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Sarah has a degree in sociology and social policy and has qualified as an integrative counselor. This column focuses on women and the issues they may face in today's world.

Do you feel under ‘Mammy Pressure’? 3 years ago

Do you feel under ‘Mammy Pressure’?

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Today mums feel enormous pressure to be the ‘perfect mum’. It can feel at times like a competitive sport. This coupled with social media and the pressure intensifies, as social …
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Smoke and Mirrors 3 years ago

Smoke and Mirrors

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Instagram is becoming one of the most used social media platforms in the world.

Since being acquired by Facebook in 2012 it has grown to over 700 million daily users …
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The myths and fears we have about counselling 3 years ago

The myths and fears we have about counselling

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In today’s article I am focusing on some of the main myths/fears that are associated to attending counselling.

With the hope of quashing them or at least offer a different …
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Why fitness and nutrition is so confusing 3 years ago

Why fitness and nutrition is so confusing

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Type fitness or nutrition into google and you will get 1,750,000,000 results for Fitness and 531,000,000 for Nutrition.

These searches will be a combination of websites, blogs, You Tube Channels, Instagram feeds, …
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Are you an Introvert? 3 years ago

Are you an Introvert?

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“I am not boring or shy. I am an introvert. an artist. a lover. a dreamer. a fighter. a seeker”.

Introverted people tend to be more focused …
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6 steps to improve your mental well-being 3 years ago

6 steps to improve your mental well-being

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Mental health describes how we think and feel about ourselves. Which impacts on how we cope with stress, face challenges, build relationships and move on from difficult experiences.Our mental well-being …
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5 low calorie summer cocktails 3 years ago

5 low calorie summer cocktails

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Sunshine!

Every time we get a burst of sunshine, 2 things happen.

  1. The barbecues are dusted off
  2. People like to enjoy a few drinks in the sunshine.

The …
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Orla utters the magic words: Cancer Free 3 years ago

Orla utters the magic words: Cancer Free

Dungloe woman Orla Maguire couldn’t wait to share the happy news yesterday that she has beaten breast cancer.

The 30 year old fought through almost eight months of chemotherapy and …
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Why loneliness isn’t about being alone 3 years ago

Why loneliness isn’t about being alone

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At some point or another, most of us will have had or have experiences of feeling lonely.

Being alone can be difficult as it may trigger feelings of sadness.


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Meet Jenny 3 years ago

Meet Jenny

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The blog may be titled “Meet Jenny”, but I can guarantee that you have already met her and probably know her quite well.

Are carbs the enemy? 3 years ago

Are carbs the enemy?

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Carbs are public enemy No1!!!!!

It’s common knowledge that if you want to lose weight, you simply cannot eat carbs because they make you fat….right?

Not exactly.

If you have …
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This spoof breast cancer story would be funny if it wasn’t so frightening 3 years ago

This spoof breast cancer story would be funny if it wasn’t so frightening

Waterford Whispers are well known for taking a swipe at Irish life and current affairs. A story this week brings up the worrying waiting times at the North West Breast Centre …
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8 signs you’re doing well in life 3 years ago

8 signs you’re doing well in life

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“Take pride in how far you have come & have faith in how far you can go”.

Sometimes it can be difficult to judge how well we’re doing …
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5 training myths you probably believe 3 years ago

5 training myths you probably believe

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This is a 2-part article this week.

This one will focus on popular training myths and my other article over on Donegal Daily will focus on popular nutrition myths.

I’m …
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Going on holiday? Warning issued by HSE over dangerous measles outbreak 3 years ago

Going on holiday? Warning issued by HSE over dangerous measles outbreak

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The HSE has urged parents to ensure children are vaccinated before any summer travel, as a number of countries have reported measles outbreaks.  It is also important that older children …
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Keeping up with the… 3 years ago

Keeping up with the…

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“Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

Whether it is keeping up with the Kardashians, Joneses or Facebook ‘friends’ we are always looking at that …
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20% of Donegal women wait over a year for Breast Cancer Clinic appointment 3 years ago

20% of Donegal women wait over a year for Breast Cancer Clinic appointment

Of the 732 patients referred to the service by their GP as having displayed symptoms of possible Breast cancer, 143 of those have been waiting for over a year now …
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How to beat weekend binging 3 years ago

How to beat weekend binging

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I am going to keep this short and sweet today ladies.

I’m writing this from the airport as I’m getting ready to board my flight to New York.

It is …
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Depression is not a bad word 3 years ago

Depression is not a bad word

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“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced…it’s that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. …
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Relief for Donegal women as second breast surgeon is appointed 3 years ago

Relief for Donegal women as second breast surgeon is appointed

Saolta Health Care Group CEO Mr Maurice Power today confirmed the appointment. Mr Power also indicated that a working group comprising of representatives from LUH, Saolta Group and the Western Health …
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Putting the wheels in motion to spread a vital message 3 years ago

Putting the wheels in motion to spread a vital message

The Square Wheels cycling club based in the Moy will be cycling around the entire coastline of Northern Ireland and Donegal this July to raise awareness of the symptoms of …
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How to really sweat on holidays 3 years ago

How to really sweat on holidays

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This week I am heading on holidays 😀

It will be the 1st time in 3 years that I will be turning off my phone (at least that’s what I’m …
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Caring for yourself when you are a Carer 3 years ago

Caring for yourself when you are a Carer

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 “When you are a caregiver, you know that everyday you will touch a life or a life will touch yours”

Carers in Ireland play an invaluable role …
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Selfie-related injuries are on the rise… and doctors are worried 3 years ago

Selfie-related injuries are on the rise… and doctors are worried

In just one week, four women in Galway suffered broken wrists as a result of selfie accidents. However, it was the arm that was not holding their phones that were …
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THIS is the secret behind Holly Willoughby’s weight loss 3 years ago

THIS is the secret behind Holly Willoughby’s weight loss

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Holly Willoughby made the news during the week as speculation grew over how she achieved her new figure.

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How about a Saturday stretch-out at this Pilates Reformathon? 3 years ago

How about a Saturday stretch-out at this Pilates Reformathon?

JT Physiotherapy in Letterkenny are holding a Reformathon on Saturday June 10th.

On this special day, all Reformer classes and Physiotherapy appointments at the clinic will be held in aid of the No Barriers …
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15 ways to ease anxiety for a good night’s sleep 3 years ago

15 ways to ease anxiety for a good night’s sleep

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“My nights are for overthinking, my mornings are for oversleeping”

It’s 3am.

You’re wide awake, just laying there in the stillness of night.

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Study stress: how to help your child stay healthy 3 years ago

Study stress: how to help your child stay healthy

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Ahead of the State examinations, which begin next week, pharmacists are today offering advice on how to manage exam stress to prevent it having a negative impact on the health …
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‘Cigarettes owned me’ – How Serena seized back control 3 years ago

‘Cigarettes owned me’ – How Serena seized back control

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Serena Gallagher from Pettigo in Donegal has recently received her one year certificate from the HSE Donegal Smoking Cessation Service for quitting smoking and she is delighted to be back …
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One lump, eight months, no answers 3 years ago

One lump, eight months, no answers

The 25 year old woman from Letterkenny has been waiting more than 200 days to be assessed after finding a lump last year.

The woman, who wishes not to be …
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How to be happy today 3 years ago

How to be happy today

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

In today’s article I will look at what strategies we can use to …
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Which is best for fat loss: weights or cardio? 3 years ago

Which is best for fat loss: weights or cardio?

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This is a question that I get quite frequently. When it comes to getting in shape and losing body fat, which is best, cardio or weights?

This 1st thing that …
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Mothers of Donegal give children a voice in government meetings 3 years ago

Mothers of Donegal give children a voice in government meetings

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Our Children’s Voice, a Donegal-based parent group, visited Leinster House on Wednesday to meet with political leaders and discuss the problems faced by families with children who have life-limiting conditions or high …
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How one Donegal woman left her painful comfort zone to grow to love life 3 years ago

How one Donegal woman left her painful comfort zone to grow to love life

May is Green Ribbon Month and the mental health charity, GROW, is urging Donegal people to seek support if they are struggling with any aspect of their mental health and …
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Review: Learning the ropes of Reformer Pilates with JT Physio 3 years ago

Review: Learning the ropes of Reformer Pilates with JT Physio

I was invited to trial some Reformer Pilates at JT Physiotherapy in the past few months, and I honestly didn’t know what I was getting myself into. When you think of …
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What is your thinking pattern? 3 years ago

What is your thinking pattern?

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In today’s article I’m writing about how to identify your thinking patterns. These patterns are your type of thoughts that you have everyday. Therefore how we think contributes to how we …
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What’s wrong with #Fitspiration 3 years ago

What’s wrong with #Fitspiration

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Instagram is fast becoming the biggest social networking app for sharing photos and videos.

With its newest features, it is overtaking Snapchat and is predicted to become the leader in …
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Tips on how be more authentic: Be proud of who you are 3 years ago

Tips on how be more authentic: Be proud of who you are

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Have you ever felt it difficult to be your true self? Find it easier to fit in with what is deemed ‘normal and not to stand out? Worried about being …
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Weight loss is simple, not easy 3 years ago

Weight loss is simple, not easy

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This article might not go down well with some.

It might touch on a nerve or two.

But it’s time to realise that everything we do is a choice.

Whether …
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Donegal Women in Business stand tall against effects of tech 3 years ago

Donegal Women in Business stand tall against effects of tech

Busy people who are forever hunched over laptops, phones and tablets as they work are making a shockingly negativing impact on their brains – this was the message from Dr …
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Royal celebrations for Donegal Cancer Groups 3 years ago

Royal celebrations for Donegal Cancer Groups

Donegal’s cancer patients will be relieved to get treatment close to home at the state-of-the-art North West Cancer Centre which was officially opened yesterday.

The opening was another day of …
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H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends 3 years ago

H.O.P.E – Hold On, Pain Ends

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This weekend I am so proud to be from Donegal. We have come together in our hundreds to take part in the Darkness Into Light walk throughout our county. Whether …
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Protein: What you need to know 3 years ago

Protein: What you need to know

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Protein is a German word that is taken from the Greek word Proteios, meaning the first in.

There is no question about it; protein is the most important macronutrient in …
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‘It’s very hard to be hopeful’ – Donegal woman’s fight with Lyme disease 3 years ago

‘It’s very hard to be hopeful’ – Donegal woman’s fight with Lyme disease

A mother has called for improved awareness of Lyme’s disease in the Irish health system after her daughter Dawn was diagnosed with the disease seven years after first becoming ill.


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The other side of motherhood 3 years ago

The other side of motherhood

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It is estimated that one in five women in Ireland will suffer from antenatal or post-natal depression. Post-natal depression can develop up to 12 months post delivery.

World Maternal Mental Health …
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19 reasons why you aren’t losing body fat 3 years ago

19 reasons why you aren’t losing body fat

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1. You aren’t in a caloric deficit. It doesn’t matter what you have heard, or what you have read, if you are not losing body fat, you are not in …
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Loving someone with anxiety 3 years ago

Loving someone with anxiety

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Anxiety is unpredictable, confusing and frightening. It is tough not just for the person who has it but for those who love them. If you are one of …
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Is eating healthy preventing you from losing weight? 3 years ago

Is eating healthy preventing you from losing weight?

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I hear it all the time in consultations. You may have even said it yourself at one stage or another.  It is one of the most confusing things for most …
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Hi! – Five tips to keep a conversation flowing 3 years ago

Hi! – Five tips to keep a conversation flowing

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Conversation is necessary as it introduces us to people. These people include friends, partners and employers. Without an initial conversation, the foundation of these relationships may not be built.

Yet it …
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The truth about treats 3 years ago

The truth about treats

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So, you are having a bad day at work. Your boss is on your case, your supervisor is being a pain in the posterior and you have to pull up …
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