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An afternoon in London

Last Reply by irelandluv 1429711225.153 | Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, Hosts & Personalities

One of the great advantages of living in Ireland is that it can be really easy to get to most European cities. Yesterday I had to meet a customer in London, so with the help of one of Ireland's famous budget airlines, I was able to get a round trip ticket for less than $ 50, so I was 'off for the day' ! Following a dawn start from home, I was in London by mid morning , and luckily my meeting finished early, so I found myself with a few hours free, so made the most of a beautiful sunny afternoon to take in a few sights. Many of the highlights are located within walking dista... Continue Reading

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Stephen heads back to QVC this Weekend

Last Reply by Belle88 1429390382.417 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, The Q We Love, Hosts & Personalities

Happy Spring! My feet have barely touched the ground since St Patrick's Day . Myself and all the Irish headed home on the 18th March, and I spent the weekend packing away my green hat, and putting my green shirts away. You will be pleased to know that I spoke with Matt Doolan;  he is in top form, and sends his best wishes to everyone, and is sorry he missed the celebration. On Friday I will be travelling on the big green airplane, and will be back at QVC on Monday 30th March at 1 am  and 10 am EST to take part in the Global Artisan Crafted Silver Jewellery shows. I will be prese... Continue Reading

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John's Story & Inspiration behind the Aran Craft Irish TSV Sweater

Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, Hosts & Personalities, TSV Talk 1426523727.493

A very happy St Patrick's Day to all my friends and colleagues at QVC and throughout the USA.  The wonderful 17th of March rolls round again! Working on this year's TSV has been something of a spiritual journey for me.  Together with colleagues at Aran Crafts and QVC we have and dare I say it designed a beautiful garment with a wonderful story to tell. Designing a garment with substance and style with unique characteristics can be a challenge. Many a late night idea or concept was consigned to the bin.  However at long last a 'eureka' moment arrived at and the design light was... Continue Reading

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Live Chat with Irish Insights: Join us tonight from 5pm-7pm ET!

Last Reply by Rockin Robin 1426633419.26 | Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, Hosts & Personalities, TSV Talk

We've all arrived at QVC and we are excited to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with you all!  Join us tonight, during our Finale Show, with our dear friend Jane Treacy. Plus, join us right here, for a live Blog Chat, from 5pm-7pm ET!  We would love to hear from all of you! Talk to you all soon! Continue Reading

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The Irish are coming!

Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, Q Did What?, Hosts & Personalities 1426526195.89

{The whole gang}   {Myself (Stephen) from Connemara Marble , John and Barry from Aran Craft enjoying a little shopping at the QVC outlet in Lancaster PA !  We are looking forward to Tuesday , and see you soon} {I'm Anita Warren from Killarney Crystal and that's my husband John and my daughter Freya}   {Eve and Joesph from JMH Jewellery} {John Cullen from Aran Craft}   A extra note from Stephen Walsh: Last weekend saw ' shirt sleeves ' weather in Ireland , it hit 18 degrees Celsius ( 64 degrees Fahrenheit). So it was off with the sweater , ... Continue Reading

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A Glorious Sea Breeze!

Last Reply by New HP 1426386197.54 | Started by Irish Insights in Beauty Banter, The Q We Love, Hosts & Personalities

I remember the moment that I knew that I was going to marry my (now) husband..... we were in Australia walking by the beach, there was the most glorious sea breeze and we were talking about the future, our hopes and our dreams and he said that he wasn't sure where in the world he would end up but he needed to live close to the ocean and somehow I just knew that I was going to be part of that adventure…. twenty years and three kids later we live less than a ten minute walk from the crashing waves and most weekends we are down skimming stones, building sandcastles or just breathing in dee... Continue Reading

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Emerald Dragonflies & Rich Irish Folklore

Last Reply by Catstamper 1426637233.9 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, The Q We Love, Hosts & Personalities

Hi Everyone! Its only a few days until Joseph and I travel to the USA for St Patricks Day!  We are super excited and getting ready here at JMH Jewellery.  Our products arrived in QVC already; we just need to get there ourselves now!  We are thrilled with the selection we are bringing to QVC for St Patrick’s Day... Just wait and see...we've been working on pieces of jewelry inspired by Ireland's rich collection of folklore, and the results are just stunning!  Also, for the eagle eyed among you, have a look at t... Continue Reading

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A Little 'Sneak Peek' of St. Patrick's Day & the Inspiration Behind Some of the Pieces

Last Reply by M shopper 1426652684.667 | Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

Now that its March, I am excited that St. Patrick's day is almost upon us. We have lots of new items coming to the St Patrick's day celebration, and I am giving you a little 'sneak peek' at a few of them and sharing the inspiration behind the pieces. Whilst writing my book on The History of Connemara Marble, I found one of the earliest souvenirs created from Connemara marble. Dating from the 19th Century, these little shamrock charms were made in simple workshops and sold to the early tourists who came to visit Connemara . In later years soldiers going into battle used to carry these charms ... Continue Reading

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Spring has sprung in Ireland

Last Reply by Irish Insights 1425292300.067 | Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, For the Home Talk, Hosts & Personalities

Spring has sprung in Ireland and it's great to see ' a stretch in the evening' as the days begin get longer. February 1st is the feast of St Brigid, and on this day it is the tradition to weave a cross made from rushes, as a symbol of our Christian faith. These Saint Brigid's crosses are often hung over the doorway to keep the house safe and bring good luck and blessings to everyone that crosses the threshold. And just the other day whilst on the road, I took a quick rest stop, and a cheeky little robin perched on my wing mirror. It was lovely to see this beautiful little bird only inches... Continue Reading

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January in Ireland - New Year Traditions

Last Reply by Irish Insights 1422266741.42 | Started by Irish Insights in Hosts & Personalities, Q News

Happy New Year! I hope that you had a nice Christmas vacation! January has been incredibly mild here in Ireland, and so far we have seen no snow nor has the temperature dropped below freezing. In my garden, the snowdrops have already come out, and the early primroses are already in bloom. I do hope we don’t get a cold snap!! January 6th, the feast of the Epiphany, is known in the Irish language as ‘Nollaig na mBan’ - Women's little Christmas, where tradition has it that the women of the household have a day off work, and the men stay home to handle the household. It wa... Continue Reading

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