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Celebrity Diary: It's been a whirlwind of hats, celebrities and champagne at Galway race meeting

AFTER a fantastic week of racing and style at the track, I'm bidding a fond farewell to Ballybrit today and heading for home.

It's been a hectic few days in Galway so I'm looking forward to putting the feet up over the weekend and relaxing with my 10-year-old daughter Mia.

Last night was a bit of a hectic one in the City of the Tribes as the celebrations were in full swing following yesterday's glamourous Ladies Day meeting.

As I've been working all week covering the fashion and style at the track for RTE, I couldn't do too much socialising, but I made up for it last night.

There was lots going on around town. Many of the racegoers headed for the g hotel, where a Ladies Day Best Hat Competition took place.

The lucky winner went home with a fabulous bespoke Philip Treacy headpiece in the style worn by Victoria Beckham to the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

My good friend Melanie Morris, editor of Image magazine and beauty guru Triona McCarthy were on hand to chose the winning lady so I enjoyed catching up with them.

PJ Gibbons, the editor of Social and Personal was also down yesterday which was great.

It was a nice way to round off the celebrations after a wonderful day at Ballybrit. The style was just incredible and there were huge numbers in attendance at the meeting.

I kicked off my day early yesterday with a trip to the hair salon at 8am. I went into Yourells in Galway, who opened early for the day.

They had really pulled out all the stops with a red carpet outside and a door man on hand to welcome us.

There was complimentary champagne available but I didn't touch that.

Afterwards it was on to Brown Thomas to have my make-up done and then into my outfit, which was again by Madison in Galway.

I also had a wonderful headpiece made by milliner Mark T. Burke.

Naturally I was there to cover the Best Dressed Ladies contest for RTE, where the winner won an impressive prize package.

There were a few recognisable faces around throughout the week. I caught up with some of the local models including Mary Lee and Linda Duffy.

Tamso Doyle of Horse Racing Ireland was also there and some of the jockey's wives like Gillian Walsh and Chanelle McCoy.

I also ran into Daithi O Se earlier in the week so we said a quick hello. He was there with his fiancee Rita Talty.

I saw retired Munster rugby player Alan Quinlan around as well. He's a very handsome guy!

It was a bit of a family affair for me towards the end of the week with my sister Peggy and my brother Eamon there.

Eamon had flown in especially from New York to attend the festival and brought us out for dinner and cocktails at the g on Wednesday night.

He owns a bar in the Big Apple, called The Globe, and had Lady Gaga in recently.

On Sunday I was busy working for RTE filming a features package in Loughrea. Basically I challenged milliner Mark T. Burke to make a hat with a racing theme. He recreated a horse's tail, which was pretty impressive.

Afterwards I went to Clifden where I met milliner Isabelle Mariner Wood and gave her the same challenge. She went with jockey's silks for her creation.

After filming on Sunday the crew persuaded me to go out with them so we had a great night in the Quays.

I was up bright and early on Monday morning however as I was doing a tour of Galway feature for RTE before the evening meeting kicked off.

Now that all the excitement is over I'm looking forward to a bit of a break. I'll spend the weekend at home in Carlow with my daughter Mia, who has been at Pony Camp all week.

Then next week we're off to Kelly's hotel in Rosslare for a few days.

After that it's back to work and time to start looking ahead to the Ebor race meeting in August. It's York's biggest festival and I'll be there for Channel 4 racing reporting on the fashion.

I launched my own website in January so that's going great. I'm really enjoying it.

I've started doing a bit of work with TV3's Xpose as well so hopefully I'll be doing a bit more in the future.

I love being busy and I thoroughly enjoy my job so we'll see what's next on the horizon.

I'm always open to offers!


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