Competing for Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year

31 August, 2017
Pictured is Gabriella with her prize
Pictured is Gabriella with her prize

Gabriella Marsella 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, Gabriella, who resides in Drogheda, 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.

Specsavers Drogheda store director David McCloskey and store manager Ann McEntee is pictured presenting Gabriella 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, Gabriella said: ‘When I was first prescribed glasses 10 years ago, there was a stigma attached to wearing them and naturally insecurity followed. It’s so nice that this stigma no longer exists as I now feel stylish in my specs and receive a lot of compliments when I wear them!’

David McCloskey, store director at Specsavers Drogheda 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 Gabriella on this achievement. She wears her glasses with style and confidence so is a worthy winner in our eyes.’

Irish semi-finalists

The Irish semi-finalists were chosen from all over the country across five age categories; 16-24, 25-34, 35-44, 45-59 and 60+. Competition ambassador and former Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle will announce the overall Spectacle Wearer of the Year who will win €12,000 in cash and €1,000 to spend on eyecare in Specsavers.

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.

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