Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh and TV3 Exposé presenter Glenda Gilson will pick the winners of a fashion competition at one of the country’s leading race meetings this summer.
They were yesterday announced as judges of the Dawn Milk Ladies’ Day during Killarney’s four-day festival meeting, from July 13 to 16.
Ladies’ Day, on July 16, is regarded as one of the most prestigious women’s events on the fashion calendar in Ireland.
The competition winner will receive a trip for two to Paris and a specially-commissioned vase, while the woman with the most stylish hat will get a trip for two to Milan and a specially commissioned vase, also. A runner-up prize will also be presented in both categories. A total of 20 finalists will be selected by the judges.
Urging women to turn out in their finery, Glenda said there’s nothing better than race day to get competitive in the style stakes and she told them not to forget their hats.
Dawn Milk general manager John O’Sullivan also spoke at the launch.
Killarney racecourse manager Micheál Lucey said: “The course is in excellent condition, there is a great air of excitement around the town and we are ready to welcome large crowds and some great racing.”
Last year’s winner, Denise Healy, from Killarney, and her fiancé, Kerry footballer Aidan O’Mahony, were also at the launch.
The July festival meeting features 28 races, with a prize fund of more than €260,000. Monday’s racing will be family-orientated, with plenty of children’s entertainment, while the 2015 Rose of Tralee contestants will visit the track on Wednesday.