The top 10 finalists for Her Best Dressed at the Galway Races have been announced 3 years ago

The top 10 finalists for Her Best Dressed at the Galway Races have been announced

Ten out of ten for style!

The top 10 finalists for the Her Best Dressed competition at the Galway Races have been announced. Chosen by our judging panel of broadcaster Síle Seoige, author and nutritionist Rosanna Davison and Her's Gillian Fitzpatrick, these ten ladies stood out from the crowd due to their fabulous headpieces, use of colour and unique take on raceday dressing.


The winer of the Her Best Dressed competition will receive a luxury trip to the Seychelles with Emirates Holidays. The trip, which includes flights, transfers and accommodation, is worth over €2,500 and the winner will also receive a whopping €3,000 in cash.

Meanwhile, the Best Hat winner will take home a VIP stay at The Lodge at Ashford Castle, valued at over €1,500. The prize includes 2 nights’ accommodation in a Lakeview suite for 2 people. They’ll enjoy full Irish breakfast on both days and dinner on one night in Wilde’s  restaurant, which has a stunning view out over Lough Corrib. The winner will also get to experience an amazing hawk walk at Ireland’s first school of falconry.

The ten lucky ladies who made it to the final are:

1. Eileen Lundon


From Galway, Eileen is wearing a dress with beaded detail by Shauna Fay and headpiece by Caithriona King Millinery.

2. Carla Linares


Carla, from Colombia, is wearing a tropical silk mix dress from Monsoon.

3. Mary Stapleton-Foley

Office manager Mary is wearing a 1940s' inspired dress by Tina Griffin and headpiece by Taboo Millinery.


4. Elizabeth Egan

Cork woman Elizabeth is wearing a hat and dress from Vanilla Boutique in Fermoy.

5. Ciara Peters


From Carlow, Ciara is wearing a jumpsuit she had made while travelling in Vietnam and a hat she made herself.

6. Melissa McGirr

Hailing from Omagh, Melissa is wearing a jumpsuit from Comino Couture and a hat hired from Hat Gallery.

7. Coleen Brady


Coleen is wearing a second-hand bodice and matching skirt by Maticevski and a crown by Edel Ramberg.

8. Claire Kelly Badger

Milliner Claire is wearing one of her own hats with a dress by Dolly & Bella Fashion.

9. Pamela Uba

Pamela is wearing a jumpsuit by Phoenix V and hat by Laura Hanlon millinery.

10. Deirdre O'Sullivan

Teacher and former Galway Rose Deirdre is wearing a dress by Geraldine O'Meara designs and a Yes Flowers headpiece.

Photography: Andrew Downes