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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
Samara’s super brown bread hits the shelves 2 days ago

Samara’s super brown bread hits the shelves

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Inver baker Samara Ward is about to earn a crust from her award-winning bread when it hits the shelves in Aldi this weekend.

Samara’s Brown Bread was the winner of …
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Events: A celebratory Christmas lunch for Donegal Women in Business 3 days ago

Events: A celebratory Christmas lunch for Donegal Women in Business

The beautiful surrounds of Rockhill House Estate was the setting for a very festive Christmas lunch hosted by the Donegal Women in Business Network on Tuesday.

Members and guests …
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Planning a beautiful new room with Foy & Company 3 days ago

Planning a beautiful new room with Foy & Company

Did you know that your home interiors are a reflection of your personality? For me, that is floral all the way. 

I gravitate towards floral patterns in clothing and in …
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All I want for Christmas is… a Fitbit/Garmin or Headphones from Irwin Expert Electrical 4 days ago

All I want for Christmas is… a Fitbit/Garmin or Headphones from Irwin Expert Electrical

The ‘All I Want for Christmas’ series continues with Irwin Expert Electrical this week with a look at their wearable gadgets.

If there’s someone special who you know would love …
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Donegal mammy sends her family’s favourite dishes all the way to the US 4 days ago

Donegal mammy sends her family’s favourite dishes all the way to the US

A Donegal mother will be appearing on RTE’s Tastes Like Home tonight to show that home cooking is the best, no matter where you are in the world.

Ann McClay, …
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Cadbury Secret Santa Postal Van is on its way to Letterkenny 1 week ago

Cadbury Secret Santa Postal Van is on its way to Letterkenny

Christmas is coming early for local chocolate lovers – because Cadbury is bringing their Secret Santa Postal Van to Letterkenny this Sunday 8th December.

Stopping by at the Market …
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Donegal mums team up to write ‘The Mammy Handbook’ 1 week ago

Donegal mums team up to write ‘The Mammy Handbook’

Mammy knows best, as the saying goes, and when you pool together the tips of mothers all over the world, then you’ve got a wealth of wisdom.

Two Donegal mammies …
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‘Dancing Queen’ Grainne to join Dancing with the Stars Ireland 1 week ago

‘Dancing Queen’ Grainne to join Dancing with the Stars Ireland

Buncrana nurse and model Grainne Gallanagh will be strutting her way to the dancefloor in next year’s Dancing with the Stars Ireland.

The former Miss Universe Ireland winner confirmed her …
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Stella McGroarty makes two superb donations to cancer funds 1 week ago

Stella McGroarty makes two superb donations to cancer funds

Donegal Town boutique owner Stella McGroarty has proudly presented the proceeds of her charity fashion show to two very deserving causes.

€3,890 was raised at the Stella Boutique charity gala …
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Creative Paula has Christmas gifting all wrapped up 1 week ago

Creative Paula has Christmas gifting all wrapped up

When most people are only thinking about putting up their Christmas decorations this week, one Donegal woman has been immersed in glitter, ribbons, and bows for months!

Paula Roarty from …
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A first healthy Christmas for bundle of joy Odhrán 2 weeks ago

A first healthy Christmas for bundle of joy Odhrán

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A Donegal baby will be celebrating his first Christmas in full health thanks to the ‘amazing’ medics who saved his life this summer.

Odhrán Johnston from Carndonagh had a difficult …
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Events: The Grinch steals the show at Rushe to Raise! 2 weeks ago

Events: The Grinch steals the show at Rushe to Raise!

A cranky green Grinch may have been stomping around Century Cinemas today, but it didn’t dull the festive spirit of Rushe to Raise 2019!

Maria and Emmet Rushe with Mr …
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Events: Christmas indulgence with Five Farms in Raphoe 2 weeks ago

Events: Christmas indulgence with Five Farms in Raphoe

A festive and celebratory feeling was in the air at Coyle’s Centra Raphoe last night for the Donegal launch of Five Farms Irish Cream Liqueur.

The drink, co-created by Raphoe …
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Black Friday Super Sale now on at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana 2 weeks ago

Black Friday Super Sale now on at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana

The huge Black Friday Sale is now on at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny & Buncrana with unbeatable prices.

Get up to 50% off selected items in all departments. Stocks are …
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WIN: A 49” TV from Irwin Expert Electrical just in time for Christmas 2 weeks ago

WIN: A 49” TV from Irwin Expert Electrical just in time for Christmas

The huge Black Friday Sale is NOW ON at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana.

It’s their biggest ever sale, with up to 50% OFF selected items in all …
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Inspirational Donegal woman wins young carer award 2 weeks ago

Inspirational Donegal woman wins young carer award

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A remarkable young Donegal woman has been named as Ulster’s Young Carer of the Year 2019.

Áine Grant from Bridgend, who cares for her mum Nuala, was one of four …
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‘Tis the season… for the Letterkenny Babies annual Christmas Jumper party! 3 weeks ago

‘Tis the season… for the Letterkenny Babies annual Christmas Jumper party!

For the past three years, the team behind the parents’ Facebook group has organised a Christmas Jumper party for families to meet, spread Christmas cheer and raise money for an …
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Donegal’s Moya Brennan to feature in female-focused arts series 3 weeks ago

Donegal’s Moya Brennan to feature in female-focused arts series

Folk music legend Moya Brennan will be sharing the story of her life in music when she features on RTE’s ‘The Works Presents‘ this week.

Moya will be profiled on …
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Let Yes Chef do the cooking this Christmas 3 weeks ago

Let Yes Chef do the cooking this Christmas

Yes Chef Catering, well-known caterers throughout the north west and official caterers to the Donegal GAA, are giving you the ultimate gift this festive season.

A hassle free Christmas!

CHRISTMAS …
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Events: AGM marks a new chapter for the Donegal Women in Business Network 3 weeks ago

Events: AGM marks a new chapter for the Donegal Women in Business Network

What a year 2019 has been for the Donegal Women in Business Network. In their 20th anniversary, the network has held many successful celebrations, looked back in appreciation of the …
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Thanks to the Breast Cancer Ball, the outcomes for Donegal women are improving 3 weeks ago

Thanks to the Breast Cancer Ball, the outcomes for Donegal women are improving

Breast Cancer Surgeon Manvydas Varzgalis is calling on Donegal people to go out and enjoy the North West Breast Cancer Ball for the benefit of Donegal woman.

The annual fundraising …
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All I want for Christmas…. is a TV from Irwin Expert Electrical 3 weeks ago

All I want for Christmas…. is a TV from Irwin Expert Electrical

Irwin Expert Electrical retail is part of Expert Group – Ireland’s largest electrical retailer with 67 stores nationwide. Irwin Expert Electrical have been in business for over 40 years and …
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Cameras start rolling for new Donegal-based TV series 4 weeks ago

Cameras start rolling for new Donegal-based TV series

Filming has commenced on a new thriller series set in Donegal and written by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee and her actor-writer husband Tobias Beer.

The four-part drama, called ‘The …
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Stella’s Charity Fashion Show total is revealed 4 weeks ago

Stella’s Charity Fashion Show total is revealed

Stella McGroarty from Stella Boutique Donegal has proudly announced the grand total of her fashion show last week.

An impressive €3,890 was raised at last Sunday’s stylish showcase in Harvey’s …
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Donegal’s Ceol le Chéile choir celebrates Age Friendly Award win 4 weeks ago

Donegal’s Ceol le Chéile choir celebrates Age Friendly Award win

By  •  Life

The ‘Ceol le Chéile’ Donegal Intergenerational Choir was flying the flag for Donegal at the National Age Friendly Awards yesterday at Croke Park.

The choir scooped the ‘Age Friendly Active …
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Donegal woman stunned by support for 145km walk for Alzheimer’s 1 month ago

Donegal woman stunned by support for 145km walk for Alzheimer’s

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Donegal teacher Elaine McConnell has sent a massive and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported her during a 145km ‘Home-to-Home’ fundraising walk, which raised €6,281 for the Donegal Branch …
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Winter updos at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing: Just add sparkle 1 month ago

Winter updos at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing: Just add sparkle

Party season 2019 is so close now – and for some it’s already here!

I’ve been in the festive mood since the Halloween decorations were put away, and I was …
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It’s a Merry Christmas for this Donegal couple after their €29,000 win 1 month ago

It’s a Merry Christmas for this Donegal couple after their €29,000 win

Margaret O’Leary from Ballybofey, Co. Donegal certainly did her husband Joe proud as she won him a cool €29,000.

Joe O’Leary from Ballybofey, Donegal admitted that he “almost died of …
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Events: Sustainable is in style at Stella’s charity fashion show 1 month ago

Events: Sustainable is in style at Stella’s charity fashion show

Stella McGroarty of Stella Boutique in Donegal Town made a strong fashion statement at Sunday’s charity gala fashion show.

Up to 200 women attended the event in Harvey’s Point …
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Events: Driving Instructor Angela Ward celebrates 15 years on the road 1 month ago

Events: Driving Instructor Angela Ward celebrates 15 years on the road

Angela was in the driving seat for a change last night when she hosted an information event alongside Kelly’s Toyota Letterkenny and the Donegal Women in Business Network.

In the …
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Local women asked to have their say about participation in public life 1 month ago

Local women asked to have their say about participation in public life

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Women in Donegal are invited to take part in a focus group to share their experiences, to explore the issues that affect their participation in public life and to look …
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Huge sadness as popular young Donegal woman dies following kayaking accident 1 month ago

Huge sadness as popular young Donegal woman dies following kayaking accident

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A cloud of grief has descended on Ballyshannon following the tragic death of Aisling O’Connor – a much-loved young woman who gave so much to her local community.

Aisling, 21, …
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Care of baby girl inspires local mum to complete island-island swim 1 month ago

Care of baby girl inspires local mum to complete island-island swim

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A Donegal-based mum braved the choppy waters of West Donegal to complete a hugely successful charity swim last weekend.

Fiona Harrington (27) swam from Owey to Cruit Island on Saturday …
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Children’s Ward and Donegal Hospice to benefit from the Rushes’ fun festive movie event 1 month ago

Children’s Ward and Donegal Hospice to benefit from the Rushes’ fun festive movie event

Letterkenny couple Maria & Emmet Rushe of Rushe Fitness and The S-Mum Blog are running their annual Christmas movie fundraiser on December 1st at 1pm.

They will be hosting a …
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Style icon Stella to host superb charity fashion show 1 month ago

Style icon Stella to host superb charity fashion show

It’s definitely time to think about winter fashion and the party season, and one upcoming event will have it all wrapped up!

Stella McGroarty of Stella Boutique in Donegal Town …
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Donegal women among proud MIC graduates 1 month ago

Donegal women among proud MIC graduates

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Five Donegal women were among the proud graduates of Mary Immaculate College (MIC) who received a Special Purpose Award last weekend.

Ellen McAteer, Sue Porter, Jackie Strain, Moira Greene and …
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Author Margaret Gordon taking the children’s book world by ‘storm’! 2 months ago

Author Margaret Gordon taking the children’s book world by ‘storm’!

By  •  Life

Donegal woman Margaret Gordon has launched her highly-anticipated second children’s book, The Storm

The Storm, which is out this week, follows Margaret’s debut short story called The Fairies of Drumboe …
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Activist Sinéad Burke inspires Lottie Dolls to make a powerful statement 2 months ago

Activist Sinéad Burke inspires Lottie Dolls to make a powerful statement

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Donegal toy company Lottie Dolls has paid tribute to disability activist Sinéad Burke by creating a limited edition replica of the Dublin woman.

Lottie Dolls went out of their way …
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Three former Marys become love gurus for new BBC series 2 months ago

Three former Marys become love gurus for new BBC series

Three former Mary from Dungloe contestants are set to star in a new reality dating series on BBC.

The young women are on the hunt for single men, young and …
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All I Want for Christmas… is an Apple product from Irwin Expert Electrical 2 months ago

All I Want for Christmas… is an Apple product from Irwin Expert Electrical

Christmas shopping season has begun, with electronics and technology at the top of many wish lists.

The team at Irwin Expert Electrical in Buncrana and Letterkenny are going to help …
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A proud Presidential honour for Moya Brennan 2 months ago

A proud Presidential honour for Moya Brennan

Donegal folk singer Moya Brennan will be honoured by President Michael D Higgins this Thursday when she receives a Lifetime Achievement Award from RTE.

The RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards …
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Domestic Violence Service to benefit from donation on behalf of local women 2 months ago

Domestic Violence Service to benefit from donation on behalf of local women

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The Donegal Domestic Violence Service is set to benefit from a €500 donation from the Scotsman’s Bar in Donegal Town.

The generous donation was made by the bar owners Joseph Breslin and John …
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Music from the heart: Rebecca Harkin to launch debut album 2 months ago

Music from the heart: Rebecca Harkin to launch debut album

Donegal/Derry singer Rebecca Harkin is about to celebrate the launch of her debut album this November.

A true passion project, the album will be the culmination of years of work …
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Donegal woman packs kindness into homelessness gift project 2 months ago

Donegal woman packs kindness into homelessness gift project

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A large number of schoolbags will be on their way from Donegal to Dublin this winter to help people experiencing homelessness.

The charity project, which started just a week ago, …
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TV stardom awaits Sinead Black in all-Ireland competition 2 months ago

TV stardom awaits Sinead Black in all-Ireland competition

Sinead (27) is well-known in the local country and wedding scene, but now the national stage awaits as she enters an exciting singing battle.

Glór Tíre is a popular country …
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Eight Donegal women awarded place on ambitious ACORNS programme 2 months ago

Eight Donegal women awarded place on ambitious ACORNS programme

An exciting six months lie ahead for the eight successful Donegal entrepreneurs who have earned a coveted place on the ACORNS initiative for women-led start-up businesses.

The businesswomen all battled …
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Knitwear designer Edel MacBride to feature on Nationwide 2 months ago

Knitwear designer Edel MacBride to feature on Nationwide

One of Donegal’s best-known figures in knitting will be featured on RTE’s Nationwide tonight in celebration of National Women in Enterprise Day.

Knitwear Designer Edel MacBride, who is based in …
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Events: Women in Enterprise Day celebrations with the Donegal Business Network 2 months ago

Events: Women in Enterprise Day celebrations with the Donegal Business Network

Inspirational and hard-working women in business were celebrated at a special event hosted by the Donegal Business Network.

The local business group had issued an open invite to female business …
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Watch: Have a browse through Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny 2 months ago

Watch: Have a browse through Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny

There’s so much to find in Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny, you’d almost need a map.

Thankfully we have Store Manager Shaun Mallon, who gave us this tour of all the …
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A heavenly escape to the Seascape Spa 2 months ago

A heavenly escape to the Seascape Spa

A trip to the spa is a little escape that we all deserve from time to time. The only downside is the return to reality afterwards – when you have …
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