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Sunday 17 February 2019

Fashion festivities kick off at day one of the Galway Races

Galway Races 2018
Galway Races 2018
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

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.

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
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 30/7/18
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
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
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
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

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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