A packed Ladies Day at Listowel
Record numbers of well-dressed ladies paraded and the classic colours of black, cream and frothy white lace were offset by some eye-catchingly strong shades.
Maura O’Donovan from Glenflesk near Killarney stood out in hot-pink, shot-silk by Killorglin designer, Tina Griffin. She wore the classically cut, sleeveless dress and a white lace hat.
And a traditional hand-woven African shawl offset a long Swiss lace dress, offset with traditional Nigerian headwear, in the case of Tralee psychotherapist Bukola Duyile, originally from Nigeria who said: “I am living in Tralee with 11 years and this is my third time at the races in Listowel. I love the event."
An estimated 28,000 attended Ladies’ Day in Listowel yesterday - a welcome boost given the cancellation of the first two days due to rainfall.
The judges yesterday included Apprentice star Brian Purcell and model Alison Canavan who wore a stunning red hat.
A Limerick woman - a lady in red - scored the €3,000 first prize for Best Dressed Lady. Bríd Hayes from Ballyhahill, County Limerick wore a red and white knee-length 50s style dress from ASOS and a headpiece by Listowel-based milliner, Aoife Hannon.
Bríd is getting married next May, so intends to use the prize towards creating her dream wedding. She received a €3,000 cheque from sponsors Patrick McElligott, MD, McElligotts Tralee and John Saunders, marketing director, Honda Ireland.
Runner-up Annmarie Blennerhassett, originally from Tralee, now living in Dublin wore a cream Heidi Higgins dress and forest green headpiece by Tralee milliner, Carol Kennelly. She receive a €1,000 cheque which she intends to use towards decorating a new room in her home in Ranelagh.
Other winners yesterday included Brenda O’Brien, from Milltown for the jazziest headpiece. Her headpiece was made by her sister Nicole O’Brien. Brenda co-owns a hair dressing business, Ruby, in Killarney.
The winner of the McElligotts Honda Best-Dressed Couple was Gillian and Eamonn Gilbourne from Cork. They received a luxury weekend away in Carton House, Dublin.
The winner of the Listowel Races Most Glamorous Young Racer, sponsored by Listowel Race Course, was Nicola Sheahan (16), from Tarbert, County Kerry. She wore a top from Swamp and a skirt made by her mother.
Saturday will see vintage dresses galore – Listowel Tidy Towns in conjunction with An Taisce are giving a prize for the best presentation of an up-cycled / re-styled or authentic vintage outfit.