Fashion and tips the order of the day for stylish students
LUNCHTIME showers didn't stop students from donning eye-catching dresses, suave suits and of course obligatory tan (mostly the girls) for the Sligo Races.
Hundreds of IT Sligo students turned up to the event last Wednesday afternoon.
The first of the seven-race card began shortly before 3pm.
The downpour a few hours beforehand wasn't going to stop students enjoying their day at the races.
Caleb McDonnell was closely eyeing up the race card.
"Hopefully, I will grab a few winners," he smiled.
Eimear Nulty, a third year Health Science student, was joined by fellow classmates Bríd Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh and Edel Lynch.
"We've never been before, it's good craic," said Eimear.
Bríd added: "We're looking for some good tips!
"I got my dress in A-wear, while the rest is from Penneys, it's a lot of fun dressing up, although it was last minute."
Edel said: "The whole college seems to be here. It's nice to see the lads all dressed up too.
"I'm looking forward to the barbecue afterward."
John Gaynor was asking anyone he met for tips. The Environmental Engineering student was suitably attired for the event.
"I borrowed my hat and tie, this is the first race meeting I've ever been to...I don't seem to have any winners yet, the last horse left the jockey looking at her."
His classmate Jason McDonagh from Bunninadden said that he never misses a race.
"I've been to them all.
"I'm usually lucky enough; I'm betting on Cheap as Chips and Good Decision today, hopefully it will be a good one.
"I was at the Galway and Listowel races earlier this summer."
Aisling McHugh from Sligo town looked strking in a floor-length black dress.
She teamed it with red lipstick and towering red heels.
"I love the races, it's such an occasion to dress up."
The Social Care student said she was impressed with the array of colour on display.
Friends Eileen Gilsenan, Marina Gallagher, Eimear Joyce and Katie Buckley were keeping a close eye on the horses.
Eileen said: "I've been to the races before, I love it, it's a great day out.
"Hopefully we will win something."
Buses were transporting students from the college to the venue; afterward they enjoyed a barbecue in The Belfy with free entry to Toffs nightclub.