Saranne Murray from Liffey Valley is one step closer to winning the coveted title of Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year after being chosen as a semi-finalist in the 25-34 age category.
Following a nationwide search, Saranne beat off stiff competition from hundreds of entries and is one of eight semi-finalists who will compete to represent Ireland at the Grand Final in London on Tuesday, 10 October at 8 Northumberland Avenue.
Store manager at Specsavers Liffey Valley, Conor Dewey, is pictured alongside team members Sarah Lawless, Chinnu Eliyas and Paula Dillon presenting Saranne with her prize, which consisted of a Specsavers eyewear voucher to the value of €215, a framed certificate and a bottle of champagne.
Speaking at the prize-giving, Saranne said: ‘When I was younger I was often picked on for wearing glasses, I hated wearing them and would avoid it when possible.
'As I grew older I realised that they are a part of who I am and so I embraced it. I am now proud to wear them and present my true self to the world.’
Specsavers store manager, Conor added: ‘We are delighted that a customer from our store has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 25-34 category and we would like to congratulate Saranne on this achievement. She wears her glasses with style and confidence so is a worthy winner in our eyes.’
Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin
Now in its 22nd year, the competition raises valuable funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin with €1 donated to the charity for each eligible entry received. The money raised will go towards the development of The Department of Ophthalmology, adding to the €180,000 that Specsavers has already raised for the charity since 2014.