Tadhag Hickey is an actor and comedian from the city of Cork. He currently resides in Passage West and has a daughter. He will play country postman Mockie Fondu in John B. Keane’s “Letters of a County Postman,” which runs from August 10 to 27 at the Everyman Theater in Cork. For more information, visit everymancork.com.
What is the most important lesson about money that your career has taught you?
Not to miss the business aspect of it. Most of us have to do some business work. In the end, you can do more good and do the creative things you want if you have a roof over your head. Part of what I do is voiceover work and it’s been a good foundation for years.
What has the coronavirus crisis taught you about money?
I have started giving it a lot of importance as there was little or no opportunity in my industry regarding covid. So I had to do a lot of the work myself. If you keep working in this direction then there is always a source of earning.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever had about money?
Never be afraid to make money – because it gives you the ability to do well.
What is the most expensive thing about being a parent?
Extra curricular activities. My daughter is a violinist and it has cost quite a bit over the years.
Do you still carry cash?
I’ve mainly been cards for ages. I am a man without a wallet.
What is your favorite Irish note?
The old pound note and the old £5 note. I thought they were fantastic because they were massive. When the euro came out, I thought they were like a monopoly currency.
If you could design your own euro note, what would you put it on?
James Connolly – Because he may be the poster boy of modern struggles like feminism, trade unionism, solidarity and inclusivity.
Which is the most expensive country you have ever visited?
Ireland. I was recently on the verge of turning down a gig because I couldn’t afford a hotel in Dublin.
Your biggest financial mistake?
I did a series with RT years ago and assumed that I would make a lot of money for the rest of my life so I booked a cruise but it cost a lot of money and it was not my scene at all. So the lesson is to do your research before you set aside cash.
Are you a spender or a saver?
The spender I don’t invest money and I don’t think in terms of pension. I’m not a crazy spender but whatever money comes in goes out.
The last thing you bought online?
I try to avoid online shopping. I do my best to support local bookstores.
Would you buy Irish property now?
I’ll be open to it. There seems to be no moment where there is a good time to buy. Rent is so expensive today that it makes more sense to buy it.
If you won EuroMillions, what would you do with that money?
There are a few causes I would support, including the Cork Life Center. I will pay off the debt of my family. I will give most of it.
Do you ever bargain?
Yes. My mother was a real dealer. It’s a game I’m more interested in playing than anything else.
What was your worst job?
Hands down, it was a stock-taking job where I would go to various grocery stores on the likes of New Year’s Day and count sweets and nappies on my hands and knees. However that job for grounding you was fantastic.
Three things you couldn’t do without tightening your belt?
my friend Meditation. Tea.