Specsavers Grandparent of the Year Award 2017

05 October, 2017
Johnny Giles is pictured with Luke Freeman (age 6, Artane) and Lucy O Toole (age 4 , Swords).
Johnny Giles is pictured with Luke Freeman (age 6, Artane) and Lucy O Toole (age 4 , Swords).

Legendary sports star Johnny Giles has launched Specsavers Grandparent of the Year Award in association with Third Age for 2017.

The search for Ireland’s mot exceptional grandparent is now open and the former footballer, broadcaster and grandfather of eight, is encouraging grandchildren across the country to start nominating.


The aim of the award is to celebrate the extraordinary contribution that grandparents make to the lives of their grandchildren, as well as the wider community, and give them the recognition that they deserve.


Speaking of his role as ambassador Johnny said; ‘As a proud grandfather I am thrilled to have been asked to support this year’s campaign, one that recognises the value of older generations to society and families in Ireland. I am also delighted to work with a brand like Specsavers that is actively working towards removing any stigma associated with hearing loss. While I don’t suffer myself, I am very aware of the importance of being mindful of my hearing health.

Hearing has been a big part of my career from my days on the pitch, to those in the studio, but more importantly at home with friends and family. If you suffer from hearing issues and feel you are drawing away from social situations and society I would encourage you to visit your local Specsavers store for a free hearing screening as there is no need to suffer in silence with so much expertise available'.

Nominate grandparents

Grandchildren of all ages can nominate their grandparents by filling out an entry form in Specsavers stores nationwide or online here. The overall winner will receive a Grandparent of the Year trophy, a weekend away in Ireland and a €750 voucher for Specsavers while the grandchild who nominated the winner will receive an iPad.

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