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ABOUT RACHEL GAFFNEY

AN IRISH STORY YOU CAN BELIEVE IN

 

Rachel provides the experiences that transform your trip into a once-in-a-lifetime journey. You can share in her traveling tales and favorite picks throughout what she affectionately calls "The Real Ireland" by connecting at rachelgaffneys.com.

  

 

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RACHEL GAFFNEY

Rachel's never ending search for blue doors takes her to Muckross House Gardens & Traditional Farms, Killarney, Co Kerry.

TRIPS  FOR THE DISCERNING TRAVELER  

RACHEL'S OFFERINGS

Rachel Gaffney has what you need, including personal selections for dining, shopping, activities and special access. After a series of private meetings , Rachel crafts inspirational journeys for her clients, opening doors to new discoveries and sharing exclusive access to local treasures.

 


DISCERNING TRAVEL

Rachel Gaffney has what you need, including personal selections for dining, shopping, activities and special access. After a series of private meetings , Rachel crafts inspirational journeys for her clients, opening doors to new discoveries and sharing exclusive access to local treasures.  Rachel provides the experiences that transform your trip into a once-in-a-lifetime journey. You can share in her traveling tales and favorite picks throughout what she affectionately calls "The Real Ireland" by connecting with her blog.


LUXURY GOODS

Are you looking for a special wedding, bridal or baby shower gift ?  Ever thought of fitting your bed with custom made crisp white Irish linen, then look no further as Rachel has just what you need. She has an eye for quality and only very few companies pass muster for her keen eye. Contact Rachel directly by emailing her. Rachel@Rachelgaffneys.com


TABLE TOP

Looking for something special for your dining room or kitchen tables, Irish Linen placemats or a  bespoke Irish Linen table cloth. Perhaps you would like some hand made pottery to decorate your lake or beach home. Rachel can assist you here and even arrange a visit to the crsftsmen and women who make them.

 

EVENT PLANNING

Perhaps you would like to have your wedding in Ireland or honeymoon in Ireland? Perhaps you would like to reward your team at work with some falconry, fly fishing or go kite sailing.  Ever thought about foraging for seaweed on the Wild Atlantic Coast or sampling the world famous oysters at the Galway Oyster Festival? Whether it is a personal trip, corporate trip, incentive trip, private dinner or bridal shower (In the USA) or Ireland, Rachel is sure to find exactly what you need. Email Rachel directly: Rachel@Rachelgaffneys.com

LIFESTYLE ADVISORY

Looking for the perfect boot to wear to football games or equestrian events. Perhaps you need a special wedding gift or baby shower gift. Looking for a special something to wear to that black tie event? Contact Rachel by emailing her. Rachel@Rachelgaffneys.com

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Please email Rachel@Rachelgaffneys.com

 

Ideas That Drive Rachel


#1 George Bernard Shaw.

“People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it"


#2 Oscar Wilde.

"I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best"


#3 Henry Ford.

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right"


#4 William Butler Yeats.

"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy"


#5 Edmund Burke.

"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors"


 

 Rachel's Journey

Rachel Gaffney’s success comes from a unique combination of personality and perfection . The founder of Rachel Gaffney’s Real Ireland, she is truly Irish herself. Gaffney’s brand began with traditional Irish butter shortbreads. Growing up in Cork, her mother’s special shortbread cookies were central to celebrations. When Gaffney moved to America in 1996, she made them for parties of her own. Soon friends began to ask her to make them for gatherings, and Irish shortbread cookies became her signature. She began to sell the cookies in markets and gift shops around Dallas and later to major specialty grocers including Central Market and Lunds & Byerly’s. As she produced the shortbreads in greater quantities, Gaffney realized the use of premium butter was key to flavor and consistency. In the early days, she threw away hundreds of cookies that didn’t meet her standards.

“You can’t take shortcuts to achieve the product I want,” she says. “You can’t use refrigerated or frozen dough – it doesn’t taste the same. One thing I will never do is add preservatives.” Rachel Gaffney’s Traditional Irish Butter Shortbreads were just the beginning, but Gaffney’s penchant for the highest quality is a thread that runs through her business. “When I moved to the United States, I noticed that peoples’ perception of the Ireland I knew, the Real Ireland, was, to say the least, a little distorted. I began Rachel Gaffney’s Real Ireland with the mission to educate and entertain people,” Gaffney says.

Today Gaffney has a line of products that showcase the best of her Real Ireland including a line of kitchen textiles—aprons, dish towels, hot pads and more—produced by the legendary Charles Gallen Irish Linen.

Gaffney teaches interactive cooking classes across the country, including an appearance on “The Martha Stewart Show”. Gaffney is a member of Stewart’s “Dreamers into Doers,” the Martha Stewart community that celebrates talented and creative women who turn their dreams into careers they love.

Gaffney shares her love of Ireland in her blog, http:// www.rachelgaffney.blogspot.com/, www.Rachelgaffneys.com/, and on radio and television, including regular appearances on “Good Morning Texas” and “Showcase Minnesota”. Celebrating her heritage is key to Rachel Gaffney’s drive to succeed with not only shortbreads and textiles but also an expanding line of Irish offerings.

“The Irish love to tell stories, and I guess you could say I’m both proud and passionate about telling the story of Ireland,” Gaffney says. “I love to share the history behind the products and really connect people to the island I love.”

Rachel has recently embarked on an exciting project with Bob Altman, former Supervising Producer for Martha Stewart Living, Everyday Food Series for PBS, Martha Stewart Weddings for the Style Network and line produced movies such as ‘This is My Father’ with John Cusack and Aidan Quinn. Together , along with an Emmy Award winning team based in Connecticut , they are creating an on line TV channel , beginning with ‘The Irish Kitchen’ featuring 50 video recipes. These will be distributed through 54 distribution channels globally and will drive sales of consumer goods, namely Irish consumer goods. Work is currently being done to film a pilot for Phase 2 of this channel which will feature luxury Irish consumer goods, Ireland as a destination and thus building this rapidly emerging brand that is ‘Rachel Gaffney’s Real Ireland’

Working With Rachel

Rachel is available exclusively by appointment. If you have any questions about her services or wish to arrange a meeting, please use the contact form below.

 

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