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Donegal Woman Author - Rachel McLaughlin


Rachel McLaughlin is the editor of DonegalWoman.ie. Get in touch by emailing news@donegalwoman.ie
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Family steps up to show thanks after baby’s amazing journey 2 days ago

Family steps up to show thanks after baby’s amazing journey

By  •  Life

A group of family and friends will be walking 480km this Thursday in celebration of a very special baby girl’s first birthday.

Baby Sarah Barrett from Portnoo was born premature …
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Watch: Working from Home essentials at Irwin Expert Electrical 6 days ago

Watch: Working from Home essentials at Irwin Expert Electrical

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If you are working from home these days, you may be needing some new or upgraded technology.

Irwin Expert Electrical Letterkenny and Buncrana stores have everything you need …
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Domestic abuse awareness session to highlight victim supports in Donegal 6 days ago

Domestic abuse awareness session to highlight victim supports in Donegal

By  •  News

The Donegal Domestic Violence Service and the Donegal Volunteer Centre are teaming up to inform community workers / general public on how to support victims of domestic abuse post-lockdown.

To …
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New counselling service to launch in memory of Gemma Boyle 6 days ago

New counselling service to launch in memory of Gemma Boyle

By  •  News

A NEW community counselling and play therapy service will be launched for Burtonport this Friday in honour of much-loved local woman Gemma Boyle.

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Donegal dad’s marathon effort in memory of beloved baby 1 week ago

Donegal dad’s marathon effort in memory of beloved baby

By  •  Life

Donegal hurling great Jamesie Donnelly is about to embark on a personal challenge for a charity close to his heart.

The Stranorlar native will run a marathon in June in …
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New mothers in Donegal should have better access to postnatal GP care – report 1 week ago

New mothers in Donegal should have better access to postnatal GP care – report

A new report on maternity care has found that women in Donegal have the lowest attendance rates for their first postnatal check-up with their GP.

Just 44.4% of women attended …
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Donegal artist turns experiences of grief and love into beautiful book 2 weeks ago

Donegal artist turns experiences of grief and love into beautiful book

By  •  Life

Donegal-based artist Maria Gasol has launched a new book for free in the hope of helping parents and children come to terms with losing a loved one.

Maria Gasol, a …
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Joyous flower festival to remember John, Tomás and Amelia Mullan 2 weeks ago

Joyous flower festival to remember John, Tomás and Amelia Mullan

By  •  Life

Bright and beautiful sunflowers are set to bloom along the Foyle and beyond this summer as part of special plans to remember John, Tomás and Amelia Mullan.

The Redcastle Sunflower …
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Valentine’s 5k raises €1,800 for Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital 2 weeks ago

Valentine’s 5k raises €1,800 for Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital

By  •  News

The Rushe to Raise Valentine’s Day 5k challenge has raised a fantastic €1,800 for the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital.

Emmet and Maria Rushe from Rushe Fitness in Letterkenny decided …
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Simply the best! Two Donegal beaches make Lonely Planet’s Top 10 2 weeks ago

Simply the best! Two Donegal beaches make Lonely Planet’s Top 10

Two breathtaking beaches in Donegal have earned a place on the Lonely Planet’s list of Top Ten beaches in Ireland.

Both Ballymastocker Bay in Portsalon and Trá Mór in Dunfanaghy …
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Review launched into gynaecology service failures at LUH 2 weeks ago

Review launched into gynaecology service failures at LUH

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) is today launching a review of governance arrangements for gynaecology services at Letterkenny University Hospital.

The review comes after serious concerns were raised …
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LYIT students step out in style for fashion show fundraiser 2 weeks ago

LYIT students step out in style for fashion show fundraiser

The creative students of LYIT’s Fashion with Promotion degree are on a race to the runway this April.

The graduating Fashion with Promotion students are each walking 100km this month …
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Megan’s march in March raises amazing €5,720 for Cancer Care West 2 weeks ago

Megan’s march in March raises amazing €5,720 for Cancer Care West

By  •  News

Donegal woman Megan Rose proudly presented €5,720 to Cancer Care West today following a successful walking fundraiser.

Megan conquered a massive 300km by walking in her local area throughout the …
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Charity at the heart of Kirsty’s Miss Donegal journey 3 weeks ago

Charity at the heart of Kirsty’s Miss Donegal journey

By  •  Life

An ambitious young Letterkenny woman is hoping to inspire more people her age to get involved in charity work.

Kirsty O’Donnell, aged 19, has put charity at the heart of …
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Bring the cinema home with Irwin Expert Electrical 3 weeks ago

Bring the cinema home with Irwin Expert Electrical

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If you want to enjoy a cinema-like experience at home, Irwin Expert Electrical has all you need.

The TV centre at Irwin Expert Electrical boasts some of the …
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Remarkable Donegal nurse awarded MBE 3 weeks ago

Remarkable Donegal nurse awarded MBE

By  •  News

A recently retired Donegal nurse has been awarded an MBE for her services to cardiology nursing.

Originally from Ballyshannon, but now living in Enniskillen, Sr Marian Doogan has worked as …
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Late Late Show raises incredible €2.6m for Irish Cancer Society 4 weeks ago

Late Late Show raises incredible €2.6m for Irish Cancer Society

Late Late Show viewers donated an incredible €2.6million to the Irish Cancer Society in a matter of hours last night.

An emotional Daffodil Day special celebrated the crucial work of …
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Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson lands blockbuster role 4 weeks ago

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson lands blockbuster role

Derry Girls star Saoirse-Monica Jackson is set for the silver screen after being cast in upcoming superhero film The Flash.

The popular actress, who grew up between Derry and Greencastle …
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Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service demand answers over vaccine delay 4 weeks ago

Donegal Women’s Domestic Violence Service demand answers over vaccine delay

Frontline workers with the Donegal Domestic Violence Service have been left angry and frustrated as they are passed over for the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Donegal Women’s Refuge has operated as …
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Planning a new kitchen? Let the experts help you! 4 weeks ago

Planning a new kitchen? Let the experts help you!

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If you are in the planning stages of your new kitchen and wondering what appliances to go for, just ask the Irwin Expert Electrical team. Choosing the best …
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Daffodil Day goes digital in Donegal 4 weeks ago

Daffodil Day goes digital in Donegal

By  •  News

Daffodil Day takes place this Friday, and while local volunteers can’t take to the streets to sell beautiful flowers, you can still support cancer patients and their families from home.


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Pioneering artist awarded €8,000 bursary 4 weeks ago

Pioneering artist awarded €8,000 bursary

By  •  Life

Donegal artist Julie Griffiths has been given the support to pursue her work and new thinking through a new pilot scheme.

Julie, a visual artist and textile designer from Donegal Town, …
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Life is a Gift: Donegal woman received the greatest gift of all 4 weeks ago

Life is a Gift: Donegal woman received the greatest gift of all

A young Donegal woman said she will be forever grateful for a kidney donation which saved her life at 14 years old.

Elizabeth Ferry (33) from Falcarragh finally got the …
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Watch: Irwin Expert Electrical open for essential purchases and deliveries 1 month ago

Watch: Irwin Expert Electrical open for essential purchases and deliveries

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Irwin Expert Electrical are open for business and happy to help with expert advice in-store or by virtual appointments.

Irwin Expert Electrical in Letterkenny and Buncrana are open …
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Donegal designers invited to enter Irish Made Awards 1 month ago

Donegal designers invited to enter Irish Made Awards

Irish Country Magazine has launched the fifth annual Irish Made Awards with the two fitting new sponsors for 2021 – Guaranteed Irish and the Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI).

Going green is no longer just for St. …
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Award-winning community leader celebrates connections to Donegal 1 month ago

Award-winning community leader celebrates connections to Donegal

By  •  News

Buncrana-native Breege McDaid is representing Donegal in the current ‘Irish in Britain’ series of videos.

The London-based ‘Irish in Britain’ charity and network has launched a new digital series called …
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It’s time to stop promoting skinny dolls, says Donegal toymaker 1 month ago

It’s time to stop promoting skinny dolls, says Donegal toymaker

By  •  Kids

Toymakers should stop making ultra-thin dolls, because they create poor body image in young girls which can lead to eating disorders.

That’s according to leading doll manufacturer, Ian Harkin of …
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‘We’re still struggling to address gender gap’ – Maria Walsh 1 month ago

‘We’re still struggling to address gender gap’ – Maria Walsh

MEP Maria Walsh has called on EU Member States and the EU Commission to support entrepreneurship among women as the gender employment gap stands at 11.4%.

A new European report …
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Megan makes great strides for Cancer Care West 1 month ago

Megan makes great strides for Cancer Care West

By  •  News

Inspirational Inver woman Megan Rose is on track to raise thousands of euro for Cancer Care West this March.

Megan has set out to walk a total of 300km in …
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Grainne lets the good times roll in charity skate 1 month ago

Grainne lets the good times roll in charity skate

Donegal woman Grainne Gallanagh raised both funds and spirits on International Women’s Day by completing a charity challenge in a hilarious fashion.

The Buncrana nurse and model set out to …
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Donegal Women in Business Network embrace global change on IWD 2021 1 month ago

Donegal Women in Business Network embrace global change on IWD 2021

On International Women’s Day last year, few would have thought that the world would look so different in 12 months’ time.

The Donegal Women in Business Network held their last …
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Life and legacy of Kay McNulty honoured in portrait series 2 months ago

Life and legacy of Kay McNulty honoured in portrait series

By  •  News

A new portrait of computing trailblazer Kathleen (Kay) McNulty will be unveiled this International Women’s Day.

Kay McNulty, a native of Creeslough, was one of the world’s first computer programmers. …
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Let’s Shop Local: Ten Mother’s Day gifts made in Donegal 2 months ago

Let’s Shop Local: Ten Mother’s Day gifts made in Donegal

Lockdown won’t stop us finding great locally-made or sold gifts and delivering them to a special mammy, Godmother, granny, aunt or sister.

Read on for our pick of Mother’s Day …
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Brian Dowling creates a stir with Donegal’s Muff Liquor Co. 2 months ago

Brian Dowling creates a stir with Donegal’s Muff Liquor Co.

By  •  News

Irish celebrity Brian Dowling will be shaking things up with the launch of his own cocktail range with Muff Liquor Company.

The cheeky Inishowen craft drinks company has announced a …
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Grainne goes the extra mile for Donegal Women’s Centre 2 months ago

Grainne goes the extra mile for Donegal Women’s Centre

By  •  Life

Donegal model and nurse Grainne Gallanagh has set herself a wheely fun challenge to raise money for the Donegal Women’s Centre.

The Buncrana woman is about to attempt a mile …
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Don’t miss DICE 2021! 2 months ago

Don’t miss DICE 2021!

LYIT is hosting a series of engaging events this week for anyone with an interest in Irish design and creative sectors.

Now in its seventh year, the DICE (Design, Innovation, Creativity and …
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International Women’s Day event to delve into new business challenges 2 months ago

International Women’s Day event to delve into new business challenges

Donegal entrepreneurs will be sharing their experiences and stories of resilience in an online event this International Women’s Day.

On Monday March 8th at 3pm the Europe Direct Information Centre Donegal …
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Meet the Donegal women making their businesses work from Barbados 2 months ago

Meet the Donegal women making their businesses work from Barbados

Two Inishowen women are enjoying the remote working lifestyle of dreams after relocating to the Caribbean during the pandemic.

“You can’t but feel good over here,” says Laura Bonner from …
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Brid walks the walk to reach €10,000 fundraising goal 2 months ago

Brid walks the walk to reach €10,000 fundraising goal

By  •  News

An inspirational Donegal woman has reached the target of her 365-day walking fundraiser in just two months.

Brid Sweeney, who lives in Loughanure, challenged herself to walk every day in …
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BreastCheck routine screening to resume in Donegal 2 months ago

BreastCheck routine screening to resume in Donegal

BreastCheck routine screening is to resume at a reduced capacity in Donegal this week.

Invites are being sent out to eligible women for screening appointments dated from 08 March 2021.


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Award-winning director appointed top role at Abbey Theatre 2 months ago

Award-winning director appointed top role at Abbey Theatre

Carndonagh woman Caitríona McLaughlin has been appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre.

McLaughin will join the staff of the renowned Dublin theatre in early May.

The …
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The catwalk calls for Holly Mc Crea 2 months ago

The catwalk calls for Holly Mc Crea

Donegal Town woman Holly Mc Crea is celebrating signing with one of Ireland’s top modeling agencies.

The 24-year-old teacher and influencer has joined Catwalk Modeling Agency, marking a dream come …
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Student nurses go the distance to raise €2,000 2 months ago

Student nurses go the distance to raise €2,000

By  •  News

NUI Galway student nurses from Donegal have helped raise more than €2,000 for homeless services after clocking more than 500km on foot. 

The annual fundraising drive is held every year …
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Women’s voices from the past heard in short film series 2 months ago

Women’s voices from the past heard in short film series

By  •  News

A new series of six short films will launch this week to highlight the experiences of women during the Irish Revolutionary Period.

Donegal County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre and …
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Creative wellness workshop coming up for International Women’s Day in Donegal 2 months ago

Creative wellness workshop coming up for International Women’s Day in Donegal

In Celebration of International Women’s Day on Monday 8th March, 11am-1pm NCCWN-Donegal Women’s Network invites you to join a fun and interactive “Cracking Up” creative arts online workshop, facilitated by …
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Creative celebrations for Karen’s 15 years in business 2 months ago

Creative celebrations for Karen’s 15 years in business

By  •  News

Donegal Speech and Drama teacher Karen Murphy is celebrating 15 years in business with some special projects for students.

There has been a lot of drama in Karen’s career this …
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Megan makes history with inaugural scholarship 2 months ago

Megan makes history with inaugural scholarship

By  •  News

A Letterkenny student has been awarded a new scholarship to further her studies in modern Irish history.

Megan McAuley, a student of Maynooth University, is the recipient of the inaugural …
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DWBN embracing global chance on International Women’s Day 2 months ago

DWBN embracing global chance on International Women’s Day

Donegal Women in Business Network are partnering with prominent local and global colleagues in enterprise to celebrate International Women’s Day 2021.

Women Embracing Global Change Together is a free event, in …
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Watch: Donegal shines in romantic music video 2 months ago

Watch: Donegal shines in romantic music video

Award-winning actress Glaiza De Castro has released her much-anticipated music video set in Donegal.

The famous Filipina TV and film star braved the cold winter weather to create a summer-themed …
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Exclusive: Filipina star sets new music video in beautiful Donegal 2 months ago

Exclusive: Filipina star sets new music video in beautiful Donegal

Filipina actress and singer Glaiza De Castro is about to release a brand new music video showcasing Donegal as the dream escape.

The young TV and film star is a …
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