Some special toasts for St Patrick’s Day

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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

Today is St Patrick’s Day, a day when the Irish celebrate (and just keep on celebrating) all over the world.

It’s also the birthday of Colleen (how well named she was) Morgan (ok then with a Welsh twist), The Moodie Report’s Rhodes-based Special Correspondent and a friend for over four decades.

And, not least, it is the day that one of the very best men in the travel retail community goes under the surgeon’s knife for a long operation that will rid his body of the bully that is cancer. His many, many friends in the industry know who I am talking about. He, a man who stood by me during my own battle with this damned disease, he who will walk through this storm. And he who will never walk alone.

So today I shall raise a glass or two of the dark stuff to all the many great Irishmen and women in travel retail, past and present. I shall also raise one to my Dublin-born Ma (rest in peace Mary Madeline Sophia O’Neill), to our own Irish Colleen and, most of all, to the big man himself.


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  • hear hear Martin, we will be lighting candles and raising our glasses to the big man, from Singapore with love