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Rachel McLaughlin is the editor of DonegalWoman.ie. Get in touch by emailing news@donegalwoman.ie
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Donegal Rape Crisis Centre awaiting a surge in reports after Covid-19 5 months ago

Donegal Rape Crisis Centre awaiting a surge in reports after Covid-19

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Management at the Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre said they are expecting a flood of reports from victims of sexual violence after the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Penneys hamper giveaway raising funds for Donegal Hospice 6 months ago

Penneys hamper giveaway raising funds for Donegal Hospice

Penneys staff in Letterkenny have come up with a charitable idea for anyone who is missing a good big Penneys shop during Covid-19.

Team Penneys Letterkenny are donating three hampers …
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Eye-catching video puts focus on Donegal Women’s Centre 6 months ago

Eye-catching video puts focus on Donegal Women’s Centre

A new fundraising video has been launched to shine a light on domestic violence against women during Covid-19.

The video, organised by Dungloe native Rachel Doherty, features close-up images of …
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Gardaí reassure domestic abuse victims that help is available 6 months ago

Gardaí reassure domestic abuse victims that help is available

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GARDAÍ in Donegal have reassured people who are victims of domestic abuse that they can travel beyond the 5km coronavirus travel restriction to seek help.

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Amazing active cousins walking 150km in memory of grandparents 6 months ago

Amazing active cousins walking 150km in memory of grandparents

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Emma Begley, aged 11, and Ollie Mc Laughlin, aged 4, are hitting the roads to walk 150KM this month to raise money in memory of their grandparents.

The cousins have lost …
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Birthday fundraiser is the icing on the cake for Alison 6 months ago

Birthday fundraiser is the icing on the cake for Alison

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Alison Pasquier’s 50th birthday celebrations weren’t quite what she imagined before the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Instead of a BBQ party last Friday, she celebrated the success of a fundraiser which raised …
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Teresa steps up to extraordinary Everest challenge 6 months ago

Teresa steps up to extraordinary Everest challenge

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Teresa Doherty has brought fundraising to a new level by scaling the height of Everest on her own staircase for Donegal Hospice.

She is currently on day four of the …
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The Donegal-made hairband that doubles as a root cover-up 6 months ago

The Donegal-made hairband that doubles as a root cover-up

Buncrana designer Bernie Murphy has tapped into her creativity to present a stylish solution to covering up roots.

This is the Donegal Flexi ‘Cabin Fever’ Hairband – a uniquely …
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Alva takes an artistic approach to supporting local hospital 6 months ago

Alva takes an artistic approach to supporting local hospital

By  •  Life

A Killybegs artist is offering up one of her own paintings for a fundraiser to support Killybegs Community Hospital.

Award-winning artist Alva Gallagher wanted to contribute to the Covid-19 response …
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‘With heavy hearts’: Mary from Dungloe cancelled for 2020 6 months ago

‘With heavy hearts’: Mary from Dungloe cancelled for 2020

This year’s Mary from Dungloe Festival has been officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers announced the news tonight, saying that the decision was made in accordance with the …
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President sings the praises of ‘heartwarming’ Wild Atlantic Women project 6 months ago

President sings the praises of ‘heartwarming’ Wild Atlantic Women project

The artists of Wild Atlantic Women have a lot to celebrate today after receiving presidential praise for their unique Covid-19 collaboration.

The project, which premiered last week, saw over 30 …
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‘Something for everyone’ with home volunteering 6 months ago

‘Something for everyone’ with home volunteering

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Donegal Volunteer Centre and Volunteer Ireland have launched a #volunteerfromhome campaign to inspire people to help out in their community while staying safely apart.

There are many ways that people …
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Self-help pack created for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Donegal 6 months ago

Self-help pack created for survivors of rape and sexual abuse in Donegal

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Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre (DSARCC) have devised an online self-help resource pack to support survivors of rape and sexual abuse in the north west during Covid-19.

The …
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‘It’s great being the scrubs fairy’ 6 months ago

‘It’s great being the scrubs fairy’

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Edel MacBride should have been making her daughter’s dream wedding dress this month.

The renowned knitwear designer was set to have her “best year ever”, packed with family celebrations and …
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Kirsty’s close shave raises over €2,100 for Pieta House 6 months ago

Kirsty’s close shave raises over €2,100 for Pieta House

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A Raphoe woman has raised over €2,100 after taking on a brave headshave challenge in aid of Pieta House. 

Kirsty Dunlop, aged 28, cut and shaved her long locks off …
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Donegal woman shaves head for a new lockdown look – live on Facebook! 6 months ago

Donegal woman shaves head for a new lockdown look – live on Facebook!

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A daring Donegal woman has shaved her head at home to raise funds for two vital causes during Covid-19.

Nuala Gallinagh Malone from Stranorlar braved the trimmer for a new …
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Small gesture makes a huge difference to local shop assistant 6 months ago

Small gesture makes a huge difference to local shop assistant

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A Letterkenny supermarket worker has issued a heartfelt thank you to an ‘angel’ customer who lifted her spirits after a stressful incident.

Aoife Hunter was shopping in a local store …
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Video: Donegal artists stir nostalgia in stunning song project 6 months ago

Video: Donegal artists stir nostalgia in stunning song project

The Wild Atlantic Women of Donegal have become a major hit again with their new music video – recorded remotely during the Covid-19 isolation period.

The creative project saw over …
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Penneys volunteers pack 200 gifts for hospital patients 6 months ago

Penneys volunteers pack 200 gifts for hospital patients

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‘Team Penneys’ has been praised for making a kind gesture to bring smiles to patients at Letterkenny University Hospital.

Over 200 care packages were delivered to LUH this week, packed …
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Made in Donegal: The fashion students contributing to the frontline 6 months ago

Made in Donegal: The fashion students contributing to the frontline

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A team of LYIT Fashion students, teachers and helpers have begun using their skills to run up scrubs for staff in the Covid-19 fight at Letterkenny University Hospital.

Over 600 …
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Donegal woman to feature in #ShineYourLight broadcast 7 months ago

Donegal woman to feature in #ShineYourLight broadcast

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Donegal poet Moya Cannon will be sharing her talents as part of RTE’s #ShineYourLight campaign tonight.

The event, taking place at 9pm tonight (Saturday), invites people all over Ireland to …
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Sharing the love of yoga for stress relief at home 7 months ago

Sharing the love of yoga for stress relief at home

By  •  Life

Things were going great for Elisa Looby as she settled into her new home in Gweedore, having moved from Dublin just four months ago.

She was loving the lifestyle change …
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The colourful little Donegal brand that’s brightening ‘quardrobes’ everywhere 7 months ago

The colourful little Donegal brand that’s brightening ‘quardrobes’ everywhere

Stay Hopeful, Be Kind, Be Positive and Love Your Planet are some of the phrases that define the mood of All Things Fiona-Lily.

Founded by Ballyshannon eco-cafe owner Fiona McIntyre, …
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Local Vouchers for Local Heroes: How the Letterkenny Babies community is giving back 7 months ago

Local Vouchers for Local Heroes: How the Letterkenny Babies community is giving back

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The Covid-19 pandemic has inspired countless people to take action to support healthcare staff on the frontline. 

And one special fund has gained great support in the Letterkenny area thanks …
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A new style of alternations for Team La Maison 7 months ago

A new style of alternations for Team La Maison

La Maison in Letterkenny would normally have their sewing machines whirring making curtains and cushions for homes. But the shortage of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) at Letterkenny University Hospital has …
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Gaoth Dobhair woman leading race to save lives 7 months ago

Gaoth Dobhair woman leading race to save lives

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A Formula One racing executive from Donegal is leading her company’s charge to supply ventilators for people suffering from Covid-19.

Gaoth Dobhair woman Ruth Nic Aoidh is an executive director …
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Tea-rrific memorial fundraiser to support elderly during Covid-19 crisis 7 months ago

Tea-rrific memorial fundraiser to support elderly during Covid-19 crisis

By  •  Life

Many cups of tea are being raised in memory of a young Donegal woman this week as part of the latest ‘Smile for Jasmine’ project.

The ‘Smile for Jasmine’ campaign …
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Watch: These delightful dad/daughter films are sure to brighten your day 7 months ago

Watch: These delightful dad/daughter films are sure to brighten your day

A Donegal dad has turned daycare into a daily film series as he passes the time with his baby daughter during the Covid-19 isolation period.

Michael and baby Gracie

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Watch: Birthday joy for Josephine as friends unite for a video surprise 7 months ago

Watch: Birthday joy for Josephine as friends unite for a video surprise

A Ballybofey grandmother in isolation was in good company on her 70th birthday thanks to a heartwarming video.

Josephine Chambers couldn’t believe her eyes when she sat down to watch …
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Awesome Donegal boy receives over 1,000 birthday surprises in isolation 7 months ago

Awesome Donegal boy receives over 1,000 birthday surprises in isolation

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A special Donegal boy is celebrating a birthday like no other today after being inundated with cards and presents from around the world.

Birthday boy Jack Beattie turns nine today …
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Gardener Joanne gets Donegal growing together, while staying apart 7 months ago

Gardener Joanne gets Donegal growing together, while staying apart

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Donegal community gardener Joanne Butler is calling on everyone to get green fingered during the Covid-19 isolation period.

Joanne, founder of OURganic Gardens and a member of ChangeMakers Donegal, has …
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Mum urges community to keep smiling for Jasmine 7 months ago

Mum urges community to keep smiling for Jasmine

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The mother of Jasmine McMonagle is urging everyone to keep her daugher’s memory alive during this covid-19 emergency by supporting the online ‘Smile for Jasmine’ campaign.

Model Jasmine McMonagle, aged 28, …
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Grainne Gallanagh signs up to join Ireland’s healthcare heroes 7 months ago

Grainne Gallanagh signs up to join Ireland’s healthcare heroes

Dancing with the Stars finalist Grainne Gallanagh is set to return to nursing to help during the Coronavirus crisis.

The Buncrana nurse and model (25) revealed that she has answered …
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Hope agus Story – sharing how we live through coronavirus 7 months ago

Hope agus Story – sharing how we live through coronavirus

By  •  Life

A new online diary has been started this week to help people share their thoughts and feelings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entitled Hope agus Story, the diary contains entries from …
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How do you celebrate a Lotto win during a pandemic? By WhatsApp! 7 months ago

How do you celebrate a Lotto win during a pandemic? By WhatsApp!

A Donegal family who became instant millionaires in the Lotto last week are taking a sensible digital approach to their success.

They can’t throw a party due to coronavirus, but …
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Needs Must! How teacher Karen Murphy is embracing online communication 7 months ago

Needs Must! How teacher Karen Murphy is embracing online communication

A Donegal speech and drama teacher is taking a novel approach to communicating with students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Karen Murphy has this week launched virtual classes to work with …
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Smiles all round as Gráinne’s dancing journey comes to an end 7 months ago

Smiles all round as Gráinne’s dancing journey comes to an end

Donegal’s own dancing queen Grainne Gallanagh has done her home county proud as her Dancing with the Stars journey comes to an end.

The Buncrana beauty may have missed out …
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It’s Gráinne’s time to shine as Dancing with the Stars final is brought forward 7 months ago

It’s Gráinne’s time to shine as Dancing with the Stars final is brought forward

Donegal star Grainne Gallanagh will be competing in the grand final of RTE’s Dancing with the Stars tonight – a week earlier than expected due to the covid-19 outbreak.

Show …
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Local mothers kindly donate trauma teddies to hospitals 8 months ago

Local mothers kindly donate trauma teddies to hospitals

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The Derry and Raphoe Mothers’ Union worked together recently to create a range of items for use in various wards across Altnagelvin Hospital, Londonderry and Omagh Hospital and Primary Care …
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Donegal Person of the Year 2019 Gala Ball Postponed 8 months ago

Donegal Person of the Year 2019 Gala Ball Postponed

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In the interest of health and safety the Donegal Association have made the decision to postpone the Annual Gala Ball which was due to take place this Saturday night in …
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Feeding 1.6million children – a Donegal woman’s mighty new role 8 months ago

Feeding 1.6million children – a Donegal woman’s mighty new role

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Ramelton woman Patricia Shannon has been appointed to a major new role with Mary’s Meals Ireland.

Ensuring 1,667,067 hungry and impoverished children get daily meals is no easy feat, but as …
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16 awards on the menu for Donegal’s top restaurants 8 months ago

16 awards on the menu for Donegal’s top restaurants

By  •  Life

Local restaurants are having a taste of success after picking up 16 accolades at last night’s Ulster Regional Final of the Irish Restaurant Awards.

Over 600 restaurant owners and staff …
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Review: The Addams Family – far from normal 8 months ago

Review: The Addams Family – far from normal

With all the darkness in the world today, the Addams Family seems like a very apt production to begin in Letterkenny.

The Addams Family is an extraordinary family that embraces …
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‘Wonder Woman’ Grainne stepping close to Dancing with the Stars final 8 months ago

‘Wonder Woman’ Grainne stepping close to Dancing with the Stars final

Donegal’s Grainne Gallanagh is stepping ever closer to the Glitterball Trophy after surviving another round on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars Ireland.

The Buncrana beauty queen and nurse was a …
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Man ‘pops’ the question with beautiful balloon surprise 8 months ago

Man ‘pops’ the question with beautiful balloon surprise

Newry couple Paul and Anna are celebrating their engagement following a very successful surprise balloon-based proposal.

The couple, who have been together for three years, were enjoying a weekend getaway …
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‘Mighty Women’ celebrated in commemorative plate display 8 months ago

‘Mighty Women’ celebrated in commemorative plate display

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A new display was launched at Simple Simon Donegal Town this week featuring commemorative plates painted by local women.

The plates honour women who have influenced and enrich our everyday …
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Be You Donegal – A special event for every woman 8 months ago

Be You Donegal – A special event for every woman

Donegal’s first BE YOU event is taking place this March and is set to be a wonderful day out with a difference.

This health, wellness, fashion and beauty event places …
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Events: Celebrating all things local with the Donegal Women in Business Network 8 months ago

Events: Celebrating all things local with the Donegal Women in Business Network

All businesses start somewhere – and local foundations and local communities are at the heart of so many Donegal enterprises.

The Donegal Women in Business Network (DWBN) placed a special …
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Events: Falling for the Grand Ballroom at Harvey’s Point 8 months ago

Events: Falling for the Grand Ballroom at Harvey’s Point

As twilight fell on Lough Eske last night, the new-look Grand Ballroom at Harvey’s blended in beautifully with its surroundings.

The revamped function room has undergone a €1million redesign to …
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Legacy of pioneering Donegal woman celebrated by nurses of the future 8 months ago

Legacy of pioneering Donegal woman celebrated by nurses of the future

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Agnes Elizabeth Jones (1832 – 1868) of Fahan, County Donegal, Ireland is recognised as the founder of Public Health Nursing. In her short life, she worked with people who suffered …
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