About Us

Sweeney’s Opticians are celebrating over 70 years in business in Sligo town. Opened in 1944 by the Sweeney family, the newly refurbished practice is now under the management of Optometrist Martha Ward, F.A.O.I.

Sweeney’s Opticians has always been held in high esteem and it is our intention to uphold and consolidate the high professional standards in Sligo town. Sweeney’s Opticians ethos has always been about vision care and personal quality service.

Our up to date state of the art equipment allows us to carry out a full eye health check with a much greater degree of efficiency and reliability. Today the eye examination is more about eye health. Many eye diseases can be detected at the back of the eye with the use of this technology.


Martha-Ward-Martha Ward (FAOI Resident Optometrist and Proprietor)

A native of Rosses Point, Martha Ward is delighted to be home and working as Resident Optometrist and Proprietor of Sweeney’s Opticians. Having attended Secondary School in the Ursuline College Sligo, Martha completed her 4 year degree in Optometry and in 2007 graduated with an honours degree from DIT. Martha is also a fellow of the Association of Optometrists Ireland. For the next 7 years Ward worked in Dublin and Belfast, both in busy High street stores and smaller, more personal independent practices. This mix gave her invaluable experience across all areas of Optometry. Today, she has a keen interest in Children’s Eye Health as well as further specialties in Glaucoma and Diabetes. For the past year she have been working with the National Diabetic Screening programme, this has allowed her to enhance the eye care service provided at Sweeney’s Opticians.

Eilis Dolan

Eilis P Dolan (Optometrist)

Eilis qualified with a Bachelor of Science in Optometry in 2008. Eilis also qualified as a Science and Maths teacher in 1995. During her ten year teaching career, Eilis worked with many students with dyslexia and reading difficulties. It is widely accepted that there are many correlations between the eyes and dyslexia as well as other reading difficulties. Combining her teaching experience with optometry, Eilis is one of the few Optometrists in the North West to offer a specialised visual screening for individuals with dyslexia or visual stress with the help of colour overlays and specialised coloured lenses.


Majella Beirne (Glazing Technician & Optical Assistant)Majella Beirne

Majella joined Sweeney’s Opticians in 2009 as an optical assistant and glazing technician. Majella has over ten years experience in the optometry business. This experience enables her to assiduously attend to all customer needs. Majella is responsible for on-site glazing and optical repairs thus ensuring a prompt and more efficient service at Sweeney’s Opticians.


Bernie Mongey (Optical Assistant)

Bernie joined Sweeney’s Opticians in 2012 as our main receptionist. Bernie comes from a family of opticians and has a wealth of knowledge in optics . She will be happy to advise you on your optical appliances ensuring that you receive the ideal frame and lenses which will give you the desired look and clear focus on leaving the practice. Bernie will also keep you updated with special offers and on our special screening clinics.


Katherine O Meara – Resident Optometristbbb

Katherine is our resident Optometrist at Sweeney’s Opticians and her professional approach is guaranteed to set you at ease. Katherine has a special interest in retinal disease and has several year experience in optometry.

Katherine has recently undertaken specialist training  in diabetic retinopathy as well as training in post cataract eye assessment.