It was in 1951 that John F Gilna moved his business to Thomas St, the heart of the liberties from Ballybough and set up Gilna Opticians.

Describing the local’s as “Salt of the Earth” people, it was an easy decision for friends Terry & Kevin, to take the shop over as their own in 2004. Although Gilna Opticians had new owners, they decided on keeping the Gilna name, and the building has remained almost unchanged since the 1964 rebuild with deep red carpet and wooden wall paneling.

All I can say is “Wow”. I had an appointment for an eye test at 12.30pm. Half an hour later I am back in work, suddenly able to see a whole lot better!
Austin and Terry looked after me, the test was very comprehensive, they fully grasped what I was looking for, which was contact lenses. I received a couple of pairs to try, as well as help in putting them in and removing them.
Going to get your eyes tested could be an ordeal, however today was great, I am delighted with such a wonderful service, and I will be sticking with Gilna Opticians.

While staying rooted in Thomas St, Terence & Kevin opened a second store in The IFSC, in the center of Dublin’s financial zone in 2006.

We provide various packages of corporate eye care for small medium and large companies. We go further to ensure you get what you need and are always very happy to discuss any questions you may have.

I took my son here because they were one of the only optical shops that was open during the quarantine. They were friendly, prompt, and respectful. They adjusted his glasses for free and didn’t even try to talk us into new lenses for the slight change in his prescription. I just had my own appointment there and had an equally pleasant and economical experience. Orla the optician and the man at the front desk were both lovely. Worth crossing the Liffey for!

Finally in December 2020 Gilna opticians expanded once more, opening our third location in the coastal suburb of Clontarf, Dublin 3.

At Gilna we specialize in top quality eye wear & eye care. We provide all types of eyecare and eye examinations. If you qualify for free eye examinations on PRSI or medical card, simply provide us with your details and we’ll look after the rest.

The shop is very nice. The people are very professional and kind. I am very happy with my glasses and now gilna is my point of reference. I recommend everyone to go to this optician. Wearing glasses is a matter of wellness, health and style. Thank you for their dedication and precision

31 Thomas St.

Dublin 8


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Mayor Square


Dublin 1


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2c Vernon Avenue


Dublin 3


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