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Maria is a local blogger who writes about her own adventures & misadventures as a Thoroughly Modern Mammy.

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Social media and loneliness 1 year ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Social media and loneliness

By  •  Mammy

Being a Mum generally means that “you will never be lonely again”, but in reality, it is often the loneliest place in the world.

I’ve spoken before about how social …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  To Feed or Not to Feed 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – To Feed or Not to Feed

By  •  Mammy

Mammy spends much time planning the weekly eating.

Not because Mammy is a super organised Mammy. More because Mammy loves food so much that Mammy likes to know what is …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Buckle Up Kiddo 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Buckle Up Kiddo

By  •  Mammy

Most days we all see something silly or shocking on our roads.

Maybe it’s a close call.  Maybe it’s a near miss.  Maybe it’s someone speeding…

And usually, we tut, …
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Donegal Dyspraxia meeting to seek services for children 2 years ago

Donegal Dyspraxia meeting to seek services for children

By  •  Kids

The Donegal Dyspraxia Support Group, founded by Carndonagh woman Alison Doherty, is set to highlight the lack of local services available for children with the condition at a public event on …
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Events: Leading author launches Babbling Babies book for Donegal families 2 years ago

Events: Leading author launches Babbling Babies book for Donegal families

Author Dr. Mary Roche visited the Central Library in Letterkenny on Wednesday last to launch a fantastic new booklet developed by Lifestart Services called ‘Babbling Babies Nursery Rhyme and Action Song …
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Bereaved parents invited to Dungloe Anam Cara information evening 2 years ago

Bereaved parents invited to Dungloe Anam Cara information evening

By  •  News

Anam Cara the organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold a Bereavement Information Evening on Tuesday 6th March from 19:00 to 21:00 in the Waterfront Hotel, Dungloe, Co. Donegal.

The event …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Universal Symbol that isn’t working 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Universal Symbol that isn’t working

By  •  Mammy

I wrote this 3 years ago.

Unfortunately, it seems to be an issue that is never going to go away.

“Symbols are simple. The reason we use symbols is to …
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Anam Cara: 10 years of shared experiences 2 years ago

Anam Cara: 10 years of shared experiences

By  •  News

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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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some Time, Sometimes 2 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Some Time, Sometimes

By  •  Mammy

Mammy wrote this poem on Wednesday after a few days of emotional news, both good and bad.  I found myself looking at my girls, wondering how on earth I could …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year’s Resolutions 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – New Year’s Resolutions

By  •  Mammy

My lazy self has decided that ACTUALLY, I probably should make a few New Year’s resolutions after all.  I’m feeling a bit left out on Social Media today as everyone …
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Bereaved parents invited to find support with Anam Cara 3 years ago

Bereaved parents invited to find support with Anam Cara

By  •  News

Anam Cara, the organisation that supports bereaved parents, is hosting its next monthly parent Evening on Thursday 14th of December from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Creating a Perfect Family Christmas 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Creating a Perfect Family Christmas

By  •  Mammy

“Surviving Christmas,” “Christmas Survival Tips for the Working Mum”, “How to Survive Christmas”…

I googled these last night.

Some of the “advice” online is nothing short of HILARIOUS. …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A letter to a Mammy who stopped me in my tracks 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A letter to a Mammy who stopped me in my tracks

By  •  Mammy

A letter to the Mammy I watched last week.

Last week, I found myself staring at you.

I couldn’t take my eyes off you.

You were dealing with your little …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Virtual Real Friendships 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Virtual Real Friendships

By  •  Mammy

After the initial business of arriving home with a new Baby, comes a quiet and calm, that can be lovely and much needed.

However, a few weeks or months, or …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Invisible Mammy 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – The Invisible Mammy

By  •  Mammy

“Get away from me with that camera”.

How many of you have said this? How many times have you said it?

If you’re like me, you’ll have a smartphone …
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Anam Cara extends support services to new Donegal location 3 years ago

Anam Cara extends support services to new Donegal location

Anam Cara, the national organisation that supports bereaved parents, will host an Information Evening on Tuesday 3rd of October in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town at 7pm.

The free event …
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‘Give our children with autism a chance’ 3 years ago

‘Give our children with autism a chance’

By  •  News

i.C.A.R.E. is a day and respite centre in Buncrana that supports parents of children and people with autism, but funding has all but dried up.

For mum of three Mary …
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‘We’re exhausted’ – Caring parents battle to save lifeline autism service 3 years ago

‘We’re exhausted’ – Caring parents battle to save lifeline autism service

By  •  News

Chairperson of iCARE Angela Tourish tells Donegal Woman how parents are working tirelessly to keep the centre open.

“The main issue is that the HSE are referring children to us …
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A lesson in preparing for the school routine 3 years ago

A lesson in preparing for the school routine

By  •  Health, Mammy

It’s that time of year again.

Time seems to go faster. Darkness arrives earlier and earlier, as families get back into the school routine.

With the relaxed nature of the …
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Kids having a Leaving Cert results party? You need to be aware of these four things 3 years ago

Kids having a Leaving Cert results party? You need to be aware of these four things

By  •  News

Many young people will experience increased pressure to drink this week as the Leaving Cert Results are announced on Wednesday. There are simple things young people, their parents and pubs, …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  You will you know? 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – You will you know?

By  •  Mammy

You will , you know!

 

“Everyone is the perfect parent…until they have children.”

 

Who said this first? I have no idea.

Who says it now? …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Mind yer language! 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Mind yer language!

By  •  Mammy

​I say “we” to include ALL of the members of my family who sometimes swear; you know? Me, The Him… Mini-Me…

In the past few weeks, little Miss Moral Knickers …
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Back to School Allowance rises by €50 for Donegal children 3 years ago

Back to School Allowance rises by €50 for Donegal children

Donegal Minister Joe McHugh said the 25% increase in the Back to School Allowance will help to ease the financial pressure on hard-pressed families and will be paid out in mid-July.


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Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Another to-do list for first time Mammies 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy: Another to-do list for first time Mammies

By  •  Mammy

You’re expecting your first little minion.  Congratulations lovely.

I hope you’re feeling great and that Bump is behaving.  I’m sure that no matter how far on you are right now, …
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How Donegal is celebrating International Parents’ Day 3 years ago

How Donegal is celebrating International Parents’ Day

The global International Parents’ Day provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents in all parts of the world for their selfless commitment to children and the lifelong sacrifices they make …
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Donegal’s top baby names of 2016 are revealed 3 years ago

Donegal’s top baby names of 2016 are revealed

The CSO today released the list of the most popular Irish Babies’ Names for 2016, and for the first time in nine years, Jack has been knocked off the national top …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Past, Present, and Future 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Past, Present, and Future

By  •  Mammy

In a week in which our news feeds and minds were filled with tragedy, both at home and overseas, many of us are more emotional than usual.  Well, I certainly …
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Anam Cara meeting planned to help bereaved parents this June 3 years ago

Anam Cara meeting planned to help bereaved parents this June

By  •  News

The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable setting where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their loss and grief.

A bereaved mother …
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New BUMBLEance comes to the rescue for first Donegal baby 3 years ago

New BUMBLEance comes to the rescue for first Donegal baby

By  •  News

Nine-month-old Oisin Boyle from Glenties was the first special ‘King Bee’ from the county to be taken on the Children’s Ambulance Service. Little Oisin, who has a brain disorder, travelled …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Driving Miss Daisy 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Driving Miss Daisy

By  •  Mammy

Happy Easter Ladybelles!

For many of us, Easter is a time for family holidays or visiting relatives. This week, we drove from Letterkenny to Skibbereen in Cork.

We all …
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Understanding parental grief with Anam Cara 3 years ago

Understanding parental grief with Anam Cara

By  •  News

The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable setting where they can connect with other bereaved parents who will understand the depth of their loss and grief.

A bereaved mother …
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Donegal couple open up about stillbirth in emotional film 3 years ago

Donegal couple open up about stillbirth in emotional film

By  •  Life

Saol Gearr – Short Lives is a documentary about the journey of parents and families through stillbirth and the work of the charity Féileacáin.

Charlotte and Bernard McCauley’s baby girl …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy  –  Silly Smug Me 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – Silly Smug Me

By  •  Mammy

1. Deciding that of course I can wear heels to Mammy:

“I used to wear heels all the time” says inner BC-Mammy. (BC=Before Children).  “Of course I should still be able to …
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Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Letter to my Girls 3 years ago

Thoroughly Modern Mammy – A Letter to my Girls

By  •  Mammy

My Darling Mini-Me..

You stopped me in my tracks this morning. I walked past your bedroom door. You were standing in front of your mirror, brushing your hair, with your …
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“Nothing is normal after the death of a child” 3 years ago

“Nothing is normal after the death of a child”

By  •  Life

The monthly meeting will take place on Thursday 9th of March from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

The meeting offers parents a safe …
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Shocking stats reveal toddlers are going online unsupervised 3 years ago

Shocking stats reveal toddlers are going online unsupervised

By  •  News

It has been revealed that four in five parents in Ireland (80%) have serious concerns about the effect that internet usage will have on their children. 

Despite these worries, many mums, …
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Parents dealing with loss invited to information evening 3 years ago

Parents dealing with loss invited to information evening

By  •  Mammy

The monthly meeting will take place on Thursday 9th of February from 19:30 to 21:30 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

The meeting offers parents a safe and …
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A comforting community to get through PND 3 years ago

A comforting community to get through PND

Jennifer experienced PND after the birth of her first child. Her little girl is now three years old and Jennifer is doing all she can to help other mothers who …
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Longer weekend breaks proposed for local schools 3 years ago

Longer weekend breaks proposed for local schools

By  •  News

The four schools St. Eunan’s College, Loreto Convent, Colaiste Ailigh and Errigal College have been discussing the proposals in recent weeks, Donegal Daily reports.

The proposed plan, which will affect thousands …
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4,500 parents and children learn about online dangers in 2016 3 years ago

4,500 parents and children learn about online dangers in 2016

By  •  News

The Donegal Youth Service have had a busy year conducting cyberbullying and internet safety workshops with parents and young people in 2016.

The service held 126 sessions in total throughout …
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Shocking video alerts parents to dangers by the sea 3 years ago

Shocking video alerts parents to dangers by the sea

By  •  News

Video footage of a child who was almost swept out to sea has been circulated to serve as a warning to people in this extreme weather.

The video taken at …
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New plans to protect children at Letterkenny Town Park 3 years ago

New plans to protect children at Letterkenny Town Park

By  •  News

Donegal County Councillor Gerry Mc Monagle has called for CCTV to be introduced to the Bernard Mc Glinchey Park after the latest act of anti-social behaviour in which a saw …
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Donegal parents frustrated with access to childcare 3 years ago

Donegal parents frustrated with access to childcare

Deputy Charlie McConalogue is calling on the Children’s Minister to close a loophole in the ECCE system, which limits enrolment options for childcare.

Under the current scheme, children can only …
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What are you doing tonight? It’s baby-making day! 3 years ago

What are you doing tonight? It’s baby-making day!

By  •  Mammy

Did you know that January 2nd is referred to as National Baby-Making Day? The highest number of birthdays fall in September, more specifically September 26th, which is 38 weeks after today. The …
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Bereaved parents invited to connect at local meeting 4 years ago

Bereaved parents invited to connect at local meeting

By  •  News

The monthly meeting will take place on Thursday 12th of January from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.

The meeting offers parents a safe and comfortable setting …
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Protection groups warn toys could be spying on kids 4 years ago

Protection groups warn toys could be spying on kids

By  •  News

The digital privacy, consumer, and children advocacy groups Electronic Privacy Information Center, The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood.The Center for Digital Democracy and Consumers Union filed the case last week …
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S-Mum is a Thoroughly Modern Mammy 4 years ago

S-Mum is a Thoroughly Modern Mammy

By  •  Mammy

Want to know the Secrets of S-Mum?

Well.

The secret is…

THERE IS NO SECRET! There IS NO MAGIC PILL that turns you into a Practically Perfect in Every way …
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