In the army now (or 20 years ago…)

Although this image was taken in 1998, from the distance of two decades I can still feel the ‘thwack’ of missile on helmet as, a few minutes after this picture was snapped, I forgot to duck. This was one of the more memorable social gatherings in my early years in this industry, I recall. I

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Bouncing towards victory with the big man in Ballyliffin

“Did you buy those clubs in a yard sale, man? Wow, they’re old…” That was how the world number five ranked golfer Jon Rahm greeted me (and my elderly set of Taylor Mades) today at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Pro-Am in Ballyliffin, County Donegal. An insult from one of the world’s greats to

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Drawing breath before a moment of distilling history

If Friendship and Whisky gang thegither, Go together I’m aye the aqua vitae you imbie wi one another. Maybe a nip, a sip, O Macallan Gold to handsel and handfast a partnership? A deal sealed With just your word, a handshake, a dram? What a firm and lasting promise I am! What a lovely sentiment

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On location in changing times for Japanese travel retail

I’m just returning from a fascinating trip to Japan, where the travel retail market is evolving due to new business dynamics, changing consumer habits and a continued surge in visitor growth led by China. In advance of our full report in Moodie Davitt Print & Interactive editions for May, here are five takeaways from a

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