Saturday 1 November 2014

Colour, headpieces and fake tan: Ladies Day arrives at Ballybrit

Published 01/08/2013 | 13:15

Karina Walton, centre, from Kilkenny City, with Grace and Lisa Kenneally, right, both from Kanturk, Co. Cork, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival
Karina Walton, centre, from Kilkenny City, with Grace and Lisa Kenneally, right, both from Kanturk, Co. Cork, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival
Maria Byrne, from Russellstown, Co. Carlow, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival
Maria Byrne, from Russellstown, Co. Carlow, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival

LADIES DAY at the Galway Races has finally arrived and the superbly turned-out women have been streaming through the gates of Ballybrit all morning.

Umbrellas shielded the elaborate hairdos and perfectly poised headpieces as the throngs waded into the waiting tents and stands.

While the rain is currently showing no signs of abating, John Moloney, racecourse manager, is quietly optimistic the predicted thunderstorm will steer clear for the majority of the afternoon. 

“Hopefully we’ll just have a few showers throughout the day. Regardless, we’re looking forward to a wonderful day’s racing. Obviously the top feature is the Galway Hurdle, worth €260,000. It’s a great entry and it’s going to be a fantastic race,” he told the Irish Independent.

“We have fresh ground for today, so we’ll have a lovely track for those horses and I think everyone will be happy.”

He added: “The ladies have been streaming in here all morning and it’s great to see such colour.”

Karina Walton, centre, from Kilkenny City, with Grace and Lisa Kenneally, right, both from Kanturk, Co. Cork, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival
Karina Walton, centre, from Kilkenny City, with Grace and Lisa Kenneally, right, both from Kanturk, Co. Cork, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival
Yvonne Rice, left, from Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary, and Sue Deering, from Castledermot, Co. Kildare at the Ballybrit venue
Yvonne Rice, left, from Ballingarry, Co. Tipperary, and Sue Deering, from Castledermot, Co. Kildare at the Ballybrit venue
Maria Byrne, from Russellstown, Co. Carlow, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival
Maria Byrne, from Russellstown, Co. Carlow, enjoying Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival

Irish Independent

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