North West and Donegal edition April 2018

Derry/Londonderry · Eglinton · Claudy · Dungiven · Park · Strabane
Castlederg · Buncrana · Garvagh · Kilrea · Castlerock · Limavady
Ballykelly · Swatragh & Surrounding Areas

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Letter from the Editor


Kim Kelly
Managing Editor

Right, I’ve got my tickets bought!

I may be a mum in my 40s - but I’m for the Limelight next month to see Nadine Coyle’s first solo gig – are you coming?!

Here at Local Women we have always been huge fans of the Derry singer since her first appearance on TV back in the day on Irish Popstars. We’ve followed her career from her Girls Aloud days to making it as a solo star – and of course the Cheryl feud!

And now we are delighted that she will be back home next month to play a solo gig in Belfast. Our writer Maureen Coleman caught up wth Nadine as she was preparing for her new show and got the low down on those Derry Girls rumours – yes, it looks like Nadine is going to join the show!

And it’s been quite the starry month for our writers. Leona O’Neill caught up with everyone’s favourite Derry girl Jamie-Lee O’Donnell.

Having been part of the top-rated comedy show, Jamie-Lee is adjusting to her new fame and tells Leona that everywhere she goes people shout at her – “what’s up mutha****ers!”

But, aside from the famous ladies from our area, we have lots of stories about local ladies who don’t live their lives in the spotlight - but who are sharing stories that we can all relate to.

This month to coincide with Autism Awareness Month our writer Lisa Smyth met with Limavady mum Louise Barron who has a struggle that many of us with children with autism will understand.

Louise speaks honestly about her battle to get help for her wonderful 12 year-old son Sam who was diagnosed with autism aged five.

The mum-of-three has fought for Sam his entire life and, although she has two other children, she devotes her life to finding the best solutions for him to navigate his way through life.

She is just one of the many heroes who live in our midst – never seeking praise but quietly fighting her battle as she tries to be the best mum she can be.

And this month we have lots of spring fashion from North West stores because we know our savvy readers like to shop local when it comes to style.

It’s one thing to admire Kendall Jenner sashaying on the catwalks of Paris in an outlandish ball gown, but we want fashion you can actually wear – you know, on a night out to Letterkenny, to a party in Limavady or to a wedding in Derry!

So, using local boutiques we have some great looks for Spring which will update your wardrobe – and you won’t have to travel too far to find these gems.

However, as I’m writing this it’s snowing again – so I’ll not pack up my winter woollies just yet. Maybe next month we can rock our new Spring wardrobes.

Until next month,


Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel and Spa


Henry's Tiles and Bathrooms


Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel and Spa


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This month's highlights