Me and my money: Susam Kirby
Festival organiser is experiencing quieter weekends since she bought partner a season rugby ticket
HEAD of the St Patrick's Festival Susan Kirby admits she made one spending mistake that has left her alone some weekends.
"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.