Saturday 26 May 2018

Coffee, expensive peanut butter and Cos jumpers...Things Irish comedian Aine Gallagher could not live without

 

Aine Gallagher
Aine Gallagher

Independent.ie Business

Aine Gallagher is an award-winning comedian and resident MC of the Bright Club, a science comedy night.

Fresh from her first solo stint at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year, she'll be appearing at the forthcoming Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in June.

What's the most important lesson about money your career as a comedian has taught you?

If you want some, you should ask for it.

What's the most expensive place you ever visited?

Denmark. When I went there in 2002, sparklers cost the equivalent of €1.

What's the best advice you ever got about money?

I don't think I've ever had any real advice. My Granny Gallagher always said that "money is not important, but it does come in useful if you need to buy something".

Apart from property, what's the most expensive thing you have ever bought?

In 2015 I left my job and went back to university to do a masters full-time. Even though it's not a 'thing', funding myself through that experience has been one of the best things I've done.

What was your worst job?

Picking fruit on a farm in France one summer in an effort to learn French. All of my co-workers were Portuguese.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Probably not doing anything with the small amount of savings I actually do have.

I don't understand money or what you're supposed to do with it. But I know if I attempted to make investments, for example, there's a good chance I'd never sleep again.

What was your best financial killing?

Moving from Dublin to Galway. The difference in rent is unbelievable.

Are you better off than your parents?

Do better opportunities in terms of education and career count? They have two houses, I have a bicycle.

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

Start a social enterprise that uses comedy as a tool of engagement for civic, social and political education. I'd need the Euromillions because I'm pretty certain I wouldn't figure out how to make it an actual 'enterprise'.

If you could design your own euro note, what image would you put on it?

My Granny Collins. I never knew her properly but learned two years ago that she was part of an activist group in the 60s that fought to gain pension rights for widows of civil servants.

Being a part of the generation that I am, I think it's easy to forget these social changes have not happened coincidentally - it's because of people like her.

iTunes or Spotify?

Spotify.

What was the last thing you bought online?

A GoBus ticket for Galway to Dublin return. I can highly recommend their service!

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

No.

Would you buy property now?

No. At this stage, I'm not sure I ever will.

Do you ever haggle?

Other than paying child fare on the bus, no. And that's disappointing because I was raised in a family who always bought their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. My dad loves bargaining.

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

One coffee a day, expensive peanut butter and Cos jumpers.

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