Neill Ryan (27) from Fettercairn in Dublin is one step closer to winning the coveted title of Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year after being chosen as the winner of the 25-34 age category.

Nationwide search

Following a nationwide search, Neil beat off stiff competition from hundreds of entries and is one of five finalists who will compete to represent Ireland at the Grand Final in London on 11 October. Specsavers Tallaght, store director James Ryan is pictured presenting winner of the 25-34 age category of Spectacle Wearer of the Year, Neill Ryan with his prize which consisted of a bottle of champagne, a Specsavers eyewear voucher and a framed certificate.

On trend glasses

Neill has been wearing glasses since his first year in secondary school and was entered into the competition by a friend. As a hairstylist he has an interest in fashion and always ensures that his glasses are on trend.

Speaking at the prize-giving, Neill Ryan said, ‘I am delighted to have won my age category, particularly in a competition which is showing people that wearing glasses can make you look good and feel great. I love my glasses and how they allow me to express my individuality.’

Store director James Ryan added, ‘We are delighted that a customer from our store has won this age category and would like to congratulate Neill on this achievement. He wears his glasses with style and confidence so is a worthy winner in our eyes.’

Grand Final in London

The Irish finalists were chosen from all over the country across five age categories - 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+ - and one lucky winner will receive a makeover before mingling with celebrities at the star-studded Grand Final in London, which celebrates specs wearers from the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Competition ambassador and former Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt will announce the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year who will win €12,000 in cash, €1,000 worth of glasses from Specsavers and an all-expenses trip to global fashion capital, New York.

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