To coincide with UN International Day of Older Persons (01 October 2016), legendary broadcaster and grandfather of 12, Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, launched the Grandparent of the Year Award. Specsavers in association with Third Age, a national charity for the elderly, is calling for nominations as they search the country for Ireland’s most exceptional grandparent.

Sinead Clohessy said

Speaking at the launch, Specsavers Chairperson Sinead Clohessy said, ‘We are excited to launch the Grandparent of the Year Award, which recognises the many benefits of an ageing population and the special role that grandparents play in Irish families. I would encourage grandchildren throughout Ireland to nominate today and give your grandparent the recognition that they deserve.’

She continued, ‘Many people who come to us with concerns about their hearing have withdrawn from social situations leaving them feeling isolated and depressed, so it is fitting to collaborate with a charity that works tirelessly to alleviate loneliness and combat social isolation.’

Four regional finalists

Grandchildren of all ages can nominate their grandparents by filling out an entry form in Specsavers’ 50 stores nationwide or online at Four regional finalists from Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster will receive a €215 Specsavers voucher, a bottle of champagne and a finalists’ certificate. The overall winner will receive a weekend away in Ireland, a Grandparent of the Year trophy and a €750 vouchers for Specsavers while the grandchild who entered will win an iPad Air.

Closing date

The closing date for entries is Monday, 31 October and the four regional finalists will be chosen by a judging panel in November before Ireland’s Grandparent of the Year is announced on Monday, 21 November.

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