Sunday 17 December 2017

Paper prophet - Dylan Haskins TV Presenter

With the arrival of the recession, have you cut back on any spending?

Well, I never had much money to spend before the recession, because I was in school and college. I'm still in college so there are lots of expenses there -- like coffee and tea. I mostly spend money on vinyl records and clothes, but yes I'm definitely conscious about not wasting money.

What three things would you not be able to do without if you were tightening your belt?

Internet, caramel slices and tea.

Do you shop in Lidl or Aldi?

Is this like a Pepsi/Coke question? I don't really go to either. I usually do shopping late at night when I realise I'm hungry, and neither of them open late.

What's your worst customer service experience?

At Christmas, I had just boarded a certain low-budget airline to fly to the Canaries with my family. We were all ready for take-off and we were told there would be a two-hour delay. For eight hours we were sitting in the plane on the runway in Dublin Airport and we weren't offered any food or beverages and received very little information!

What car do you drive and how much does it cost to fill up the petrol tank?

After driving a trusty VW Golf for the past four years, I recently upgraded to a diesel Audi S3 because it's eh ... cheaper on fuel.

What was your first job and salary?

My first real job was probably when I was 15 until about two years ago. Every July I had the daunting, difficult task of accompanying Spanish students in Wicklow Town on their weekend excursions. Basically hanging out with loads of Spanish girls my age! I'd have done it for free, but I got about €80 a day.

What would you like to achieve in business or work this year?

I started working on RTE's Two Tube last October as a music reviewer and have been presenting the show on Tuesday and Thursday since January. It's been really exciting but I look forward to going to work, and that's a good sign! At the same time I'm trying to balance work with a full-time four-year degree in History of Art, Architecture and Classical Civilisation at Trinity College which I'm only half-way through.

Do you have any family connection with business?

Yes, my granddad, John O'Donoghue, was a current affairs broadcaster when TV began in Ireland and my mum presented Jo-Maxi in the Nineties. Neither work in the industry any more but they're tough critics.

Which businessman or woman do you most admire?

Chuck Feeney.

What was your best investment?

The year I took off college to make a documentary film called 'Roll Up Your Sleeves'. This opened up a lot more opportunities for me and also gave some of the DIY ideas I believe in a public platform. All those hours in front of a screen learning how to edit were definitely worth it. Apart from that I haven't made any big investments yet. Maybe keeping memorabilia from gigs I've put on, or bands on my record label will prove to be an unknowing investment.

What's the biggest financial mistake you ever made?

Spending savings on Anglo Irish Bank shares. Fail.

Do you know what interest rate you're paying on your mortgage?

Not sure exactly, but it was one of the last few AIB tracker rates before they stopped offering them.

Have you switched your bank or moved your mortgage in the past couple of years?

I've only had a mortgage since 2007 and it's not very big -- it was taken out to pay an inheritance tax bill when I inherited my dad's house.

If you won the Euromillions jackpot, what would you do with the money?

I'd buy one of those old run-down Georgian houses on Henrietta St and restore it and then buy a nice period country house and do the same. I've always loved old buildings and part of my studies is in the history of architecture. I love city and country life.

What have you got in your wallet today?

It's bulging -- but not with cash. I've a stack of student society membership cards from Fresher's Week which are completely unnecessary because you never need to show them anywhere. There are tram tickets from Berlin and London, £10, €15 and buried amongst all of that is a photo of the ex-girlfriend who bought it for me. I just rooted around and found that now.

Dylan Haskins co-presents Two Tube, which runs on RTE Two until June

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