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Donegal Woman Author - Rachel McLaughlin


Rachel McLaughlin is the editor of DonegalWoman.ie. Get in touch by emailing news@donegalwoman.ie
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Over 200 women gear up for Gartan adventure challenge 8 hours ago

Over 200 women gear up for Gartan adventure challenge

The countdown is on for an exciting women’s-only multi-sport challenge this October 9th.

Donegal Sports Partnership along with sponsors Team Donegal Oil, founded by Arthur McMahon from Donegal Oil Company …
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Karen Connell on bringing a kickass character with a Killybegs accent to new Netflix series 2 days ago

Karen Connell on bringing a kickass character with a Killybegs accent to new Netflix series

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Actress Karen Connell has embraced one of her favourite characters yet for a big-budget Netflix series.

The Killybegs native will soon be back on our screens in The Bastard Son …
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Dance the night away for little TJ’s second birthday! 4 days ago

Dance the night away for little TJ’s second birthday!

Get the legwarmers out for a fun 80s disco this October in support of a special baby girl!

TJ Needham McDaid, whose mother Claire is from Drumkeen, will turn two …
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Local workshop to examine lesser known impact of alcohol on women’s health 1 week ago

Local workshop to examine lesser known impact of alcohol on women’s health

A public discussion will be taking place in Letterkenny this week on alcohol and the lesser known effects it has on women’s health and mental health.

The event, taking place …
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Flour Power: Wild Fuschia bakehouse unveils new 100% recyclable packaging 1 week ago

Flour Power: Wild Fuschia bakehouse unveils new 100% recyclable packaging

Donegal businesswoman Sian McCann has announced some exciting news for her company – Wild Fuschia Bakehouse is going fully recyclable!

The  Irish Wheaten Bread mix is back in Aldi stores …
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Events: Inspiring hour to celebrate creative and talented Donegal women 2 weeks ago

Events: Inspiring hour to celebrate creative and talented Donegal women

Donegal County Council has joined forces with AwakenHub to host a unique online event on Thursday evening next on how Donegal is inspiring creative women of the world. 

This event …
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Events: ‘Grow with Confidence’ with advice from Donegal Women in Business Network 2 weeks ago

Events: ‘Grow with Confidence’ with advice from Donegal Women in Business Network

Donegal Women in Business Network are delighted to join with Local Enterprise Office Donegal to host the third of a series of four events aimed at supporting all women in …
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Seven Donegal families to benefit from Jack and Jill hill-climbing fundraiser 2 weeks ago

Seven Donegal families to benefit from Jack and Jill hill-climbing fundraiser

Every day can be an uphill challenge for Jack and Jill families and, this October, the charity is urging people to climb or walk a local hill in solidarity with …
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Time to get behind fundraising quiz for Donegal Rape Crisis Centre 2 weeks ago

Time to get behind fundraising quiz for Donegal Rape Crisis Centre

Have you got plans on Thursday 22nd September? Why not put your knowledge to the test at a table quiz in Arena 7 Letterkenny in aid of the Donegal Rape …
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Free contraception scheme launches for women aged 17-25 2 weeks ago

Free contraception scheme launches for women aged 17-25

Medical practices across Donegal are to begin providing free contraception to females aged between 17-25 from today.

The Government scheme aims to reduce financial burdens on women who use contraceptives. …
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Travel: Seven days soaking up the beauty of Lake Como 3 weeks ago

Travel: Seven days soaking up the beauty of Lake Como

A beautiful Italian quote in the film ‘Eat Pray Love’ has been shared online regularly this summer. It is ‘dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing.

That sweetness …
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#LoveDonegal Day: Let’s get the county trending! 3 weeks ago

#LoveDonegal Day: Let’s get the county trending!

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Social media is beginning to buzz as the annual #LoveDonegal campaign gets underway.

This year’s campaign centres on celebrating the art and creativity of Donegal and organisers of the event, …
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Hygiene bank opens at Boots Letterkenny 3 weeks ago

Hygiene bank opens at Boots Letterkenny

Boots Ireland has announced a new partnership with The Hygiene Bank Ireland, providing drop off points in ten stores where people can donate hygiene products which are provided to those …
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Don’t Give Up: Donegal woman is university-bound after battle for care 4 weeks ago

Don’t Give Up: Donegal woman is university-bound after battle for care

A young Donegal woman with chronic illness is packing her bags for UCD after a hard-fought battle for care to live and study in Dublin.

Sorcha McElchar from Castlefin has …
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See the beauty of Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa at their September wedding fayre 4 weeks ago

See the beauty of Ballyliffin Lodge and Spa at their September wedding fayre

Very exciting times ahead for the 4* Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa in Inishowen, Co.Donegal.

Their upcoming Wedding Fayre on the 11th September 2022 from 1-4pm is arguably set to be …
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Let’s get ready for #LoveDonegal Day 1 month ago

Let’s get ready for #LoveDonegal Day

The hugely popular #LoveDonegal campaign will return on Thursday September 8th 2022, building on the success of previous campaigns and public interest.

Last year’s campaign reached over 17 million people across …
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Don’t miss the Glenties Harvest Fair Ladies Night! 1 month ago

Don’t miss the Glenties Harvest Fair Ladies Night!

A glamorous and fun girls’ night is in store for the first ever Glenties Harvest Fair Ladies Night.

Taking place on Friday 9th September in the Highland’s Hotel, this event …
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Vicky Phelan issues thanks to amazing Donegal women for ‘lovely gesture’ 1 month ago

Vicky Phelan issues thanks to amazing Donegal women for ‘lovely gesture’

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Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has issued a huge thank you to two kind staff members of a Donegal cafe who gave her breakfast ‘on the house’.

Vicky and her …
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Lou Rowland making marvellous melodies 1 month ago

Lou Rowland making marvellous melodies

Letterkenny artist Lou Rowland is today celebrating the exciting launch of her musical venture – mokusla.

The project has been a dream come true for the creative 28-year-old who is …
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Donegal designer behind paw-some dog drying coat 1 month ago

Donegal designer behind paw-some dog drying coat

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ATU Donegal Fashion Lecturer Sharon Maxwell has been hailed for her creative input into a genius new coat for drying wet dogs.

The first-of-its-kind product in Ireland and the UK …
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‘Ambition’ programme for Donegal female entrepreneurs open for applications 1 month ago

‘Ambition’ programme for Donegal female entrepreneurs open for applications

An initiative to develop female entrepreneurship in Donegal is now open for applications.

Following the success of the programme over the last two years, Local Enterprise Office Donegal has launched Ambition for …
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Mischievous Miriam visits Donegal! 1 month ago

Mischievous Miriam visits Donegal!

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The last place you might think you’d find a Harry Potter star is in a library – at least a library in Donegal!

Well, it’s not because actress Miriam Margolyes …
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How Geraldine Mullan transformed a site of sadness into a field of HOPE 1 month ago

How Geraldine Mullan transformed a site of sadness into a field of HOPE

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As she prepares to share the colourful bounty of her sunflower field this weekend, Geraldine Mullan tells the story of the leap of faith she made to mark the second …
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Support all things Donegal in style with county’s first clothing range 1 month ago

Support all things Donegal in style with county’s first clothing range

Donegal County Council have teamed up with sportswear supplier O’Neills to launch an exciting new range of branded clothing.

The collection was inspired by the successful launch of the Donegal …
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Experience the past at unique charity shop exhibition 1 month ago

Experience the past at unique charity shop exhibition

The Irish Wheelchair Association Charity Shop in Letterkenny is launching a special ‘Selling the Past’ exhibition of donated items which have links to Donegal’s history. 

The exhibition opens this Tuesday …
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Donegal man enjoying once-in-a-lifetime experience as Rose Escort 1 month ago

Donegal man enjoying once-in-a-lifetime experience as Rose Escort

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A young Donegal man is working hard in the Kingdom this week in the prestigious role as a Rose Escort.

Cillian Ó Gallachóir from Falcarragh is one of 33 escorts …
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Nailed it! Vanessa Canning named top Nail Technician in Ulster 2 months ago

Nailed it! Vanessa Canning named top Nail Technician in Ulster

Talented nail technician Vanessa Canning is on cloud nine after scooping the Nail Technician of the Year Ulster award.

Vanessa, who runs her own business ‘Polish Perfect’ in Manorcunningham, is …
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Donegal Women in Business Network hosting six coffee morning meet-ups 2 months ago

Donegal Women in Business Network hosting six coffee morning meet-ups

All women in business in Donegal are invited to an exciting coffee morning series by the Donegal Women in Business Network.

On Friday 26th August at 10.30am-11.30am, they will host six …
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Geraldine Mullan unveils labour of love for beloved husband and children 2 months ago

Geraldine Mullan unveils labour of love for beloved husband and children

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One of Inishowen’s best-kept secrets has been unveiled this week in loving memory of a special family.

As the sun shines on Quigley’s Point, a ‘Field of Hope’ is blooming …
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Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73 2 months ago

Grease star Olivia Newton-John dies aged 73

Grease actress Olivia Newton-John has passed away at the age of 73.

She died peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends.

Newton-John’s music …
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A new Donegal gem is crafted at Crolly Distillery 2 months ago

A new Donegal gem is crafted at Crolly Distillery

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A new whiskey and a new tourist experience has been carefully crafted with great success at the Croithlí Distillery.

I visited this week for a tour and tasting, and have …
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Watch: TikTokker Niamh’s dad steals the show in hilarious makeup guide 2 months ago

Watch: TikTokker Niamh’s dad steals the show in hilarious makeup guide

If you’re looking for a good laugh today, don’t miss Ballybofey teen Niamhy’s latest viral TikTok.

Niamh asked her dad John to help narrate a makeup tutorial, with very surprising …
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Donegal’s female entrepreneurs part of ACORNS success story 2 months ago

Donegal’s female entrepreneurs part of ACORNS success story

Early-stage female entrepreneurs in the government-backed ACORNS programme doubled their combined turnover to €3.1m in just six months.

The announcement comes today as applications open for ACORNS 8, the innovative …
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Katie’s off to the Kingdom in style! 2 months ago

Katie’s off to the Kingdom in style!

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Donegal Rose 2022 Katie McAteer is packing her bags this week for the adventure of a lifetime.

The Rathmullan woman is Tralee-bound to represent her home county in the 61st …
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Sparkling summer afternoon tea at Harvey’s Point 2 months ago

Sparkling summer afternoon tea at Harvey’s Point

There’s something about Harvey’s Point Hotel that whisks you into a holiday mood. Maybe it’s the lakeside drive, the warm and calm reception, or the serene piano music. As soon …
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Three cheers for the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa! 2 months ago

Three cheers for the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa!

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There have been more good times for all at the Four Star Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa. 

The Lodge has had a trophy-laden time of late which is simply …
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1,000 extra FREE tickets up for grabs as Nathan Carter gets ready to rock Downings 2 months ago

1,000 extra FREE tickets up for grabs as Nathan Carter gets ready to rock Downings

Donegal County Council is set to release 1,000 free tickets for the sold-out Nathan Carter concert at the Donegal Festival of Golf this August.

The country star is taking to …
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An Cailín Ciúin selected as Ireland’s Oscars entry 2 months ago

An Cailín Ciúin selected as Ireland’s Oscars entry

Hugely-popular Irish-language film An Cailín Ciúin has been named as Ireland’s entry for the 2023 Academy Awards.

The feature film, which has many Donegal links, has been chosen by the …
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‘London Mary’ Caitlin crowned the 2022 Mary from Dungloe 2 months ago

‘London Mary’ Caitlin crowned the 2022 Mary from Dungloe

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The winner of this year’s Mary from Dungloe is the ‘London Mary’ Caitlin Finn.

Caitlin was chosen at Sunday’s gala crowning event at Ionad Spóirt na Rosann.

Caitlin, who was …
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Miss Donegal shines on the catwalk in €20 worth of charity shop clothes 2 months ago

Miss Donegal shines on the catwalk in €20 worth of charity shop clothes

Miss Donegal 2022 Hannah Mulcahy put her local charity shop in the spotlight at a fashion show this week, showing that beautiful clothes don’t have to be brand new.

Hannah, …
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Fundraiser to honour remarkable Letterkenny woman 2 months ago

Fundraiser to honour remarkable Letterkenny woman

A remarkable Letterkenny woman will be honoured at an upcoming fundraiser for the Donegal Hospice.

Ms Carrie Harvey (nee Coyle) dedicated a huge part of her life to campaigning and …
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Ocean Sanctuary: Arranmore Island’s Holistic Escape launches yoga retreats 2 months ago

Ocean Sanctuary: Arranmore Island’s Holistic Escape launches yoga retreats

Immerse yourself in the healing practices of Yoga and Meditation, walking, wild swimming and kayaking in the truly awe-inspiring surroundings of the Atlantic Ocean. Unwind and switch off from the …
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Donegal woman reaching new heights in memory of late husband 2 months ago

Donegal woman reaching new heights in memory of late husband

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An Annagry woman is about to embark on a special hiking challenge this July in loving memory of her late husband.

Maeve King’s beloved husband Joe passed away from cancer …
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Up-and-coming Donegal singer tops iTunes Country charts 3 months ago

Up-and-coming Donegal singer tops iTunes Country charts

Talented Dunfanaghy singer Chelsea Evans is celebrating yet another career milestone after topping the iTunes Country Charts.

Chelsea, aged 18, is blazing a trail with her first single ‘Past the …
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Introducing the new Miss Donegal! 3 months ago

Introducing the new Miss Donegal!

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Ambitious Castlefinn student Hannah Mulcahy has been crowned Miss Donegal 2022.

Hannah, aged 20, will represent Donegal this year at the 75th Miss Ireland, proudly sponsored by TanOrganic.

The …
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Kind-hearted Letterkenny woman crowned Ulster CAREGiver of the Year 3 months ago

Kind-hearted Letterkenny woman crowned Ulster CAREGiver of the Year

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Letterkenny woman Mary Sweeney has been honoured for her work with the most vulnerable people in the community, by being named Home Instead’s 2022 Ulster CAREGiver of the Year.

Care …
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What’s On: Earagail Arts Festival fun for all the family this July (plus lots of FREE events) 3 months ago

What’s On: Earagail Arts Festival fun for all the family this July (plus lots of FREE events)

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THIS year’s Earagail Arts Festival, 9th July to 24th July, features a number of exciting events for the whole family to enjoy all along the most northern part …
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My top 10 summer styles at Stevens Jewellers 3 months ago

My top 10 summer styles at Stevens Jewellers

Stevens Jewellers in Letterkenny has unveiled stunning new collections for summer 2022, and I was delighted to be asked to come in and have a browse.

From timeless everyday T-bars …
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Events: Sunday Funday with Colour Me Bootiful! 3 months ago

Events: Sunday Funday with Colour Me Bootiful!

A great girls’ day out full of fun, style and laughter was had at the Shandon Hotel & Spa this afternoon with Colour Me Bootiful and friends.

The Sunday Funday …
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Stunning Sliabh Liag is Donegal’s newest wedding destination! 3 months ago

Stunning Sliabh Liag is Donegal’s newest wedding destination!

A young American couple who fell in love with County Donegal said ‘I do’ on top of some of Ireland’s highest cliffs.

Justina Keith, 27, and new husband Alex Lucero, …
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