One year on from 'Best Dressed' win at Grand National, Captain Catherine Lundon is in Syria
Irish Army Captain Catherine Lundon will miss out on defending her 'Most Stylish Lady' title at Fairyhouse next Monday because she only returns from UN duty in Syria the following day.
Catherine is the Logistics Officer and Transport Section Commander with the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force.
The Irish Army is currently based at a United Nations camp in the Golan Heights on the Israeli-Syrian border and the Mullingar woman has been responsible for the Defence Forces Assets valued at €17.5m, including their MOWAGS armoured cars.
She is one of seven women in the 130-strong contingent and the only female captain.
However, army duties with the UN are a far cry from where she was on Easter weekend last year.
Catherine won an €8,000 package from Carton House at the best dressed competition - but was only able to avail of part of her prize due to her work commitments.
She won the title at Fairyhouse after replacing her uniform with a disco ball-esque gold disc sequinned 'Virgo's Lounge' peplum top she bought at Nell's Closet in Athlone.
She matched the jacket with black trousers from Vila, shoe-boots from Kurt Geiger, a DKNY clutch bag, faux fur collar from Ted Baker and tilted black hat she designed herself.
Speaking to the Irish Independent from the Golan Heights, Catherine described missing the Grand National weekend as "unfortunate" but vowed to make Punchestown, Galway and Kilbeggan later in the year.
In September 2012, Catherine won at the Champion Stakes in Leopardstown in a style competition. And she was in the first 10 at Bellewstown in 2013 before heading off on peace-keeping duties in western Sahara.
"I don't have a specific designer that I follow but milliner Fiona Mangan from Athenry, Co Galway, comes to mind as she has designed and crafted some beautiful hats for me.
"As regards fashion, I like to shop around and I like to support Irish designers like FeeG who have some very nice pieces. I have also picked up some very nice pieces on the high street and in local boutiques."
She added that "the Most Stylish Lady events have encouraged a lot of young Irish men and women to design and produce world class fashion and millinery".
Elegantly Irish is the theme of next Monday's Most Stylish Lady competition at the Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.