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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 holiday hideaways make the ‘Fab 50’ list for 2022 10 months ago

Donegal holiday hideaways make the ‘Fab 50’ list for 2022

Four extraordinary places to stay in Donegal have earned a place on an influential staycation list this year.

The Irish Independent’s ‘Fab 50’ list is a go-to guide for holidaymakers …
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Donegal Women in Business give thanks to the dynamic duo, Trish and Evelyn 10 months ago

Donegal Women in Business give thanks to the dynamic duo, Trish and Evelyn

By  •  News

The Donegal Women in Business Network has entered a new era this year, saying a fond farewell to leading members and opening their arms to new faces.

The non-profit peer …
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Powerful photography project by women in Donegal goes on exhibition 10 months ago

Powerful photography project by women in Donegal goes on exhibition

By  •  News

NCCWN Donegal Women’s Network are delighted to be bringing the Donegal femLENS exhibition to Inishowen. As a grassroots women’s organisation the Donegal Women’s Network works to advance gender equality and empower …
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Muff Liquor’s Laura Bonner shortlisted as IMAGE Entrepreneur of the Year 10 months ago

Muff Liquor’s Laura Bonner shortlisted as IMAGE Entrepreneur of the Year

Trailblazing Inishowen businesswoman Laura Bonner is “beyond honoured” to be shortlisted as Entrepreneur of the Year in this year’s IMAGE PwC Businesswoman of the Year Awards.

The high profile awards …
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Donegal woman to hike to Everest base camp in memory of late grandmother 10 months ago

Donegal woman to hike to Everest base camp in memory of late grandmother

By  •  News

A Donegal woman is set to embark on her journey of hiking 5000m to the Everest base camp next week in memory of her grandmother who died of Alzheimer’s.

Glenda …
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A taste of the Chef Academy at LYIT Killybegs 10 months ago

A taste of the Chef Academy at LYIT Killybegs

By  •  Food

Chef Academy at Killybegs campus, Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), is delighted to announce the reopening of the fully serviced Millennium Room Training Restaurant.

With innovative menus that change weekly …
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Donegal charity draw giving away a family holiday worth €2,500! 11 months ago

Donegal charity draw giving away a family holiday worth €2,500!

A luxury family holiday is up for grabs in an exciting raffle supporting three Donegal charities – The No Barriers Foundation, Donegal Branch for Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus and the …
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Events: The Orchard introduces new cocktail bar, Theo’s 11 months ago

Events: The Orchard introduces new cocktail bar, Theo’s

A stylish new cocktail bar and restaurant is opening in Letterkenny just in time for St. Patrick’s Day.

Theo’s is a modern new cocktail bar and terrace restaurant at the …
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Spoil your mum with something special from Stevens Jewellers 11 months ago

Spoil your mum with something special from Stevens Jewellers

Looking for a gift to make your mum smile this Mother’s Day? Stevens Jewellers in Letterkenny have dazzling new collections to do just that.

Mums don’t spoil themselves enough, so …
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Countdown on to join female sports leadership programme “Beyond 20X20” 11 months ago

Countdown on to join female sports leadership programme “Beyond 20X20”

The deadline is fast-approaching for registration for Donegal Sports Partnership’s Leadership Programme “Beyond 20X20”.

The eight-week programme has been developed to support females already involved in or interested in getting …
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Ciara Doherty back behind the desk of The Tonight Show 11 months ago

Ciara Doherty back behind the desk of The Tonight Show

Donegal presenter Ciara Doherty makes a welcome return to ‘The Tonight Show’ tonight at 10pm on Virgin Media One.

The Letterkenny woman has been on an extended maternity leave after …
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Events: She Said Club shines a light on self-care at the Shandon 11 months ago

Events: She Said Club shines a light on self-care at the Shandon

What a night we had at the She Said Club at the Shandon Hotel last night! The ‘Nourish to Flourish’ event was a bumper mix of fun, friendship and sharing. …
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Rilion Gracie: Giving women personal power through self-defence 11 months ago

Rilion Gracie: Giving women personal power through self-defence

In recent months, I’ve noticed a much greater awareness of self-defence courses, particularly for women. The shocking attacks on women in various places around Ireland have understandably sparked a heightened …
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‘The possibility for extraordinary lives in every one of us’ 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

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

By  •  News

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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 months ago

Donegal businesswoman turns talents to supporting Ukrainians in need

By  •  News

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 11 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 12 months ago

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

By  •  News

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 12 months ago

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

By  •  News

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 12 months ago

Caitlín to hit the road on her biggest tractor challenge yet

By  •  News

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 12 months ago

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

By  •  News

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 12 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 12 months ago

Celebrations galore as Maggie marks 106 years

By  •  Life

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 1 year ago

Letterkenny woman appointed new District Court Judge

By  •  News

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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

By  •  Life

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 1 year ago

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

By  •  News

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 1 year ago

Patrick Gildea Hairdressing crowned Ulster’s Best Hair Salon

By  •  Hair

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 1 year ago

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

By  •  News

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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Donegal stands in sorrow for Ashling Murphy

By  •  News

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 1 year ago

The search is on for Miss Donegal 2022

By  •  News

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 1 year ago

Beloved Ashling to be remembered at Donegal vigils

By  •  News

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 1 year ago

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

By  •  News

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 1 year 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! 1 year 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 1 year 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! 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Amazing Marthe named Ulster CAREGiver of the Year

By  •  News

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! 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year 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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