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Barry Gray is not averse to haggling and believes in shopping around before making a purchase.

I do all purchases with cards, and buy locally where I can, unless there is a bargain online

Ollie Canning: “Money is nowhere near the top of my priority list”

One of his best spends was on his dog Odie, from Madra animal rescue in Galway

Nichola Beresford: “I just don’t have the haggle gene.”

Waterford-based drinks firm co-owner loves gambling – ‘So I don’t do it’

Loudon Wainwright III: Essentially both memoir-as-theatre and realignment of parental issues, Wainwright describes the show as a “posthumous collaboration”. Loudon Wainwright III: “Family is still a fascinating subject for me”

The musician tackles some of his long-standing family issues in his latest undertaking

Andy Noonan: “The Big Grill Festival, initially quite a risky venture, is going from strength to strength after three years, so all of the hard work setting it up is starting to pay off.”

Andy Noonan, founder and organiser of the Big Grill BBQ Festival

Shura grew up in Manchester as a self-confessed guitar-toting “weird” teenager who was fluent in Russian

Manchester’s Shura is happy to be different – and flattered about being compared to Kurt Cobain and Kylie

Colum McCormack-Crowe: “My husband and I saved up for our honeymoon in the Maldives. It cost about €10,000.  We saved for it together without touching our savings or day-to-day money.”

Colum McCormack-Crowe, presenter on 4FM

Joan Mulvihill: “I’m not a gambler. But I did win a car in my credit union draw in 2002. It was great timing as I’d just bought my first apartment”

Joan Mulvihill, CEO of the Irish Internet Association

David Walsh: “Money is more necessary to me than important.”

‘I learned to haggle watching my father in action at cattle marts and street fairs’

Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson: told in 2013 he had less than a year to live. Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

This rock memoir might not have been written without a second opinion

Joan Baez performs at an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in London, 1965. Photograph: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

From Billie Holiday to The Clash and on to modern Irish artists Zrazy and Jinx Lennon, activism has a long and illustrious history

Sonya Lennon: “Money is only important to me for the security it gives to my family and me.”

VHI Life Insurance ambassador aware ‘increasingly’ of providing for future

Seamus Quinn: I find that sometimes you can spend a lot of time shopping around and only save a few quid and, when you factor in the cost of the time, it isn’t always worth it.

‘You can spend a lot of time shopping around and only save a few quid’

Niall Breslin: "I’ve wasted too many years being concerned about what people think about me, or what I do". Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The singer on why he doesn't like Irish celebrity culture, and why he’s getting The Blizzards back together

Philip Brady: “I bought a set of golf clubs. For me, it was good value but I’m not sure my wife would agree. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I told her of this purchase.”

‘I much prefer to buy local. Maybe it’s a generation thing, but touching and trying the product is very important to me . . . And (...)

Brendan Shine: “My most extravagant purchase was my current accordion – it was specifically constructed in Italy to my specifications”

“I’m a saver, but I always seem to spend what I save”

Eoin Clarke: “I try to make sure I’m getting the best deal before I buy a product or service.”

Paying for my diploma in digital marketing was definitely money well spent

Martina Sinclair, CEO, Weight Watchers Ireland

‘Life has taught me that even the smallest amount you put away can make a big difference’

Pierce Turner: “I remember the quality of church music when I was growing up”

The same cannot be said of the uncompromising music of the Wexford-born songwriter, who wears his ecclesiastical influences proudl(...)

Bronagh Gallagher: “Proactivity can either choke you or give you a strong spine.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/THE IRISH TIMES

When it comes to her music, Bronagh Gallagher is artist, manager and label boss all in one committed package. ‘Discipline is good(...)

Patricia Molloy: “It gives me a sense of community while supporting local business.”

‘Even if I won a surprise trip to Las Vegas, it’s safe to say I would still have no interest in it’

Karen Burns: “I wouldn’t be worried about having no money in my bank account.”

‘Living in the City of London has many perks but the cost isn’t one of them’

Michael Dawson, chief executive officer of Gift Voucher Shop

‘I believe if something is fair value, and I am not being screwed, then I am happy’

Derry Lindsay, who wrote All Kinds of Everything with Jackie Smith. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

All Kinds of Everything often credited to Phil Coulter - but Ballymun’s Derry Lindsay wrote it with colleague

Eóin MacManus: I have a tendency to compare online and then shop locally as much as I can.

The most expensive thing I have bought is my house, but the most extravagant is a Porsche 911

The stories behind the hub in upstate New York where Americana music was forged

Siobhán Parkinson, publisher, Little Island Books

Investing in shares would come very low on my list of fun ways to spend an afternoon”

Prince performing in LA in March 2005. Photograph:   Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Cork in 1990; Dublin in 2002; and again in 2011, after that no-show in 2008, Prince showed his live game was every note as sharp a(...)

Gordon D’Arcy: I got caught with a bad investment during the recession. Thankfully, I had taken good advice prior to all my undertakings, and so the loss was small enough.

‘Doing a little research on comparison websites before you shop can be helpful’

Lisa O’Neill: “I lose concentration very easily; the page is boring for me to look at.” Photograph: Eric Luke

That might be true, but on her new album, Pothole in the Sky, the Cavan woman has become a self-assured songwriter, a process ca(...)

“I get called slag, bitch, lesbian, whore, ugly, but as a girl you get those comments from about the age of 11”

McNish writes insightful, funny, political poetry rooted in her everyday life, on topics including weird attitudes to breastfeedin(...)

Rebecca Storm: “I have been to casinos, but I’d mostly be eating and drinking with the occasional flutter. The house always wins.”

‘I have realised that things that had become the norm were in fact unnecessary luxuries’

Deirdre O’Reilly: “I know what it is like not to have any money, so I do not take it for granted.”

‘I will always ask if there is a deal to be had on any potential purchase’

Eau de humanity! Angst by Coldplay

From Björk taking over as lead singer of Led Zeppelin to Coldplay’s customised fragrance

Peter Casey: Never been able to save. Just not in my DNA.

I had to buy a Jaguar as they are owned by my largest client, Tata

Paul Mooney: Buying cheap means buying twice

‘The recession opened my eyes to such stores as Aldi and Lidl’

Chloe Townsend: “I think there is definitely a sweet spot between being time wealthy and wealthy.”

‘I am a big believer in spending money on experiences’

2Pac’s fourth album suffers from poor mixing and too many obviously unfinished songs

On the eve of the release of another album by Jeff Buckley, we look at some other posthumous album releases, from Otis Redding to (...)

Evros Technology  managing director Bob Murray: “Iprefer to buy locally if possible. I feel that, as long as I’m not paying over the odds, I’m supporting a local business paying a local salary and local taxes.”

‘I never bet on horses or dogs or anything suchlike. I’m terrified I might win’

Irene Queally, owner and founder of  Pip & Pear Chilled Baby Foods: “I’m a big local supporter. I try and buy everything in Waterford as we have so much to offer here.”

‘Learning the importance of money is something we try to teach our children’

Låpsley: “You forget that the music reaches out to people and that what you do isn’t as private as you might think”

Right from the beginning, Holly Fletcher knew that she would have to do things on her own - "My personality suits being quite inde(...)

CC Brez: “It got to the point where we were gigging just to pay rent”

Leaving Republic of Loose was tough, but Cormac Breslin’s fine debut album shows it was worth the risk

Paul Galvin: “I can’t be bothered trawling through websites when you can just go into a store and buy there and then.”

‘I’m conscious of supporting independent business, they are the backbone of the economy’

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