Athlone woman scoops runner-up prize in spectacle wearer final

Earlier this year Specsavers staff from all across Ireland launched a search to discover the nation’s most fabulous specs wearer. From the thousands of entries received, Ana Jamimovic of Athlone, was selected as a finalist in the 25-39 category. The 2013 Spectacle Wearer of the Year competition saw a total of eight contestants across four age categories make it all the way to the final. The age categories were 16-24, 25-39, 40-59, and 60 plus.

On Wednesday August 14 Ana joined the seven other finalists at the Royal Hibernian Gallery on Dublin’s Ely Place to battle it out at the Irish final to become Ireland’s Spectacle Wearer of the Year!

Avid specs wearer Ana - a qualified beautician - won in the 25-39 category. Having enjoyed a day of pampering ahead of the event, all eight finalists got to take part in a photo shoot and were red carpet ready ahead of meeting MC on the night TV presenter, stylist, and blogger extraordinaire Darren Kennedy.

Speaking at the national final, Specsavers Athlone customer Ana said: “I am over the moon to have reached the Irish final. I never imagined I would make it all this way when I entered the competition. I’m very proud to be representing Specsavers Athlone in this year’s competition.”

The overall winner on the night was Shay Martin, from Dublin, the finalist in the over 60s category.

MC Darren Kennedy was on hand to introduce each of the finalists to the panel of judges as they took to the stage. Judges making the all-important decision included TV personality and model agent Celia Holman Lee, showbiz reporter Sam Hamilton, as well as a Specsavers representative.

Runner-up Ana received a €215 Specsavers eyecare voucher, a framed Spectacle Wearer of the Year certificate, a bottle of champagne, and a fabulous goodie bag.

Shay Martin, the winner of the Irish Spectacle Wearer of the Year, will travel to London in September for a star-studded event with Gok Wan, Darren Kennedy, and many other specs-wearing celebrities.


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