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'To all of you cyber bullies out there...P**s off and get a life' - Galway Races Best Dressed lady hits back after online troll attacks

Published 01/08/2016 | 19:37

Lisa McGowan who was named the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races . Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure
Lisa McGowan who was named the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races . Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure

The Best Dressed Lady at the Galway Races has revealed how she was attacked by online trolls since she won the prestigious prize.

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Lisa McGowan’s joy turned to anger after she won the €10,000 prize in Galway last Thursday.

Ms McGowan, from Tullamore, Co Offaly, said she was subjected to nasty comments on social media.

In a posting on Facebook Ms McGowan hit back at those who accused her of suffering from “droopy boob syndrome”.

Lisa McGowan at the Galway Races
Lisa McGowan at the Galway Races

She said: “I've read lots of stuff about me over the last few days, horrible hurtful comments ‘droopy boob syndrome’, ‘should have worn a bra’, make-up atrocious, tangoed, satalite [sic] dish reception, fake Hollywood smile..Oh lads the list goes on.

“You know what girls, I just don't get why some folk have to be so horrible, yep the keyboard warriors have been out over the last weekend and building themselves up by trying to tear me down.”

Ms McGowan, whose dress was named after her late brother, hit back at the trolls.

“To all of you cyber bullies out there... P**S OFF AND GET A LIFE. Would you like to be on the receiving end?

“I'm thick skinned and I'm laughing at the good of it, me and my A cups. No chance of them drooping it's me fat ass I'm worried about.”

Ms McGowan said she feared for other women who may fall victim to online trolling and may not be able to handle the abuse.

“I'll be forgotten about tomorrow and some other poor unfortunate will be at the receiving end of it tomorrow.”

She explained: “Lots of other girls are more sensitive so F**KING THINK before you unleash your nastiness on your keypad. Self Harm, depression, anorexia, suicide...Yep lots of you HARMING others out there with your comments!!!!!”

Insurance broker Lisa, who won a prize of accommodation and vouchers from the G Hotel worth €10,000, is about to launch her own fashion business Strawberry And Lime.

And she said her inspiration for her winning outfit was her late brother.

She told Today with Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One: "The dress is called the Chrissy dress after my late brother who passed away - himself and his two friends in a car accident.

"When myself and Shauna decided to launch Strawberry and Lime when she was doing out the flat pattern she said: 'Lisa this dress needs a name and you can choose the first name."

"And I said: 'Let's call it Chrissy which I did. I didn't tell anybody at the time because I didn't want to put any pressure on him up there.

"But you know he looked after me and we won it. Thanks Chris."

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