Tadhg Hickey is an actor and comedian from Cork City. He currently resides in Passage West and has one daughter. He will play the postman Mocky Fondoo in John B. Keane’s ‘Letters of a County Postman’ which runs from 10th to 27th August at Cork’s Everyman Theatre. Visit everymancork.com for more information.
What’s the most important lesson about money you’ve taught in your career?
Not to mention the commercial aspect. The vast majority of us have to do clerical work. After all, you can do more good and do the creative things you want when you have a roof over your head. Part of what I do is voiceover work and that’s been a good base over the years.
What has the Corona crisis taught you about money?
I have come to appreciate it a lot more as there have been little or no opportunities in my industry because of Covid. So I had to create a lot of my own work. There is always an opportunity to earn if you keep working towards it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about money?
Never be afraid to make money – because it gives you the opportunity to do good.
What is the most expensive part of being a parent?
Extracurricular activities. My daughter is a violinist and that has cost quite a bit over the years.
Do you still carry cash?
I’ve been mostly into maps for ages. I’m a walk-around-without-a-wallet guy.
What’s your favorite Irish note?
The old pound note and the old 5 pound note. I thought they were brilliant as they were solid. When the euro came out I thought they were like monopoly money.
If you could design your own euro bill, who would you bet on it?
James Connolly – because he could be a poster boy for modern day struggles like feminism, labor unionism, solidarity and inclusion.
What was the most expensive country you have ever visited?
Ireland. I recently came close to turning down a gig because I couldn’t afford a hotel in Dublin.
Your biggest financial mistake?
I did a series with RTÉ years ago and figured I was going to make a lot of money for the rest of my life so I booked a cruise but it was insane money and it wasn’t my scene at all. So the lesson there is to do your research before you spend the money.
Are you a donor or a saver?
A donor. I don’t put any money aside and don’t think about retirement. I’m not a crazy spender, but whatever money comes in, it goes out.
The last thing you bought online?
I try to avoid online purchases. I try to support local bookstores as much as I can.
Would you buy Irish property now?
I would be open to it. There never seems to be a moment when it’s a good time to buy. Rent is so expensive these days that it makes more sense to buy.
If you won the EuroMillions what would you do with the money?
There are a few causes I would support including the Cork Life Centre. I would pay off my family’s mortgage. I would give most of it away.
Do you haggle sometimes?
Yes. My mother was a real bargainer. It’s more of a sport I’m interested in than anything else.
What was your worst job?
No doubt it was an inventory job, going to the various grocery stores on New Year’s Day and counting candy and diapers on my hands and knees. This job was brilliant for grounding you.
Three things you couldn’t do without when tightening your belt?
My friends. Meditation. Tea.
https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/i-was-recently-on-the-verge-of-turning-down-a-gig-because-i-couldnt-afford-a-hotel-in-dublin-41844737.html “I recently came close to turning down a gig because I couldn’t afford a hotel in Dublin.”