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Friday 18 April 2014

Me and my money: Ian McKeever

Ian McKeever at the base of the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Co Wicklow

WITH a life which has seen him reach the peak of many summits, including Everest, adventurer Ian McKeever has spent his money on his numerous off-beat pursuits.



Having successfully completed the seven summits of the world in record times, he is currently part of a group which is aiming at an international world record attempt at crossing the Atlantic Ocean.

"I don't have an SSIA, which I am embarrassed to admit. I wasn't that smart at the time -- I was too busy throwing my few shillings into mad adventures to be honest," said Ian.

"Some would say having all the TV channels are my biggest waste of money -- thank God for Sky Plus. I spend a fortune on petrol, doing nearly 30,000 miles every year. I live in Lough Dan in Wicklow. It's finally getting cheaper, just as I leave the country again.

"I have never had the money to make too many large purchases. I once put down an €8,000 deposit on an apartment in 2001 which I never saw again. But hey, that's life.

"Two small paintings which hang in my place in Lough Dan were my best ever buy. They were painted by a wonderful artist from Poland who was most generous with the price.

"I had a savings scheme, which I'm reactivating this year with AIB.

"I don't spend a lot on holidays, but have been very fortunate to travel extensively through doing various challenges around the world. The best place I've ever been is Argentina.

"Everyone should learn to tango in Argentina before they die.

"I have to eat a lot to stay in shape, but I don't drink that much. I usually eat in my friend Tom Corcoran's place -- the Siam Thai in Monkstown. I go there for a very large plate of beef in red wine sauce."

Ian McKeever is a public-relations lecturer, adventurer and mountaineer. Pictured are Sean McSharry and Ian McKeever at the base of the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Co Wicklow.

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