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Looking Forward to Christmas in Ireland!

Last Reply by thatgirldeb 1419286907.937 | Started by Irish Insights in Hosts & Personalities, Q News

I can't believe it's almost Christmas and the end of another year! Where does the time go? Our workshop will close for almost a fortnight during the Christmas season, and it's always a rush to get everything finished up in time, so I got busy at the weekend and went out to buy the Christmas tree for our home. I also took out the box of lights and Christmas ornaments so we could get started decorating the house. And, of course, my leprechaun nativity set on its Connemara marble base will take pride of place – it brings a smile to everyone who sees it! On Saturday night, I took ti... Continue Reading

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Stephen Takes a Trip Along the Wild Atlantic Way!

Last Reply by irelandluv 1417006890.543 | Started by Irish Insights in Hosts & Personalities, Q News

November in Ireland brings strong winds and plenty of rain, so why not enjoy this fierce weather with a trip along Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way? The world famous costal route is 2,500 kilometers (1,553 miles) long and stretches from Kinsale, in the South of Ireland, all along the west coast ending at the tip of County Donegal. It takes in the wildest and most breathtaking scenery, and you can really feel the land and wild sea collide as you journey along the route. If you are planning to take this trip, it’s well signposted with the distinctive 'WWW' logo and, in many cases, brings you... Continue Reading

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Historic Finds At Our Quarry

Last Reply by cookieQ 1413571682.327 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News

The other week, we sent the team to our quarry in Connemara to lift marble ahead of the winter season. While clearing an old working, we came upon some rusting metal and wood parts and laid them aside as they seemed unusual. I arranged to have them brought back to the workshop in Rathfarnham village where we could clean them up a little and have a closer look. You can see that there is a pulley wheel and part of a wooden post with strong supporting bars. On closer inspection and from an old photograph taken around 1900, I can clearly see that what we found was part of the old wire saw pul... Continue Reading

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The Mysterious Triple Spiral Designs Found at the Newgrange Monument in Ireland

Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News 1410976475.753

North of Dublin, in the valley of the river Boyne, lies the Newgrange Monument. Built over 5,000 years ago, it is the world's oldest covered building and pre-dates the Pyramids and Stonehenge.   It is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside, and the outside and interior are richly decorated with mysterious triple circle designs carved into the stones.   What is truly special is that on only one day a year, on the morning of the winter solstice, a ray of sun lights the passageway and illuminates the inner chamber completely, throwing the sun’s lig... Continue Reading

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The Meaning of the Rose of Tralee Celebration! Plus, Sneak a Peek at What’s Coming Up on Tuesday!

Last Reply by Eire22 1409741195.167 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News

She was lovely and fair, as the rose of the summer…   Tune in for QVC’s Rose of Tralee Celebration on Tuesday, September 2nd! I love the words of the Rose of Tralee song, and it creates such an impression of the beauty of Ireland. On Sunday I will travel to the USA, and I am looking forward to meeting my old friends and celebrating the Rose of Tralee on Tuesday. The Rose of Tralee festival is an international competition which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. The festival, held annually in the town of Tralee in County Kerry, takes its inspiration... Continue Reading

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Summer Activities in Ireland and Preparations for the Rose of Tralee Celebration!

Last Reply by bflowing 1409715980.837 | Started by Irish Insights in Fashion Talk, Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities

John Cullen, Aran Craft We are into our normal summer time weather here in Ireland, with glorious sunshine at times and then, of course, a mixture of rain showers. This makes it the perfect weather for a keen cyclist like myself, a great pastime and healthy exercise. Having just recently completed my tour of Ireland, I would welcome all my American friends to give it a go!  Here are some great pictures I took along the way… Now it’s time to be heading to QVC’s Rose of Tralee Celebration, taking place on Tuesday, September 2nd. Here’s a peek at a new swea... Continue Reading

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Though Ireland’s Weather Can Be Unpredictable At Times, Its Beautiful, Rich Landscape Makes Up For It!

Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News 1405524110.363

Sinead, Solvar Jewellery How many time does the weather come into your vocabulary in a day? As you may have noticed, the Irish love to discuss the weather. Ever wonder why? Well let me tell you just how many times it has come up for conversation in 7 hours today for me. First thing this morning, I looked out the bedroom window and told my husband it’s a day for the rain coat (1st time). Before we even made it downstairs to eat our breakfast, we had another discussion as to whether or not the kids should bring raincoats to their picnic (2th time)! Yes, image in that short space of time ... Continue Reading

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FRESH FROM OUR OWN QUARRY IN CONNEMARA, IRELAND!

Last Reply by Issiestorm 1409219512.793 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News

Hi, everyone! We are enjoying a heat wave in Ireland at the moment, and the other day I made a visit to our quarry in the West of Ireland  to inspect the latest load of marble that we have lifted from the ground. On the right hand side of the quarry we have opened up a new vein and have been able to lift some really beautiful  green marble - Ireland's national gem - which we will craft into jewellery for QVC. We have two brand-new items on the upcoming artisan handcrafted jewellery event on Tuesday, 6/24, and Wednesday, 6/25,  - a beautiful handmade rosary bracelet (J2944... Continue Reading

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OUT AND ABOUT WITH STEPHEN WALSH!

Last Reply by chvall99 1403094587.277 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News

About one mile from the famous Cliffs of Moher in the west of Ireland is a little known but fascinating place - it's the holy well dedicated to St. Brigid. I made a visit there the other day and want to share the story with you. Born in 525 AD, St. Brigid is the most famous woman saint, and this well is a sacred place of pilgrimage that has been used for centuries. You enter the well through a little entrance in the side of the hill, and the whole interior is adorned with old statues, rosaries, prayer cards and offerings. At the very end is the well itself. Taking the water is said to ... Continue Reading

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Easter Memories & Birthday Celebrations!

Last Reply by Catstamper 1402518132.003 | Started by Irish Insights in Jewelry Talk, Hosts & Personalities, Q News

Sinead, Solvar Jewellery What did you do for Easter? Myself, Cathal and the twins headed off to Co Clare in Ireland to spend a few days with my fabulous sister, Louise. On Easter Sunday, the weather was glorious, and so we decided to take advantage and visited Craggaunowen, which is only a couple on miles down the road. Craggaunowen is Ireland's original award-winning Pre-historic Park. The Park interprets Ireland's pre-historic and early Christian eras. It features a stunning recreation of some of the homesteads, animals and artefacts which existed in Ireland over 1,000 years ago. There is... Continue Reading

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