Wednesday 28 September 2016

Kirsty Farrell nabs third Best Dressed Lady title this year as Ab Fab's Joanna Lumley joins stylish crowd at the Curragh

Published 23/05/2016 | 07:37

Norah Casey, Joanna Lumley and Yvonne Connolly at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Norah Casey, Joanna Lumley and Yvonne Connolly at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Yvonne Connolly at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Helen Murphy at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ann Marie Hodnett and Lisa Brennan at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Linda Morrison, Anne Marie Corbett and Gillian Gilbourne at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Rachelle Guiry, Elaine Kelleher and Joanna Murphy at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Kirsty Farrell from Newry at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Joanna Lumley at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Norah Casey, Joanna Lumley and Yvonne Connolly at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Joanna Lumley at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Finalists Catherine Dillon, Elaine Kellegher, Kirsty Farrell, Emma Hanratty and Helen Murphy at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use
Mary O'Halloran and Veronica Walsh at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Maria Byrne at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Liz Maher at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Finalists Catherine Dillon, Elaine Kellegher, Kirsty Farrell, Emma Hanratty and Helen Murphy at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Fashion-forward filly Kirsty Farrell was the big winner at the Curragh over the weekend after her all-white outfit claimed the top prize.

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She overcame some stiff competition to win the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icons contest at Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival for her elegant ensemble.

It was a case of 'mum's the word' for the delighted winner - her outfit came from the Newry boutique, Rosie's Closet, that she co-owns with her mother. The racing fan's distinctive headpiece came from Millinery by Mairead.

The 20-year-old, whose prize included a weekend stay in Killashee Hotel along with nine friends, told the Herald how she was "really delighted" to have won.

Kirsty Farrell from Newry at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Kirsty Farrell from Newry at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Kirsty, who also won twice before at the Punchestown festival, wasn't alone in the winner's enclosure either.

She said she was "thrilled" to be joined by her best pal Emma Hanratty, who also works in the same boutique and made it down to the final five finalists.

Celebrity judge on the day was columnist Yvonne Connolly, who opted for a black-and-white ensemble with lace details. She said it was a "tough job with a high level of competition."

"As a Kildare native, I've been going to the races my whole life and love taking in all the fashion," she said.

Joanna Lumley at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Joanna Lumley at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Another familiar face at the track was Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley, who was looking her usual stylish self at the Kildare event.

The British star jetted over after being invited here as a special guest. She even had one of the races named after her as a belated celebration of her 70th birthday on May 1.

"In all my wildest dreams I could never imagine that one day a race would be named after me. I am thrilled and proud in equal measure," she said.

The guys weren't left out either when it came to handing out the fashion accolades. Stylish dad and son Raymond and Patrick Gilbourne, from Cork, were thrilled after winning the overall Irish Tatler Man Style Icon prize.

Finalists Catherine Dillon, Elaine Kellegher, Kirsty Farrell, Emma Hanratty and Helen Murphy at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Finalists Catherine Dillon, Elaine Kellegher, Kirsty Farrell, Emma Hanratty and Helen Murphy at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Linda Morrison, Anne Marie Corbett and Gillian Gilbourne at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Linda Morrison, Anne Marie Corbett and Gillian Gilbourne at the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition at The 1000 Guineas at the Curragh Racecouse, Kildare. Picture: Brian McEvoy

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