Saturday 23 September 2017

Tyrone woman scoops €11k Best Dressed Lady prize at Cheltenham

Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Cheltenham festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/3/2017
Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Cheltenham festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/3/2017
Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition with Roz Purcell, judge, at the Cheltenham festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/3/2017
Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Cheltenham festival. Picture: Damien Eagers

Sean O'Grady

A woman from Co Tyrone has scooped the Best Dressed prize at Ladies' Day at Cheltenham, worth over €11,000.

Hundreds of ladies donned their finest wears for day two of the Cheltenham Festival as attention shifted from the racecourse to the stands for the Best Dressed competition.

The sartorial showdown was won by Una O'Farrell Feeney from Tyrone who was not at all comfortable being the centre of attention.

"It's funny because I went to New York to get married and there was only 10 people there because I don't like people looking at me and there's a lot more people looking at me now," she told the Herald.

Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Cheltenham festival. Picture: Damien Eagers
Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition at the Cheltenham festival. Picture: Damien Eagers

Una was joined at Prestbury Park by husband and die-hard racing fan Colm and walked away with a prize worth over €11,000, including a Boodles designer necklace worth over €2,200.

"I don’t go to many of the races but Cheltenham is special for us. Colm loves the racing and I come for the craic. I've never been to Galway or Punchestown, I'm a bit of a novice," she said.

Una wore a teal dress by Danish designer Malene Birger with Reiss Shoes and vintage gloves.

"I started thinking about what I was going to wear about four or five weeks ago. I got the dress and I had the shoes to match. I'm delighted, I'm overwhelmed. I haven't won a Best Dressed before, I've never so much as won a pound in the lotto," she said.

Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition with Roz Purcell, judge, at the Cheltenham festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/3/2017
Una O'Farrell Feeney from Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, winner of the best dressed lady competition with Roz Purcell, judge, at the Cheltenham festival. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 15/3/2017

The contest's judges included Irish model Roz Purcell who had her eye out for some colour.

"The theme of Colour Me March made it easier because we were looking for lots of colour and we were looking for women who did it right and were very simple and classic in their approach. It was really good, classic race wear," she said.

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