Galway granddad named Connacht Grandparent of the Year
Specsavers and Third Age are delighted to announce that Oliver Ryan (78) from Moycullen, Co. Galway has won Connacht Grandparent of the Year. The grandfather of two, who was nominated by his grandson Charlie Curling (10), 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 Eyre Square recently presented Oliver with his prize which comprised a framed certificate, bottle of champagne and a Specsavers voucher.
Speaking at the prize-giving Oliver Ryan said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to be named the Connacht 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 grandson.’
Charlie has a very close relationship with his granddad who he visits every day. In his winning entry, the pupil of Tooreeny National School, singled out his grandfather’s generosity. Prior to becoming a lecturer at the Department of Education in NUIG, Oliver Ryan taught in a secondary school in Africa for over 20 years and donated some of his salary to fund the education of a young boy. Charlie described how Oliver was special to him because he takes him fishing, helps him with his homework and tells him great stories.
Specsavers Eyre Square assistant store manager Charlene Murray said, ‘Congratulations to Oliver on this much-deserved achievement and his grandson Charlie for his fantastic entry which we were touched 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.