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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
A heavenly escape to the Seascape Spa 3 hours 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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Laura Bonner crowned Ulster’s Most Inspiring Businesswoman 4 hours ago

Laura Bonner crowned Ulster’s Most Inspiring Businesswoman

Donegal entrepreneur Laura Bonner has won the award for Ulster Businesswoman of 2019 at the Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards.

With this accolade, the Muff Liquor Company co-founder has been …
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Why FitPink is taking the Donegal fitness world by storm 2 days ago

Why FitPink is taking the Donegal fitness world by storm

A new local brand of sports leggings has become the hottest thing on Instagram this summer, setting a new trend for active clothing that does what it should.

Sports leggings, …
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Familiar faces to appear in RTE’s Raised by the Village 3 days ago

Familiar faces to appear in RTE’s Raised by the Village

Chef Brian of The Foyle Hotel Moville is used to being in front of the cameras in his TV cooking demonstrations and as a local food ambassador. 

But this time, …
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Top of the class: Arranmore girl wins trip to the EU Parliament 4 days ago

Top of the class: Arranmore girl wins trip to the EU Parliament

By  •  News

Arainn Mhor student Clara Ferry is off on a trip around Europe this December after winning a Graduate.ie competition.

Clara, who is in fifth year of Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, will be travelling to Brussels, …
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Watch: Meet the team at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny 6 days ago

Watch: Meet the team at Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny

The Irwin Expert Electrical Showroom team at Port Road Letterkenny have a lot to be proud of, being part of the leading electrical store in the north west.

And they …
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Donegal’s favourite doll travels the county in style 1 week ago

Donegal’s favourite doll travels the county in style

If you’re looking for homegrown fashion inspiration, then look no further than Lottie!

The popular doll, created by Arklu, has gained a brand new wardrobe designed by some of Donegal’s …
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Get your #GoGreen cups free at this local coffee evening 1 week ago

Get your #GoGreen cups free at this local coffee evening

By  •  News

ShopLK together with Kernans are hosting a special coffee evening at Kernans Bistro & Coffee House on October 17th.

With the recent launch of their Go …
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Events: A dreamy day at the Harvey’s Point autumn wedding fair 1 week ago

Events: A dreamy day at the Harvey’s Point autumn wedding fair

No matter the weather, Harvey’s Point always looks its best. And it was this case today as the hotel hosted its autumn wedding fair on a seasonal afternoon on the …
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Breast cancer fundraising teams worry about support during Storm Lorenzo 2 weeks ago

Breast cancer fundraising teams worry about support during Storm Lorenzo

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Pink Ribbon sales in Donegal, which raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s services for people affected by breast cancer, have been negatively affected by Storm Lorenzo.

Collections in Killybegs have been …
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‘This one is special’ – Laura Bonner celebrates Irish award for Muff Gin 2 weeks ago

‘This one is special’ – Laura Bonner celebrates Irish award for Muff Gin

Muff Liquor Co. co-founder Laura Bonner is celebrating another major win for her drinks company after taking home the People’s Choice prize at the Irish Gin Awards 2019.

Muff Irish …
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Watch: Donegal bride’s flash mob amazes wedding guests 2 weeks ago

Watch: Donegal bride’s flash mob amazes wedding guests

Ballyshannon newlyweds Farrah Bogle and David Mullaney added a great surprise to their recent wedding when members of the congregation came together for flash mob performance of ‘How Great Thou …
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Events: The dynamic Donegal Women in Business Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference 2 weeks ago

Events: The dynamic Donegal Women in Business Network’s 20th Anniversary Conference

If energy could be bottled, the enthusiasm of the Donegal Women in Business Network could be a new product for the Muff Liquor drinks company!

The dynamic women in business …
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Never too old for firsts! Ruby (103) enjoys first trip to the cinema in 80 years 2 weeks ago

Never too old for firsts! Ruby (103) enjoys first trip to the cinema in 80 years

Castlefinn native Ruby Druce proved you’re never too old for firsts by going to the cinema for the first time in 80 years last weekend.

Ruby, aged 103, made the …
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Donegal’s daring strip and dippers raise an amazing amount 3 weeks ago

Donegal’s daring strip and dippers raise an amazing amount

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Over €56,000 has been raised by 300 brave women who did a topless strip and dip for Breast Cancer in Inishowen.

Busloads of enthusiastic ladies headed to Stroove Beach at …
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Ciara Doherty is homeward bound to host celebration of Donegal’s dynamic businesswomen 3 weeks ago

Ciara Doherty is homeward bound to host celebration of Donegal’s dynamic businesswomen

It’s less than a week to go to the Looking Back – Moving Forward Donegal Women in Business Network 20th Anniversary Conference.

And one of the many local women who …
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A great day for Donegal finalists at the Irish Made Awards 3 weeks ago

A great day for Donegal finalists at the Irish Made Awards

Three creative entrepreneurs from Donegal were counted among Ireland’s top designers today at the Irish Made Awards Ceremony.

Fashion designer Bernie Murphy from Buncrana, homewear designer Eilis Galbraith from Buncrana, …
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How a Donegal supermarket inspired SJP’s new wine launch 3 weeks ago

How a Donegal supermarket inspired SJP’s new wine launch

By  •  Life

But the more surprising part is that the inspiration came from Supervalu in Killybegs.

The Sex and the City star has revealed that she loves stocking up on wine while …
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Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle is crowned Ulster Spa of the Year 3 weeks ago

Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle is crowned Ulster Spa of the Year

By  •  Life

There are great celebrations at Lough Eske Castle this week after the CARA Organic Beauty Spa was named as Ulster’s Spa of the Year 2019.

The award was announced at the Irish …
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Events: Donegal’s first Wellness Cafe puts the ‘We’ in Wellness! 3 weeks ago

Events: Donegal’s first Wellness Cafe puts the ‘We’ in Wellness!

Donegal has welcomed its first-ever wellness cafe to provide an open and welcoming space for people to connect and socialise. 

The cafe was launched in the Eatery at An Grianan …
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Role model Chloe Kennedy stepping out in style for world-record attempt 3 weeks ago

Role model Chloe Kennedy stepping out in style for world-record attempt

Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy, 20, is relishing life – and health – after getting the all-clear from cancer in April.

She has had a whirlwind summer representing her county in …
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Extra special plans announced for 10th North West Breast Cancer Charity Ball 3 weeks ago

Extra special plans announced for 10th North West Breast Cancer Charity Ball

The North West Breast Cancer Charity Ball is going to be an extra-exciting event this winter as the committee celebrates 10 years of fundraising.

One of the highlights of the local …
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Picture-perfect celebrations at the Mulroy Woods ‘Say Yes’ Wedding Showcase 3 weeks ago

Picture-perfect celebrations at the Mulroy Woods ‘Say Yes’ Wedding Showcase

There was a lot to celebrate at the Mulroy Woods Hotel Wedding Showcase this Sunday as the Milford venue revealed their stunning new suite and many brides-to-be found their dream …
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Samara has a big slice of success! 4 weeks ago

Samara has a big slice of success!

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A Donegal woman can proudly say she makes Ireland’s best brown bread after winning a national competition this week.

Samara Ward from Inver was on a roll in The National …
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Review: New season shades at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 4 weeks ago

Review: New season shades at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

I visited Patrick Gildea Hairdressing in Letterkenny this week to find out what’s hot in hair colour in Autumn 2019. Things are heating up too – as it turns out …
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14 new Breastfeeding Counsellors qualified in Donegal 4 weeks ago

14 new Breastfeeding Counsellors qualified in Donegal

Support for new mums in Donegal is set to get a boost as 14 new Cuidiú Breastfeeding Counsellors qualified in the region this week.

The new Cuidiú Breastfeeding …
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Donegal women win coveted titles in Miss Ireland final 4 weeks ago

Donegal women win coveted titles in Miss Ireland final

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Miss Donegal and Miss Letterkenny are both celebrating victories after the Miss Ireland 2019 pageant final on Saturday.

The Donegal women missed out on the overall title, but they all …
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Hotelier Mary T Sweeney honoured as Ireland’s Host of the Year 2020 4 weeks ago

Hotelier Mary T Sweeney honoured as Ireland’s Host of the Year 2020

Castle Grove Country House owner Mary T Sweeney has been named as Ireland’s Host of the Year at the 2020 Georgina Campbell Awards.

Mrs Sweeney, who has been in business …
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Three Donegal hopefuls competing in Miss Ireland final 1 month ago

Three Donegal hopefuls competing in Miss Ireland final

By  •  News

Miss Donegal Holly McCrea, Miss Letterkenny Anna Gallagher and Miss Kildare Naomi Molloy, who is from Glenties, are all taking to the stage of The Helix in Dublin tomorrow in …
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A Stitch in Time: Rosaleen Hegarty’s yarn weaves through the ages 1 month ago

A Stitch in Time: Rosaleen Hegarty’s yarn weaves through the ages

A simple pair of knitting needles, a few balls of yarn and a pattern – that’s all that Rosaleen Hegarty says is required to create a beautiful garment. 


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Everyone loved the Donegal sisters on their Gogglebox Ireland debut 1 month ago

Everyone loved the Donegal sisters on their Gogglebox Ireland debut

Two straight-talking Donegal women were hailed as ‘legends’ after featuring on Gogglebox Ireland for the first time on Wednesday night.

B&B owner Barbara Frost and retired social worker Janet Given …
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Donegal student setting a trend for sustainable style switches 1 month ago

Donegal student setting a trend for sustainable style switches

Whether it’s an upcycled outfit, a vintage find or a well-researched investment piece, there are many ways to dress without contributing to the climate change crisis.

And Donegal’s Meg O’Doherty …
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Local sisters revealed as Donegal’s first stars of Gogglebox Ireland 1 month ago

Local sisters revealed as Donegal’s first stars of Gogglebox Ireland

B&B owner Barbara Frost and retired social worker Janet Given will be introduced as the newest characters of Gogglebox Ireland when the series returns to Virgin Media One this Wednesday.


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Roz Purcell is organising a hike in an amazing Donegal spot this month 1 month ago

Roz Purcell is organising a hike in an amazing Donegal spot this month

By  •  Life

Roz Purcell is Donegal-bound this month to lead an exciting group hike at Sliabh Liag.

The popular lifestyle influencer is bringing her ‘Hike Life’ events to the north west on …
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RTE Nationwide visits Donegal to meet inspirational schoolgirl Lucy 1 month ago

RTE Nationwide visits Donegal to meet inspirational schoolgirl Lucy

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Brave Donegal girl Lucy Gallagher is to appear on RTE’s Nationwide this evening.

Lucy, from Maghery, is the only person in Ireland to have a rare genetic skin condition called …
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J’Style’s Fashion Night Out raises a fantastic €1,760 1 month ago

J’Style’s Fashion Night Out raises a fantastic €1,760

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Letterkenny’s Jae Sook Lee has proudly presented the proceeds of her charity fashion night to Donegal Down Syndrome.

Jae, who is a fashion blogger at J’Style, hosted a successful style …
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Events: Donegal’s breast fundraiser ever! 1 month ago

Events: Donegal’s breast fundraiser ever!

If you were anywhere near the Big White Bay beach at Shroove on Friday night, you could have seen a lot more than expected.

That’s because 300 brave women were …
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We’re crazy a-pout Brenda Doherty’s new lipsticks! 1 month ago

We’re crazy a-pout Brenda Doherty’s new lipsticks!

Donegal makeup artist Brenda Doherty is celebrating another successful product launch with her new lipsticks.

And they’re the word on everyone’s lips.

Brenda, who owns her own salon in Ballybofey, …
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Donegal poet among first Markievicz Award winners 2 months ago

Donegal poet among first Markievicz Award winners

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Donegal writer and poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin has been announced as one of the first recipients of the new Markievicz Award.

The award is a new bursary scheme for artists launched to commemorate …
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Donegal designers among top finalists in Irish Made Awards 2 months ago

Donegal designers among top finalists in Irish Made Awards

Three designers from Donegal have been named as finalists in the Irish Made Awards – the annual competition highlighting the best creative businesses and makers across the country.

The Irish …
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Drama resumes for Donegal actors in Ros na Run 2 months ago

Drama resumes for Donegal actors in Ros na Run

After a shocking season finale, Donegal actresses Brídín Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh and Máirín De Buitléir are back to the fore of one of the biggest storylines of TG4’s Ros na Run.

Season …
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Over 300 women ‘nipping’ down to a secret beach this Friday 2 months ago

Over 300 women ‘nipping’ down to a secret beach this Friday

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Over 300 women are expected to brave the waters of a secret Inishowen beach this Friday night in aid of three cancer charities.

The location is being kept under wraps, …
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Samara is our very own bake-off queen! 2 months ago

Samara is our very own bake-off queen!

By  •  News

Samara Ward from Inver is hoping for a slice of success as she bakes her way to the National Brown Bread Baking Competition final this month.

The Donegal woman qualified to the …
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Up Donegal! Chloe Kennedy wins fans in Rose of Tralee appearance 2 months ago

Up Donegal! Chloe Kennedy wins fans in Rose of Tralee appearance

Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy has impressed viewers after her positive and funny interview in Tralee tonight.

The 20-year-old Psychology student started her appearance on a high note, with a big …
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Donegal Rose set for the stage this Tuesday 2 months ago

Donegal Rose set for the stage this Tuesday

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Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy will have her moment to shine on stage in the Rose of Tralee finale this Tuesday night.

The running order has listed Chloe as one of …
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A Taste of Donegal Food Festival to tickle your tastebuds this weekend 2 months ago

A Taste of Donegal Food Festival to tickle your tastebuds this weekend

The tents are up, the exhibitors are on their way and the chefs are stocking up on ingredients -it’s almost time for the launch of A Taste of Donegal Food …
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Derry Girls jerseys are out now, and we’re pure lurred about them 2 months ago

Derry Girls jerseys are out now, and we’re pure lurred about them

A new range of GAA jerseys has been launched to celebrate the legen-derry show that is Derry Girls.

Proudly created by O’Neills, the jerseys feature some of our favourite characters …
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33 million people caught the buzz of #LoveDonegal Day 2 months ago

33 million people caught the buzz of #LoveDonegal Day

Twitter was abuzz with all things Donegal on Wednesday 14th of August as the #LoveDonegal day campaign reached worldwide audiences.

People from home and abroad embraced the trend and flooded …
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Full line-up announced for Donegal Women in Business Network Conference 2 months ago

Full line-up announced for Donegal Women in Business Network Conference

The Donegal Women in Business Network has unveiled the full line-up of speakers and panellists for their 20th anniversary conference this October 1st.

Taking place in Lough Eske Castle, this …
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Anna Gallagher sets great goals as Miss Letterkenny 2019 2 months ago

Anna Gallagher sets great goals as Miss Letterkenny 2019

By  •  Life

Letterkenny Gaels stalwart Anna Gallagher has never done anything like a pageant before, but she’s starting to enjoy this way of life.

As Miss Letterkenny, Anna will be representing her …
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