‘I was fortunate enough to win a GAA lotto a few years ago’

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‘I was fortunate enough to win a GAA lotto a few years ago’

My money


Presenter Seámus O'Scanláin
Presenter Seámus O’Scanláin

Newsreader and presenter Séamus Ó Scanláin is anchor of Raidió na Gaeltachta’s weekday morning show Iris Aniar. Earlier this year, he co-presented the TG4 talent show Glór Tíre. He also contributes as reporter to TG4’s Léirmheas Leabhar show, usually interviewing schoolchildren.

What’s the most important lesson about money which your career in broadcasting has taught you?

To try and set a few euro aside when I get paid and not to go near it for as long as possible – a bit like a rainy day fund, I suppose.

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

We were always encouraged, from a young age, to save. Usually it was funnelled into the local credit union – which is where my mother works. Even now, my mother acts as my financial adviser.

What’s your favourite Irish saying about money?

Is fearr cara sa gcúirt ná punt sa sparán – which basically means that you’re better off with a good friend in court than you would be with loads of money.

What’s the most expensive country you ever visited?

It would have to be America. We were only in Boston last November with our local cumann drámaíochta (drama society) and had a great time – but I really don’t know where the money went. I always spend a lot on food while abroad and the US was no exception. Also, accommodation prices in cities like New York can run into hundreds of dollars a night. Clothes tend be a bit cheaper over in the States though, as long as you know where to shop.

What’s your favourite Irish coin?

The millennium pound coin. I consider it special as it marked the turn of the century and also, because Ireland fully changed over to the euro a couple of years after the coin was released.

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

A car. I have a huge interest in cars and as soon as I started working in my current job, I bought myself a new-ish car and changed it a year or two after.

What was your worst job?

I’ve never had a job that I could call my worst job. Sure, you’ll have bad days in some jobs but I’ve loved every minute of any of my jobs.

What was your best financial killing?

I was fortunate enough to win the local GAA Lotto years ago.

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

My first stop would be Crumlin and Temple Street children’s hospitals in Dublin, where my sister spent some time when she was younger. Then mam and dad would get a nice chunk of the cheque. Then I’d sort the rest of the gang out with a few bob.

iTunes or Spotify?

I’m of that generation that went through mountains of CDs and tapes. I’m a huge country music fan and would have gathered a load of CDs. I’m not sure I believe those who say the old CDs and records are dying a slow death – but I don’t know where I’d be without Spotify, especially whilst in the gym or out walking. Spotify is also great for long journeys, as I travel a bit with work.

Would you buy property now?

I don’t think I’d get a mortgage just yet. I’m happy enough at the moment living where I am – which is at home. Whenever I will be in a position to climb the property ladder, I think I’d sooner build as I’d much prefer to put my own stamp on things.

Do you ever haggle?

I am hopeless at haggling – though when I bought my first brand new car a few years back, I reckon I got a good deal. Not sure had it anything to do with my dad being co-haggler though.

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

My mobile phone, my Spotify account and probably my car.

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