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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
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Review: Summer occasion style at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 3 days ago

Review: Summer occasion style at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

Tis the season for summer weddings, events and the races. You’ve got the invite, you’ve got the dress, but we know that getting the hair and makeup right can be …
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Events: Summer singing and gardening with Donegal Women in Business Network 3 days ago

Events: Summer singing and gardening with Donegal Women in Business Network

The weather may not have been hot and sunny, but the welcomes were warm in the Song House in Falcarragh and OURganic Gardens in Gortahork.

The outing was a member …
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‘I consider myself very lucky’ – Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy 5 days ago

‘I consider myself very lucky’ – Donegal Rose Chloe Kennedy

By  •  Life

Donegal Town student Chloe Kennedy has a very exciting summer ahead after being crowned the Donegal Rose of 2019.

And she has double the honour this time because she will …
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Donegal duo bring ‘gaslighting’ to the fore in shocking Ros na Rún finale 5 days ago

Donegal duo bring ‘gaslighting’ to the fore in shocking Ros na Rún finale

Do you know what gaslighting is? And did you know that it’s been made illegal in Ireland this year?

Gaslighting is a form of domestic abuse where a person exerts …
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Events: DEFINE Donegal sets the scene for new local design 7 days ago

Events: DEFINE Donegal sets the scene for new local design

A new wave of fashion and textiles is coming from the designers of Donegal.

How to define that talent is difficult, because the tradition, diversity and progression are ever-changing and …
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Events: Having a ball with the No Barriers Foundation 7 days ago

Events: Having a ball with the No Barriers Foundation

The first No Barriers Foundation charity ball was a feast of glitz, glamour and generosity in the beautiful Castle Grove Country House on Saturday 8th June.

Over 90 guests turned out …
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Sweet success for cake artist Mel Rodriguez 1 week ago

Sweet success for cake artist Mel Rodriguez

Mel Rodriguez is new to the wedding scene, but this award was just the icing on the cake for her popular service.

Originally from the Philippines, she has been living …
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Big celebrations as Radisson Blu picks up ‘Best Bridal Venue’ award 2 weeks ago

Big celebrations as Radisson Blu picks up ‘Best Bridal Venue’ award

Celebrations are underway as Radisson Blu Letterkenny have been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Bridal Venue’ in the 2019 North West Brides’ Awards for the second consecutive year. 


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TV stardom in store for these Stranorlar siblings! 2 weeks ago

TV stardom in store for these Stranorlar siblings!

Three young actors from Donegal have been selected from a nationwide search to be stars of a new TV series.

Dylan, Kate and Emily Mc Menamin found out last …
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Brilliant Bernie awarded for dedication to senior care 2 weeks ago

Brilliant Bernie awarded for dedication to senior care

By  •  News

Bernie McHugh, from Ardara, was selected as regional winner for Ulster at the Home Instead Senior Care CAREGiver of the Year Awards 2019, which took place at the Royal Marine …
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Events: Donegal women learn to look the business with McElhinneys 2 weeks ago

Events: Donegal women learn to look the business with McElhinneys

Members of the non-profit business group visited McElhinneys on Friday night for an exclusive ‘Fashion on the Go!’ collaboration event with the expert styling team.

Business and Sales Manager …
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From Vogue to Vikings, Karen’s career reaches new heights 2 weeks ago

From Vogue to Vikings, Karen’s career reaches new heights

At 6ft 2, Killybegs woman Karen Connell (32) once thought her height would hold back her dream of being an actress.

And it did at first.

Karen told …
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Patrick Gildea Hairdressing is officially Ireland’s Best Hair Salon! 2 weeks ago

Patrick Gildea Hairdressing is officially Ireland’s Best Hair Salon!

This amazing achievement comes after great success in many other awards this year including RSVP’s Best Salon in Ulster and The Irish Hairdressing Federation’s Best Hairdresser in Ulster.

The …
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A very special night in store at the No Barriers Charity Ball 3 weeks ago

A very special night in store at the No Barriers Charity Ball

Set in the stunning surrounds of Castle Grove Country House, the black-tie ball on Saturday 8th June will be a sparkling celebration in aid of a much-valued local service.

There …
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Is four out of 37 councillors enough to represent Donegal women? 3 weeks ago

Is four out of 37 councillors enough to represent Donegal women?

The dust is settled on the 2019 Local Elections and Donegal has a new council.

There are a few new faces and change-ups among councillors. But as focus turns more …
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Chloe Kennedy crowned Donegal Rose 2019 3 weeks ago

Chloe Kennedy crowned Donegal Rose 2019

By  •  News

The announcement was made last night at an exciting selection event in the Abbey Hotel.

Twelve young women were interviewed for the role, but it was Chloe who emerged …
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Patrick Gildea Hairdressing win Best Salon in Ulster 3 weeks ago

Patrick Gildea Hairdressing win Best Salon in Ulster

Patrick Gildea Hairdressing, Centre of Excellence in Letterkenny have picked up yet another prestigious award – Best Salon In Ulster by RSVP Magazine.

This is the fifth time that the …
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Young Donegal designers take over the red carpet at Cannes 3 weeks ago

Young Donegal designers take over the red carpet at Cannes

Two talented teens from Donegal were spotted among the celebs and film stars at Cannes Film Festival on their style tour with Junk Kouture.

Lara Jane Doherty from Buncrana and …
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A dozen Donegal Rose hopefuls get ready for selection night 3 weeks ago

A dozen Donegal Rose hopefuls get ready for selection night

By  •  News

Twelve young Donegal women are about to have their night in the spotlight as they compete to become the 2019 Donegal Rose.

The Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town will host …
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Shannon Dolan crowned Best Hair Stylist in Ulster 4 weeks ago

Shannon Dolan crowned Best Hair Stylist in Ulster

The popular salon owner was placed in the Top 4 hair stylists in Ireland by RSVP Magazine and best overall in Ulster.

There was high competition in the Hair Awards …
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RunDonegal Women’s 5K fundraising total revealed 4 weeks ago

RunDonegal Women’s 5K fundraising total revealed

This year’s RunDonegal Women’s 5K has raised €7,513 for the Brid Carr Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

The event, which was hosted by Finn Valley AC on Sunday, March 31st, had …
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Donegal Women in Business take on the Dáil! 4 weeks ago

Donegal Women in Business take on the Dáil!

For the past 20 years, the Donegal Women in Business Network has been made up of trailblazing women who have made changes in their communities and beyond with their entrepreneurial …
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Charity CD recorded in memory of special Donegal granny 4 weeks ago

Charity CD recorded in memory of special Donegal granny

A new charity CD will be launched this weekend in memory of Annie Friel, aka ‘The Queen of Raphoe’.

The popular businesswoman and matriarch sadly passed away in 2016, leaving …
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The ‘Best Bridal Venue’ of the north west is revealed 4 weeks ago

The ‘Best Bridal Venue’ of the north west is revealed

Celebrations are underway as Radisson Blu Letterkenny have been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Bridal Venue’ in the 2019 North West Brides’ Awards for the second consecutive year!  


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Rachel Ferguson crowned Ulster Hairdresser Of The Year 4 weeks ago

Rachel Ferguson crowned Ulster Hairdresser Of The Year

The creative Donegal hairdresser took home the trophy from The Irish Hairdressers Federation Championships in Dublin on Sunday.

The crème de la crème of hair styling gathered to compete for the …
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A night of style in store for Donegal Women in Business 4 weeks ago

A night of style in store for Donegal Women in Business

The non-profit group is teaming up with their sponsors McElhinneys of Ballybofey for a night of fashion and trends – and some stylish networking of course.

The ‘Fashion on the …
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Wellness, healing and massages on the agenda for Tea & Toast Mammy Meet-up 4 weeks ago

Wellness, healing and massages on the agenda for Tea & Toast Mammy Meet-up

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.

Mothers of every …
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Katie Callaghan honoured as one of Donegal’s great community volunteers 4 weeks ago

Katie Callaghan honoured as one of Donegal’s great community volunteers

By  •  News

Katie Callaghan is at the centre of all aspects of community life in the ‘Crossroads and Killygordon’ and has been for decades.

She is involved in looking after St. Patrick’s Church, …
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Events: Shannon Dolan and team toast to 10 years of hair and beauty 4 weeks ago

Events: Shannon Dolan and team toast to 10 years of hair and beauty

A large crowd of family, friends and clients gathered at the award-winning Lifford salon from evening til late to toast to the success of Shannon Dolan and her team.

It …
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Public AA meeting for friends and family to be held in Letterkenny 4 weeks ago

Public AA meeting for friends and family to be held in Letterkenny

By  •  News

Are you worried about the drinking habits of someone in your life?

Or are you suffering because of your drinking and would like to find help?

This meeting may be …
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Ever dreamt of being the Donegal Rose? Now’s your chance 1 month ago

Ever dreamt of being the Donegal Rose? Now’s your chance

By  •  Life

Would you, or someone you know, like to represent Donegal in this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival?

If so, get your application in quick, because the closing date for …
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Donegal woman plans walk in memory of Lyra McKee 1 month ago

Donegal woman plans walk in memory of Lyra McKee

By  •  News

A month has passed since the death of the 29 year old woman, who was fatally shot by the New IRA during a riot in the Creggan area of Derry.


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Fun for all at the No Limits I.D. Friendly disco 1 month ago

Fun for all at the No Limits I.D. Friendly disco

The inclusive disco is a social night out for adults with intellectual disabilities over the age of 18.

‘No Limits’ was launched in 2018 by a local team who noticed …
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Donegal Lotto winner reveals surprising plans for €250,000 prize 1 month ago

Donegal Lotto winner reveals surprising plans for €250,000 prize

By  •  News

A young Donegal man has left National Lottery officials stunned with his plans for his €250,000 winnings.

The anonymous winner claimed his cheque at Lottery HQ this week after winning …
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Review: Patrick Gildea do massages now – and they’re bliss 1 month ago

Review: Patrick Gildea do massages now – and they’re bliss

‘I really regret getting that massage’ – said no one ever!

Who doesn’t love that floaty, happy feeling you get when leaving a treatment?

We all love a …
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Shannon Dolan celebrating 10 years with big birthday bash! 1 month ago

Shannon Dolan celebrating 10 years with big birthday bash!

Shannon Dolan Hairdressing has come a long way in the past 10 years – growing from a small start-up with just two staff to a bustling hair and beauty …
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Missing woman may be in Bundoran 1 month ago

Missing woman may be in Bundoran

By  •  News

The police in Northern Ireland are becoming increasingly concerned for the wellbeing of 47-year-old Rosemary Blackwood from Co. Down.

Ms Blackwood has been missing for four days.

It is believed that …
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Events: Laura Buchanan launches Shelf Life! art exhibition 1 month ago

Events: Laura Buchanan launches Shelf Life! art exhibition

Ramelton creative Laura Buchanan officially launched her first solo art exhibition last night, which weaves retro retail inspiration with modern prints and collages for a bright celebration of the past.

Shelf Life!, at …
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Letterkenny’s first Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival is on the way 1 month ago

Letterkenny’s first Kinnegar Jazz & Blues Festival is on the way

Letterkenny will be buzzing with activity at the beginning of July as the town hosts its first Jazz & Blues Festival.

The event, in conjunction with Kinnegar Brewing, will be …
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Laura Buchanan steps back in time for first solo art exhibition 1 month ago

Laura Buchanan steps back in time for first solo art exhibition

The Ramelton woman will officially open Shelf Life!, her first solo exhibition, in the Regional Cultural Centre on Thursday 9th May at 7pm.

Inspired by her childhood growing up in a …
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Self-belief and passion leads Sculpt founder Siobhan to success 1 month ago

Self-belief and passion leads Sculpt founder Siobhan to success

As the founder of Sculpt, Siobhan Boyle MUA runs her own Letterkenny store, online shop and the region’s only private VTCT academy.

And it was her enterprising spirit and determination …
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Little Lucy shows she’s one of a kind with celebrity pal Daniel 1 month ago

Little Lucy shows she’s one of a kind with celebrity pal Daniel

An inspirational Donegal girl was joined by singing star Daniel O’Donnell at school today to celebrate her uniqueness in a special way.

Scoil Roisín pupil Lucy Gallagher is the only …
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Donegal woman has change of fortune following fire tragedy 1 month ago

Donegal woman has change of fortune following fire tragedy

Afke Barr is about to be the next local person to appear on RTE’s Winning Streak and follow in the footsteps of a long line of Donegal players this year …
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A beautiful tribute blooms in memory of Ms Friel 1 month ago

A beautiful tribute blooms in memory of Ms Friel

By  •  News

A bright red bench, a little purple teapot, a floral mural, and a scattering of heartwarming quotes – these are just some of the elements of a new garden opened …
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Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh calls on Donegal people to join her show 2 months ago

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh calls on Donegal people to join her show

Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh’s radio show Bláthnaid Libh on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta is heading to Donegal.

And organisers would like to extend an invitation to the public to join them …
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Special art project launched for local families who have lost a baby 2 months ago

Special art project launched for local families who have lost a baby

By  •  Life

The Maternity Unit at Letterkenny University Hospital is organising a Snowdrop Art Workshop for families who have lost a baby before, or shortly after birth.

In collaboration with …
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What could you contribute to the Donegal Women In Business Network eBook? 2 months ago

What could you contribute to the Donegal Women In Business Network eBook?

The voluntary group, which supports women in business in the county, is calling out for material to feature in their celebration eBook and hard copy book that will launch at …
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‘Don’t forget to ask how mum is doing’ 2 months ago

‘Don’t forget to ask how mum is doing’

Ardara’s Debbie Kremer is the Donegal counsellor for Nurture Health, a counselling and training service for women and partners dealing with conception, pregnancy and childbirth issues.

This World Maternal Mental …
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Family joy as Donegal granny spins the wheel on Winning Streak 2 months ago

Family joy as Donegal granny spins the wheel on Winning Streak

Donegal granny Mary Doran continued the county’s lucky run on Winning Streak after scooping €45,000 last Saturday.

And, in an unbelievable ending, another Donegal person was drawn to appear next …
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Events: Businesswomen shine on the big screen at the ‘She Owns It!’ premiere 2 months ago

Events: Businesswomen shine on the big screen at the ‘She Owns It!’ premiere

Empowerment, energy, quality, authenticity and style – these are just some of the words that five Donegal women in business associate with themselves.

And an empowering energy filled the Ballroom …
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