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Rachel McLaughlin is the editor of DonegalWoman.ie. Get in touch by emailing news@donegalwoman.ie
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Young Donegal designer has bags of talent 2 days ago

Young Donegal designer has bags of talent

Orla O’Hagan, aged 24, is already feeling the positive impact of ‘Shop Local’ campaigns as orders come in for Christmas 2020. Her handmade leather bags and accessories are stylish gifts …
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Donegal sisters have heartbreaking reaction to restrictions on Gogglebox 2 days ago

Donegal sisters have heartbreaking reaction to restrictions on Gogglebox

Donegal’s Gogglebox Ireland stars Barbara and Janet’s had a devastating reaction to the government’s visiting ban in their last feature on the Virgin Media Show.

Ardara-based sisters Barbara Frost and …
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Small local businesses invited to feature on the Late Late 2 days ago

Small local businesses invited to feature on the Late Late

The Late Late Show is calling on small Irish businesses to join a special ‘Shop Local’ episode in November.

On November 6th, the chat show is going big on local business …
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Wild Fuschia creator has the recipe for brilliant baking gifts 3 days ago

Wild Fuschia creator has the recipe for brilliant baking gifts

If you know an aspiring baker, or if you simply love the smell of fresh breads in the oven, Wild Fuschia Bakehouse has the ingredients you need for a great …
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Mum and daughter start a star-studded signing trend 1 week ago

Mum and daughter start a star-studded signing trend

By  •  Life

A Kilmacrennan schoolgirl and her mum are teaching an online community how to sign  – one word at a time!

Ten-year-old TaylorBeth and her mum Alison McFadden have attracted the …
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Lisa McGee joins in on the craic with ‘Talking Derry Girls’ podcast 1 week ago

Lisa McGee joins in on the craic with ‘Talking Derry Girls’ podcast

Fans of Derry Girls are in for a treat this week as the popular ‘Talking Derry Girls’ podcast series welcomes a very special guest.

The one and only Lisa McGee, …
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‘I am so proud of the role that nurses and midwives have played during the pandemic’ – New INMO President 2 weeks ago

‘I am so proud of the role that nurses and midwives have played during the pandemic’ – New INMO President

Arranmore native Karen McGowan has been elected President of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation.

McGowan, an advanced nurse practitioner in Beaumont Hospital, takes over the role from outgoing INMO …
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Let’s Shop Local: Help us create our Donegal Christmas gift guides! 2 weeks ago

Let’s Shop Local: Help us create our Donegal Christmas gift guides!

Our local businesses need our support this year more than ever.

Here at DonegalWoman.ie, we want to do our part to put Donegal-made and locally-sold gifts in the spotlight for …
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National Women’s Enterprise Day goes online with ‘Stronger Together’ message 2 weeks ago

National Women’s Enterprise Day goes online with ‘Stronger Together’ message

National Women’s Enterprise Day is going online this Wednesday, October 14th with a packed programme of free virtual events.

Well-known local and national entrepreneurs will feature in expert workshops, panel …
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Donegal hotel rises to #2 Best Hotel in Ireland 2 weeks ago

Donegal hotel rises to #2 Best Hotel in Ireland

The prestigious Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards have just been announced, with Lough Eske Castle being the only hotel in Donegal to make it to Ireland’s Top 10 list. …
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Anam Cara brings parent support meetings online 3 weeks ago

Anam Cara brings parent support meetings online

By  •  Life

Anam Cara, the charity that supports bereaved parents nationwide, has made the decision to bring all their services online under Level 3 restrictions.

All online group meetings and one to …
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TV feature draws back the curtain on new La Maison studio 3 weeks ago

TV feature draws back the curtain on new La Maison studio

The creative and resilient team at La Maison in Letterkenny will be showcasing their new interior design studio on a brand new documentary tonight.

‘Ireland’s New Normal With Tommy Bowe’ …
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Donegal academic’s book in the spotlight on Black History Month 3 weeks ago

Donegal academic’s book in the spotlight on Black History Month

By  •  News

A Donegal researcher and lecturer has added a new perspective to Black History with the release of a new book.

Dr Hilary Mc Laughlin-Stonham from Carndonagh is a Lecturer and …
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Diane Cannon in tune to become new Irish language ambassador 4 weeks ago

Diane Cannon in tune to become new Irish language ambassador

By  •  News

Well-known Irish traditional singer Diane Cannon has been announced as the new Irish-language ambassador for her home area of Cloughaneely for 2020/2021.

Diane follows in the footsteps of well-known …
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#LoveDonegal celebrations gathered a whole lot of love 4 weeks ago

#LoveDonegal celebrations gathered a whole lot of love

By  •  News

Timelines were flooded on Wednesday, the 16th of September, as people all over the world came together to once again celebrate #LoveDonegal day.

The social media campaign quickly became a trending …
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Luxury Irish Holy Communion dress event coming to Donegal 1 month ago

Luxury Irish Holy Communion dress event coming to Donegal

If you’re searching for a special Holy Communion dress for 2021, make sure to book this event at Lough Eske Castle, 11th October:

Irish childrenswear brand Darcybow are Donegal-bound …
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Free online workshops for volunteers in Donegal 1 month ago

Free online workshops for volunteers in Donegal

By  •  News

Donegal Volunteer Centre will celebrate National Volunteer Week September 21st – 25th with a series of online workshops and information sessions to support volunteers and community groups across Donegal. 

Eamonn …
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Three in a row for super-scenic Donegal Airport 1 month ago

Three in a row for super-scenic Donegal Airport

Donegal Airport has taken off with the award for the World’s Most Scenic Airport – for the third year running!

The coastal Carrickfinn airport team are on a high today …
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Let’s all show the love for #LoveDonegal day 1 month ago

Let’s all show the love for #LoveDonegal day

By  •  Life

Get your Tweets ready tomorrow!

This Wednesday the 16th September will see the return of the #LoveDonegal day campaign to showcase Donegal to a worldwide audience.

Taking part is easy …
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Brisk walk is a big help for local hospices 1 month ago

Brisk walk is a big help for local hospices

By  •  News

Donegal and Foyle Hospices are set to benefit from a 5K fundraiser held by staff at Buncrana Medical Centre.

The weather didn’t stop the ladies getting their runners on for …
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Niamh’s business of building connections 1 month ago

Niamh’s business of building connections

Niamh Donoghue from Letterkenny has worked in the fast-paced marketing worlds of San Francisco and London. But she used her time at home in Donegal during lockdown to establish a …
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RunDonegal sets a new fundraising record! 1 month ago

RunDonegal sets a new fundraising record!

THE 2020 Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K has raised a grand total of €12,582 for the Brid Carr Fund For Ovarian Cancer Research.

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Donegal women taste success with foodie start-ups 2 months ago

Donegal women taste success with foodie start-ups

Two budding foodie entrepreneurs from Donegal have gained places on the hugely successful Food Academy programme, which supports early stage food and drink producers and small food businesses.

Established in …
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Time to get Donegal trending again on #LoveDonegal day 2 months ago

Time to get Donegal trending again on #LoveDonegal day

#LoveDonegal day is returning on Wednesday the 16th September to showcase the delights of Donegal on social media.

The campaign invites everyone to tell as many people as possible around the world …
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Donegal shines in Irish Made finals 2 months ago

Donegal shines in Irish Made finals

Donegal is very well-represented in this year’s Irish Made Awards – the annual competition by Irish Country Magazine highlighting the best creative businesses and makers across the country.

Local entrepreneurs …
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One to Watch: Donegal drama ‘The Deceived’ begins on Monday 2 months ago

One to Watch: Donegal drama ‘The Deceived’ begins on Monday

A highly anticipated drama which is partly-set in Donegal will launch on Irish TV this Monday.

Fans of Normal People actor Paul Mescal will want to tune in to …
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Donegal Women in Business host online masterclass on business stories 2 months ago

Donegal Women in Business host online masterclass on business stories

Donegal Women in Business Network are delighted to present their next event as part of their Online Masterclass series – this time with a focus on Story. Everyone is welcome to …
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Hair with Patrick Gildea: The perfect pastel pink for me! 2 months ago

Hair with Patrick Gildea: The perfect pastel pink for me!

By  •  Hair

How amazing are toners? You can switch up the overall tone of your hair, reduce brassiness or add vibrant colour for an instant new look – all while avoiding bleaching …
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Free programme to help Donegal women find employment 2 months ago

Free programme to help Donegal women find employment

Are you unemployed?

Looking to personally develop move into employment now or in the future?

WISE may be for you.

WISE (Women’s Integration, Skills & Employment) is a free programme open to women …
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The happiest birthday surprise for little Livie 2 months ago

The happiest birthday surprise for little Livie

By  •  News

Little Livie’s birthday wish has come true.

The family of a special baby girl are celebrating the phenomenal news that they have reached their fundraising goal of €2million to secure …
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Convoy celebrates €2.5M Lotto win 2 months ago

Convoy celebrates €2.5M Lotto win

By  •  News

A small village in east Donegal is celebrating today after the National Lottery confirmed the winning store which sold last Saturday’s Lotto jackpot winning ticket worth €2,482,715.

The winning …
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Donegal mum gives back to a charity close to her heart 2 months ago

Donegal mum gives back to a charity close to her heart

A Donegal woman is stepping up to her third mini-marathon in spite of her own health challenges.

Ciara McDermott from Ballyshannon will walk the virtual Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon in …
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Donegal woman elected as county councillor in Dublin 2 months ago

Donegal woman elected as county councillor in Dublin

Donegal woman Siobhan Shovlin has won the Fine Gael co-option to take a seat on Fingal County Council in Dublin.

The Ardara native will replace Senator Emer Currie to represent …
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Women from near and far make RunDonegal 2020 a major success 2 months ago

Women from near and far make RunDonegal 2020 a major success

The organisers of the 2020 Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K are overwhelmed by the response to this year’s event which saw over 1,000 taking part and over €10,000 raised.

“We are …
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New Donegal seafood experience is making waves 2 months ago

New Donegal seafood experience is making waves

By  •  News

Two Donegal businesses have teamed up to create a unique seafood taste experience in the popular fishing port of Killybegs.

Atlantic Treasures – The Fish Stop and Hughie’s Bar launched the …
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Meet the young couple facing cancer in style 2 months ago

Meet the young couple facing cancer in style

A young Donegal man and his wife are giving the middle finger to cancer with their punchy accessories company.

Luke Skinnader (aged 28) from Ramelton and Amelia Page (31) from …
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Emily’s running challenge raises €3,000 for Letterkenny Hospital 2 months ago

Emily’s running challenge raises €3,000 for Letterkenny Hospital

By  •  News

A young Letterkenny woman has donated an amazing €3,000 to Letterkenny University Hospital following a successful summer challenge.

Emily Hanley (aged 21) ran 100KM in June to raise support for …
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It would be ‘grand’ if 1,000 women joined RunDonegal 2 months ago

It would be ‘grand’ if 1,000 women joined RunDonegal

THE ORGANISERS of the 2020 Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K Run/Walk are hopeful that they will reach the magical figure of 1,000 entries this Sunday.

“We are currently sitting on 930 …
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Story of extraordinary Donegal nurse brought to life in theatre 2 months ago

Story of extraordinary Donegal nurse brought to life in theatre

Catherine Black MBE, born in Ramelton in 1878, was nurse to both kings and beggars. 

Nicknamed ‘Blackie’, she was the private nurse to King George V up to his death. …
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Weeds are a winner for Donegal woman’s dynamic flower art 2 months ago

Weeds are a winner for Donegal woman’s dynamic flower art

By  •  Life

A creative Donegal woman has won a place as a finalist in an international floral design contest with a unique display – of weeds!

Cheryl Rock used the natural resources …
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Donegal mum and daughter stepping up for Beirut relief 2 months ago

Donegal mum and daughter stepping up for Beirut relief

By  •  News

Letterkenny woman Siobhan McLaughlin has made an extraordinary request for her birthday this year – for people to help her support victims of the recent explosion in Beirut.

An active …
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RunDonegal organisers hope for 1,000 entries as race takes virtual route 3 months ago

RunDonegal organisers hope for 1,000 entries as race takes virtual route

By  •  News

THE organisers of the 2020 Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K Run/Walk are hoping to gain a record 1,000 entries this month.

There will be no actual race on Sunday, August 23rd, …
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Donegal presenter appointed as lead host of Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live 3 months ago

Donegal presenter appointed as lead host of Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live

By  •  News

A new show awaits for Donegal broadcaster Andrea Gilligan as she steps up to Newstalk’s Lunchtime Live.

The Ballyshannon woman says it will be a ‘privilege’ to be the lead …
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Donegal’s SíFiddlers get in tune for first-ever broadcast 3 months ago

Donegal’s SíFiddlers get in tune for first-ever broadcast

An all-female supergroup of fiddlers from Donegal are in fine tune this summer with a number of exciting updates.

The SíFiddlers, comprised of 13 talented musicians from across the county, …
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Women in Business lay plans for a positive year 3 months ago

Women in Business lay plans for a positive year

After the upheaval of Covid-19, the future looks very bright for the Donegal Women in Business Network.

The committee held their first planning day with new president Jo Daly to …
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Big Pink weekend aims to give little Livie the best birthday gift 3 months ago

Big Pink weekend aims to give little Livie the best birthday gift

By  •  Life

We’ll be seeing all shades of pink this weekend as Donegal gets behind baby Livie’s major fundraising events.

The ‘Big Pink’ weekend aims to raise over €200,000 to reach the …
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Special memorial event to kick-start RunDonegal 2020 3 months ago

Special memorial event to kick-start RunDonegal 2020

THERE will be a poignant and inspired tribute on Saturday, August 1, for the first of the virtual runs and walks of the 2020 RunDonegal Women’s 5k.

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Harvey’s Point revealed as the best hotel in Ireland 3 months ago

Harvey’s Point revealed as the best hotel in Ireland

Harvey’s Point hotel in Donegal is celebrating being named the best hotel in Ireland for 2020. 

The luxurious lakeside hotel has once again topped the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.


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Jo Daly elected President of Donegal Women in Business Network 3 months ago

Jo Daly elected President of Donegal Women in Business Network

Donegal Town businesswoman Jo Daly has been announced as the new President of the Donegal Women in Business Network.

The non-profit network celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2020. While the …
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Photography competition focuses on beautiful Donegal 3 months ago

Photography competition focuses on beautiful Donegal

By  •  Life

An exciting competition has been launched by Donegal Tourism to celebrate this beautiful county.

And there are some amazing prizes up for grabs!

Whether you are a budding photographer or …
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