Speaking to Irish Country Living before Theresa May’s revised deal went before Parliament ahead of press on Tuesday, Edel MacBride reckons that if she ever wrote an autobiography, it would be called 30 Minutes Away.

“Because so much of my life has been 30 minutes away,” says the knitwear designer and instructor who works from her studio at The Base next to the sheep mart in Stranorlar, Co Donegal, but sells from her retail shop at the heart of the Craft Village in Derry, managed by her daughter, Emma. Edel is also involved in hosting knitting tours with international groups who are attracted by the rich heritage and history of the region, and has had her designs worn by or sold to customers including Sarah Jessica Parker and Hillary Clinton.