Saturday 21 October 2017

And they're off! Fashionable fillies (and Marty Morrissey) kick off the style stakes at Punchestown

Marty Morrissey, and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Marty Morrissey, and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Danielle Boyd, from Birr, Co. Offaly, at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Jennifer Wrynne, from Leitrim, at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Emma Curtis, from Monaghan, Grace Ryan, Tipperary, Colette Ryan, Tipperary and Caroline McDonald, Monaghan at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Niamh Lawlor, left and Katie Ann Ging, from Kildare at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Marty Morrissey, and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Aisling Reade from Naas at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Rhona McNamara, a judge in the best dressed competition at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Dawn Leaden bolger, right with her mum, Bernie Leaden Bolger, from Baltinglass, Wicklow at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Tina Coyne, from Kinsale, Cork at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Colette Donagh, from Ashbourne, Grace Ryan, from Tipperary, and Emma Curtis, from Monaghan at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Daithi O'Se at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

The battle for Best Dressed Lady has begun at Punchestown Racecourse.

The annual festival kicked off this afternoon with dozens of well-dressed women vying for the top prize of the day. As usual, it was an affair filled with some familiar faces including RTE presenters Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh and Marty Morrissey, who happily posed for pictures together on arrival.

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Marty Morrissey, and Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers

Dáithí Ó Sé, fresh from wrapping Today for another season, appeared in typically jovial spirits. Designer Jennifer Wrynne, a regular competitor on the best dressed circuit, opted for a monochrome ensemble and a headpiece of her own design; while judge Rhona McNamara, a jockey, stunned in an all-white ensemble and classic camel coat.

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Rhona McNamara, a judge in the best dressed competition at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers

This week will see a host of Irish fashionistas put their judging hat on for Bollinger's Best Dressed Lady including former Xpose presenter Aisling O’Loughlin and Vogue Williams.

This year's prize winner will win return business class flights to visit Champagne, France with two nights in Reims and dinner each evening in addition to a champagne lunch and private tour of the Bollinger estate.

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Colette Donagh, from Ashbourne, Grace Ryan, from Tipperary, and Emma Curtis, from Monaghan at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers

Colette Donagh, from Ashbourne, Grace Ryan, from Tipperary, and Emma Curtis, from Monaghan at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers
Colette Donagh, from Ashbourne, Grace Ryan, from Tipperary, and Emma Curtis, from Monaghan at the first day of the Punchestown Races. Picture: Damien Eagers

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