TDC'S CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY - GERALDINE MURPHY

When the wonderful Geraldine Murphy - of the equally wonderful Pot Still - hosted the Women in Whisky Lunch at the Grand Central Hotel, we caught up with her...

HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE ON-TRADE?

Well, as a family we’ve owned a bar in Glasgow since I was born! We have always been involved in the family business from a young age - we used to come in and help on a Saturday and make the food! When you were eighteen, you were straight in behind the bar. Whether you wanted to or not. I loved it!

I started in The Pot Still when I was nineteen, after my brother, Frank (who was the manager at the time) asked me to “help out” with “a couple of shifts”… And we pretty much haven't left!

WHAT GIVES YOU CONFIDENCE?

Like most things, confidence comes with age. Not that I’m an old lady! But when you work in a bar for a long time, you learn how to deal with certain things. My achievements give me confidence. If I’m having a shaky day, or need to do something that makes me nervous, I think about how far I’ve come to get to this point, and that gives me confidence in my abilities.

IDEAL DINNER PARTY GUESTS?

Rosa Parks. My best friend Kerry. My two sisters. Bessie Williamson (I’d love to know how she felt to be the first female manager of a Scottish distillery!)

A GOOD MOTTO TO LIVE BY?

Love not hate. Equality not inequality.

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