Dublin riders show Springsteen who’s Boss as RDS begins 5-day gig

Bruce Springsteen turned up at the RDS yesterday, but the Boss didn’t sing a word as the focus of the crowds remained on horses at the opening of the five-day Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show.

Dublin riders show Springsteen who’s Boss as RDS begins 5-day gig

Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa were there to cheer on daughter Jessica.

A homegrown star will turn heads today when one of the world’s top milliners, Philip Treacy, puts in an appearance at the Blossom Hill Ladies Day.

Madonna, Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney, Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, Sarah Jessica Parker, and guests at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton have all worn his designs.

London-based Treacy, who is from Ahascragh, Co Galway, will be the guest of the five-star G Hotel and will judge the best-dressed man competition.

Much of his early creations were inspired by his rural roots and even today some of his work is still influenced by garden flowers and plants.

“I started making dresses and hats for my sister’s dolls. My mother had chickens, geese, pheasants and ducks, so all the ingredients of the hat were in my house,” Treacy recalled in one interview.

Broadcaster and designer Brendan Courtney, London fashion stylist Angela Scanlon and Triona Gannon of the G Hotel, will select the best dressed lady.

A trip to New York worth up to €8,000 awaits the winner and there will also be prizes for the men.

Meanwhile, Jewels for Cures, an Irish non-profit organisation raising funds for cancer research announced that the Brian Boru Millennium Crown will be on display in the RDS Library for the duration of the show.

The crown, which RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan unveiled at the show, is made from gold and silver donated by Irish people.

Alison McCormick, founder of Jewels for Cures, said the crown was the perfect way to unite Irish people around the globe to commemorate the 1,000th anniversary of Brian Boru.

“With a donation, Irish people from home and abroad can become part of the history of an artefact that will be remembered for the next thousand years,” said Ms McCormick, adding that the foundation hopes to raise €100,000 for cancer research.

Dublin Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially opened the 141st show after arriving at Ballsbridge in the horse-drawn mayoral carriage.

The event is part of the RDS core mission to showcase the best Irish bred horses and is estimated to be worth €45m to the economy.

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