September 24, 2022

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‘Living in the country makes driving an electric car interesting’

Gráinne O’Farrelly, managing director, Kroll, financial services compliance & regulation

Are you a saver or a spender?

I would say both, but perhaps I am more inclined towards saving. That said, I enjoy my social life and I am happy to spend money on things like holidays, days and evenings out with family and friends. And when it comes to my house or garden, I’m always happy to pay for the right person to do a great job.

Do you shop around for better value?

I usually leave that to my husband, but when it comes to booking holidays, I will always try to secure the best deal.

What has been your most extravagant purchase and how much did it cost?

Fifteen years ago, I was in New York on a trip with one of my sisters and, in a moment of madness, I bought a very expensive coat. My sisters are very good at advising me about investment pieces! To be fair, the coat is still perfect, and I love it.

What purchase have you made that you consider the best value for money?

After much discussion and negotiation, we purchased an electric car two years ago. Running costs are negligible. Of course, an added benefit is it is good for the planet, which is a big focus in our house. Living in the country makes driving an electric car interesting as wildlife, cats, dogs and people can’t hear you, so it’s a good incentive to slow down.

How did you prefer to shop during the Covid-19 restrictions – online or local?

I always prefer to shop local, although at times during lockdown, this wasn’t possible. I was ecstatic – quite literally – when my local artisan coffee shop, Partridges, in Gorey, reopened after the full lockdown. I live in a wonderful town full of boutiques, eateries and markets, so it is easy to shop local.