Welcome to In Crisis – Travel Retail Voices, our new podcast series where we speak to travel retail executives around the world to see how they and their businesses are coping with the COVID-19 crisis.

Today’s episode features Barry Geoghegan, the irrepressible Irishman and founder of Duty Free Global, a pure play travel retail wine company – and therefore a business very badly affected by the drastic slowdown and in some cases cessation of world travel.

Martin Moodie spoke with Barry at his home in the remote and beautiful Glencree Valley, in Enniskerry, County Wicklow.

“We’re trying to retain any little bit of business and the day the doors open we’re getting straight back again – we’re not sitting here licking our wounds, we’re ready,” says Barry as he reveals just how tough the crisis is proving for his and many businesses.

Barry with sons (left to right) Sean, Ben and Max and below with wife Orla and their two golden retrievers Milly and Jess

Barry might for once be in lockdown in Ireland but his morning walk is quite some compensation

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Previously on In Crisis – Travel Retail Voices

April 1: Vice President of Miami-based Essence Corp, Patricia Bona.

29 March: William Grant & Sons President Asia Pacific Doug Bagley

29 March: PMA Canada National Director – Duty Free Jeff Orson

27 March: Paul & Shark Global Travel Retail Director Catherine Bonelli

26 March: King Power Traveler President Rakhita Jayawardena

25 March: Public health expert Dr. David Heymann

24 March: King Power Group (Hong Kong) Group Chief Executive Officer Sunil Tuli

22 March: The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie

21 March: China Duty Free Group President Charles Chen

20 March: Dubai Duty Free Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Colm McLoughlin