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Kathryn tips her hat to stylish Nana at the races

HER grandmother was voted Queen of Fashion at Killarney Races in 1960, and this year Kathryn Thomas was the judge.

Margaret Keane, from Kenmare, who died only three months ago, would have loved to have seen her TV presenter granddaughter return as a judge.

In her honour, Kathryn chose a cream dress with a fawn top hat with netting - one of her gran's signature colours.

"Nana loved fashion and she loved big, bold colours and people who stood out and made an impact," said Kathryn.

"Cream, black and camel were her colours and that's why I chose to wear cream today to honour her. I know she's very much with me today."


The Operation Transformation and The Voice presenter was enjoying some down time before she gets back to work in September, and attended Ladies' Day at Killarney Races with partner Padraig McLoughlin and her mum.

This year's Dawn Milk Queen of Fashion, Denise Healy, fitted the judges' criteria for standing out and broke all the rules by wearing trousers.

Denise, from Killarney, is engaged to Kerry footballer Aidan O'Mahony. For her, fashion is all about taking risks, and she too was inspired by her mum, Mairead, who died two years ago.

"My mother was the most stylish person I knew and she taught me how to be ladylike and creative but also simple and practical," she said.

Denise wore black capri trousers with a black and white top and wide-brimmed hat with matching ribbon.

And although she knew it was a risk to wear trousers, she stuck to her motto when it comes to fashion: "If it looks good, go with it."