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Thursday 27 June 2019

'Prices in Dublin pubs never fail to surprise me'


Doireann Ni Ghlacain
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Musician and Gaeilgeoir Doireann Ni Ghlacain is a new member of the presenting team of FleadhTV on TG4, which is broadcasting from the Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda.

She will be presenting FleadhTV for four consecutive nights from August 16-19 from 8.30pm-11.30pm.

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

Have the confidence to negotiate a better fee. I haven't managed this one yet myself, but I'm hoping any day now I'll be signing my million-dollar contract.

What's the most expensive place you ever visited?

Probably the pubs in Dublin city centre. The prices never fail to surprise me. I recently paid €7 for a pint bottle of Bulmers. I had a stop-over in Dubai in June this year and paid €10 for a fruit cup. I'm not going back.

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

To have a healthy disrespect for money. I'm also not money-driven. Everything I do, I do because I love it. Contentment is wealth.

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

My banger of a car. It really wasn't expensive, but it runs like a dream and is fantastic on petrol. Best investment I ever made.

What was your worst job?

I was a waitress for a year back when I started college. I was shocked at how badly the waiting staff were treated and so I promised myself I'd never work in an environment like that again.

What was your biggest financial mistake?

Buying too many Jagerbombs on my card and regretting it the next morning. It's a regular occurrence and something I'm trying to work on. I'm all about self-improvement.

What was your best financial killing?

I once backed a winner at the Galway races and lived like a queen for the day. Apart from that, I've yet to make one, so any tips would be warmly received.

Are you better off than your parents?

I'm a full-time PhD student, so I'm not, no. My parents are very content in life and if I wind up as happy as them I don't think I'll be too worried about the money side of things.

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

Buy a house locally in Clontarf and give the rest of it away. Having too much money wouldn't suit me.

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

Tommy Potts, the great Dublin fiddle player and a big hero of mine.

iTunes or Spotify?

iTunes. Purely for podcasts, as I'm addicted.

What was the last thing you bought online?

Clothes, clothes and more clothes.

Have you ever made an insurance claim?

No, I'm a young driver, my insurance is bad enough as is so I'd never claim on it. And I wouldn't claim on someone else's if I could help it - it attracts bad karma.

Would you buy property now?

That'd be a hard no. I'm 24, so the idea of a mortgage is absolutely terrifying.

Do you ever haggle?

I'm a fantastic haggler, it's one of my best qualities. I learnt that from my granny.

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

The only genuine thing I'd find it hard to cut down on would be food expenditure. I'm very self indulgent in that regard.

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