Objects of Desire: Gearóid Farrelly
The comedian from Finglas talks to Andrea Smith about his favourite purchases
I hate shopping and should probably get more adventurous with clothes. I tend to go to Superdry a couple of times per year because I just love that shop. I'm not into labels, so I buy some hoodies (Tigers Athletic hoodie, €64.99, Superdry.com), jeans and a few shirts and that does me, because I dress for comfort, not for speed.
I decided that January was going to be 'all change' so I got a NutriBullet (€109, HarveyNorman.ie) and basically I'm off solids. It's not just for big handfuls of kale and spinach and juices - my favourite thing to make in it is chocolate milkshakes.
I do a podcast, so am always buying recording gadgets such as mic arms and stands. I use the Apogee mic (€255, Thomann.de/ie). I record in my spare room, and have accidentally left the recording on a couple of times when people were staying over and ended up recording them snoring!
Music and books
The problem is that I buy music on iTunes and often end up buying a physical copy as well, which is a stupid waste of money, An example is Marcella Detroit's allbum, Jewel: The Original Demo Recordings (€8.99, iTunes.com) as she did my podcast recently and I loved her music. I bought Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (€13.99, Easons.com) and gave loads of albums to the charity shop, but ended up going back and buying some of my own CDs again.
I think I've some weird fetish as I've tons of cookery books. I always buy Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson (Nigellissima, €12.81, Amazon.com) Rachel Allen and Donal Skehan's books, but some others are such a waste as you end up liking three recipes out of them and that's it. I'm terrible for seeing someone cooking something nice on a TV programme and buying their book for that recipe.
I love gadgets and couldn't live without my phone power pack. I always have one with me - Swiss 2800mAh Universal Portable Charger (€30.99, Argos.ie) - as I'm on the road a lot and my phone is kind of knackered so the battery doesn't last.
I'm obsessed with the IKEA furniture hackers (ikeahackers.net), who make cool things from IKEA furniture. So you buy three stools (NILS black & grey stool, €45, IKEA.com) for example, and make a cool bookshelf from them. I did a course with The Crafty Bird (Basic upholstery course, €125, Milkpaint.ie), and it was me and a load of women learning to do découpage and antique milk paint. I have done up a bathroom cabinet since then so I'm handier than I look.
Check out Gearóid's podcasts on iTunes and Headstuff.org. He's currently on tour with Neil Delamere and is recording a radio special in the Project Arts Centre on February 7.
How to get Gearóid's favourite things on a smaller budget
Instead of buying lots of cookbooks, why not buy The Dublin Cookbook (€15, Templestreet.ie) and get a compilation of 130 recipes from Dublin's top chefs, including Patrick Guilbaud, Kevin Thornton, Oliver Dunne and Derry Clarke? Proceeds go to Temple Street Children's Hospital.
Gearóid loves juicing on his new health-kick, and, even better, making chocolate milkshakes on his cheat day. If the pricier blenders are out of your reach, the nifty Breville Blend-Active Family blender VBL096, (€39, Debenhams.ie) may be just the man for the job.
Witty? Check. Handy? Check.
Hates shopping? Check. Likes comfort? Check! If Gearóid is looking for a funky new look, he could always go online and invest in some affordable tees. This You're Some Tool t-shirt, (€22, HairyBaby.com) seems to us to be tailor-made for him.
If you're crafty too, why not learn to chalk paint, decoupage, stencil and dry brush at Shabby Chic Junkie's upcycling workshops in Kildare (€90 including lunch)? Or let Jennifer and Antoinette upcycle your own furniture (POA, Tel: 087 262 8305).