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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
Thoughtful schoolgirl begins children’s fundraiser for Baby Livie 5 days ago

Thoughtful schoolgirl begins children’s fundraiser for Baby Livie

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A kind-hearted Donegal girl has tapped into her creative talents to help raise vital funds for a special baby.

Seven-year-old Kaiya Dohc from Donegal was moved by the story of …
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Crisis creates opportunity for The Song House 1 week ago

Crisis creates opportunity for The Song House

The pandemic couldn’t stop the music coming from The Song House in Falcarragh last weekend as they hosted a virtual Sean-Nós weekend.

In normal times, The Song House hosts singing …
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Good hair days ahead as salons reopen this week 1 week ago

Good hair days ahead as salons reopen this week

Donegal’s hairdressers are sharpening their scissors for a busy week as they open their doors to guests tomorrow.

After three months of box dyes, root touch-ups and home cuts, a …
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Watch: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh stars in all-female ensemble cover for Women’s Aid 1 week ago

Watch: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh stars in all-female ensemble cover for Women’s Aid

Renowned Donegal fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has joined a stunning new ensemble recording of Jimmy McCarthy’s ‘No Frontiers’ for Women’s Aid.

Gaoth Dobhair native Ní Mhaonaigh is one of a …
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Donegal activist becomes first female Traveller elected to Oireachtas 1 week ago

Donegal activist becomes first female Traveller elected to Oireachtas

Donegal-based activist Eileen Flynn has become the first member of the Travelling community to be elected to the Oireachtas.

Ms Flynn was appointed to the Seanad on Saturday following nomination to …
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Watch: Donegal woman shares top advice after amazing acne transformation 2 weeks ago

Watch: Donegal woman shares top advice after amazing acne transformation

A former Donegal beauty therapist has launched a new video series to share her tried and tested tips on all things beauty and skincare.

Claire McDermott from Carndonagh was affected …
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Donegal singers lend their talents to powerful ‘Dreams’ awareness video 3 weeks ago

Donegal singers lend their talents to powerful ‘Dreams’ awareness video

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Two popular Donegal artists are among a collective of Irish women who have come together to send a powerful message to those living with domestic abuse – they are not …
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Super sisters brave the shave for Donegal Hospice 3 weeks ago

Super sisters brave the shave for Donegal Hospice

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Two Donegal sisters have raised more than €7,000 for the Donegal Hospice after shaving their heads in memory of their beloved dad.

Pauline and Mary Boyle decided to do the …
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New mayor of Donegal hopes to inspire greater gender balance in council 3 weeks ago

New mayor of Donegal hopes to inspire greater gender balance in council

Buncrana Councillor Rena Donaghey has shared her hopes that her election as Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council will set an example to more women with an interest in politics. 

Cllr …
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Eager shoppers queue for Penneys reopening 3 weeks ago

Eager shoppers queue for Penneys reopening

Donegal’s Penneys fans were out in force this morning to welcome the reopening of the Letterkenny Shopping Centre store.

The budget fashion store has been one of the most highly-anticipated …
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Donegal hair salon to offer personal packs for customers’ peace of mind 3 weeks ago

Donegal hair salon to offer personal packs for customers’ peace of mind

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A Donegal hair salon owner is planning to introduce individual salon packs to give clients some peace of mind during Covid-19.

Anne O’Gorman, owner of Hair by Anne O’Gorman in …
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Amazing local women to run 618km from Mizen to Malin 3 weeks ago

Amazing local women to run 618km from Mizen to Malin

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Two running pals from Ballyshannon are about to put themselves through their paces as they run 618 km in five days from Mizen to Malin Head.

Julie McMullin and Loretta …
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Creative video project raises vital funds for Donegal Women’s Centre 4 weeks ago

Creative video project raises vital funds for Donegal Women’s Centre

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A unique fundraising project by former Dungloe Mary Rachel Doherty has raised €550 for the Donegal Women’s Centre.

Rachel enlisted the help of local women to create a video that …
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Buzz building for virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K 4 weeks ago

Buzz building for virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K

THERE IS growing interest in the 2020 RunDonegal Women’s 5K scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 23rd, with over 100 entered to date.

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Creative sisters making face masks fashionable 4 weeks ago

Creative sisters making face masks fashionable

Three sisters from Letterkenny are covering a new section of the fashion world with their unique face masks.

Anna, Lisa and Molly Kennedy are the designers behind ‘Mask Your Face’ …
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Cousins clock up 150km to raise funds for Hospice 4 weeks ago

Cousins clock up 150km to raise funds for Hospice

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Two inspirational cousins from Donegal put their little legs through the paces to raise an amazing €6,050 for Donegal Hospice.

Emma Begley from Milford, aged 11, and Ollie Mc Laughlin …
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Designing a new life in Donegal 4 weeks ago

Designing a new life in Donegal

Moving house is always a challenge, moving on the first day of a pandemic lockdown would be a nightmare for some.

But that wasn’t the case for Interior Designer Amy …
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Young Letterkenny woman steps up to 100K challenge in memory of beloved grandparents 1 month ago

Young Letterkenny woman steps up to 100K challenge in memory of beloved grandparents

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A Donegal student is on the road to raising significant funds for Letterkenny Hospital in memory of two grandparents. 

Emily Hanley from Letterkenny, aged 21, sadly lost both her grandmother …
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Watch: Daniel and Majella hula-hooping onto our screens this weekend 1 month ago

Watch: Daniel and Majella hula-hooping onto our screens this weekend

Donegal’s top celebrity couple Daniel and Majella O’Donnell will be brightening up our Sunday nights with the launch of their new TV series.

‘Daniel sa Bhaile’ on TG4 will …
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Amy’s adventures come to a triumphant end 1 month ago

Amy’s adventures come to a triumphant end

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An inspirational young Donegal woman has ended her charity challenge on a high with a little help from friends.

Amy Alexander, aged 19, completed her own ‘Tour De Cross’ by cycling …
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Donegal mum hosting online art auction in aid of brave son’s cancer battle 1 month ago

Donegal mum hosting online art auction in aid of brave son’s cancer battle

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A Donegal woman has rallied a creative community of friends together to hold an art auction to raise funds for her son’s health battle.

UK-born artist Veronica Maguire, who lives …
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Terrific teachers and SNAs tackle 4,500km challenge 1 month ago

Terrific teachers and SNAs tackle 4,500km challenge

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Teachers, management and staff at St. Bernadette’s Special School in Letterkenny are taking on a 500km virtual challenge this summer to raise much-needed funds for the school.

The team is …
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‘She is our world’ – Parents appeal for life-saving support for baby girl 1 month ago

‘She is our world’ – Parents appeal for life-saving support for baby girl

The parents of a much-loved baby girl with a rare neuromuscular condition have created a new video to share their heartbreaking story and plead for help.

Donegal Town man Keith …
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Former Marys use pageant skills to help single men find love 1 month ago

Former Marys use pageant skills to help single men find love

Three former Mary from Dungloe contestants have set out to help single men looking for love in a new BBC Gaeilge series airing this week.

Courtney Boyle from Dungloe, Rosie …
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Women in business seize opportunities from crisis in successful webinar 1 month ago

Women in business seize opportunities from crisis in successful webinar

The Donegal Women in Business Network adapted to the ‘new normal’ of networking for a successful online event today. 

Collaborating with LYIT DICE Labs, the network brought more than 100 …
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North West entrepreneurs invited to join Empower Programme for women 2 months ago

North West entrepreneurs invited to join Empower Programme for women

The Empower Programme is a new programme for start-ups targeted at female entrepreneurs from the West and North West of Ireland.

This programme addresses specific challenges that hinder females and …
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What have you learned from lockdown? 2 months ago

What have you learned from lockdown?

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Two creative Donegal women have shared a new project to help people note their learning experiences from Covid-19.

These long weeks at home have given people time to reflect, pursue …
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Amy (19) hits the road on an awesome fundraising adventure 2 months ago

Amy (19) hits the road on an awesome fundraising adventure

An inspirational young Donegal woman has beaten lockdown boredom by embarking on a ‘wheelie’ great cycling challenge to raise money for her local respite centre.

Amy Alexander, aged 19, is …
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Refreshing my hair colour at home with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 2 months ago

Refreshing my hair colour at home with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

The date is in sight – 20th July is when hairdressers will reopen – but yet it’s so far away!

In the meantime, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing in Letterkenny are looking …
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Local women lead the way in Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2 months ago

Local women lead the way in Children’s Books Ireland Awards

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Two Donegal-based women have won prestigious KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2020.

Five women were recognised in this year’s awards, which were announced in an online ceremony on Tuesday.

Kim …
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Donegal Hospice nurse shaving hair for charities during crisis 2 months ago

Donegal Hospice nurse shaving hair for charities during crisis

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The countdown is on for a Donegal Hospice nurse who has challenged herself to a head shave for two charities. 

Mary Coyle from Glenfin, who now lives in Dooish, will …
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Donegal Heritage Office shares free booklet on looking after wildlife in your garden 2 months ago

Donegal Heritage Office shares free booklet on looking after wildlife in your garden

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As International Biodiversity Day approaches on Friday, May 22, a new booklet has been launched to provide advice on how to help the wildlife in your garden. 

The brainchild …
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Tara takes on new role on Irish Second-Level Students’ Union 2 months ago

Tara takes on new role on Irish Second-Level Students’ Union

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A Donegal student with a passion for student activism has been elected to the National Student Executive of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU). 

Tara Toye, a Transition Year student …
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RunDonegal exploring the virtual route in August 2 months ago

RunDonegal exploring the virtual route in August

Women are being encouraged to register for the 2020 RunDonegal Women’s 5K, which will now take place on August 23rd.

Race organiser Grace Boyle has given assurance that the fundraising …
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Nursing home matron wins draw for frontline workers 2 months ago

Nursing home matron wins draw for frontline workers

A Donegal nursing home matron has won a two-room home makeover in a unique competition in appreciation of all frontline workers.

Jennifer Rankin from Trentagh, Matron of the Lake House …
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Idyllic France awaits for Deirdre’s new business adventure 2 months ago

Idyllic France awaits for Deirdre’s new business adventure

Donegal hoteliers Deirdre McGlone and Marc Gysling have fallen for a new business venture.

It was love at first sight on Valentine’s Day, celebrating their wedding anniversary, when they were …
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Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh striking a chord for Women’s Aid 2 months ago

Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh striking a chord for Women’s Aid

Acclaimed Donegal fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has joined the line-up of an inspirational and empowering series of online concerts in aid of Women’s Aid.

The Meitheal na mBan series, broadcasting …
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Donegal Rape Crisis Centre awaiting a surge in reports after Covid-19 2 months ago

Donegal Rape Crisis Centre awaiting a surge in reports after Covid-19

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Management at the Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre said they are expecting a flood of reports from victims of sexual violence after the Covid-19 lockdown.

The expected surge …
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Penneys hamper giveaway raising funds for Donegal Hospice 2 months ago

Penneys hamper giveaway raising funds for Donegal Hospice

Penneys staff in Letterkenny have come up with a charitable idea for anyone who is missing a good big Penneys shop during Covid-19.

Team Penneys Letterkenny are donating three hampers …
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Eye-catching video puts focus on Donegal Women’s Centre 2 months ago

Eye-catching video puts focus on Donegal Women’s Centre

A new fundraising video has been launched to shine a light on domestic violence against women during Covid-19.

The video, organised by Dungloe native Rachel Doherty, features close-up images of …
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Gardaí reassure domestic abuse victims that help is available 2 months ago

Gardaí reassure domestic abuse victims that help is available

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GARDAÍ in Donegal have reassured people who are victims of domestic abuse that they can travel beyond the 5km coronavirus travel restriction to seek help.

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Amazing active cousins walking 150km in memory of grandparents 2 months ago

Amazing active cousins walking 150km in memory of grandparents

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Emma Begley, aged 11, and Ollie Mc Laughlin, aged 4, are hitting the roads to walk 150KM this month to raise money in memory of their grandparents.

The cousins have lost …
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Birthday fundraiser is the icing on the cake for Alison 2 months ago

Birthday fundraiser is the icing on the cake for Alison

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Alison Pasquier’s 50th birthday celebrations weren’t quite what she imagined before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Instead of a BBQ party last Friday, she celebrated the success of a fundraiser which raised …
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Teresa steps up to extraordinary Everest challenge 2 months ago

Teresa steps up to extraordinary Everest challenge

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Teresa Doherty has brought fundraising to a new level by scaling the height of Everest on her own staircase for Donegal Hospice.

She is currently on day four of the …
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The Donegal-made hairband that doubles as a root cover-up 2 months ago

The Donegal-made hairband that doubles as a root cover-up

Buncrana designer Bernie Murphy has tapped into her creativity to present a stylish solution to covering up roots.

This is the Donegal Flexi ‘Cabin Fever’ Hairband – a uniquely …
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Alva takes an artistic approach to supporting local hospital 2 months ago

Alva takes an artistic approach to supporting local hospital

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A Killybegs artist is offering up one of her own paintings for a fundraiser to support Killybegs Community Hospital.

Award-winning artist Alva Gallagher wanted to contribute to the Covid-19 response …
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‘With heavy hearts’: Mary from Dungloe cancelled for 2020 2 months ago

‘With heavy hearts’: Mary from Dungloe cancelled for 2020

This year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers announced the news tonight, saying that the decision was made in accordance with the …
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President sings the praises of ‘heartwarming’ Wild Atlantic Women project 2 months ago

President sings the praises of ‘heartwarming’ Wild Atlantic Women project

The artists of Wild Atlantic Women have a lot to celebrate today after receiving presidential praise for their unique Covid-19 collaboration.

The project, which premiered last week, saw over 30 …
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‘Something for everyone’ with home volunteering 2 months ago

‘Something for everyone’ with home volunteering

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Donegal Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland have launched a #volunteerfromhome campaign to inspire people to help out in their community while staying safely apart.

There are many ways that people …
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Self-help pack created for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Donegal 2 months ago

Self-help pack created for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Donegal

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Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (DSARCC) have devised an online self-help resource pack to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse in the north west during Covid-19.

The …
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