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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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Donegal actress celebrating the women that history forgot 3 months ago

Donegal actress celebrating the women that history forgot

Dr Kathleen Lynn, Lady Mary Health, Sybil Connolly, Granuaile – do the names ring a bell?

The Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley may be recognisable, but the stories of the others, …
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Donegal mothers invited to have their say on new research project 3 months ago

Donegal mothers invited to have their say on new research project

A Donegal researcher has issued a call for local participants to share their experiences for a new study on infant feeding.

Anna (Foy) McPherson is originally from Inver in Co …
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Teachers and SNAs go the distance for their students 3 months ago

Teachers and SNAs go the distance for their students

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An inspirational group of teachers and assistants from St. Bernadette’s Special School in Letterkenny are making great progress in their epic Wild Atlantic fundraiser.

The nine teachers and staff have …
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RTE cancels Dancing with the Stars for 2021 3 months ago

RTE cancels Dancing with the Stars for 2021

RTE has announced that Dancing with the Stars Ireland will not go ahead next year due to Covid-19.

It is hoped that the popular celebrity dance series will be back …
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New Donegal-set series to feature Normal People star Paul Mescal 3 months ago

New Donegal-set series to feature Normal People star Paul Mescal

Normal People star Paul Mescal has been revealed in the cast of a much-anticipated new drama, called The Deceived.

The show has been created by Derry Girls creator Lisa McGee …
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Incredible response to  Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K 3 months ago

Incredible response to Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K

The Virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K has gathered an amazing level of interest in 2020 – with over 800 women registered so far.

The walk/run race is set to take place …
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Watch: Donegal woman walks down the aisle after would-be wedding surprise 3 months ago

Watch: Donegal woman walks down the aisle after would-be wedding surprise

A Donegal bride-to-be got the sweetest surprise on what would have been her wedding day.

Ashley Fox from Letterkenny and her fiancé Sean Tianihad from Gweedore had their wedding date …
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Grandmother braving the shave for crisis-hit Donkey Sanctuary 3 months ago

Grandmother braving the shave for crisis-hit Donkey Sanctuary

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A Northern Irish grandmother is braving a buzz cut for the first time in her life to benefit a Donegal charity close to her heart.

Anne Blemings (aged 71) from …
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Let’s discover what’s on our doorsteps in amazing Donegal 3 months ago

Let’s discover what’s on our doorsteps in amazing Donegal

Can you name the three Signature Points within Donegal that are along the Wild Atlantic Way?

They are:

  1. Malin Head
  2. Fanad Lighthouse
  3. Sliabh Liag Cliffs

If this question has aroused an interest …
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Post-lockdown hair – time for new tones with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 3 months ago

Post-lockdown hair – time for new tones with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

It’s so good to get back to the hair salon, and it feels amazing to have my hair done again!

After a long five months I was so excited to …
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Looking good, feeling good and staying safe at the salon 4 months ago

Looking good, feeling good and staying safe at the salon

After a long break away from the beauty salon, many of us are looking forward to being preened and pampered again. 

It’s important that we feel safe on our next …
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New mothers campaign for extended maternity leave 4 months ago

New mothers campaign for extended maternity leave

New mothers in Ireland are calling for a once-off extension to maternity leave and pay by three months following the disruption of Covid-19.

The #ExtendMaternityLeave2020 campaign aims to highlight how …
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Learn how to master Instagram with marketing specialist Marie Shields 4 months ago

Learn how to master Instagram with marketing specialist Marie Shields

The Donegal Women in Business Network is launching a new online Masterclass series for members – starting next week with a focus on Instagram.

Marie Shields, the Donegal-based founder …
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Thoughtful schoolgirl begins children’s fundraiser for Baby Livie 4 months ago

Thoughtful schoolgirl begins children’s fundraiser for Baby Livie

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A kind-hearted Donegal girl has tapped into her creative talents to help raise vital funds for a special baby.

Seven-year-old Kaiya Dohc from Donegal was moved by the story of …
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Crisis creates opportunity for The Song House 4 months ago

Crisis creates opportunity for The Song House

The pandemic couldn’t stop the music coming from The Song House in Falcarragh last weekend as they hosted a virtual Sean-Nós weekend.

In normal times, The Song House hosts singing …
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Good hair days ahead as salons reopen this week 4 months ago

Good hair days ahead as salons reopen this week

Donegal’s hairdressers are sharpening their scissors for a busy week as they open their doors to guests tomorrow.

After three months of box dyes, root touch-ups and home cuts, a …
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Watch: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh stars in all-female ensemble cover for Women’s Aid 4 months ago

Watch: Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh stars in all-female ensemble cover for Women’s Aid

Renowned Donegal fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has joined a stunning new ensemble recording of Jimmy McCarthy’s ‘No Frontiers’ for Women’s Aid.

Gaoth Dobhair native Ní Mhaonaigh is one of a …
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Donegal activist becomes first female Traveller elected to Oireachtas 4 months ago

Donegal activist becomes first female Traveller elected to Oireachtas

Donegal-based activist Eileen Flynn has become the first member of the Travelling community to be elected to the Oireachtas.

Ms Flynn was appointed to the Seanad on Saturday following nomination to …
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Watch: Donegal woman shares top advice after amazing acne transformation 4 months ago

Watch: Donegal woman shares top advice after amazing acne transformation

A former Donegal beauty therapist has launched a new video series to share her tried and tested tips on all things beauty and skincare.

Claire McDermott from Carndonagh was affected …
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Donegal singers lend their talents to powerful ‘Dreams’ awareness video 4 months ago

Donegal singers lend their talents to powerful ‘Dreams’ awareness video

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Two popular Donegal artists are among a collective of Irish women who have come together to send a powerful message to those living with domestic abuse – they are not …
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Super sisters brave the shave for Donegal Hospice 4 months ago

Super sisters brave the shave for Donegal Hospice

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Two Donegal sisters have raised more than €7,000 for the Donegal Hospice after shaving their heads in memory of their beloved dad.

Pauline and Mary Boyle decided to do the …
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New mayor of Donegal hopes to inspire greater gender balance in council 4 months ago

New mayor of Donegal hopes to inspire greater gender balance in council

Buncrana Councillor Rena Donaghey has shared her hopes that her election as Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council will set an example to more women with an interest in politics. 

Cllr …
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Eager shoppers queue for Penneys reopening 4 months ago

Eager shoppers queue for Penneys reopening

Donegal’s Penneys fans were out in force this morning to welcome the reopening of the Letterkenny Shopping Centre store.

The budget fashion store has been one of the most highly-anticipated …
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Donegal hair salon to offer personal packs for customers’ peace of mind 4 months ago

Donegal hair salon to offer personal packs for customers’ peace of mind

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A Donegal hair salon owner is planning to introduce individual salon packs to give clients some peace of mind during Covid-19.

Anne O’Gorman, owner of Hair by Anne O’Gorman in …
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Amazing local women to run 618km from Mizen to Malin 4 months ago

Amazing local women to run 618km from Mizen to Malin

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Two running pals from Ballyshannon are about to put themselves through their paces as they run 618 km in five days from Mizen to Malin Head.

Julie McMullin and Loretta …
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Creative video project raises vital funds for Donegal Women’s Centre 4 months ago

Creative video project raises vital funds for Donegal Women’s Centre

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A unique fundraising project by former Dungloe Mary Rachel Doherty has raised €550 for the Donegal Women’s Centre.

Rachel enlisted the help of local women to create a video that …
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Buzz building for virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K 4 months ago

Buzz building for virtual RunDonegal Women’s 5K

THERE IS growing interest in the 2020 RunDonegal Women’s 5K scheduled to take place on Sunday, August 23rd, with over 100 entered to date.

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Creative sisters making face masks fashionable 5 months ago

Creative sisters making face masks fashionable

Three sisters from Letterkenny are covering a new section of the fashion world with their unique face masks.

Anna, Lisa and Molly Kennedy are the designers behind ‘Mask Your Face’ …
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Cousins clock up 150km to raise funds for Hospice 5 months ago

Cousins clock up 150km to raise funds for Hospice

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Two inspirational cousins from Donegal put their little legs through the paces to raise an amazing €6,050 for Donegal Hospice.

Emma Begley from Milford, aged 11, and Ollie Mc Laughlin …
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Designing a new life in Donegal 5 months ago

Designing a new life in Donegal

Moving house is always a challenge, moving on the first day of a pandemic lockdown would be a nightmare for some.

But that wasn’t the case for Interior Designer Amy …
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Young Letterkenny woman steps up to 100K challenge in memory of beloved grandparents 5 months ago

Young Letterkenny woman steps up to 100K challenge in memory of beloved grandparents

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A Donegal student is on the road to raising significant funds for Letterkenny Hospital in memory of two grandparents. 

Emily Hanley from Letterkenny, aged 21, sadly lost both her grandmother …
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Watch: Daniel and Majella hula-hooping onto our screens this weekend 5 months ago

Watch: Daniel and Majella hula-hooping onto our screens this weekend

Donegal’s top celebrity couple Daniel and Majella O’Donnell will be brightening up our Sunday nights with the launch of their new TV series.

‘Daniel sa Bhaile’ on TG4 will …
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Amy’s adventures come to a triumphant end 5 months ago

Amy’s adventures come to a triumphant end

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An inspirational young Donegal woman has ended her charity challenge on a high with a little help from friends.

Amy Alexander, aged 19, completed her own ‘Tour De Cross’ by cycling …
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Donegal mum hosting online art auction in aid of brave son’s cancer battle 5 months ago

Donegal mum hosting online art auction in aid of brave son’s cancer battle

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A Donegal woman has rallied a creative community of friends together to hold an art auction to raise funds for her son’s health battle.

UK-born artist Veronica Maguire, who lives …
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Terrific teachers and SNAs tackle 4,500km challenge 5 months ago

Terrific teachers and SNAs tackle 4,500km challenge

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Teachers, management and staff at St. Bernadette’s Special School in Letterkenny are taking on a 500km virtual challenge this summer to raise much-needed funds for the school.

The team is …
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‘She is our world’ – Parents appeal for life-saving support for baby girl 5 months ago

‘She is our world’ – Parents appeal for life-saving support for baby girl

The parents of a much-loved baby girl with a rare neuromuscular condition have created a new video to share their heartbreaking story and plead for help.

Donegal Town man Keith …
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Former Marys use pageant skills to help single men find love 5 months ago

Former Marys use pageant skills to help single men find love

Three former Mary from Dungloe contestants have set out to help single men looking for love in a new BBC Gaeilge series airing this week.

Courtney Boyle from Dungloe, Rosie …
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Women in business seize opportunities from crisis in successful webinar 5 months ago

Women in business seize opportunities from crisis in successful webinar

The Donegal Women in Business Network adapted to the ‘new normal’ of networking for a successful online event today. 

Collaborating with LYIT DICE Labs, the network brought more than 100 …
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North West entrepreneurs invited to join Empower Programme for women 5 months ago

North West entrepreneurs invited to join Empower Programme for women

The Empower Programme is a new programme for start-ups targeted at female entrepreneurs from the West and North West of Ireland.

This programme addresses specific challenges that hinder females and …
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What have you learned from lockdown? 5 months ago

What have you learned from lockdown?

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Two creative Donegal women have shared a new project to help people note their learning experiences from Covid-19.

These long weeks at home have given people time to reflect, pursue …
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Amy (19) hits the road on an awesome fundraising adventure 5 months ago

Amy (19) hits the road on an awesome fundraising adventure

An inspirational young Donegal woman has beaten lockdown boredom by embarking on a ‘wheelie’ great cycling challenge to raise money for her local respite centre.

Amy Alexander, aged 19, is …
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Refreshing my hair colour at home with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 5 months ago

Refreshing my hair colour at home with Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

The date is in sight – 20th July is when hairdressers will reopen – but yet it’s so far away!

In the meantime, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing in Letterkenny are looking …
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Local women lead the way in Children’s Books Ireland Awards 5 months ago

Local women lead the way in Children’s Books Ireland Awards

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Two Donegal-based women have won prestigious KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2020.

Five women were recognised in this year’s awards, which were announced in an online ceremony on Tuesday.

Kim …
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Donegal Hospice nurse shaving hair for charities during crisis 5 months ago

Donegal Hospice nurse shaving hair for charities during crisis

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The countdown is on for a Donegal Hospice nurse who has challenged herself to a head shave for two charities. 

Mary Coyle from Glenfin, who now lives in Dooish, will …
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Donegal Heritage Office shares free booklet on looking after wildlife in your garden 5 months ago

Donegal Heritage Office shares free booklet on looking after wildlife in your garden

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As International Biodiversity Day approaches on Friday, May 22, a new booklet has been launched to provide advice on how to help the wildlife in your garden. 

The brainchild …
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Tara takes on new role on Irish Second-Level Students’ Union 5 months ago

Tara takes on new role on Irish Second-Level Students’ Union

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A Donegal student with a passion for student activism has been elected to the National Student Executive of the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union (ISSU). 

Tara Toye, a Transition Year student …
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RunDonegal exploring the virtual route in August 5 months ago

RunDonegal exploring the virtual route in August

Women are being encouraged to register for the 2020 RunDonegal Women’s 5K, which will now take place on August 23rd.

Race organiser Grace Boyle has given assurance that the fundraising …
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Nursing home matron wins draw for frontline workers 5 months ago

Nursing home matron wins draw for frontline workers

A Donegal nursing home matron has won a two-room home makeover in a unique competition in appreciation of all frontline workers.

Jennifer Rankin from Trentagh, Matron of the Lake House …
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Idyllic France awaits for Deirdre’s new business adventure 5 months ago

Idyllic France awaits for Deirdre’s new business adventure

Donegal hoteliers Deirdre McGlone and Marc Gysling have fallen for a new business venture.

It was love at first sight on Valentine’s Day, celebrating their wedding anniversary, when they were …
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Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh striking a chord for Women’s Aid 5 months ago

Musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh striking a chord for Women’s Aid

Acclaimed Donegal fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh has joined the line-up of an inspirational and empowering series of online concerts in aid of Women’s Aid.

The Meitheal na mBan series, broadcasting …
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