Killarney grandmother named Munster Grandparent of the Year
Specsavers and Third Age are delighted to announce that Betty Crosbie (88) from Killarney, Co.Kerry has won Munster Grandparent of the Year. The grandmother of eight, who was nominated by her grandchild Abbie O’Sullivan (11) 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 Specsavers Ireland’s Grandparent of the Year.
The team at Specsavers Killarney recently presented Betty with her prize which comprised a framed certificate, bottle of champagne and a Specsavers voucher.
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. Grandchildren of all ages were asked to nominate their grandparents with a written entry on why they deserved the title.
Speaking at the prize-giving Betty said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to be named Specsavers Munster 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.’
Specsavers Killarney store director Thomas Doyle commented, ‘Congratulations to Betty on this much deserved achievement and her granddaughter Abbie for her fantastic entry which we were touched by. At Specsavers, we recognise that older people, and particularly those with hearing loss, are vulnerable to social isolation and these awards are an opportunity for younger generations to celebrate the many ways that grandparents and older people enrich our lives and communities. We wish Betty the very best of luck in the final.’
In her winning entry, Abbie, who describes her grandmother as ‘amazing’, details how caring and giving her grandmother Betty is. The youngest of eight grandchildren, Abbie loves visiting her grandmother and helping her with her fundraising efforts. Although Betty suffers from hearing loss in one ear, since working in the telephone exchange, she is incredibly active and leads a very busy life. Betty visits Chernobyl regularly, helping young children and often bringing them on holiday camps. She raises money throughout the year and has a keen interest in politics. Betty is an active volunteer for St Vincent de Paul, collecting money at mass every Sunday. Abbie loves her grandmother very much and enjoys nothing more than staying in her house and baking scones with her.
The other regional finalists are: Moya Connelly from Blanchardstown, Margaret McConnell from Letterkenny and Oliver Ryan from Galway.