Specsavers and Third Age are delighted to announce that Dubliner Moya Connelly (94) has won Leinster Grandparent of the Year. The grandmother of five, who was nominated by her granddaughter Hannah Connelly (18), beat off stiff competition from grandparents throughout the province and is one of four regional finalists who will compete to win the prestigious title of Ireland’s Grandparent of the Year.
The team at Specsavers Blanchardstown recently presented Moya with her prize which comprised a framed certificate, bottle of champagne and a Specsavers voucher.
Speaking at the prize-giving Moya Connelly said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to be named the Leinster Grandparent of the Year and to be one step closer to winning the national title. It is a real honour and even more special because I was nominated by my granddaughter.’
Hannah has a very close relationship with her grandmother and in her winning entry, she tells the amazing story of the inspirational Moya who is certainly not shy of a challenge. Six years ago, Moya, a keen artist and painter, set out on a new learning journey, teaching herself how to use a computer so that she could Skype her grandchildren. Moya didn’t stop there and went on to sit the Junior Cert History and English papers at the age of 92 to keep her mind active.
Specsavers Blanchardstown store director Kerril Hickey said, ‘Congratulations to Moya on this much-deserved achievement and her granddaughter Hannah for her fantastic entry which we were truly inspired by.’
The Grandparent of the Year award was launched by Specsavers in association with Third Age to recognise the benefits of an ageing population and celebrate the special role that grandparents play in the lives of Irish families and the community.