Pop mogul ‘mobbed’ by fans during visit to Newry

April 11, 2016

Well-known and popular entertainment manager and X Factor judge, Louis Walsh, was mobbed by fans during his visit to Newry’s Specsavers store on Thursday.  Dozens of bemused onlookers watched as fans queued to meet the pop mogul, seizing the opportunity to take ‘selfies’ with the star.

Walsh visited the Buttercrane Centre as the VIP guest of Specsavers to mark completion of the store’s recent £250k refurbishment, having recently launched the company’s ‘Listen Up’ campaign – an initiative in place to raise awareness of the importance of regular hearing checks.

The new-look Specsavers Newry branch now boasts state-of-the-art audiology facilities as part of the overall refurbishment, as a result of investment by the store’s two local directors – Alison Dunne and Sharon Fegan – who, with their team of 43 staff, have been providing essential health services for the last 18 years.

For the first time the store will also offer a dedicated audiology room complete with sound-proofed booth for optimal testing conditions where customers can avail of free three-minute ear screening seven days a week.

Now with four new test rooms, which will be fully equipped with the latest eye care technology such as digital retinal cameras, new technology introduced instore also includes Digital Precision Eyecare – a cutting edge new way of selecting and fitting customers’ glasses, using imaging software on tablet devices.

Louis Walsh praised Specsavers and its staff on the refurbishment of the premises while revealing his own personal experience with hearing difficulties: “I can testify to the importance of hearing tests. Having my hearing tested has made me realise just how important it is to have regular hearing checks. People have no problem getting their sight checked, yet for some reason, admitting to having hearing problems is still relatively taboo.

“Although I don’t need to wear a hearing aid now, I know there will come a time when I do, and I have no problem with that whatsoever. I want to continue to hear everything and they are so small and advanced these days that there really is no reason to not want to wear one! I know Simon Cowell will really take the mickey out of me for this, but I think after some of the people he’s allowed through on The X Factor, he should consider having his hearing tested too! I mean come on, Reggie and Bollie?!” he joked.

Store director Sharon Fegan said the occasion has been “very memorable” while her fellow director Alison Dunne added: “Louis was the perfect VIP guest as he himself can testify to the importance of the work that we do.”