“I bought my first house when I was in my twenties, and that was a good investment.” Photograph: Paul Sharp/Sharppix

Donal O’Donoghue, managing director of Sanderson Recruitment Ireland

The Waterboys will be in full gallop at Leopardstown Racecourse on Thursday

Waterboys, Ash, Aslan, Joan As Police Woman and the guy out of Barenaked Ladies

Pillow Queens: a band recently described as “gimmick free”.

Pillow Queens, Fontaines D.C. among acts to take the stage at Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick

Ane Brun: Live at Berwaldhallen, Balloon Ranger Recordings

Ciara King: “Maybe I should shop around but, if I’m being honest, I don’t have the patience.”

‘I view a person’s heart and character as more important than their bank account’

Berlin vocalist Theo Bleckmann.

Jazz at Kilkenny Arts Festival

George Ezra will be playing his current  hit Shotgun in Belfast on Friday August 10th. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/EPA

George Ezra, Saul Williams, Maria Doyle Kennedy and RuPaul’s Drag Race queens

Beatyard is also hipper than most festivals – and we mean that in a good way

Line-up, stage times, tickets, transport and more for this year's festival in in Dún Laoghaire

Chaka Khan who plays All Together Now festival 2018

Line-up, stage times, tickets, transport, camping information and more

Hugh Wallace: “I always haggle over prices. You have to be able to justify what you’re buying.”

Hugh Wallace, architect and judge on RTÉ’s ‘Home of the Year’

Delorentos, headlining at Indiependence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Two established festivals for the August bank holiday weekend – and a promising newbie

Kate Nash, who plays Indiependence festival 2018

Roseanne Cash, Caribou, Indiependence, Castlepalooza among the highlights

 Grace Jones: wonderfully confrontational. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin features concerts by Grace Jones, Bryan Ferry, Gavin James, Rag ’n’ Bone Man and Il Di(...)

David Quinn: “All I want is enough cash to be able to support my kids, enjoy hobbies and holidays, and have a happy retirement.”

David Quinn, managing director, Investwise, investwise.ie

Summer Series at Trinity College features Grace Jones and Bryan Ferry whiule Flaming Lips and Madness pitch up in Galway’s Big Top

Spectrum Wellness MD Stephen Costello: “Having the financial freedom to support me and my loved ones is important.”

Me & My Money: Stephen Costello, managing director, Spectrum Wellness

As the headline act, there’s no doubt that Solange Knowles (recently named 2018 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year) will grab all of the attention at Longitude.

Solange, Action Bronson, Anna Burch, The Academic are among this week’s highlights

  Paul Simon on stage at the 3 Arena in Dublin: he plays at the RDS next Friday. Photograph:   Eric Luke

US singer’s concert next Friday may be the last time he plays in Ireland

Chloë Agnew: ‘I prefer supporting local businesses. I also like being able to physically see something or hold it before I part with my money’

Irish singer and actor, on setting up a new life in Los Angeles

Paul Simon: has encapsulated all that is good about artistic honesty

Paul Simon bids farewell, Michael Bublé in Croker, Bruno Mars and Longitude

Irish album picks: Wyvern Lingo, along with Glen Hansard, Delorentos, Rejjie Snow and Kojaque.

Tony Clayton Lea picks some of the best music released by Irish artists this year

Hayley Kiyoko

From an ambient legend to punk newbies, discover the music that deserves a second listen

‘Generally, I like to see, touch and smell something before I buy it. There are undoubtedly pitfalls associated with online shopping.’

Me and my Money: Niall Morris, tenor singer

New York 1967: (left to right) Jeff Barry, Bert Berns, Van Morrison, Carmine Denoia (with cigar) and Janet Planet. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Cautionary tales and fascinating insights into the lives of musicians and industry titans

Jack Johnson has gained a reputation for his relaxed, easy-to-remember beach party tunes

Kiefer Sutherland, Alanis Morissette and the Mother Pride Block Party among this week’s highlights

Mark Everett: “You make choices, some good, some bad, and the rest is fate, or luck, or whatever you want to call it.”

Eels frontman on honesty, fatherhood and finding his happy place

‘I don’t think we thought we’d be touring the US on our first album’

Roger Waters delivered an impromptu version of ‘Danny Boy’, rehearsed on the hoof earlier in the day. The response from the audience was deafening. Photograph:  Frank Hoensch/Redferns

Review: The Pink Floyd man delivers a visually stunning, emotional show with a surprise ending

Glofox founder Conor O’Loughlin: “Setting up my own business definitely meant tightening the belt a lot.”

Me & My Money: Glofox founder Conor O’Loughlin

 Roger Waters performing in Vienna in May 2018. Photograph: Hans Klaus Techt/AFP/Getty Images

Us + Them tour: Tickets info, set list, transport, security and more

The Killers: the popular US band are playing their largest Irish headline show to date

The Killers, Kris Kristofferson, Elvis Costello and Billy Joel among those performing

Deirdre O’Donovan, development manager, West Cork Chamber Music Festival:  “It’s important enough to keep stress at bay. Money counts as nothing compared to health.”

Deirdre O’Donovan, development manager, West Cork Chamber Music Festival


Ten years later still big surprises and little gems at Ballinlough Castle

Darryl McNally: “I’m partial to buying expensive bottles of whiskey and love to try superpremium whiskeys from across the world. I justify it to myself as being part of the job!” Photograph: Anthony Woods

Darryl McNally, master distiller at Dublin Liberties Distillery

Gorillaz toon up for Malahide Castle on Saturday night

Also: Liam Gallagher, The National, A-Ha, Haim, Giant Sand, Vancouver Sleep Clinic

The National

If the American band aren’t enough for you, how about support John Grant, Lisa Hannigan and Villagers?

Chef Adrian Martin: “The boom is back.”

‘I’ve never invested in shares – I feel it’s kind of like gambling’

Nick Cave also takes part in an on-stage conversation at Dublin’s Abbey Theatre on Monday night

The gig is the first time Cave and his band have performed in Ireland for more five years

Microdisney: 30 years on the curdled rage and honeyed melodies are still intact

Review: This was the first time the Cork band had played in 30 years

Microdisney: clocking back in after 30 years

Also this week: Lindi Ortega, G-Easy, Mik Pyro, Kodaline, Magic Numbers, Sleep Thieves

Brightwater Group managing director Barbara McGrath: “I try to save what I can when I can – that way I always know how much I have and don’t get nasty surprises if an investment takes a bad turn.”

Barbara McGrath, managing director, Brightwater Group

Beck will be joined by Yeah Yeah Yeahs at the 3Arena.Photograph: Dave Meehan

Also: Super Silly, Wild Child, Peach Pit, Jerry Fish, Ruthanne, Cut Chemist, Don McLean

Beck: from the electro-funk of Midnite Vultures to the grunge-folk of Sea Change, he’s got all the  bases covered. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Style-straddling singer and indie-punk trio make for odd but intriguing double bil

Things are looking up for the previously troubled Gary Lightbody, but the best may be yet to come

Sara Cosgrove: “I prefer cash for sure, but always end up using my card out of convenience.”

Sara Cosgrove, managing director of Sara Cosgrove Design, saracosgrove.com

Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones. The band skick off their “No Filter” tour at Croke Park this Thursday May 17th. Photograph:  David Wolff-Patrick, Redferns

Tickets, weather, timing, traffic and access for the Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ Irish concert

The Rolling Stones: life in the old fossils yet

Plus: Ben Folds, Teskey Brothers, Haley Heynderickx, Slow Skies, Car Seat Headrest

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts

Not Fade Away – Familiarity to breed content at Croke Park show

Joe Aherne, managing director, ReganStein. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Me and my money: Joe Aherne, managing director, ReganStein

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds: in Belfast on Wednesday and Dublin on Thursday

M Ward, Snow Patrol and Freya Ridings are other highlights of the next seven days

Roz Martin: “I would value health and the health of my family and friends over money any day.”

Roz Martin, CEO and founder of Martin Biotech

Ed Sheeran: It’ll be a corker. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Drogheda Arts Festival, Kilkenny Roots Festival and Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in Belfast all kick off this week. And Ed Shee(...)

Musician Seamus Fogarty is among those who will play at the 21st Smithwick’s Kilkenny Roots Festival

Festival’s 21st year offers great line-up including The Blasters and Hillbilly Casino

Mercury Rev: celebrating 20 years since Deserter’s Songs

Also this week: Nada Surf, Vamps, Lotto Boyzz and Ryan Vail

Abandoning an album recorded in sunny Spain, Delorentos go back to black in style

Harry Styles is at the 3Arena on Monday. Let the screaming begin. Photograph: Hélène Marie Pambrun/Getty Images

MusicTown mixes it up; Nathaniel Rateliff works up a Night Sweat; Pale Rivers run wild

Lisa O’Neill will appear in collaboration with writer Pat McCabe, Cass McCombs and Lankum’s Ian Lynch (above) on Friday, April 20th, Abbey Theatre, 7.30pm, €30.

Dublin festival features concerts, workshops, masterclasses and creative partnerships

Me and My Money: Sandra Oman, soprano

Delorentos: their fifth album, True Surrender, is released on April 27th

It Takes a Village, the first festival of the year, kicks off on Friday in Trabolgan, Co Cork

Martin Glennon: “The only big purchase I managed to save for was the deposit for my first home. Everything else has been on credit.”

Martin Glennon, head of financial solutions, Irish Farm Accounts Co-operative

Christy Dignam, lead singer of Aslan, will be performing at ‘A Night for Aware’ at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. Photograph: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Gig of the week – A Night for Aware, Friday April 6, Olympia theatre, Dublin, 8pm, €25 ticketmaster.ie

Eels frontman Mark Everett: Even in his wildest dreams, music was something he had never considered as a career option.

Eels frontman Mark Everett regards his very existence as nothing other than miraculous

Pillow Queens: catch them live to get the full effect

Also Big Thief, En Vogue, Theo Katzman, A Night for Aware – and more

Gearoid Collins: “I got burned in shares previously, and I haven’t jumped in again.”

Gearoid Collins, Regus Ireland country manager, regus.ie

Sam Smith

Or, for a go-to gig with a difference, try Nighthawks at the Cobalt

 Chara Nagle: “As an artist, I am very aware of how subjective value can be.”

Me & My Money: Chara Nagle, visual artist

Bell X1: five nights, five different shows

The band are celebrating 20 years with a sold-out residency at Vicar Street, in Dublin

Sigrid: Does she wear normal clothes?  Yes! Photograph: Getty Images

Sigrid, The Stunning, Kormac, Daithi, Bell XI, Paloma Faith and Joan Baez head the pop parade

Niall Horan: First big Irish tour. Not his last

Also coming this way: Death From Above, Damien Jurado and Spook of the Thirteenth Lock

‘My most extravagant purchase was also my most stupid . . . a BMW in 2005 for €78,000’

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real: Willie Nelson’s kid leads his band in Whelans on Wednesday

Willy Mason, Elli Ingram, Mahalia, Mount Alaska, Lukas Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Search Party Animal and David Kitt lead the pack. P(...)

Sinead McCann: ‘I can save hard and fast when I really have to’

‘I just booked a two-week honeymoon to Cuba in a five-star resort. That’s extravagant’

Elbow’s Guy Garvey performs at The Hammersmith Apollo in London. File photograph: Rob Ball/WireImage

Marlon Williams, Dappy, Shakey Graves and Middle East fundraiser among the highlights

Retirement Planning Council chief operations officer Derek Bell: “I am generous and really dislike meanness.”

‘If I won the Lotto I would enjoy being a secret millionaire’

Morrissey: still relevant?

Stage times, set list, ticket info and more for his Dublin gig on Tuesday

Plus a lesson in scratches and breaks from Grandmaster Flash

Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet: Landfall, Nonesuch, 2 stars

Seamus Leahy: “I am partial to a bit of haggling. Ask any of my suppliers!”

Seamus Leahy, Director of Marketing, Fota Collection fotaisland.ie

American singer Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine performs during a concert at the Huxleys in Berlin, Germany, 2018. Photograph: Frank Hoensch

Before the songwriting took hold and a deal with Sub Pop, Sam Beam was a movie man

Franz Ferdinand

Iron & Wine in for Valentine’s night, Jake Bugg sells out, and Wild Beasts bid farewell

Lorraine Mulligan: I never spend what I don’t have

Lorraine Mulligan, owner, Team Lorraine Mulligan RE/MAX Results

The Script: big nights at the big arenas

Beth Orton is back on the gig trail; The Lost Brothers find their way around Ireland; British Sea Power sail on; and The Pale are (...)

Kevin Callaghan at his London Sculpture Workshop. Photograph: Jim Stephenson

Me & My Money – Kevin Callaghan, Artist. kevincallaghan.ie

Tradfest: sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer's debut Irish performance is on Sunday at Dublin Castle

Tradfest kicks off on Saturday as The Oh Hellos and Rosborough play at Whelan’s

Fashion designer Katie O’Riordan: “I have only gambled a handful of times, but somehow I have always seemed to win. Maybe I should do it more.”

Katie O’Riordan, fashion designer, Theo + George

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