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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.
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One To Watch: Dermot Bannon to tell all about Donegal project on the Late Late 2 days ago

One To Watch: Dermot Bannon to tell all about Donegal project on the Late Late

Celebrity architect Dermot Bannon is joining the Late Late Show line-up tonight to build even more anticipation for this week’s ‘Room to Improve’ special. 

Dermot will be telling Ryan Tubridy …
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How Lancôme’s latest launch solves foundation vs tan matching battles 2 days ago

How Lancôme’s latest launch solves foundation vs tan matching battles

Matching foundation colour to our decolletage can be easy one day and a chore the next. It’s all down to our complexion as we tan during the seasons and wear …
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Wellness guru connects school programme to unique new app 2 days ago

Wellness guru connects school programme to unique new app

Aoibheann Gallen, from Ballylast, is the founder of ReNew – a mindfulness, relaxation and life skills programme for young people and adults. Aoibheann is based in Stranorlar and has been …
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Donegal’s Lotto winner plans to go back to work – €4.4m richer! 3 days ago

Donegal’s Lotto winner plans to go back to work – €4.4m richer!

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It’s business as usual for Donegal’s newest multi-millionaire who plans to be back in work tomorrow after collecting a Lotto jackpot winning cheque worth a massive €4,434,994.

This cool-headed winner – who …
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Did the Derry Girls cast bump into Ballybofey’s most famous Ethopian fella? 5 days ago

Did the Derry Girls cast bump into Ballybofey’s most famous Ethopian fella?

In just six short episodes, Channel4’s Derry Girls produced a wealth of one-liners and memorable characters. There was one particular boy that stood out for Donegal viewers, even though he …
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Watch: Daniel and Majella get feisty about their home upgrade 6 days ago

Watch: Daniel and Majella get feisty about their home upgrade

Daniel and Majella O’Donnell’s episode of Room to Improve is finally coming to our screens this Sunday and it looks like we’re in for an entertaining power struggle between three …
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TY trio’s Junk Kouture costume wins a silver ticket 6 days ago

TY trio’s Junk Kouture costume wins a silver ticket

Errigal College Letterkenny Transition Year students Jenni Deane (model), Caoimhe Seery and Jack Doyle are celebrating the success of their nature-inspired costume called ‘Plastic Revolution’.

The thrifty students collected a vast …
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Watch: Donegal man’s investigation into love will give you all the feels 6 days ago

Watch: Donegal man’s investigation into love will give you all the feels

Letterkenny’s Michael Carey, who presents on TG4’s online hub Bloc, has dared to ask one of life’s biggest questions of all – What is love? Céard is grá ann?

Countless …
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Events: Eclipse Cinemas celebrates the climax of Fifty Shades 7 days ago

Events: Eclipse Cinemas celebrates the climax of Fifty Shades

The excitement was almost unrestrainable among Donegal women and those all over the world this weekend for the release of ‘Fifty Shades Freed’.

Hundreds of eager fans flocked to the cinema …
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Lia-Della Friel flexes her way to the second round of Ireland’s Got Talent 1 week ago

Lia-Della Friel flexes her way to the second round of Ireland’s Got Talent

The 14-year-old Carndonagh dancer left the TV3 talent show judges flabbergasted by her flexibility during a contortionist routine.

Her performance was just as strong as the Titanium song she played, …
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WATCH: Derry Girls’ Sr Michael’s best moments, like 1 week ago

WATCH: Derry Girls’ Sr Michael’s best moments, like

Derry Girls season one came to a bittersweet end last night. Diverting from its usual comedy madness, the episode had many poignant moments from the schoolgirls and Erin’s family.

Viewers …
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Carndonagh contortionist aims to amaze in Ireland’s Got Talent 1 week ago

Carndonagh contortionist aims to amaze in Ireland’s Got Talent

Talented and ultra-flexible dancer Lia Della Friel, aged 14, will be taking to the stage this Saturday on Ireland’s biggest talent show. The local student is set to perform an amazing …
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Awk naw, is it the final of Derry Girls already? 1 week ago

Awk naw, is it the final of Derry Girls already?

Our favourite comedy of the year so far is coming to a close as the final Derry Girls episode airs tonight.

The six-part series brought viewers on a whirlwind adventure …
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Gweedore filmmaker’s new series steps inside a real-life ‘Hogwarts’ school 1 week ago

Gweedore filmmaker’s new series steps inside a real-life ‘Hogwarts’ school

Director and producer Sonia Nic Giolla Easbuig recently created Daltaí an Chaisleáin, a new series for BBC Gaeilge by her award winning company LIGID Productions.

The four-parter explores the corridors …
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‘He just wasn’t my happily ever after’ 2 weeks ago

‘He just wasn’t my happily ever after’

Michelle and Killian’s meeting on First Dates Ireland got off to a bad start and didn’t end much better. Looking back on last night’s episode, Letterkenny nurse’s aide Michelle said she’s …
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ARC members ask Donegal TDs for ‘realistic abortion solutions’ 2 weeks ago

ARC members ask Donegal TDs for ‘realistic abortion solutions’

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Members of the Abortion Rights Campaign organisation in Donegal have penned an open letter to four Donegal TDs seeking their alternative solutions regarding the 12-week proposals. 

The ARC members have targetted the …
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The secret to a wonderful winter warmer at Lough Eske Castle 2 weeks ago

The secret to a wonderful winter warmer at Lough Eske Castle

By  •  Life

Lough Eske Castle, a Solis Hotel & Spa outside Donegal Town have a wonderful Winter Warmer package this season. The Winter Warmer at Spa Solís, running until March 8th, is …
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WATCH: Daniel delivers a sweet 16th surprise to Moville teen Niamh McDermott 2 weeks ago

WATCH: Daniel delivers a sweet 16th surprise to Moville teen Niamh McDermott

Not many teens can say that Daniel performed for them on their birthday, but Niamh is lucky to have friends in high places who made her day extra special.

Niamh …
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Donegal inventor to feature in TV series about life-changing lotto wins 2 weeks ago

Donegal inventor to feature in TV series about life-changing lotto wins

Donegal/Derry inventor Anne Canavan scooped £1million in the EuroMillions lottery in 2015, and the win gave her a burst of business inspiration. The mother-of-four described her win as a ‘lightbulb moment’ and …
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You’ll never guess how many nappies Myrtle and Alan sent to Belarus this year! 2 weeks ago

You’ll never guess how many nappies Myrtle and Alan sent to Belarus this year!

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A big community effort last weekend saw a 40ft lorry being packed full of donations from Donegal to improve the lives of hundreds of special needs children. From nappies, children’s clothes, toiletries …
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Anam Cara: 10 years of shared experiences 2 weeks ago

Anam Cara: 10 years of shared experiences

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Today (Monday) marks the tenth anniversary of Anam Cara, an all-island organisation which provides support services to bereaved parents.

Launched in Donegal in 2008, Anam Cara’s model is peer support, …
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Love tea and cake? Here’s why Feb 22nd will be your time to shine 2 weeks ago

Love tea and cake? Here’s why Feb 22nd will be your time to shine

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Thursday, 22nd February 2018 is going to be ‘Tea & Cake Day’ – a sweet opportunity for everyone to make a difference locally.

If you make a great cuppa and …
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Derry Girls: The best moments from their disastrous Donegal journey 2 weeks ago

Derry Girls: The best moments from their disastrous Donegal journey

Donegal viewers waited in anticipated to see the Derry Girls crew make it over the border last night, and while they never did reach the seaside at Portnoo, their eventful …
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Watch: Donegal woman’s First Date gets off to an awkward start 2 weeks ago

Watch: Donegal woman’s First Date gets off to an awkward start

This season of First Dates Ireland has had a noticeable lack of Donegal singletons – until this week!

Letterkenny nurse Michelle visited the restaurant of romance hoping that love was …
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Revealed: We got our hands on Benefit’s top secret product 2 weeks ago

Revealed: We got our hands on Benefit’s top secret product

If you saw the hashtag #OutOfThisWorld on social media recently, you’ll have been wondering what star product Benefit were coming out with.

The build-up was huge, the curiosity rose by …
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Keep Calm: The Derry Girls are going on a wee holiday to Donegal! 2 weeks ago

Keep Calm: The Derry Girls are going on a wee holiday to Donegal!

Donegal viewers of Derry Girls will be delighted to discover that the crew are on their way south of the border in episode five.

It’s the 12th of July, and …
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Two Donegal schoolgirls included in casting announcement for Trinity’s ‘Evita’ 2 weeks ago

Two Donegal schoolgirls included in casting announcement for Trinity’s ‘Evita’

Leah Herron (11) from Donegal Town and Eimear McTeague (10) from Letterkenny have recently landed solo roles in Trinity Musical Theatre’s production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Evita’. The girls are set to …
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WATCH: Baa-rilliant video builds excitement for Farmers’ Auction 2 weeks ago

WATCH: Baa-rilliant video builds excitement for Farmers’ Auction

The Farmers’ Auction on Saturday night, 9pm at the Halfway House Burnfoot is the place to be this weekend for a great night’s craic in aid of a great cause – …
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Why this Ballybofey Beauty Bash will be a little something different 3 weeks ago

Why this Ballybofey Beauty Bash will be a little something different

LOCO Media, established by Donegal woman April McManus, presents the LOCO Beauty Bash this February, and we have an exclusive competition for Donegal Woman readers to win free tickets! Check …
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Events: Donegal Women in Business set out to find their ‘Wow’ 3 weeks ago

Events: Donegal Women in Business set out to find their ‘Wow’

Business consultant and PRO Evelyn Mc Glynn (Evelyn McMarketing) led a workshop last night in Jackson’s Hotel to give an energising talk on marketing and goal-setting for business.

‘If it’s …
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Everyone is cheering on this history-making couple in tonight’s First Dates 3 weeks ago

Everyone is cheering on this history-making couple in tonight’s First Dates

The famous restaurant of romance tonight will feature John-Charles and Stephen, two men who will be having the show’s first-ever date conducted entirely in sign language.

John-Charles (27) is a design …
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Tatt’s True Love: Groom-to-be puts his Donegal wedding date in writing 3 weeks ago

Tatt’s True Love: Groom-to-be puts his Donegal wedding date in writing

The Villa Rose and Jackson’s Wedding Fayre on Sunday 29th January was an elegant and exciting event for couples to view the venues and meet with over 70 exhibitors as …
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Events: Wedding dreams come true at Villa Rose & Jackson’s Hotels 3 weeks ago

Events: Wedding dreams come true at Villa Rose & Jackson’s Hotels

Love was in the air from the moment couples walked into the foyers of Jackson’s and Villa Rose in Ballybofey. Over two hotels, and two beautiful ballrooms, this year’s wedding …
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A lucky local is now €4.4million richer 3 weeks ago

A lucky local is now €4.4million richer

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The mega jackpot of €4,434,994 was won in the north west on Saturday 13th January 2018.

The winning Quick Pick ticket was sold at Daly’s Topaz on the Letterkenny Road in Lifford. …
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‘Safe, legal and rare’ – Cabinet approves abortion referendum 3 weeks ago

‘Safe, legal and rare’ – Cabinet approves abortion referendum

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A late Cabinet meeting today has agreed that the question would ask voters to ‘Repeal’ and ‘Enable’. The question will be put to the people on whether they want to Delete …
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‘I’m more determined than ever’ – Nikki Bradley wins Inspirational Outsider Award 3 weeks ago

‘I’m more determined than ever’ – Nikki Bradley wins Inspirational Outsider Award

Adaptive adventurer and public speaker Nikki Bradley (31) has a new accolade to add to her list following last week’s Outsider Awards in Dublin.

Nikki was one of eleven award …
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Women in Donegal called upon to #SharetheWisdom 3 weeks ago

Women in Donegal called upon to #SharetheWisdom

To mark European Cervical Cancer Prevention week, the Irish Cancer Society is urging women to ensure that they are up to date with their cervical cancer screening as it can …
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Watch: Ciara Doherty makes a flan-tastic blooper on live TV 3 weeks ago

Watch: Ciara Doherty makes a flan-tastic blooper on live TV

We’re used to seeing Phillip and Holly losing the run of themselves in hilarious morning TV moments, but today it was Letterkenny presenter Ciara Doherty’s turn to create a priceless …
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Events: Fans celebrate Sharon’s success at debut book signing 3 weeks ago

Events: Fans celebrate Sharon’s success at debut book signing

It was a happy publication day for our own Woman’s Words columnist Sharon as she released The Abandoned, a gripping crime thriller set in 1950s Dublin.

Published by Bloodhound …
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Our Derry Girls party soundtrack prayers have been answered 3 weeks ago

Our Derry Girls party soundtrack prayers have been answered

Last night’s episode of Derry Girls was a mishmash of 90s throwbacks that conjured up all the nostalgia for a generation.

Events centred around a house party for the ‘wains …
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Good Friday drinking ban lifted after nearly 100 years 3 weeks ago

Good Friday drinking ban lifted after nearly 100 years

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Pubs across Donegal will be opening their doors this Good Friday after the government reversed the ‘booze ban’ for the first time in almost a century.

Legislation was passed today …
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Jennifer’s dream to change a life, just as a special dog changed hers 3 weeks ago

Jennifer’s dream to change a life, just as a special dog changed hers

By  •  Life

Guide dog O.J. was a true ‘life changer’ for Buncrana woman Jennifer Doherty, who is blind from birth.

O.J. sadly passed away last summer after almost a decade with Jennifer …
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One to watch: Chernobyl and Derry teens clash in tonight’s Derry Girls 3 weeks ago

One to watch: Chernobyl and Derry teens clash in tonight’s Derry Girls

Sexy priests, dead nuns, exam stress and accidental arson are just some of the troubles 16-year-old Erin Quinn and her friends have endured in the last three episodes of Derry …
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AIB Donegal secures Masterclass for female enterpreneurs 3 weeks ago

AIB Donegal secures Masterclass for female enterpreneurs

AIB has launched Women in Enterprise, an accelerator education and mentoring programme for ambitious, female entrepreneurs.

This February, women in Donegal and surrounding areas are invited to sign up for …
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Sweet! Donegal cafe confirms plans for wedding donut walls 4 weeks ago

Sweet! Donegal cafe confirms plans for wedding donut walls

A local cafe yesterday confirmed their first booking for a donut wall for a local wedding, and the internet loved it.

The Hatter Tea Room in Stranorlar were asked by …
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The pawsome way that Esther Jean and Scamp bring joy to Little Angels 4 weeks ago

The pawsome way that Esther Jean and Scamp bring joy to Little Angels

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If you have a dog who loves to be the centre of attention and has a cuddly nature then why not get them trained as a therapy dog?

Esther …
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And Oscar the nominees are… 4 weeks ago

And Oscar the nominees are…

Saoirse Ronan has earned her third Oscar nomination for her role in Greta Gerwig’s comedy-drama Lady Bird. The 23-year-old is nominated in the Best Actress category alongside Sally Hawkins (The …
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Harvey’s Point offer hearty congratulations to Ireland’s new No. 1 Hotel 4 weeks ago

Harvey’s Point offer hearty congratulations to Ireland’s new No. 1 Hotel

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After five years as Ireland’s No. 1 hotel, the Harvey’s Point team are celebrating the success of TripAdvisor’s new Travellers’ Choice winners – the Killarney Park Hotel.

The Travellers’ Choice 2018 list …
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Buncrana designer Bernie Murphy enjoys Showcase success 4 weeks ago

Buncrana designer Bernie Murphy enjoys Showcase success

Bernie Murphy is one of the many talented makers and designers attending Showcase – Ireland’s Creative Expo in Dublin this week.

Bernie’s stall has been catching the eye of visitors …
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Sharon Thompson ‘blown away’ by early reviews of debut novel 4 weeks ago

Sharon Thompson ‘blown away’ by early reviews of debut novel

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It’s not long now until my novel The Abandoned launches into the world, so I thought I’d pop up a few details of where people can link in with me and get …
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