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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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‘It’s very fancy’ – Derry Girls scoops Royal Television Society Award 3 months ago

‘It’s very fancy’ – Derry Girls scoops Royal Television Society Award

The creators and cast of Derry Girls are on a roll this month with a successful second series and a new award to add to their collection.

The hit Channel4 comedy …
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Brave woman injured in horrific holiday fall gets an uplifting boost 3 months ago

Brave woman injured in horrific holiday fall gets an uplifting boost

An inspirational woman who is making great strides in her mission to walk again has received an outpouring of support from the Donegal community this week.

Anita Jackson, aged 42, …
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‘Audiences are in for a treat’ – Evita star Caitríona Solan 3 months ago

‘Audiences are in for a treat’ – Evita star Caitríona Solan

Dungloe teacher Caitríona Ní Shochlachain will be swapping academics for stardom this week as she plays the leading lady in Evita, a production by the Letterkenny Musical Society at An …
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Anne Marie makes an impact ahead of Mini Marathon 3 months ago

Anne Marie makes an impact ahead of Mini Marathon

A local community worker will be putting her best foot forward as she runs for Donegal in the Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon this summer.

Anne Marie Meehan from Mountcharles is …
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Happy volunteers out to turn Donegal yellow this Daffodil Day 3 months ago

Happy volunteers out to turn Donegal yellow this Daffodil Day

By  •  News

The bright flower bundles are ready, the pins are prepped and the smiles will be free today for Daffodil Day 2019. 

Volunteers will be taking to the streets across Donegal …
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Donegal soars to top list of world’s most scenic airports 3 months ago

Donegal soars to top list of world’s most scenic airports

The folks at Donegal Airport are on a high after scooping the award of the World’s Most Scenic Airport for 2019.

PrivateFly has today announced that the coastal runway at …
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Donegal mum praises Crumlin staff for saving baby girl 3 months ago

Donegal mum praises Crumlin staff for saving baby girl

By  •  Kids

Donegal woman Bella Ward is full of thanks to Crumlin Hospital for saving the life of her spirited little girl Kayleigh.

Kayleigh is a twin from Letterkenny who was born prematurely …
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Sequin Cinderella crowned Boutique of the Year 2019 3 months ago

Sequin Cinderella crowned Boutique of the Year 2019

Entrepreneur Nicola McLaughlin has triumphed over leading names in the Irish fashion scene to win RSVP Magazine’s Boutique of the Year 2019.

This is the first award for the Sequin …
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Tributes paid following sad passing of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan 3 months ago

Tributes paid following sad passing of HPV vaccine campaigner Laura Brennan

Laura Brennan, one of Ireland’s leading patient advocates and HPV vaccine campaigner, has died at the age of 26.

The popular young Ennis woman, who was terminally ill with cervical cancer, …
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Local women called on to put best foot forward and register for RunDonegal 3 months ago

Local women called on to put best foot forward and register for RunDonegal

With just over a week to go to this year’s RunDonegal Women’s 5k, event director, Grace Boyle is asking those taking part to get registered as soon as possible.

The …
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Derry Girls: Seven super one-liners from the Take That trip 3 months ago

Derry Girls: Seven super one-liners from the Take That trip

The wit was mighty on last night’s episode of Derry Girls, as the gang headed out on an adventure to see Take That in Belfast.

The journey was doomed from …
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Unique event to share untold stories of Irish women in the UK 3 months ago

Unique event to share untold stories of Irish women in the UK

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Donegal County Museum is hosting an insightful talk this week on ‘Irish Women on the Move:’ Examining the Histories of Migrants to Britain in the 20th Century

 

The talk will …
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Why Sinead is a cut above the rest! 3 months ago

Why Sinead is a cut above the rest!

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Sinead Shiels, aged 10, is about to get her biggest haircut yet in a sponsored challenge for the High Five for Conall fund.

The 4th class schoolgirl was only too …
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Mother’s Day: 10 great places to treat mammy 3 months ago

Mother’s Day: 10 great places to treat mammy

By  •  Life

Mother’s Day is coming up soon and we’ve got our thinking caps on for the best restaurants and cafes to take her for a treat.

Sunday 31st March will be …
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Letterkenny woman champions unity against hate following terror attacks 3 months ago

Letterkenny woman champions unity against hate following terror attacks

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Thoiba Ahmed, an Independent local election candidate for Letterkenny, is calling for unity against hate in the wake of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Thoiba is …
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Inishowen mammies invited to make-up and homeopathy evening 3 months ago

Inishowen mammies invited to make-up and homeopathy evening

A nurse and homeopathy student and a leading local makeup artist will be guest speakers at the Tea & Toast March meeting.

The Tea & Toast is an Inishowen-based group …
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Valerie Taylor weaves her way into the world of fashion 3 months ago

Valerie Taylor weaves her way into the world of fashion

Valerie Taylor was in a textile room in Coventry University when she first laid eyes on a loom. It was covered in dust, unused for a long time, but she …
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Watch: Cherish the Ladies sing the praises of a special Donegal village 3 months ago

Watch: Cherish the Ladies sing the praises of a special Donegal village

The Grammy-nominated band, who have close connections to Donegal, are singing the praises of the region online and across the US through the song ‘Glenties’.

Written by Dublin singer/songwriter Maurice …
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Snow alert for Donegal this St. Patrick’s weekend 3 months ago

Snow alert for Donegal this St. Patrick’s weekend

By  •  News

A Status Yellow snow and ice alert has been issued for Donegal this Friday night. It’s snow joke either, as forecasters predict accumulations of up to 3cm and accumulations are likely …
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Everything we’re looking forward to learning at Women’s Inspire Donegal 3 months ago

Everything we’re looking forward to learning at Women’s Inspire Donegal

Business owners and marketing mavens are in for a treat when the Women’s Inspire Network Spring Seminar makes its way to Donegal on April 10th.

Set in Harvey’s Point, the conference …
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Local fashion students sending stunning designs to the runway 3 months ago

Local fashion students sending stunning designs to the runway

Cutting-edge students in LYIT’s new Fashion with Promotion degree are Galway-bound this week to compete at the Irish Fashion Innovation Awards.

Helen Murray, Amy Devlin and Aimée Magowan are all …
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Brave Laura ‘thrilled’ as HPV Vaccine uptake rises to 70% 4 months ago

Brave Laura ‘thrilled’ as HPV Vaccine uptake rises to 70%

The HSE has today confirmed that the uptake rate for the HPV vaccine is at 70%, marking an increase of 20 percentage points in just over two years.

The boost …
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Sneak Peek: New teacher inspires Derry Girls to let loose 4 months ago

Sneak Peek: New teacher inspires Derry Girls to let loose

Season two of Derry Girls got off to a super start last week with 1.8million viewers tuning in for a good catch-up with the gang.

The Catholic vs Protestant antics …
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Speech and Language Therapist to deliver talk to Donegal dyspraxia/DCD support group 4 months ago

Speech and Language Therapist to deliver talk to Donegal dyspraxia/DCD support group

By  •  Kids

The Donegal Dyspraxia Support Group will meet this month to learn helpful information from a leading local Speech and Language Therapist.

Catriona Cavanagh from North Star Speech & Language Therapy will be …
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Events: The She Said Club celebrates self-care at the Shandon 4 months ago

Events: The She Said Club celebrates self-care at the Shandon

The She Said Club podcast sisterhood visited the Shandon Hotel on Saturday 9th March to celebrate theme of “Nourish to Flourish”. Health, mental wellness and business were big topics of …
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Women in business lead the way on International Women’s Day 4 months ago

Women in business lead the way on International Women’s Day

A series of engaging workshops on leadership, customer service, retail, marketing and cybersecurity attracted many local female entrepreneurs to the CoLab in Letterkenny on Friday 8th March.

The expert talks from …
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Extraordinary Donegal doctor honoured in women’s portrait series 4 months ago

Extraordinary Donegal doctor honoured in women’s portrait series

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A leading physician and epidemiologist from Mountcharles is one of eight extraordinary women being celebrated by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland this week.

A portrait of Dr Margaret (Pearl) Dunlevy …
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Yas Banríon! Why we love what these Donegal gals have created 4 months ago

Yas Banríon! Why we love what these Donegal gals have created

A new Donegal clothing brand is setting a trend for feminism and celebrating modern Irishness in a very cool way.

Beanantees is the brainchild of Alannah McGhee and Ciara K …
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RunDonegal Women’s 5K on track for biggest ever entry figures 4 months ago

RunDonegal Women’s 5K on track for biggest ever entry figures

There are just three weeks to go until the 2019 RunDonegal Women’s 5K on Sunday, March 31st in the Twin Towns, but organisers are confident they can secure the biggest ever …
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Nikki Bradley joining Late Late Show line-up 4 months ago

Nikki Bradley joining Late Late Show line-up

Letterkenny’s Nikki Bradley is joining Ryan Tubridy tonight for an open talk about overcoming challenges.

After surviving cancer as a teen, Nikki went on to become an adaptive adventurer and motivational …
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Events: Dublin fash pack savours Donegal style 4 months ago

Events: Dublin fash pack savours Donegal style

Magee 1866 tweed and Lough Eske Castle hotel joined forces for a night of Donegal-centric style in the company of leading names in Irish fashion.

The event took place on …
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Competition hots up for Donegal star Ailish McBride 4 months ago

Competition hots up for Donegal star Ailish McBride

The heat is about to be turned up for Donegal singer Ailish McBride as the elimination rounds begin on TG4’s Glor Tire music contest.

The 19-year-old Creeslough native is one …
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Retreating to the Shandon for rest, relaxation and a self-care reset 4 months ago

Retreating to the Shandon for rest, relaxation and a self-care reset

Every person spends about two minutes brushing our teeth every morning and night. We wouldn’t leave the house without doing it, because we know that dental health is important.

But …
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Recipe: Donegal chef reveals her ‘hot and sweet’ pancake tribute to Canada 4 months ago

Recipe: Donegal chef reveals her ‘hot and sweet’ pancake tribute to Canada

By  •  Life

Bundoran chef and food author Finn Ní Fhaolain has the perfect solution for those on a gluten-free diet this Pancake Tuesday. And there’s no need to compromise.

Pancake Tuesday, for many, is a …
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Relief and sadness as Donegal midwife wins HSE settlement 4 months ago

Relief and sadness as Donegal midwife wins HSE settlement

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Independent midwife Philomena Canning, who is seriously ill with terminal cancer, has settled her case with the HSE.

Last week the Glenvar women called on the HSE to settle the …
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Tara’s awesome American pursuit of happiness 4 months ago

Tara’s awesome American pursuit of happiness

By  •  Life

When Tara O’Grady was laid off from her office job in New York, she greeted the upheaval as a gift.

She had always wanted to go on a great American …
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Spark joy and support the ‘High 5 for Conall’ communion wear event 4 months ago

Spark joy and support the ‘High 5 for Conall’ communion wear event

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Letterkenny Babies is hosting a Communion Wear Event on Friday 8th March, 7-8pm in Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

All money raised from the sale of an extensive range of Communion …
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Donegal woman brings her search for a farmer to First Dates Ireland! 4 months ago

Donegal woman brings her search for a farmer to First Dates Ireland!

RTÉ 2 dating show First Dates has been lacking some famous Donegal charm this series, but things will change tonight when local student Annah tries her luck in the romantic …
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Women’s Inspire: How Moira Dunne cracked the code to turn busy into productivity 4 months ago

Women’s Inspire: How Moira Dunne cracked the code to turn busy into productivity

Moira is a Dublin-based productivity consultant who has cracked the code to taking control of your time and getting more done.

In today’s hectic world, Moira educates people on how to …
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Meet OJ – the cute pup with a wonderful ‘tale’ 4 months ago

Meet OJ – the cute pup with a wonderful ‘tale’

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In fact, little OJ’s arrival was anticipated long before he was born. Now he has a big life ahead of him as he trains to be an Irish Guide Dog …
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Donegal woman battles to bring down barriers facing people with disabilities 4 months ago

Donegal woman battles to bring down barriers facing people with disabilities

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Wheelchair user Vicky Matthew from Ballyshannon dreams of furthering her education by attending college.

But a lack of bus transports is holding her back.

Vicky lives on disability allowance and …
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Donegal has the lowest female representation in council – report 4 months ago

Donegal has the lowest female representation in council – report

Donegal has been revealed to have the highest level of gender imbalance in local council.

A new CSO report found that 8.1% of Donegal County Councillors are female. This represents …
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Farmer Charlie collects his €500K Lotto winnings 4 months ago

Farmer Charlie collects his €500K Lotto winnings

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An 84-year-old retired Donegal farmer and cancer survivor has picked up a EuroMillions Plus winning cheque for €500,000 from National Lottery headquarters.

Charlie Meehan from Manorcunningham was one of two EuroMillions …
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How Daffodil Day helps make a difference at the most difficult times 4 months ago

How Daffodil Day helps make a difference at the most difficult times

By  •  News

On average, 1,050 people in Donegal are diagnosed with cancer annually. Funds raised at Daffodil Day supports lifesaving cancer research and care services, making life more comfortable for patients and …
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Mulroy Woods sweeps the board in top hotel awards 4 months ago

Mulroy Woods sweeps the board in top hotel awards

Excitement is at an all time high at Mulroy Woods Hotel as they pick up a series of top Irish Hotel Award nominations.

Not only that, but the Milford hotel …
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Save the date for this stunning Castle Grove wedding showcase 4 months ago

Save the date for this stunning Castle Grove wedding showcase

The Castle Grove team are all set to welcome brides and grooms to be this weekend as they visualise their dream wedding at the hotel.

There are so many reasons …
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Donegal girl brings home All-Ireland Dancing Championships title 4 months ago

Donegal girl brings home All-Ireland Dancing Championships title

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Emily Colangelo is the pride of Dungloe this week after claiming the 2019 All Ireland Irish Dancing Championship at the INEC in Killarney.

The 14-year-old competed against 220 dancers from around the world …
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Teresa enjoys a terrific win on Winning Streak 4 months ago

Teresa enjoys a terrific win on Winning Streak

Teresa Shiels, who is a popular receptionist in a local GP surgery, had a full team of supporters for her appearance on the RTE gameshow on Saturday.

Amazingly, just as Teresa …
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Backed by Majella: Why these young entrepreneurs got a celebrity boost! 4 months ago

Backed by Majella: Why these young entrepreneurs got a celebrity boost!

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Majella O’Donnell has shown why there are 50 reasons to think about positive mental health.

The broadcaster and mental health advocate was so impressed by a new book created by …
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Amazing Amybeth wins Outstanding Performance ACTRA award 4 months ago

Amazing Amybeth wins Outstanding Performance ACTRA award

Donegal actress Amybeth McNulty has scooped her first award for her lead role in Netflix’s Anne with an E.

The seventeen-year-old star was honoured as the best Female for an Outstanding …
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