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Galway Races 2018

Galway Races 2018

Tracy McGuinness at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Tracy McGuinness at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Sisters, Daniella and Charlene Small at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Sisters, Daniella and Charlene Small at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Emma Dillon with Nicola Dowling and Áine Ryan at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath McGrath
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Emma Dillon with Nicola Dowling and Áine Ryan at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath McGrath 30/7/18

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Corinna Hynes from Sligo and Tracy McGuinness, Donegal, at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Corinna Hynes from Sligo and Tracy McGuinness, Donegal, at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

 Karla Corcoran at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karla Corcoran at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Kara Ellis with Karla Corcoran and Shauna Ellis at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Kara Ellis with Karla Corcoran and Shauna Ellis at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Darina Kerr at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Darina Kerr at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Daniella Gardiner, Knocknacarra and Michelle Murphy at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Daniella Gardiner, Knocknacarra and Michelle Murphy at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Michelle Murphy at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Michelle Murphy at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Milliner Jennifer Wrynne at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Milliner Jennifer Wrynne at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Milliner Jennifer Wrynne at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Milliner Jennifer Wrynne at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Gerry Mooney

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Galway Races 2018

This year's Galway Races kicked off with a mixture of past winners and hopefuls for the coveted Best Dressed Lady prize.

Dedicated fashion followers descended on Ballybrit Racecourse for the opening festivities of the annual event, the busiest on the racing calendar, including former Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter and milliner Jennifer Wrynne, a staple at all races in the UK and Ireland.

Carpenter opted for an all-Irish ensemble, including a plunging blazer and mini-skirt suit from Cork-based boutique Phoenix Vire and an embellished crown by Taylor & Rose.

Today's festivities was an introduction of the glamour expected to overtake the city over the course of the week, reaching its peak on Thursday, August 3rd for Ladies Day, where the lucky winner will walk away with a prize worth an estimated €10,000.

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Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Tracy McGuinness at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Tracy McGuinness at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Sisters, Daniella and Charlene Small at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Sisters, Daniella and Charlene Small at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Emma Dillon with Nicola Dowling and Áine Ryan at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath McGrath
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Emma Dillon with Nicola Dowling and Áine Ryan at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath McGrath 30/7/18

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karen Leonard at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Corinna Hynes from Sligo and Tracy McGuinness, Donegal, at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Corinna Hynes from Sligo and Tracy McGuinness, Donegal, at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

 Karla Corcoran at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Karla Corcoran at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Kara Ellis with Karla Corcoran and Shauna Ellis at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Kara Ellis with Karla Corcoran and Shauna Ellis at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Darina Kerr at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Darina Kerr at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Daniella Gardiner, Knocknacarra and Michelle Murphy at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

Daniella Gardiner, Knocknacarra and Michelle Murphy at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

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Holly Carpenter at the opening evening of the Galway Races. Picture: Frank McGrath

The prize, sponsored by the G Hotel, includes a diamond pendant from Cobwebs for €6,000, €2,000 in cash, flights and accommodation for two people in Paris, and an overnight stay at the hotel's penthouse suite.

Local businesses are just as quick to capitalise on the busiest week of the year, with the Galmont Hotel & Spa also hosting a 'Galway Girl Squad' competition, which will bestow a best dressed title onto a group of ladies rather than one, at their city centre location on Wednesday.

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