Ireland's Best Dressed Garda Ciara Murphy: 'I get recognised when I'm in my uniform'
Published 13/10/2016 | 13:58
She's often hailed as Ireland's Best Dressed Garda and Ciara Murphy takes her style just as seriously off duty...from the racing circuit.
Murphy has been blazing a trail in style circles in recent years and most recently won Best Hat at the Galway Races, pocketing a €2,000 prize.
And while she's well known among the racing circuit having landed a number of coveted titles at Leopardstown and Fairyhouse and said she's even been stopped on the street while in uniform.
"I was so surprised because I wear glasses during the day and my hair is always tied back, but I walked into a pharmacy and the lady working there said: 'I know you! you won at the races'.
"It was really so funny, I couldn't stop laughing," she told the October issue of VIP Magazine.
Having previously studied fashion before applying for a job with the Gardai, Ciara says her transition to the best dressed circuit wasn't a huge surprise for some of her colleagues, who support her.
"There might be an occasional light-hearted comment, but everyone is so supportive.
"I didn't think they'd notice so much, but most people did. They show an interest, which is lovely.
"When I won in Galway, I got loads of texts congratulating me and saying I'd been spotted in the papers."
With a number of lucrative winnings under her hat, the 31-year-old said she was nervous before competing the first time in 2014.
"I wasn't educated in it at all," she added.
"I had assumed there might be a certain air about it, but I did like the thought of competing. It's a style of fashion that I'd never looked at before and I was so nervous.
"I went to the races in Navan with a friend, never thinking I'd get anywhere, but I ended up being in the final. It was just really lovely, I think I was hooked!"
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The Dunboyne native, who previously won the Face of Ireland competition in 2011, said that people "look at female guards differently today" and and "they know they can be in that line or work and still be themselves and be feminine and be into fashion."
"There are some very glamorous women in the Gardai. You should see all the girls when they're dolled up for our work nights out.
"We obviously have to be really pared back when we're working, so when you see the women out of uniform, they're just like any other girls."