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Romping home, Ladies' Day style: Ballybrit was out of bounds – but that didn’t put off the truly creative

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Louise Allen, from Slane, Co Meath, waters the grass in her outfit. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Louise Allen, from Slane, Co Meath, waters the grass in her outfit. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Louise Allen, from Slane, Co Meath, waters the grass in her outfit. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Not even a global pandemic could stop the glamour of Ladies' Day at the Galway Races, with the high-style event proving a virtual hit.

Elegantly dressed women from across the country dressed to the nines and posted their photos online, in an attempt to win the crown.

The entrants were whittled down to 10 finalists, with one fashionable competitor, Elizabeth Egan, even bagging a place from Dubai.

As ever, creative couture was the order of the day and entrants did not fail to inspire, despite missing out on the customary party atmosphere of the festival.

Winner of 'best dressed,' Danielle Gingell, from Claremorris, Co Mayo, channelled her inner Grace Kelly, dazzling in a large black Arturo Rios bow-tie hat and stunning Self Portrait white dress.

The monochrome look was completed with red lipstick and Ms Gingell looked every inch the Hollywood starlet.

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Creative couture: Miss Galway 2020 Pamela Uba at home in her outfit for the
2020 Galway Races Ladies’ Day. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Creative couture: Miss Galway 2020 Pamela Uba at home in her outfit for the 2020 Galway Races Ladies’ Day. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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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."

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Mary Carty from Craughwell, Co Galway, tends to her potted plants. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Mary Carty from Craughwell, Co Galway, tends to her potted plants. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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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.

Irish Independent