shandon Hotel 1 month ago

Travel: Sampling the high life at the Shandon Hotel

This week I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the Shandon Hotel & Spa to celebrate the opening of the new Marbles Restaurant.

I had never stayed at the …
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