Objects of Desire with Simon Delaney
The actor, director and Saturday:AM presenter tells Andrea Smith about his favourite purchases
The most outlandish thing I've bought lately was Sennheiser HD598 Over Ear headphones (€249, HiFiHut.ie) because I do a lot of travelling and love listening to podcasts like Michael Palin's ones and Graham Hunter's sports podcasts. I'm launching my own interview podcast series later this month called Behind the Scenes.
I do a lot of travelling for work, and one of the things I always have with me are little hand-drawn notes from the kids in my wallet. When you're away, it kind of reminds you of what's going to be there waiting for you when you get home.
I run two companies so I'd be in serious trouble if I ever lost my MacBook Pro (€1,249-€2,849, PCWorld.ie) as everything is on it. I keep promising myself a new one as there's actually a hole in it and I can see into it. I bring it everywhere with me, and bought myself an external hard drive (Seagate Expansion, €99, PCWorld.ie) to back everything up.
I would go to Louis Copeland for suits and occasion wear (€329, blue herringbone linen blazer) and M&S dress me for TV3 (€38, cotton rich brush stroke print stretch shirt). When I'm at home, I like the Centred collection from Dunnes Stores (€12, muscle fit t-shirt; €65, hooded parka; €35, dark wash jeans). What I keep wearing these days is the cast and crew jacket from The Conjuring 2, a film I did last year in LA, which comes out here next month.
I'm a bit of a chef so I love my kitchen gadgets like blenders, graters, knives and colanders. I went out recently and bought myself a new Tuffsteel Omega 3 Piece saucepan set (€55, HomestoreAndMore.ie). My brother David tends to buy me kitchen presents, and I was delighted that he got me a pizza stone (Jamie Oliver pizza stone, €19.95 sale, MeadowsandByrne.com) for Christmas.
With three boys, we couldn't travel anywhere without their Lexibook Minions Portable DVD player (€82.99, Argos.ie). We went on holidays to Kilkenny recently, and watching programmes like Bob the Builder and PJ Masks kept them occupied in the car.
Baby changing unit
I love being a dad, and Lisa and I have three boys, Cameron (9) Elliot (7) and Isaac (4). Our fourth son is on the way later this month and we're really excited. We've been off buying the buggy, steriliser, bath - anything that helps to rear the child, basically! The Babylo Smart Changer Cuddle Friends baby changing unit (€105, TonyKealys.com) is handiest thing, as it sits in the corner of the room and has shelves to hold babygros, nappies and Vaseline etc, and it's also on wheels.
How to get Simon's favourite things on a smaller budget
With so many strings to his bow between presenting, producing, directing, acting and writing, Simon has to make his clothes work for him on many fronts. This John Rocha French floral shirt (€40, Debenhams.ie) is fabulously stylish and would be appropriate in both casual and more dressy situations.
Simon fancies himself as hot stuff in the kitchen. This Joseph Joseph Elevate utensil carousel set (€79.95, HarveyNorman.ie) might help him to whip up something tasty for fellow Driving Miss Daisy cast members Gwen and Ernest to munch on between Gaiety performances.
He was our favourite "Bachelor" back in the day, but we suspect our Simon has changed more nappies than the average laddish bloke over the past decade. To save him running downstairs to the changing unit with a wailing newborn, here's the Babylo cot top changer (€35, TonyKealys.com).
How do you entertain four boys of different ages? Every kid loves flying a kite and we certainly get enough wind here to get good value out of this Fish Kite (€4, Tiger Stores). We're sure it will appeal to both Simon's small boys - and their dad!
Simon stars in 'Driving Miss Daisy' with Gwen Taylor and Ernest Perry Jr at the Gaiety Theatre until May 28, Bookings 0818 719 388 or Ticketmaster.ie