A LADY in red was first past the post in the fashion stakes at sun-splashed and crowded Listowel Races.
Local woman and homemaker Catherine Keane was a popular winner of the best dressed lady competition, crowning it all with a hat designed by herself.
Wearing a Quinn and Donnelly red dress and coat, she caught the eye of celebrity judge Celia Holman Lee, who admitted to having an extremely difficult task in picking a winner from the large numbers of elegantly turned-out women.
Having closely observed the style at races all over country, including Galway, the Curragh and Killarney, over the past 30 years, she had rarely seen standards as good, she said.
Ms Holman Lee said Ms Keane was perfectly accessorised with pearls, black leather gloves and animal-patterned handbag and shoes, which also had a red bow.
The winner’s prize was a €1,500 shopping spree in the Chic Boutique, Listowel, sponsor of the competition.
Second-placed Sharon Heffernan, of Tralee, in a black and white ensemble, received a €500 shopping spree, with third-placed Geraldine Walsh, from Kinsale, Co Cork, getting €250 worth of shopping.
A hat design competition was won by Liz McDaid, from Tralee, who earned herself a showcasing at Chic Boutique for the remainder of the season and a limited edition Listowel Races print from the Olive Stack Gallery.
Boutique owner Mary O’Flaherty said: “It was like a day you’d write away for, with fabulous colour and style, every kind of hat, parasols and umbrellas.
“The attention to detail was impeccable,”
Despite the recession, crowds held up at Listowel, which is celebrating 152 years of harvest time racing.
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