Local woman in the frame to win Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year
Siobhan Delaney from Carlow 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 35 – 44 age category.
Following a nationwide search, Siobhan 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 directors at Specsavers Carlow, Mary McGinley and Dolores O’Neill are pictured presenting Siobhan Delaney 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, Siobhan said: ‘I am very proud to wear my Specsavers glasses as not only do they improve my eyesight, but they make me feel fashionable. Wearing glasses gives me extra confidence and without my unique frames I wouldn't feel like the individual and unique person I am today.’
Store director at Specsavers Carlow, Mary McGinley added: ‘We are delighted that a customer from our store has been chosen as a semi-finalist in the 35-44 category and we would like to congratulate Siobhan on this achievement. Store director Dolores O’Neil added ‘Siobhan wears her glasses with great style and confidence and is a worthy winner in our eyes.’
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+ - 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 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.