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Thursday 24 January 2019

My Money: 'I let mum do the haggling for me - she's good at it'


Roisin O
Roisin O

Roisin O is a singer-songwriter with Thanks Brother - along with the musician John Broe. She is also the daughter of the well-known singer Mary Black and the sister of Danny O'Reilly, the frontman with The Coronas.

Thanks Brother released their debut single We Are Different earlier this year and will perform in Dublin's Grand Social on May 24. For more information, visit

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

Save it. It can be a flood or a drought in music, so put some away when you get it. I can't say I live by that all the time, but it's a lesson most young musicians learn starting out.

What's the most expensive country you ever visited?

Switzerland. I had a gig in Zurich and when we arrived early to soundcheck, I went to a nearby train station to get some lunch. A Big Mac Meal cost €12. It helped that all our merchandise was sold at a higher price too though.

What's your favourite song or tune about money?

Mo Money Mo Problems by Notorious BIG. I think the general message is pretty true to life.

What's your favourite Irish coin?

I love the old Irish punt coin. It was so simple: Eire and the harp on the back, the stag on the front. It was so big, too. It made you feel like you had way more money than you had when you were a kid.

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

Probably my Nord Stage 2 EX keyboard.

What was your worst job?

I can't really say I've had a "worst" job. I've been lucky enough to be doing music full-time pretty early on. One part-time job I had in college was working in the Tote at the dog track in Harold's Cross - it could be pretty stressful in the beginning when the regulars would scream their insanely intricate bets at you three seconds before the bell went. But I got used to that pretty quick, and the money and hours were pretty good for a student's job.

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

I'd like to share it with my close family and friends so we could all be rich together.

I think I'd buy a lot of property - in Dublin, London and maybe San Francisco. I'd build a recording studio in my new house and buy loads of instruments. I'd love to rescue loads of dogs and donkeys too, and have people to take care of them when I'm away.

If you could design your own euro note, whose face would you put on it ?

Michael D Higgins. He's an amazing man who represents so many of the great things about Ireland's past, present and future. I love his face.

iTunes or Spotify?

I'm probably 50/50 with iTunes and Spotify.

I've only gotten into Spotify lately - it's such a great platform, for fans and artists. I haven't bought a CD in years but I do have a record collection and would more readily buy vinyl, there's something lovely about it.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Clothes. I'd say I'm shopping a lot more online lately. It's addictive at times.

Would you buy property now?

No, not in Dublin anyway, I think the prices have risen too much and I would be slightly scared there's another bubble burst on the horizon.

Do you ever haggle?

I haggle on holiday sometimes. My mam's really good at it and loves doing it but I don't think I inherited her flair for it. I just let her do it for me, sometimes I think she prefers the haggle than the actual thing she's buying.

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

My Netflix subscription, teabags and avocados.

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