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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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‘Walk and Talk for B’ hits the road! 6 months ago

‘Walk and Talk for B’ hits the road!

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A major fundraising walk is underway today in memory of a wonderful mum and friend, Breda Gallagher-Friel.

Setting off at 3.30am in the pitch dark, with Storm Alex at their …
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Donegal entrepreneur gets pitch-perfect for business showcase 6 months ago

Donegal entrepreneur gets pitch-perfect for business showcase

A creative Donegal businesswoman is perfecting her business pitch after securing a place in the SheGenerate showcase final.

Lisa Breslin from Lifford, founder of Imagine Lab, is one of six …
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Catriona’s braving a shave for baby TJ! 6 months ago

Catriona’s braving a shave for baby TJ!

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A kind-hearted Letterkenny woman will be losing her locks this Sunday to help a little girl in her wish to walk.

Catriona Hegarty from Drumany doesn’t know little TJ Needham, …
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Farewell Finola! Donegal Women’s Collective coordinator looks forward to a new chapter 6 months ago

Farewell Finola! Donegal Women’s Collective coordinator looks forward to a new chapter

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A pioneering Donegal woman is about to embark on an exciting new journey after retiring from the Donegal branch of Women’s Collective Ireland.

Finola Brennan has been a trailblazing activist …
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Women lead the way in Donegal sports programme 6 months ago

Women lead the way in Donegal sports programme

Local sports figures in Donegal have been empowered to build networks and overcome challenges through the 2022 Donegal Sports Partnership’s Female Leadership Programme.

Participants were presented with their certificates at …
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Healing Journeys – How art helps Donegal abuse survivors feel a brush of freedom 6 months ago

Healing Journeys – How art helps Donegal abuse survivors feel a brush of freedom

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There’s more than meets the eye in the new pop-up art exhibition at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.

The loud, colourful and varied collection has been created by Donegal Rape …
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See the future of Donegal design and fashion at ATU Donegal showcase 6 months ago

See the future of Donegal design and fashion at ATU Donegal showcase

The Department of Design and Creative Media at ATU Donegal will host their annual end-of-year graduate showcase on campus this Thursday 9 June at 6pm.

All are welcome to this …
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Donegal native elected as new mayor of Derry and Strabane 6 months ago

Donegal native elected as new mayor of Derry and Strabane

Sinn Féin councillor Sandra Duffy has been elected as the new mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Mayor Duffy, from Burnfoot, accepted the mayoral chain from her predecessor, …
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Lisa McHugh shares stunning snaps from ‘beyond perfect’ Donegal wedding day 6 months ago

Lisa McHugh shares stunning snaps from ‘beyond perfect’ Donegal wedding day

Irish country star Lisa McHugh has revealed that her picture-perfect wedding in Gortahork was a dream come true.

The Glasgow-born singer married her partner Nathan Khan in a Donegal seaside …
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Local women fly the flag for Donegal at Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon 6 months ago

Local women fly the flag for Donegal at Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon

More than 20,000 women took to the streets of Dublin on Sunday to take part in the 2022 Vhi Women’s Mini Marathon. 

Donegal women were among the crowds, collecting medals …
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Katie McAteer is bound for Tralee! 6 months ago

Katie McAteer is bound for Tralee!

Rathmullan woman Katie McAteer has been crowned as the new Donegal Rose for 2022.

The 24-year-old PR account manager has an exciting summer ahead as she represents Donegal at home …
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Events: Gloria Seasons grand opening – a fresh new food store for Letterkenny! 6 months ago

Events: Gloria Seasons grand opening – a fresh new food store for Letterkenny!

A brand new shop has opened in Letterkenny to provide busy people with wholesome and healthy food with great taste.

Chef Alana Conaghan celebrated the launch of her new Gloria …
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Donegal Rose of 2022 to be chosen this weekend 6 months ago

Donegal Rose of 2022 to be chosen this weekend

Eleven young Donegal women have been announced as finalists for the Donegal Rose selection this weekend.

The contestants are all hoping to be crowned the ‘Donegal Rose’ of 2022 and …
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Second breast surgeon post made permanent in Donegal 6 months ago

Second breast surgeon post made permanent in Donegal

Cancer campaigners have welcomed recent developments at the Breast Centre North West where the second breast surgeon post has now been made permanent.

Donegal Action for Cancer Care have welcomed …
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Moya Brennan ‘thrilled and humbled’ with honorary doctorate 6 months ago

Moya Brennan ‘thrilled and humbled’ with honorary doctorate

Donegal folk musician Moya Brennan has received an honorary doctorate from Dublin City University.

The Grammy award winning Clannad superstar was conferred the award of Doctor of Philosophy (Honoris Causa) …
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Donegal scientist joins prestigious Royal Irish Academy 6 months ago

Donegal scientist joins prestigious Royal Irish Academy

A hugely-accomplished crop scientist from Donegal has been elected as a new member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Fiona Doohan, from Falcarragh is a Professor of Plant Health at UCD.


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Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell to show us ‘The Real Derry’ in new Channel 4 doc 6 months ago

Derry Girls star Jamie-Lee O’Donnell to show us ‘The Real Derry’ in new Channel 4 doc

Derry Girls actress Jamie-Lee O’Donnell will front a new documentary about her life in her home city of Derry.

Jamie-Lee, who plays the hilarious Michelle in the hit comedy Derry …
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Last call for Miss Donegal 2022 6 months ago

Last call 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 with plans for the largest and most spectacular show this summer.  

The …
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Special weekend ahead for Relay For Life 10th anniversary walk 6 months ago

Special weekend ahead for Relay For Life 10th anniversary walk

Donegal people are being invited to show their support for those affected by cancer at Relay For Life Donegal as it celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend.  

Marking this …
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Entrepreneurs in Donegal invited to join business support programme 6 months ago

Entrepreneurs in Donegal invited to join business support programme

Visa is today bringing the She’s Next Grant Programme back to Ireland to support female entrepreneurs to run, fund and grow their business. 

Funding for the She’s Next Grant Programme …
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RunDonegal Women’s 5K raises €1,300 for Donegal Domestic Violence Services 6 months ago

RunDonegal Women’s 5K raises €1,300 for Donegal Domestic Violence Services

Around €1,300 has been raised for the Donegal Domestic Violence Services through Sunday’s RunDonegal Women’s 5K hosted by Finn Valley AC.

A field of almost 100 took the starter’s gun …
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Moville’s Niamh McDermott scoops Journalist of the Year student award 6 months ago

Moville’s Niamh McDermott scoops Journalist of the Year student award

Niamh McDermott from Moville has won a Second Year Student Journalist of The Year award at the University of Salford.

Niamh, who is in her second year of broadcast journalism …
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Donegal-made drama starring Paul Mescal and Emily Watson premiering at Cannes Film Festival 6 months ago

Donegal-made drama starring Paul Mescal and Emily Watson premiering at Cannes Film Festival

An Irish feature film shot in Donegal is having its world premiere this week at the Cannes Film Festival.

God’s Creatures, starring Normal People star Paul Mescal and English actress …
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Nominations sought for Donegal Volunteer Me4u Awards 7 months ago

Nominations sought for Donegal Volunteer Me4u Awards

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Do you know an outstanding person or group that has made a real difference in the community this past year?

Why not nominate them for the recognition they deserve in …
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Donegal Domestic Violence Service to create new safe houses with support from RunDonegal Women’s 5k 7 months ago

Donegal Domestic Violence Service to create new safe houses with support from RunDonegal Women’s 5k

The RunDonegal Women’s 5k takes place this year on Sunday next, 22nd May 2022 at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar at 11am.

The sole beneficiary this year is the …
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Sian’s delight with Aldi deal for Wild Fuschia Bakehouse 7 months ago

Sian’s delight with Aldi deal for Wild Fuschia Bakehouse

Sian McCann of the Wild Fuschia Bakehouse has secured a place for her Irish bread mixes in Aldi stores nationwide.

Sian is delighted to be participating in the ‘Grow with …
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Miss Earth finalist Kirsty does a tree-mendous good deed 7 months ago

Miss Earth finalist Kirsty does a tree-mendous good deed

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A Letterkenny student is putting the environment first as she competes in a beauty pageant with a difference.

Kirsty O’Donnell is one of two young Donegal women who are finalists …
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Many Donegal connections in new Irish film An Cailín Ciúin 7 months ago

Many Donegal connections in new Irish film An Cailín Ciúin

Critically acclaimed Irish film, An Cailín Ciúin / The Quiet Girl is out in cinemas across Ireland this Thursday, May 12 including Century Letterkenny. 

There are a number of connections between …
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Events: Magee Summer Social celebrates all things Donegal 7 months ago

Events: Magee Summer Social celebrates all things Donegal

A Summer Social and Shopping Evening took place at Magee of Donegal in Donegal Town yesterday to celebrate the best of Donegal style, food and heritage.

The fashion event was …
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Head shaves and hair-raising skydives to raise funds for special baby girl

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A big-hearted group of friends and family are planning a series of fundraisers for a life-changing surgery for a special baby girl.

T.J. (Tina Joan) Needham was born with severe …
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Women waiting three months for gynaecology care at LUH 7 months ago

Women waiting three months for gynaecology care at LUH

The Irish Hospital Consultants Association (IHCA) has warned of delays for people waiting for planned Gynaecology procedures.

Women in Donegal face an average wait time of 98 days for outpatient …
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Donegal family giving back to charity after brave Caitlin’s cancer journey 7 months ago

Donegal family giving back to charity after brave Caitlin’s cancer journey

A local family has organised an unmissable traditional music concert next week to give thanks to a charity close to their hearts.

The Strain family from Burnfoot are counting their …
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Donegal women urged not to miss BreastCheck appointments 7 months ago

Donegal women urged not to miss BreastCheck appointments

A local campaign group is urging Donegal women to attend their BreastCheck appointments and not miss out on vital screening.

Donegal Action for Cancer Care has shared serious concerns over …
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Donegal writer scoops National Student Media Award 7 months ago

Donegal writer scoops National Student Media Award

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Donegal native Mairead Maguire won the Collaborative Journalism of the Year award at the Aviva Stadium last Thursday.

Mairead, who is a student at TCD, took home the first award …
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Women encouraged to wear pink for RunDonegal Women’s 5K 7 months ago

Women encouraged to wear pink for RunDonegal Women’s 5K

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Participants in the 2022 RunDonegal Women’s 5K, which takes place on Sunday, May 22nd, at 11am, are being encouraged to wear pink, and to wear T-shirts they have from previous …
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Darkness Into Light walks to take place across Donegal this Saturday 7 months ago

Darkness Into Light walks to take place across Donegal this Saturday

Communities across Donegal are getting ready for Saturday May 7th as Pieta’s annual Darkness Into Light fundraising events return.

Darkness Into Light, proudly supported by Electric Ireland, will take place at …
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Donegal businesswoman stirring up mealtimes! 7 months ago

Donegal businesswoman stirring up mealtimes!

A local food producer has proudly secured a space for her tasty products on Supervalu shelves around Donegal.

It’s an exciting step for Sia Brown – the creator of Tasty …
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Maria Mc Cormack celebrates new starts and a new single 7 months ago

Maria Mc Cormack celebrates new starts and a new single

Letterkenny singer Maria Mc Cormack is back getting our toes tapping again with some great new music.

Her new single, ‘Girl with Good Intentions’, is out this week and it’s …
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Limitless Jennifer heads for Mt Everest Base Camp 7 months ago

Limitless Jennifer heads for Mt Everest Base Camp

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Brave Buncrana woman Jennifer Doherty is about to take on one of the most exciting challenges of her life this week as she begins a trek to Mount Everest.

Jennifer, who …
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Five highlights from my Travel Department trip to Tenerife 7 months ago

Five highlights from my Travel Department trip to Tenerife

Over Easter, I took a guided tour to Tenerife with our partners at Travel Department. I have been seeing so many guided group holidays on offer recently that I was …
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Open casting call for extras in Liam Neeson film in Donegal 7 months ago

Open casting call for extras in Liam Neeson film in Donegal

How would you like to appear in Liam Neeson’s latest Hollywood thriller? 

Now is your chance, as an open casting call for extras takes in Killybegs this Saturday.

If successful, …
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Maria’s Ultimate Donegal Hamper raffle giving back to important charity 8 months ago

Maria’s Ultimate Donegal Hamper raffle giving back to important charity

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A Donegal woman is running the raffle of all raffles with all prizes sourced from Donegal makers!

Maria McBrien, from Killybegs and now living in Ballybofey, has gathered more than …
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Donegal Rape Crisis Centre issues call for volunteers 8 months ago

Donegal Rape Crisis Centre issues call for volunteers

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The Donegal Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Centre is launching a recruitment drive for volunteers to support clients in the community.

The voluntary organisation provides free support and a counselling …
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Local teen making a difference with mental health fundraiser 8 months ago

Local teen making a difference with mental health fundraiser

A talented teen from Derry/Donegal has written a song to raise awareness for people struggling with mental health.

Ellie-Rose Henry, a third year student at Deele College Raphoe, wrote the …
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We’re going behind bars for a good cause! 8 months ago

We’re going behind bars for a good cause!

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I’m very excited… and VERY nervous to reveal that I will soon be an inmate for a night at the Old Lifford Courthouse.

I’m one of thirteen brave souls …
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Patrick Gildea Hairdressing scoops award for outstanding guest experience 8 months ago

Patrick Gildea Hairdressing scoops award for outstanding guest experience

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The Team at Patrick Gildea Hairdressing are proud to announce that they have been awarded Best Hair Experience Provider- North-Western Ireland by Lux Life Magazine 2022 Health Beauty & Wellness …
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Donegal Domestic Violence Service to benefit from RunDonegal Women’s charity 5K 8 months ago

Donegal Domestic Violence Service to benefit from RunDonegal Women’s charity 5K

It’s time to get training for the 2022 RunDonegal Women’s 5K!

The Finn Valley event will be in support of the Donegal Domestic Violence Service this year, it has been …
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Sustainable fashion night to raise funds for Red Cross Ukrainian appeal 8 months ago

Sustainable fashion night to raise funds for Red Cross Ukrainian appeal

Find a ‘new’ look at a fun sustainable fashion night in Dunfanaghy this Thursday!

The showcase takes place on Thursday evening from 7 – 9 in Trinity Hall Dunfanaghy in …
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Events: Inspiring and connecting at IDP EmpowHER Inishowen 8 months ago

Events: Inspiring and connecting at IDP EmpowHER Inishowen

Last Thursday evening, over 200 women from around the Inishowen Peninsula turned out for a fabulous ‘soiree’- EmpowHER Inishowen.  Much like the glorious rays of the Inishowen sunshine that beamed …
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From Spice Girls to Nike – A Letterkenny woman puts heart and ‘sole’ into shoe design 8 months ago

From Spice Girls to Nike – A Letterkenny woman puts heart and ‘sole’ into shoe design

A young Letterkenny woman will be putting her best foot forward in her new role designing trainers for sportswear giant Nike. 

Shannon Crawford was offered her dream job this month …
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