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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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Anna Gallagher sets great goals as Miss Letterkenny 2019 2 days 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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Events: J’Style’s fabulous fashion fundraiser 2 days ago

Events: J’Style’s fabulous fashion fundraiser

Letterkenny fashionista Jae Sook Lee brought her super style influence to the Radisson Blu Hotel on Saturday for a fabulous ladies night out.

Jae, who runs the J’Style blog, was …
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Businesswomen urged to take advantage of ACORNS programme 5 days ago

Businesswomen urged to take advantage of ACORNS programme

Female entrepreneurs in Donegal are being invited to join the latest cycle of ACORNS for business support.

There has been an increase in early-stage female entrepreneurs in Ireland over the …
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Donegal woman’s pup chasing the Nose of Tralee title 5 days ago

Donegal woman’s pup chasing the Nose of Tralee title

By  •  Life

A lovable pup from Malin Town is competing ‘fur’ the top prize in this year’s Nose of Tralee contest.

Murphy, a one year old Jack Russell cross, was chosen as …
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Ann Marie Bourke elected Mayor of Killybegs 6 days ago

Ann Marie Bourke elected Mayor of Killybegs

By  •  News

There’s a new Mayor in town in Killybegs, and it’s well-known community worker Ann Marie Bourke.

Ann Marie was successfully elected to the honorary role at last weekend’s Killybegs Summer …
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‘Good mental health is about finding your own happy place’ 1 week ago

‘Good mental health is about finding your own happy place’

Naomi Molloy, 23, was crowned Miss Kildare this year as she lives and works in Celbridge.

But her Donegal ties remain strong and she is focusing on both counties with …
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Events: A sweet Saturday at Miss Donegal’s charity tea party 1 week ago

Events: A sweet Saturday at Miss Donegal’s charity tea party

A warm welcome and a sweet treat awaited everyone who arrived at The Cove Lodge B&B in Donegal Town for the event this Saturday afternoon.

The fundraiser was organised in …
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Jack from Love Island hoping to reunite Donegal woman with her passport 2 weeks ago

Jack from Love Island hoping to reunite Donegal woman with her passport

By  •  News

Love Island 2018 winner Jack Fincham is calling on the internet to help him find a young Donegal woman so he can reunite her with her passport.

The reality star …
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Stunning sunflower field is a blooming great day out 2 weeks ago

Stunning sunflower field is a blooming great day out

By  •  Life

A field of radiant flowers is in full bloom in Ardstraw, Co Tyrone this month.

The bright yellow sea has become quite the attraction for young and old travelling …
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‘I want to make the most of this whole year as Miss Donegal’ 2 weeks ago

‘I want to make the most of this whole year as Miss Donegal’

By  •  Life

Holly Mc Crea applied for the Miss Donegal role just one hour before the application deadline.

And she can thank her lucky stars that she did it in time!

The …
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Kids are getting their own mini Donegal Food Festival this year 2 weeks ago

Kids are getting their own mini Donegal Food Festival this year

Children will have their own fun foodie space when the popular Food Festival returns to the Donegal Town Pier from 23rd-25th August.

A full programme has been revealed for the …
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Events: ‘Mind Yourself’ puts women’s wellness centre stage 2 weeks ago

Events: ‘Mind Yourself’ puts women’s wellness centre stage

The Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny became a hub of inspiration, sharing and fun last night as over 130 women gathered for the ‘Mind Yourself’ charity wellness event.

Mental health, …
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New York’s Roisin Maher is crowned Mary from Dungloe 2019 2 weeks ago

New York’s Roisin Maher is crowned Mary from Dungloe 2019

Roisin, a Construction Project Manager, laid the foundations for a victory by showcasing her building skills onstage at tonight’s Crowning Cabaret.

The 27-year-old treated host Daniel O’Donnell to a demonstration …
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Singing star Ciara (13) through to Irish Junior Eurovision finals 3 weeks ago

Singing star Ciara (13) through to Irish Junior Eurovision finals

Thirteen-year-old Ciara McShane from Inver has been selected for the televised heats final of Ireland’s Junior Eurovision.

Ciara, who is a client of Karen Gorman Casting Agency, was chosen following …
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Fourteen Marys, One Crown: Who will be the 2019 Mary from Dungloe? 3 weeks ago

Fourteen Marys, One Crown: Who will be the 2019 Mary from Dungloe?

By  •  News

It’s that time of year again – when Dungloe becomes an exciting hub of activity for the Mary from Dungloe Festival.

This year’s festival has had a makeover and become …
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Donegal Rapeseed Oil charity cookbook raises €6,000 for three worthy causes 3 weeks ago

Donegal Rapeseed Oil charity cookbook raises €6,000 for three worthy causes

By  •  News

A charity cookbook by Donegal Rapeseed Oil has raised €6,000 for three charities with local links.

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Good and New Cancer Bus and Shalom Conflict Center …
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Hundreds of brave Donegal women to ‘strip and dip’ for breast cancer! 3 weeks ago

Hundreds of brave Donegal women to ‘strip and dip’ for breast cancer!

By  •  News

Plans for a topless swim by Donegal women as part of a cancer fundraiser have caught the imagination with more than 200 brave souls already signed up.

The swim, which …
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Events: A Taste of Donegal 2019 to be the best yet! 4 weeks ago

Events: A Taste of Donegal 2019 to be the best yet!

Some brand new extras have been announced for A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2019, which will take over the Donegal Town Pier in just one month’s time.

Taking place …
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It’s a nice day for a… green wedding! 4 weeks ago

It’s a nice day for a… green wedding!

Laura Cavanagh and Colin Vaughan are not only a couple, but they are business partners with a passion for the environment.

The latest launch from their software development company Glitterbug
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Donegal Women in Business Network launch 20th anniversary conference 4 weeks ago

Donegal Women in Business Network launch 20th anniversary conference

It has been a busy year for Donegal Women in Business Network celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Going strong since 1999, this celebratory year for the Network has been one of …
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Style Study – with makeup artist Charlene Green 1 month ago

Style Study – with makeup artist Charlene Green

Charlene Green is a Makeup Artist ( Bridal Specialist) based in Buncrana. She has been creating makeup looks for the past 8/9 years and loves every minute of it.

You …
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Dearbhla builds on Miss Universe Donegal role to inspire women in construction 1 month ago

Dearbhla builds on Miss Universe Donegal role to inspire women in construction

By  •  Life

Kerrykeel woman Dearbhla Walsh has gained a new platform to inspire after being selected as a Top 30 finalist in Miss Universe Ireland 2019.

As the only Donegal representative in …
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Valerie Moody gives a voice to people with M.E. 1 month ago

Valerie Moody gives a voice to people with M.E.

By  •  Life

Valerie Moody from St Johnston is bedridden with severe M.E. (commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), but she dedicates herself to raising awareness of the disease and campaigning for local …
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‘If this event helps just one person then it’s job done’ 1 month ago

‘If this event helps just one person then it’s job done’

A local Letterkenny woman has organised an enjoyable and education evening out for everyone to focus on wellbeing this August.

The ‘Mind Yourself – Women’s Wellness’ event will be held …
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Couples and maternal mental health counsellor to join Inishowen Tea & Toast meet-up 1 month ago

Couples and maternal mental health counsellor to join Inishowen Tea & Toast 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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Earagail Arts Festival – Fun for all the family 1 month ago

Earagail Arts Festival – Fun for all the family

This year’s Earagail Arts Festival, 10th July to 28th July, will feature a number of exciting free events for the whole family to enjoy all along the most northern part …
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Events: Networking is a walk in the park for Donegal Women in Business 2 months ago

Events: Networking is a walk in the park for Donegal Women in Business

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the Donegal Women in Business Network’s final event of the summer.

On a warm and sunny evening, members of the network headed …
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All round to Gall Mc’s! 2 months ago

All round to Gall Mc’s!

‘Live your best life’ is the motto that local couple Paddy and Shelley share with their customers at Gall Mc’s.

As the owners of the Hatter Tea Room and Express, …
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Donegal Women in Business are off on a summer stroll this Thursday 2 months ago

Donegal Women in Business are off on a summer stroll this Thursday

The forecast is looking great for a summer stroll this Thursday 4th July, as local women in business prepare for a great ‘Walk and Talk‘ meet-up in the Twin Towns.


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New app launched to support domestic violence victims 2 months ago

New app launched to support domestic violence victims

By  •  News

A new app has been launched to help victims of domestic violence record evidence against their abusers.

The BrightSky app is free to download and can support male and female …
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Inspirational teacher and her dog embarking on 145km walk for Alzheimer’s 2 months ago

Inspirational teacher and her dog embarking on 145km walk for Alzheimer’s

By  •  Life

Donegal teacher Elaine McConnell has been inspired by her late uncle to take on a mighty adventure this week with her beloved pooch Lucy.

St. Johnston’s Elaine McConnell will be pushing …
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Marvellous Marguerite flying high with workwear fashion award 2 months ago

Marvellous Marguerite flying high with workwear fashion award

A Donegal fashion student has proven that her creativity is anything but ‘plane’ after being highly commended in the prestigious Professional Clothing Awards.

Marguerite Cowburn from Bruckless redesigned the Aer …
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Over 1,770 women facing ‘distressing’ wait to see gynaecologist in Letterkenny 2 months ago

Over 1,770 women facing ‘distressing’ wait to see gynaecologist in Letterkenny

New figures have revealed that 1,773 women are waiting to see a gynaecologist at Letterkenny University Hospital.

The number of women waiting for a gynaecological outpatient appointment nationally is now almost 30,000 (29,152).


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Letterkenny fashionista hosting charity ladies night out 2 months ago

Letterkenny fashionista hosting charity ladies night out

Local style icon J’Style is hosting a fashion night out in Letterkenny this August in aid of Donegal Down Syndrome.

This fun and fabulous event will be held in the …
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Save Liveline, Save Lives: Inishowen women bring campaign to Dáil 2 months ago

Save Liveline, Save Lives: Inishowen women bring campaign to Dáil

By  •  News

A petition has been handed into the Minister for Children today calling for vital funding to save the domestic abuse service, Lifeline Inishowen.

A group of representatives travelled to Dublin …
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Cathal Doherty and team crowned Wedding Videographer of the Year 2 months ago

Cathal Doherty and team crowned Wedding Videographer of the Year

Cathal Doherty Video Productions from Donegal has scooped the national title of Wedding Videographer of the Year 2019.

With more than two decades of experience, Cathal Doherty has left many …
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€10,000 raised for Letterkenny Hospital in memory of St. Johnston mum 2 months ago

€10,000 raised for Letterkenny Hospital in memory of St. Johnston mum

By  •  News

The family of the late Kathleen Lynch have raised a wonderful €10,000 to benefit the patients of the Letterkenny Oncology Ward.

The money was raised at a charity dance last month, …
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Series of local fundraisers planned in aid of Sonya Hamilton 2 months ago

Series of local fundraisers planned in aid of Sonya Hamilton

The ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ campaign was launched last week to raise money for Sonya Hamilton McCloskey, a mother of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

More than €42,000 has been …
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Isabella adds glamour to farming at Bellaville 2 months ago

Isabella adds glamour to farming at Bellaville

By  •  Life

A bright pink van and neon pink hair makes Isabella Ward stand out from the crowd in the local farming scene.

The Scottish native is loving life in Gortahork, where …
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Donegal mum Sonya ‘overwhelmed’ by support in cancer battle 2 months ago

Donegal mum Sonya ‘overwhelmed’ by support in cancer battle

By  •  News

Hundreds of people have rushed to donate money to Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, a 35-year-old mum of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

Since Wednesday, the GoFundMe fundraiser has …
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Annemarie Ní Churreáin to focus on women’s stories as new Maynooth Writer-in-Residence 2 months ago

Annemarie Ní Churreáin to focus on women’s stories as new Maynooth Writer-in-Residence

By  •  Life

Donegal poet Annemarie Ní Churreáin has been announced as the new Writer-in-Residence at Maynooth University Department of English.

Ní Churreáin, who is originally from Doire Chonaire outside Falcarragh, is one …
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Outpouring of support for local mum in devastating cancer battle 2 months ago

Outpouring of support for local mum in devastating cancer battle

By  •  News

Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, who is originally from St Johnston and lives in Ballybofey, was recently diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs.

The 35-year-old …
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Review: Summer occasion style at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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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