About Us

James Forristal – B.Sc.(Hons.), M.C.Optom.

James, who does most of the eye testing and contact lens work, qualified as an Optometrist in 2001, after completing his studies at the University of Ulster,Coleraine and his professional training at Newbury in Berkshire. He then worked as an Optometrist in Cork City before returning to Clonakilty to join the family practice in 2005.

John Paul Forristal – B.Eng.(Hons.), F.B.D.O., M.I.A.D.O., C.L.

John Paul, who is a qualified Dispensing Optician and Contact Lens Practitioner now manages the practice, and shares the dispensing duties. John Paul also operates the workshop where, if necessary, a pair of spectacles can usually be assembled within an hour.

John Forristal – B.Sc. (Ph.) F.A.O.I.

Their father John, who for more than three decades was responsible for building up and developing Forristals as a trusted and leading name in professional eye-care, continues to work part-time. He remains a valued member of the team, and many of his loyal clients from all over West Cork are pleased that, alongside his sons, he is
still available to tend to their eye care.

At Reception, clients are looked after by John Forristal’s sister Catherine O’Leary and by Jen McManus, who has been with the firm since 2014.