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Wednesday 15 August 2018

My Money: Fresh lobster on a Colombian beach cost less than €10

GAA star Sinead Delahunty is from Fethard in Co Tipperary. She is also a chartered physiotherapist and is well known for her food blog, Her new book Delalicious will be published tomorrow. Visit for details.

Sinead Delahunty
Sinead Delahunty

Sinead Delahunty

What's the most important lesson about money which your career in physiotherapy has taught you? That your health is your ultimate wealth. Money can't buy you happiness, health or unfortunately, in many cases, a cure.

What's the most expensive dish you've ever had?

For my dad's 60th birthday, we celebrated by dining out with close family and friends. My older brother and I split the bill for the entire group. I nearly died with the cost but it was worth it as my dad is hard to buy a gift for.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

New Zealand. It is one of the most spectacular countries I have ever visited. but as a backpacker I found the food very expensive.

What's your favourite Irish coin?

I love the pound coin with the stag. A deer is the emblem of my home parish, Fethard in County Tipperary, so it really resonates with me.

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

My travel during 2017. I was extremely fortunate to be able to afford and receive an extended time to travel, and to explore and experience other cultures, countries and traditions - so I don't even consider it expensive.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Not buying a round-the-world ticket while travelling.

What was your best financial killing?

Eating my first fresh whole lobster, cooked and served sitting on a beach for less than €10 in Cabo de la Vela, Colombia.

Are you better off than your parents?

Currently no - as I am only beginning to build up savings again after travelling. Thanks to my parents, I never wanted for anything but was always aware of the importance of saving, the work that is required to earn money and the value that you should put on your spending.

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

I'd anonymously donate to local charities, pay off family debts, and buy a house along the Irish coast - I think it is such a luxury to wake up every morning beside the sea. I'd also invest wisely in the future.

iTunes or Spotify?

To be honest, I love the radio. I always have a backup stash of CDs in the car, too, for long journeys.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Concert tickets.

Would you buy property now?

Winning the lottery is the only way I could possibly afford property at the moment.

Do you ever haggle?

I love haggling. Travelling in South America, haggling is a must to ensure you get a fair price. My best deal was a five-hour return journey, three nights' accommodation with meals and a guided jeep tour around Punta Gallinas (the most northern point of South America) for €50.

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

I remember opening my first bank account with my mother. My brothers and I collected all our spare coins and with each deposit, I instantly discovered how savings built up.

What's the most expensive piece of sports gear you've bought?

My racing bike. I bought it through the bike-to-work scheme so it was relatively cheap. Within a year, it was stolen and I had to replace it.

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