Creative couture: Miss Galway 2020 Pamela Uba at home in her outfit for the
2020 Galway Races Ladies’ Day. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
"The style was fantastic, so I'm delighted to win," Ms Gingell told the Irish Independent. "I love that old-school glamour."
The win was just the boost the 30-year-old dog groomer needed, after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury while riding her horse, Turtle. "I was due surgery in March but with Covid, it was put on hold.
"So, this was just what I needed. It's great that we could still enter Ladies' Day, as this year has been terrible so far and it was a great excuse to put a hat on and get dressed up.
"It's quite funny, I was standing outside, taking a picture and the neighbours were thinking, 'Where is this girl off to, getting dressed up?' But then I just headed back in for a cup of tea."
Mary Carty from Craughwell, Co Galway, tends to her potted plants. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile
Ms Gingell bought her Arturo Rios hat for €280 four years ago and had the piece shipped from the US.
She noted that the outfit got an outing at the Dublin Horse Show last year.
Melissa Carty (26), from Craughwell, Co Galway, bagged 'best hat' with her daring yellow Caithriona King fascinator, a swirl design, complemented by a diamanté brooch.
While Niamh McKeever from Dundalk, Co Louth, posed by a washing line full of glamorous gowns, wearing a blue and white floral dress and blue fascinator.
Current Miss Galway Pamela Uba also took part in Ladies' Day. The beauty queen opted for a gold feather crown by Michelle Kearns to complete her outfit of copper-toned dress and the palest blush pink shoes. Louise Allen, of Slane, Co Meath, also embraced the spirit of Ladies' Day, posing for her picture in the garden of her home.
And Mary Carty, of Craughwell, Co Galway, struck a glamorous pose as she re-potted plants while wearing a bold print maxi dress and fascinator.