Bairbre Power... Out and about
I wish we could do it all over again! Race week in Galway is always the best fun and I was invited by The g Hotel to judge their Best Hat competition on the evening with (1) the outgoing Miss Ireland, Aoife O'Sullivan, and Kinsale-based milliner, Tina Hemlock-Coyne. Our winner was Michelle Manning, wearing a tall Caithriona King hat in blue. In fact, the Galway milliner landed a double that day, taking top prize at the Ballybrit race course and The g Hotel.
The Dapper Gent prize went to (2) Dermot Milner (centre) in a seriously cool purple velvet jacket, pictured with Padraig Egan (left) of Hanleys Menswear, who sponsored the prize, and Andrew Drysdale (right), GM of The g Hotel.
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The venue was packed with fashionistas, including Michelle Kearns, whose headpieces have generated such a stir at the CREATE showcase at Brown Thomas, and stylist Marietta Doran, who was judging at the course the next day with James Patrice.
Galway was bustling with style competitions and the First Furlong lunch at The Ardilaun Hotel produced two Best Dressed winners in Tom Burke from Loughrea and Adrienne Meagher from Ballyconneely. I've met Tom before and he never fails to live up to his reputation in Aer Lingus and in his native Galway of always being a seriously dapper gent.
In 2017, I wrote about how Paul Galvin's collection for Dunnes Stores featured the 'Mister' coat inspired by soccer managers on the sidelines like Pep Guardiola. I wish Paul, formerly of this fashion parish, every luck pulling on his 'Mister' managing the Wexford footballers.
Milliner Emily Jean O’Byrne continues to wow in her native Galway and her shop in Moycullen is well worth a visit. Pretty in pink, Emily Jean was photographed with model agency owner, Mandy Maher, who compéred the Prom to Paddock lunch in aid of Enable Ireland at the Salthill Hotel with Noel Cunningham