Me and My Money: Marty Morrissey
How else would I spend my first pay packet but on a silver ‘babe magnet’ that didn’t impress
GAA PRESENTER Marty Morrissey admits that his first experience of spending his pay packet was not his finest hour.
“When I graduated from UCC, I went teaching in St Joseph's Spanish Point in west Clare and immediately got big notions about myself,” he said.
“I had walked and cycled for years around college, but now that I had a few bob in my pocket, do you think a secondhand car or third-hand car would do me? Not a chance.
“Whatever remote hope I ever had with ‘the babes’ it had to be a brand-new sparkling four-wheeler for Marty.
“A real babe magnet was what I wanted so I bought a Silver Toyota Corolla from Tom Hogan Motors in Ennis with the fancy registration 88 RIE.
“It took years for me to pay off the damn loan and very few babes I met were impressed with my silver dream machine!
“When I moved from RTE Cork to TV Sport in Dublin back in 1994, I bought a beautiful two-bedroom bungalow in an estate called Pier View in Wicklow town.
“It was all I could afford at £38,000. The Celtic Tiger arrived, so I sold up, bought another house in Wicklow and then I bought an apartment in Rathfarnham.”
This investment has been his best buy, he says.
“My SSIA has done well too but I'm afraid to even go near it in case I go mad and spend it on something foolish like another silver bullet 88 RIE.”