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Me and my money: Joanne O'Hagan

This festival chief struggles to keep a tight rein on finances when it comes to her horse

Published 09/02/2010 | 05:00

Joanne O'Hagan
Joanne O'Hagan

Joanne O'Hagan, CEO of the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, has found her greatest expense is similar to that of people all around the country.

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"I have a horse -- which is like a bottomless money pit. It's a great hobby, so I wouldn't call it a waste of money, but it is one of my largest expenses," she said.

"I haven't really made a large purchase that I subsequently regretted. I'm fairly prudent about large purchases, but, like everyone, I have made dodgy choices when it comes to clothes.

"My best-ever buy was a little MX5 sports car that I had in my 20s. I drove the car into the ground, and it was always reliable. I loved it, and still regret having moved on to a 'grown-up' car.

"I bought my home in 2000, as I thought it was about time to join the property ladder before I was 30.

"It was a good buy, up until last year -- now it is just a normal investment. Actually, I thought it had gone all a bit silly when it reached its pinnacle, but now I'm sorry I didn't sell it at the time -- like the rest of the country.

"I have a small pension, which will probably be able to buy me a pint a milk in the future -- still waiting for my Lotto numbers to come in.

"Holidays are my guilty pleasure but, where possible, I look for deals on the net."

  • The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival takes place from February 18 to 28.

Irish Independent

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