Art teacher from Roscommon scoops most stylish lady at Dunboyne Castle
It was top of the class for the Dunboyne Castle most stylish lady as art teacher Paula Gannon from Co Roscommon won over the judges.
And it wasn’t the fashionable 40-year-old’s first rodeo, having scooped the prize at Leopardstown at Christmas time and Kilbeggan last summer.
Her daring look stood out among the finalists, with her outfit representing a wild country garden to go with the country chic theme. She wore a tailored floral suit from Hobbs, shoes from Dunnes which she added an embellishment to and her crowning glory was the royal blue hat she made herself, a milliner on the school holidays.
A fan of country music she was delighted with her prize – a night in Dunboyne Castle before being whisked away to Nashville for four-night stay in the luxurious Bobby Hotel.
“I am over the moon. It’s not my first win, so that is wonderful. This one is very special though because Easter at Fairyhouse is so renowned,” said the Athlone woman.
“I can’t wait to go to Nashville, I am so excited.”
Judge Una Healy said that Paula’s outfit stood out in the distance to all three judges, Debbie O’Donnell from Xpose and Grainne Ross from Dunboyne Castle also on hand to choose the best-dressed.
Dublin was well-represented among the finalists too, with Sinead Leonard from Beaumont making it to the final three with her monochrome gingham dress – which she had purchased in Zara. Her bold red lipstick gave the outfit a pop, and she wore a pair of stylish Louboutin shoes.
Barbara Poynton Gleason was also a finalist.
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