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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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Women’s Inspire road trip to visit Donegal 15 hours ago

Women’s Inspire road trip to visit Donegal

The Women’s Inspire national network are bringing the popular #WheresHelena tour to Harvey’s Point hotel outside Donegal Town on Thursday at 7pm.

Samantha Kelly aka @twittergoddess and Helena Gilhooly are …
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Free CoLab working space to be launched for Donegal women in business 15 hours ago

Free CoLab working space to be launched for Donegal women in business

The DWBN are officially launching a free AIB sponsored Hot desk for local women in enterprise in the coworking space in the CoLab, at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.

The event on Wednesday …
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Fashion expert Gok Wan comes to the northwest on Sunday 1 day ago

Fashion expert Gok Wan comes to the northwest on Sunday

Gok Wan is coming to Sligo on Sunday  24th June to the Clayton Hotel. That means we can enjoy a celebrity girls’ day out with no overnight hotel accommodation, no time off …
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Galway Baybes get ready to race the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555k 1 day ago

Galway Baybes get ready to race the Donegal Atlantic Way Ultra 555k

Less than 12 months after their record-breaking performance in the 2,250km Race Around Ireland, the Galway Baybes are gearing up for their next bike racing challenge in the Donegal Atlantic …
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Sickening and sexist car stickers cause upset during Rally Weekend 3 days ago

Sickening and sexist car stickers cause upset during Rally Weekend

By  •  News

The Joule Donegal International Rally has attracted thousands of visitors to the county in the last three days. However, some rally fans have strayed far from the ethos of the event.


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‘It was incredibly hard to say goodbye’ – Donegal mum on life after loss 6 days ago

‘It was incredibly hard to say goodbye’ – Donegal mum on life after loss

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The mother of brave Donegal boy Erin Logue has featured in an emotional documentary series to share the incredible hardship she felt when she lost her son 9 years ago.


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Caring community plans star-studded show for Vanessa Donohue Fund 6 days ago

Caring community plans star-studded show for Vanessa Donohue Fund

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Hundreds of people from Newtowncunningham and beyond flocked to a fundraising event at Peter’s Bar last night in support of the Vanessa Donohoe Recovery Fund.

Mum of three Vanessa suffered a …
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Donegal duo to star in cliffhanger Ros na Rún season finale 7 days ago

Donegal duo to star in cliffhanger Ros na Rún season finale

Characters Dee (de Buitléir) and Katy Daly (Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh) will face some explosive revelations in the episode this Thursday evening 14th June at 8.30pm on TG4.

A sneak peek at …
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Campaign launched to help Donegal mum after serious illness in Spain 1 week ago

Campaign launched to help Donegal mum after serious illness in Spain

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The Donohoe family’s sunny Spanish holiday turned into a nightmare when mum of three Vanessa became seriously ill.

Vanessa suffered a severe brain aneurysm on Saturday June 9th in Salou and …
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Mammy meet-up to explore new options for Inishowen mums 1 week ago

Mammy meet-up to explore new options for Inishowen mums

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.

This month, the …
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Impressive Inish Cycle raises €3,000 for Donegal Cancer Bus 1 week ago

Impressive Inish Cycle raises €3,000 for Donegal Cancer Bus

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Organisers officially presented the proceeds of the run to Maurice O Donnell of the Cancer Bus committee last Friday in Moville.

Over 80 cyclists took part in the event, hosted …
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Melanie makes her mark at Lithuanian business conference 1 week ago

Melanie makes her mark at Lithuanian business conference

First year accounting student Melanie recently made an impressive educational achievement when she presented her business project in Lithuania.

I-STEP is an Erasmus Plus funded project which focuses on the development …
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Two holidays worth €1500 up for grabs in Summer Shape Up 2018! 1 week ago

Two holidays worth €1500 up for grabs in Summer Shape Up 2018!

How would you like to get in shape AND be in with the chance of winning one of two holidays worth €1500?

Letterkenny gym trainer Emmet Rushe is bringing …
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Penneys launch Love Island merch… and they’re definitely our type 1 week ago

Penneys launch Love Island merch… and they’re definitely our type

Penneys know a good trending topic when they see it, and this week they’ve launched a new range of Love Island items.

Tapping into the popularity of the reality series, …
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Offers for one day only: All you need to know about the McElhinneys Summer Sale 1 week ago

Offers for one day only: All you need to know about the McElhinneys Summer Sale

This is the one you’ve been waiting for – the McElhinneys Super Summer Sale starts this Thursday morning.

Doors are opening at 7am for door-busting offers like never seen …
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How one Donegal boy gave back after getting the gift of life 1 week ago

How one Donegal boy gave back after getting the gift of life

By  •  Life

It has taken Moville schoolboy Kai Boreland (11) almost four years to grow his hair long enough to make a wig for child with cancer. Four years ago, he lost …
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They did it! Daring duo abseil off Croke Park for charity 1 week ago

They did it! Daring duo abseil off Croke Park for charity

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Sharon Greene and Maggie Green abseiled 100 feet from the roof of Croke Park on Saturday, raising almost €1,500 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI).

The Letterkenny friends cheered each other …
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Tragedy in Inishowen as boy is killed in road crash 2 weeks ago

Tragedy in Inishowen as boy is killed in road crash

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Gardaí in Buncrana are appealing for witnesses following the tragic road crash at Tullyalley, Redcastle.

The young teen, understood to be only 14 years old, was driving the car when …
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Over 3,000 Irish women sought abortions in the UK in 2017 2 weeks ago

Over 3,000 Irish women sought abortions in the UK in 2017

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This week’s abortion statistics report from the UK Department of Health found that 3,092 women from the Republic of Ireland had legal terminations in English and Welsh clinics.

This figure has …
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H&M to correct clothing sizes following customer complaints 2 weeks ago

H&M to correct clothing sizes following customer complaints

The move is in response to regular complaints from shoppers who feel the clothes sizing is too small.

Customers have often found they need to buy one, two or several sizes …
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Woman rescued after capsizing from kayak off Donegal coast 2 weeks ago

Woman rescued after capsizing from kayak off Donegal coast

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The woman got into difficulty between Rossnowlagh and Creevy Pier at approximately 8pm on Thursday.

The volunteer lifeboat crew helmed by Michael Patton and with three crew members onboard launched …
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Watch: Amanda Clarke on Letterkenny’s super street feast 2 weeks ago

Watch: Amanda Clarke on Letterkenny’s super street feast

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The Letterkenny Cathedral Quarter Street Feast is set to be a brilliant afternoon for the community this Sunday 10th June.

The street party, located behind Church Street Cycles, will be an …
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Brave Kayleigh earns her wings after horror spider bite 2 weeks ago

Brave Kayleigh earns her wings after horror spider bite

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Twenty-one-year old model Kayleigh Hone has battled through a difficult few weeks for one of her proudest career moments.

The Donegal Town woman suffered a horrific reaction to a spider …
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Happy Days! This hairdresser’s charity day is a real weekend treat 2 weeks ago

Happy Days! This hairdresser’s charity day is a real weekend treat

This Saturday 9th June, Anne and her team are offering all services blow drys, nails and makeup free of charge in lieu of donations to two fantastic causes.

All proceeds …
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Chopped salad stores are coming to Donegal 2 weeks ago

Chopped salad stores are coming to Donegal

By  •  Life

Popular healthy food company ‘Freshly Chopped’ have today announced plans to open outlets in Co. Donegal and Northern Ireland.

The Chopped salad deli outlets have popped up in 46 locations …
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Want to go blonde and audition for LMDG’s next big musical? 2 weeks ago

Want to go blonde and audition for LMDG’s next big musical?

The Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are back in action again! After their very successful run of Beneath an Irish Sky on the festival circuit and Hairspray last December the …
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Love Island: Will the new girls save Dr Alex’s heart? 2 weeks ago

Love Island: Will the new girls save Dr Alex’s heart?

A&E doctor Alex George has been feeling downbeat on ITV’s reality dating show Love Island.

Things aren’t looking good after Alex’s rejection at the first coupling up and having been snubbed by Hayley during …
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Eco-Warrior Sarah strives to challenge our Plastic usage 2 weeks ago

Eco-Warrior Sarah strives to challenge our Plastic usage

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Sarah Carr from Downings has entered the Richmond Centre 2018 Miss Earth NI competition as she works to make changes in her community’s attitude to waste.

The beauty pageant features …
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WATCH: Leathers, bubbles and rocky moments in Daniel and Majella’s Donegal B&B visit 2 weeks ago

WATCH: Leathers, bubbles and rocky moments in Daniel and Majella’s Donegal B&B visit

The star couple were home in the hills when they visited Mary and Owen Doyle at Greencastle’s award-winning On the Rocks B&B.

The episode was a humorous and thrilling adventure …
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Tributes pour in following death of designer Kate Spade 2 weeks ago

Tributes pour in following death of designer Kate Spade

The visionary founder of Kate Spade New York was found dead by suicide in her NYC apartment. She is survived by her husband Andy and 13-year-old daughter, Frances. Kate’s brother-in-law, actor David …
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Donegal woman invites local GROWers to join unique European project 2 weeks ago

Donegal woman invites local GROWers to join unique European project

By  •  Life

Joanne, from Gortahork, has been appointed as the Chairperson of Community Gardens Ireland.

Community Gardens Ireland has been selected as GROW ‘Community Champions’ and will be joining similar organisations from …
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Woman’s Words: How do you discuss a novel about abortion during a referendum? 2 weeks ago

Woman’s Words: How do you discuss a novel about abortion during a referendum?

By  •  News

Sharon Thompson’s first crime fiction novel, ‘The Abandoned’, was published in January of this year and launched at number one on Kindle, Irish Crime Fiction.

Before and during the referendum, …
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Deirdre’s honourable invite to the Áras 3 weeks ago

Deirdre’s honourable invite to the Áras

Deirdre, who is the ‘Happy Hotelier’ of Harvey’s Point, was invited as a role model businesswoman to an evening with the President of Ireland on May 4th.

Deirdre is a …
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Popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic returns to Oakfield Park 3 weeks ago

Popular Teddy Bear’s Picnic returns to Oakfield Park

Oakfield Park is now open seven days a week from 11am – 6pm and one of its most popular summer events, the Teddy Bear’s Picnic returns to the park on …
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Donegal woman named in the ‘Vogue 25’ leaders of 2018 3 weeks ago

Donegal woman named in the ‘Vogue 25’ leaders of 2018

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Orla Doherty has joined a prestigious list which includes JK Rowling, Amal Clooney, Sinead Burke, Dua Lipa and other powerful shapers of the world today.

Orla has worked on David …
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Excitement builds for Buncrana’s big Lip Sync Battle 3 weeks ago

Excitement builds for Buncrana’s big Lip Sync Battle

The battle of music and impersonations is set to be an unmissable event on the 3rd of June in the Plaza Buncrana.

Twelve brave performers and the committee members …
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Family of baby Órla Trearty gifts beach wheelchair to Marble Hill 3 weeks ago

Family of baby Órla Trearty gifts beach wheelchair to Marble Hill

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Little Orla Trearty passed away almost 10 years ago when she was just 1 year old. In her memory, the family have held 5K fundraising events at Ards Forest Park from …
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Behind the Scenes at the B&B: What’s it like to host Daniel and Majella? 3 weeks ago

Behind the Scenes at the B&B: What’s it like to host Daniel and Majella?

It’s always a special moment for the O’Donnells when they visit Donegal during their RTE travel series, and this year is no different.

Daniel and Majella spent a night at …
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Fabulous fashion show to be held in Letterkenny 3 weeks ago

Fabulous fashion show to be held in Letterkenny

The professionally-run event is a fundraiser for the St Eunan’s Minor Girls footballers. They are representing Donegal and Ireland at the Continental Youth Championships in August.

And the latest fashions …
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Brushing up on art skills through a heart warming school initiative 3 weeks ago

Brushing up on art skills through a heart warming school initiative

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Every Friday, the ladies of the Parish ‘Friday Club’ attended Art Workshops in the secondary school ran by the Class Keane LCA 1, SNA Cathal Porter under the guidance of …
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Donegal Yes campaigners share heartfelt thanks after ‘victory for women’s rights and health’ 3 weeks ago

Donegal Yes campaigners share heartfelt thanks after ‘victory for women’s rights and health’

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Following the May 25th vote to repeal the Eighth, the pro-choice group are set to concentrate on Ireland’s new abortion legislation and lend support to the campaign to end the abortion …
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‘I am disappointed, but I’m proud of Donegal’ 3 weeks ago

‘I am disappointed, but I’m proud of Donegal’

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Sarah Gillespie (21) came home from the USA to vote last week. The student has been canvassing in Ballybofey and Letterkenny for the past week, and was confident there would …
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Nora’s delight with the vote for Irish women’s rights 3 weeks ago

Nora’s delight with the vote for Irish women’s rights

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As Ireland has voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment, today is an exciting and rewarding day for Nora Newell of Donegal Together for Yes.

The Galway native who moved to …
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Breaking: Donegal votes No, while Ireland chooses ‘Yes’ in landslide victory 3 weeks ago

Breaking: Donegal votes No, while Ireland chooses ‘Yes’ in landslide victory

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The result of the referendum on the Eighth Amendment has been officially declared. Ireland has voted a resounding Yes to repeal the Eighth Amendment and liberalise abortion laws.

The national result …
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Confidence soars for Yes result in Eighth Amendment referendum 4 weeks ago

Confidence soars for Yes result in Eighth Amendment referendum

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Polls by the Irish Times and RTE following yesterday’s vote have found an overwhelming majority vote for a Repeal of the Eighth and the liberalisation of Ireland’s abortion laws.

The …
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A Donegal girl’s high hopes to connect mighty and brave families 4 weeks ago

A Donegal girl’s high hopes to connect mighty and brave families

By  •  Life

Twelve-year-old Michaela from Buncrana has some incredibly complex medical needs. She has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and can suffer with up to 15 dislocations a day. Pain is a major part …
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‘I lost nearly a third of my life to Lyme disease’ 4 weeks ago

‘I lost nearly a third of my life to Lyme disease’

Emma Doherty from Gleneely has been plagued with the life-changing illness of Lyme Disease for the past 11 years. The primary school teacher was once an active and energetic woman, …
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Events: Making businesses bloom at the DWBN garden party 4 weeks ago

Events: Making businesses bloom at the DWBN garden party

The Donegal Women in Business Network had a warm welcome for new visitors from Northern Ireland at today’s cross-border afternoon tea event at Dunmore Gardens, Carrigans.

The beautiful country house, …
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Blue Ribbon celebrate 20 years with a trip down the yellow brick road! 4 weeks ago

Blue Ribbon celebrate 20 years with a trip down the yellow brick road!

The Blue Ribbon Performing Arts school has enjoyed twenty fun-filled years at the forefront of the childrens’ activity scene.

From 1998 to 2018, children from Letterkenny and beyond have enjoyed …
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May 25th: What to need to know before you vote 4 weeks ago

May 25th: What to need to know before you vote

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Thousands of Donegal voters are preparing to cast their votes on Friday May 25th. A number of polling stations have already opened on Donegal’s islands this Thursday.

There has been …
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