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Me and my money: Susam Kirby

Festival organiser is experiencing quieter weekends since she bought partner a season rugby ticket

Published 16/03/2010 | 05:00

HEAD of the St Patrick's Festival Susan Kirby admits she made one spending mistake that has left her alone some weekends.

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"I don't beat myself up too much if I spend money but I did buy my partner season tickets to Leinster Rugby and home games in Croke Park recently -- now I am a rugby-widow on game weekends," she said.

"I love to travel. Last year we went on a trip to South Africa where we went cage-diving with great white sharks. We also went to Zambia to visit Victoria Falls. Another favourite is to visit Kerry. Caragh Lake near Killorglin is stunning; staying there is always a good investment.

"Magazines are probably my biggest ongoing waste of money -- they are my treat but the cost adds up and they are pretty similar week after week.

"If I could have anything regardless of price I would buy art -- it's an investment that can be enjoyed every day. I would have a big house to put my collection in, of course. For my birthday I got a beautiful print from Printmakers' Gallery, which was the start of my humble collection.

"We have one car -- a Toyota Avensis. We live in the city, so I don't drive very much. I walk or cycle to work. Our car was bought second-hand. I think we paid about €8,000, which seems like a lot when you see the bargains to be had in cars these days. We are looking to buy a new car at the moment -- as soon as the festival is over we will go bargain-hunting.

  • Susan Kirby is chief executive of the St Patrick's Festival, which runs from March 12-17.

Irish Independent

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