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Mairead flies the flag for Irish designers at Ascot races


Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth

Tally ho! Today FM's Mairead Farrell was flying the Irish flag when she trotted out at Royal Ascot.

The chatty presenter attended the posh racing festival with her partner Louis Ronan and wore Irish threads from head to toe.

"I had never been to the races before so thought I should get dolled up and wear Irish," she told the Herald.

Mairead's dress and coat were by Louise Rawlins – the designer responsible for Claire Byrne's outfit at this year's VIP awards.

She teamed the pale-pink outfit with delicate gloves by Paula Rowan and her wicker hat was spun by milliner Grainne Maher. "And I just wore an old pair of shoes I got in Arnotts," she said.

Mairead (31) said she was delighted when she discovered Queen Elizabeth was wearing a similar shade to her.

"We had bets on what colour she should wear. I thought she'd be in cream – she wasn't, so I lost the bet.


"But she did wear the same colour of lilac-y pink as me, so we matched – sort of. I was delighted about that."

Mairead says the day at the Berkshire course was a surreal experience.

"It's this whole other world," Mairead laughed. "Filled with very horsey people. It was a great few days away and I even won €10, which I was delighted about," she said.

The radio broadcaster was talking at the launch of Lidl's Bake-Off for Barretstown.

For every €1 spent in the in-store bakeries next week, Lidl will donate 20 cent to Barretstown.

"I think it's a great initiative and gives you a great excuse to load up on carbs," she laughed.

Ascot to one side, Mairead says she plans on taking things easy this summer.

"I have a few things in the pipeline. It could be quite a busy September, so I'm just planning taking things easy."