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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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‘The possibility for extraordinary lives in every one of us’ 5 months ago

‘The possibility for extraordinary lives in every one of us’

The Local Enterprise Office in Donegal celebrated International Women’s Day in style today with an inspiring event at Castle Grove Country House as part of Local Enterprise Week 2022.

Seventy …
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‘Mammy Banter’ to speak at exciting event for women in Inishowen 5 months ago

‘Mammy Banter’ to speak at exciting event for women in Inishowen

It has been a challenging couple of years of restrictions with very limited opportunity to socialise with our friends and family.  Think about it, when was the last time you …
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Better understanding about gender inequality needed in Donegal, pandemic survey finds 5 months ago

Better understanding about gender inequality needed in Donegal, pandemic survey finds

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Women in Donegal faced additional stresses and pressure during the pandemic due to gender imbalance, according to new data uncovered by the NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network this International Women’s Day. 


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On Song: Amy (17) leaps into the local music scene 5 months ago

On Song: Amy (17) leaps into the local music scene

A seventeen-year-old Carndonagh teenager is brimming with ambition as she launches into the music scene in Donegal.

Amy O’Connor is a talented performer with a beautiful voice and a clear …
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Local art exhibition features women at the frontline of climate change 5 months ago

Local art exhibition features women at the frontline of climate change

Europe Direct Letterkenny are delighted to host a Live Art Exhibition this month with Self Help Africa and Donegal ChangeMakers.

The exhibition runs in Central Library Letterkenny from 21st February …
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Dippers to brave the cold this Women’s Day for Donegal Domestic Violence Services 5 months ago

Dippers to brave the cold this Women’s Day for Donegal Domestic Violence Services

A social group of sea swimmers in South Donegal are taking the plunge this week for a vital local cause.

The ‘Donegal Dips’ group will be doing cold water swims …
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Local leaders to celebrate women in sport this Women’s Day 2022 5 months ago

Local leaders to celebrate women in sport this Women’s Day 2022

People across Donegal with any involved in sport are being invited to attend the Women in Sport webinar on Tuesday, March 8th, at 7 pm. 

The free webinar will be …
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Donegal Women in Business celebrating International Women’s Day with networking showcase 5 months ago

Donegal Women in Business celebrating International Women’s Day with networking showcase

As part of Donegal Enterprise Week, and in celebration of International Women’s Day on 8th March, the Donegal Women in Business Network have organised an online event focused on helping …
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Donegal businesswoman turns talents to supporting Ukrainians in need 5 months ago

Donegal businesswoman turns talents to supporting Ukrainians in need

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A Donegal businesswoman is using her skills to show solidarity with Ukraine in a creative way.

Emma Gallagher from Emmazing Melts was so moved by the conflict that she has …
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Donegal’s top baby names are revealed 6 months ago

Donegal’s top baby names are revealed

Two new names have taken the top spot of the most popular names for baby girls and boys in Donegal.

The most popular baby boy’s name in Donegal in 2021 …
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Donegal women invited to share experiences ahead of Women’s Day 2022 6 months ago

Donegal women invited to share experiences ahead of Women’s Day 2022

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Women’s Day 2022 is just around the corner and Donegal Women’s Network are inviting women to take part in an online national women campaign.  

The network is looking for women …
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Vicky Phelan moved by Donegal poet’s ‘beautiful’ tribute 6 months ago

Vicky Phelan moved by Donegal poet’s ‘beautiful’ tribute

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Vicky Phelan has expressed her thanks to Donegal poet Denise Blake for penning a powerful tribute to her strength.

For Vicky, a poem by Denise Blake, aired on RTE Radio …
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Caitlín to hit the road on her biggest tractor challenge yet 6 months ago

Caitlín to hit the road on her biggest tractor challenge yet

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A young Massey enthusiast from Inishowen is gearing up for her biggest challenge yet – a tractor run from London to Mayo.

Caitlín Mc Gonigle, aged 20, will embark on …
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Charity chocolate bar brings a lot of heart to Valentine’s Day 6 months ago

Charity chocolate bar brings a lot of heart to Valentine’s Day

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A Donegal-based chocolate maker has created a yummy chocolate bar with a sprinkling of goodness this Valentine’s Day.

The ‘Hearty Smarty’ is flying off the shelves as a sweet gift …
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Listen: Heartbreaking song tells mothers’ untold stories 6 months ago

Listen: Heartbreaking song tells mothers’ untold stories

By  •  Life

A new song written and produced in Donegal is touching on a sensitive topic in an evocative way.

“Heaven Can Wait”, written by Killygordon man Niall Gallen, explores the heartache …
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Celebrations galore as Maggie marks 106 years 6 months ago

Celebrations galore as Maggie marks 106 years

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One of Donegal’s oldest citizens has celebrated another incredible achievement after turning 106 this week.

Maggie O’Donnell from Dungloe had a lot to celebrate on her birthday on Thursday. As …
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Letterkenny woman appointed new District Court Judge 7 months ago

Letterkenny woman appointed new District Court Judge

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A Letterkenny woman is to be appointed as Donegal’s newest Judge.

Ms Éiteáin Cunningham is to take over from outgoing Judge Raymond Finnegan in District Court 1, Donegal Daily reports.


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Five in a row! Harvey’s Point celebrates another prestigious AA Red Star Award 7 months ago

Five in a row! Harvey’s Point celebrates another prestigious AA Red Star Award

The team at Harvey’s Point is delighted to announce that the hotel has retained the prestigious AA Red Star Award for the fifth time since they first received the accolade …
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‘This is for mum’ – Letterkenny woman’s tribute shines a light on Alzheimer’s pain 7 months ago

‘This is for mum’ – Letterkenny woman’s tribute shines a light on Alzheimer’s pain

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A Letterkenny singer has paid a poignant tribute to her late mother through the medium of song.

Evelyn Gallagher of Dromore lost her mum Nellie O’Donnell to Alzheimer’s disease in …
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New picture book paints a thousand words about a granny’s love 7 months ago

New picture book paints a thousand words about a granny’s love

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A creative Letterkenny-based artist and writer has just published a new children’s picture book inspired by her grandmother.

Granny Makes Me Grumpy, written and illustrated Letterkenny-based by Karolina Olchowska, is …
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Patrick Gildea Hairdressing crowned Ulster’s Best Hair Salon 7 months ago

Patrick Gildea Hairdressing crowned Ulster’s Best Hair Salon

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Patrick Gildea Hairdressing are once again proving they’re a cut above the rest after major success in the RSVP Hair Awards 2022.

The Letterkenny salon was named as Best Salon …
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Women plan daily how to stay safe, it should not be the norm – Senator Flynn 7 months ago

Women plan daily how to stay safe, it should not be the norm – Senator Flynn

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Donegal Senator Eileen Flynn said Government action is needed now to address the ongoing issue of violence against women.

Senator Flynn said: “Many women plan on a daily basis how …
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Woman with strong Donegal connections signed in as US Ambassador 7 months ago

Woman with strong Donegal connections signed in as US Ambassador

A woman with very strong Donegal family ties has been sworn in as US Ambassador-Designate to Ireland during a formal session in the House chamber this evening.

Massachusetts House Majority …
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Donegal stands in sorrow for Ashling Murphy 7 months ago

Donegal stands in sorrow for Ashling Murphy

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Just last week, the Christmas lights were sparkling on Letterkenny Main Street.

Last night, the little lights that shone in Market Square were an expression of pure sorrow.

Letterkenny was …
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The search is on for Miss Donegal 2022 7 months ago

The search is on for Miss Donegal 2022

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Diamonds are forever for the Miss Ireland Organisation as this year marks its 75th Jubilee of the competition. The search has officially begun for Miss Donegal 2022 to follow in …
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Beloved Ashling to be remembered at Donegal vigils 7 months ago

Beloved Ashling to be remembered at Donegal vigils

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Communities across Donegal are to hold candlelight vigils today in memory of Ashling Murphy.

There has been an outpouring of grief nationwide following the horrific murder of the 23-year-old teacher …
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Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle crowned best luxury hotel in Ireland 7 months ago

Donegal’s Lough Eske Castle crowned best luxury hotel in Ireland

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Donegal’s 5 star Lough Eske Castle has been named the Number One Luxury Hotel in Ireland.

The hotel topped a travel-inspiring list by The Times today and was hailed as …
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Watch: Wild Atlantic Women hit all the right notes for Donegal Hospice 7 months ago

Watch: Wild Atlantic Women hit all the right notes for Donegal Hospice

The Wild Atlantic Women were in fine tune last night for the return of the Nollag na mBan Women’s Christmas concert.

The virtual showcase, spanning over 80minutes, saw some of …
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Daring dippers brave the waves for Ellie’s wish to walk! 7 months ago

Daring dippers brave the waves for Ellie’s wish to walk!

By  •  Life

An uplifting community fundraiser is underway this month to help a brave Donegal girl achieve her 2022 dream of walking.

Carrigart girl Ellie McHugh, aged nine, has faced many challenges …
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Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll soak up the delights of Donegal 7 months ago

Amy Huberman and Brian O’Driscoll soak up the delights of Donegal

Irish actress Amy Huberman and rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll are enjoying a Christmas family holiday in Donegal this week.

The couple chose “destination Donegal” after the Christmas festivities and are taking …
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Watch: Grandparents get the best Christmas present ever! 8 months ago

Watch: Grandparents get the best Christmas present ever!

A young couple gave their parents the best Christmas present ever this week – a first meeting with their grandson.

Monica McCafferty from Ballybofey and Fergus Reid from Kildare had …
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Beautiful hair gifts all wrapped up at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 8 months ago

Beautiful hair gifts all wrapped up at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

The Christmas shopping rush is well and truly on, but Patrick Gildea Hairdressing in Letterkenny has everything you need to treat those who love to look after their hair.

The …
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Amazing Marthe named Ulster CAREGiver of the Year 8 months ago

Amazing Marthe named Ulster CAREGiver of the Year

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Marthe Youga from Donegal has been crowned Ulster CAREGiver of the Year at Home Instead’s annual carer recognition awards.

The care company runs the annual awards to reflect the incredible …
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An evening of virtual Christmas cheer for Donegal Women in Business! 8 months ago

An evening of virtual Christmas cheer for Donegal Women in Business!

The Donegal Women in Business Network were in the festive spirit yesterday evening for a fun end-of-year Christmas party.

The virtual set-up didn’t stop us donning our festive wear to …
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Extraordinary gift ideas from Mourne Antiques & Jewellery 8 months ago

Extraordinary gift ideas from Mourne Antiques & Jewellery

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An antique gift comes with its own story, and at Mourne Antiques & Jewellery, there’s a piece of history on every shelf.

The Letterkenny store has a wide …
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Final call for Donegal entrepreneurs to apply for Going for Growth 8 months ago

Final call for Donegal entrepreneurs to apply for Going for Growth

Ambitious female entrepreneurs who are determined to develop their businesses have just one week left to apply for the latest cycle of Going for Growth, the award-winning business development programme. …
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Donegal photographer snaps prestigious international award 8 months ago

Donegal photographer snaps prestigious international award

Congratulations to Mairéad McDaid of Remain in Light Photography, who was announced last week as one of Rangefinder Magazine’s 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography.

Mairéad, originally from Shantallow, …
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Christmas charity raffle launched in memory of local schoolgirl 8 months ago

Christmas charity raffle launched in memory of local schoolgirl

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An exciting fundraising raffle has launched this week in memory of a much-loved young local girl, Aimee Devenney.

Aimee sadly passed away this time last year from an Asthma attack. …
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Donegal Women’s Centre and LYIT to launch legal clinic for LGBTI+ community 8 months ago

Donegal Women’s Centre and LYIT to launch legal clinic for LGBTI+ community

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A new public legal information clinic is to open in Donegal next year at the Donegal Women’s Centre. This pilot education programme is in partnership with LYIT Department of Law, …
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Get the popcorn on for Rushe to Raise day! 8 months ago

Get the popcorn on for Rushe to Raise day!

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Donegal couple Maria and Emmet Rushe are hosting their ‘Rushe To Raise’ annual charity Christmas movie fundraiser online today!

All proceeds will go to the Jack and Jill Foundation. 

This …
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New Generation… and new styles at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing 8 months ago

New Generation… and new styles at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing

Christmas is coming… and even though nights out look to be few and far between, I was so happy to get my pre-Christmas colour and style sorted. Plus a little …
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Tis the season for Paula’s pop-up shops! 8 months ago

Tis the season for Paula’s pop-up shops!

TWO fabulously festive pop-up shops have opened in Ardara and Glenties – much to the delight of local Christmas lovers.

Paula Bonner is back with not one, but two Bows …
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Laura Whitmore invests in Donegal’s Muff Liquor Company 8 months ago

Laura Whitmore invests in Donegal’s Muff Liquor Company

Celebrity broadcaster and author Laura Whitmore has given a star boost to the Muff Liquor Company after being announced as its newest investor.

The partnership is a huge cause for …
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Watch: Donegal author’s Christmas wish comes true! 8 months ago

Watch: Donegal author’s Christmas wish comes true!

A Letterkenny teacher and author has come up with a very imaginative way to inspire children to read this Christmas.

Louise Flanagan wrote her own children’s fantasy series ‘Dragonterra’ during …
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Letterkenny woman to volunteer with children in need in Kenya 9 months ago

Letterkenny woman to volunteer with children in need in Kenya

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A young Letterkenny woman is seeking support as she travels travels overseas to carry out a vital part of her coursework.

Student Occupational Therapist Rachel Mullen is in her final …
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Donegal Women’s Centre launches important awareness campaign 9 months ago

Donegal Women’s Centre launches important awareness campaign

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Donegal Women’s Centre are launching a new social media initiative to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

No More Memorials is a campaign seeking to help end …
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Countywide food collections to help local families this Christmas 9 months ago

Countywide food collections to help local families this Christmas

A countywide food appeal is taking place on Saturday 27th November to support local families this Christmas.

Donations of food, vouchers, cash or gifts would be gratefully accepted.

The Donegal …
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Donegal artist opens solo exhibition at Fort Dunree 9 months ago

Donegal artist opens solo exhibition at Fort Dunree

Award-winning Inishowen artist Geraldine Timlin has opened a solo exhibition at Artlink, Fort Dunree.

Silent Spring is the much anticipated collection by Geraldine, a multidisciplinary artist who works locally.

She currently …
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Stevens Jewellers Giveaway winner announced 9 months ago

Stevens Jewellers Giveaway winner announced

It’s time to reveal the winner of the Stevens Jewellers 10th Anniversary Giveaway!

The Letterkenny store had a lot to celebrate last week as they marked 10 years in business …
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Donegal hair and beauty salons to roll out domestic abuse supports 9 months ago

Donegal hair and beauty salons to roll out domestic abuse supports

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Hundreds of hair and beauty salons in Donegal have partnered with Women’s Aid to provide domestic abuse support resources to their customers.

Salons will soon be displaying stickers on mirrors …
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