TG4 weather presenter Caitríona Ní Chualáin is from Indreabhán in Co Galway. She has worked as a weather presenter at TG4 for the past four years and teaches full time at Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich in Maynooth. She has also worked on a few different television programs with the channel, including Cúla4 ar Scoil and Is eolaí mé.
What’s the most important lesson about money you’ve learned from your career in broadcasting?
That it pays to invest in the right beauty products because they make a huge difference both on screen and in real life. As a weather presenter, I work in a small, air-conditioned studio with very strong lighting – that alone can take a toll on my skin if I’m not careful.
What has the Corona crisis taught you about money?
That life’s moments can be very fleeting and that it’s important to give both time and money to those who have been good to you.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about money?
You can’t take it with you.
What is your favorite saying about money as Gaeilge?
“Is fearr cara sa cúirt ná punt sa sparán” – meaning that a friend in court is better than a pound in the purse. I like this because it highlights what is most important in life.
What is the most you would pay for a bottle of wine?
€20 I don’t drink very often, so I’m happy to shell out money for a bottle if I really enjoy it. Other than that, my favorite wine is a €12 bottle of Yellow Tail Pinot Grigio, which can be bought at the local supermarket.
If you could design your own euro bill, who would you bet on it?
First, I would bring back the auld cló Gaelach (Irish font) and put the faces of influential Irish people on the sheet music. Phil Lynott from Thin Lizzy would be my first choice. I think his story resonates with Irish people from all walks of life.
What was the most expensive country you have ever visited?
I haven’t traveled much but I found America to be the most expensive country I have ever visited.
Your biggest financial mistake?
When I started working, I got into the habit of following fashion trends and buying very trendy clothes that would be out of style within six months. I think the key now is to stock up on basics as well as a few timeless statement pieces.
Are you a donor or a saver?
A saver because I don’t want to spend a lot of money on myself – but treat myself to a little money every now and then.
The last thing you bought online?
A bottle of Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother (a hair repairing styling cream).
If you won the EuroMillions what would you do with the money?
I would share it with my family and those who have always been good to me. After that I would build a house by the sea in Connemara.
Do you haggle sometimes?
I wouldn’t even know how to haggle, but in this economy I might need to learn!
Your favorite song about money?
Pócaí folamh is cloigeann tinn by John Beag Ó Flatharta, which translates directly to “empty pockets and a sore head”. I learned it in fourth grade elementary school and looking back I don’t know if that kind of song would be allowed in elementary school today. But I loved it and so did the rest of my class at the time.
The financial best thing about growing up in Connemara?
Where I come from, in Indreabhán, is about 15 miles (24 km) from Galway city. So I couldn’t go in and out of shops and spend money frivolously.
Three things you couldn’t do without when tightening your belt?
Dates with my friend Darach. Trips to the hairdresser. Salon quality hair care.
https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/lifes-moments-can-be-fleeting-so-spend-time-and-money-on-those-who-have-been-good-to-you-41827415.html “The moments in life can be fleeting, so invest time and money in the ones that have been good for you.”