The History Of Teahan Optometrists

The History Of Teahan Optometrists

A Brief History of Teahan Optometrists

Our story begins with the fond memories of Cullen’s Hardware and Seeds business on Naas’s North Main Street, a business that has a special place in the hearts of the older generation of Naas. Originally owned by Aidan and Bates Martin, along with Bate’s brother, Jimmy Cullen, the hardware and seeds business was an integral part of the community of Naas and it’s surroundings, with people travelling far and wide to purchase from their abundant and specialised stock.

 In 1971, Teahan Optometrists was founded by Oliver Teahan and his soon-to-be-wife Carmel Martin, Aidan and Bate’s daughter. They were optometry gradutes of DIT Kevin Street. In the early days the practice was situated on the first floor, above Cullen’s Hardware store. As the years passed, the practice flourished, and when Carmel’s parents decided to retire in the early 1980s, Teahan Optometrists expanded its footprint to encompass the entire building at North Main Street. This marked a significant milestone, elevating our presence as a prominent business on the main street of Naas. The business steadily developed into a thriving optometry practice that Carmel and her husband Oliver successfully oversaw for three decades, before retiring and passing on the baton to their daughter Nikki in 2003

Our optometry practice is now headed by Nikki, and since 2021, her husband Kevin Harrington, both graduates in optometry from DIT Kevin Street. They proudly continue the third generation of a husband and wife business team at this family-owned premises.

Veronica Roche, our dispensing optician, has been an integral part of our team since 1994. Her commitment and love of all things optical, and her technical mindset led her to study Optical Dispensing in the UK and to qualify as a dispensing optician in 2002. Veronica has been our practice manager since she successfully achieved her qualification. In her managerial role she successfully oversees quality control and ensures the systems run smoothly in the background so that we can deliver the superior service and quailty we strive for every day. Veronica is helped by our assistant manager, Samantha Winders, who has been with our team for over 14 years and who is well renowned for her friendly and helpful disposition. 

In 2023, audiologist Tom Cunningham of Pinnacle Hearing joined the practice for weekly audiology services. He brings a wealth of experience and works with cutting-edge hearing technologies and diagnostic equipment.

At Teahan Optometrists, we continue our legacy of unwavering commitment to providing the best in eyecare. Our skilled and experienced team of experts allows us to provide a suite of first-class eyecare and hearing care services to the community of Naas and beyond.

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