Friday 24 May 2019

Environmental Health officer Kate McCormack scoops best dressed at Punchestown

Kate Nally McCormack reacts after being announced as the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack reacts after being announced as the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Julie Caulfield, right, Wexford, and Siobhan Daly, Navan, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Charlie McCreevy and his wife Noreen pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Eimear Reilly pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
(L to R) Eimear Reilly Cavan , Annemarie Boland, Westmeath, Lorna Twomey, Kildare, Kate Nally McCormack, Longford and Jane Nulrooney, Dublin, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Julie Caulfield, Wexford, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack, Ballymahon, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack, from Longford, reacts after being announced as the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack, from Longford, reacts after being announced as the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Gretta Peters, winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed on day one of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: © Michael Chester
Becky Jackson, from Kiltegan, Wicklow pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Elena Gibson, from Lucan pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Finalists in the best dressed lady competition, Maria Byrne, from Longford, Vivienne O’Connor, from Celbridge, winner, Gretta Peters, from Tipperary, Joanne Byrne, from Kildare and Sarah Cass, from Kilkenny pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Gretta Peters, from Bansha, co Tipperary, the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition with Marietta Doran, judge, pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Top hats: Best dressed lady finalists Maria Byrne, Vivienne O’Connor, winner Gretta Peters, Joanne Byrne and Sarah Cass, at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Right, Paula McCormick from Thurles. Photo: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

It was a case of ‘winner alright’ for stylish Kate Nally McCormack as she galloped home with the big fashion prize on day two of the Punchestown festival.

An Environmental Health Officer and mum-of-three girls, she decided to swap a day of inspecting kitchens for some racing fun as a guest of Longford GAA. She looked chic in a flowing red and ivory dress from Self Portrait which she accessorised with some key pieces from Zara which she bought this morning at the last-minute. Her hat came from Suzanne Ryan Millinery and helped her clinch the win in the Bollinger Best Dressed lady contest. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled. I come here every year for the Longford day so to bring it back hom, I’m delighted," she told independent.ie.

And it was a case of history repeating itself for the glam mum. 

Kate Nally McCormack, Ballymahon, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack, Ballymahon, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM

“I won this day last year and I came on the final on Friday and I obviously didn’t win so I’m just thrilled again to be in the same situation," she said.

She had been searching for a while for the perfect dress to go with her smokey-grey headpiece and wanted something practical for the weather.  

"I saw this dress and I thought, it’s perfect for the races because it’s sunny but it’s still a bit cool so it’s lovely to have something with long sleeves and it’s a bit more elegant, I think. I had this headpiece already so I said, ‘This is the dress so I’ll put it together and hope for the best."

There with her husband Michael, she said she was going to celebrate the win with a "few glasses of bubbly" and would definitely return for the overall final this Friday.

Huge crowds made their way to the Kildare racecourse this afternoon with the official  start of summer bringing warm temperatures and sunny spells, with a party atsmophere prevailing at the venue.

Julie Caulfield, right, Wexford, and Siobhan Daly, Navan, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Julie Caulfield, right, Wexford, and Siobhan Daly, Navan, pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Eimear Reilly pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack, from Longford, reacts after being announced as the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Kate Nally McCormack, from Longford, reacts after being announced as the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition pictured at the second day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Gretta Peters, winner of the Bollinger Best Dressed on day one of the Punchestown Festival. Picture: © Michael Chester
Becky Jackson, from Kiltegan, Wicklow pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Elena Gibson, from Lucan pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Finalists in the best dressed lady competition, Maria Byrne, from Longford, Vivienne O’Connor, from Celbridge, winner, Gretta Peters, from Tipperary, Joanne Byrne, from Kildare and Sarah Cass, from Kilkenny pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Gretta Peters, from Bansha, co Tipperary, the winner of the Bollinger best dressed lady competition with Marietta Doran, judge, pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Top hats: Best dressed lady finalists Maria Byrne, Vivienne O’Connor, winner Gretta Peters, Joanne Byrne and Sarah Cass, at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Right, Paula McCormick from Thurles. Photo: Damien Eagers/Sportsfile
Elena Gibson, from Lucan, pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
30/4/2019, Elena Gibson, from Lucan pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
(L to R) Sarah Cass, from Kilkenny, Maria Byrne, from Longford, Becky Jackson, from Kiltegan, Wicklow and Elena Gibson, from Lucan, pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Yvonne Connolly at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Yvonne Connolly at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Laura Berry, left,and Aine Casey, from Kilcullen, Kildare pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Sarah Cass, from Kilkenny pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Sarah Cass, from Kilkenny pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Sarah Cass, from Kilkenny pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Davina, right, and her sister, Dawn Knight, from Portarlington, Laois pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Yvonne Connolly, with her mum Ann, at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
30/4/2019, Ladys line up for the best dressed lady competition at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
30/4/2019, Joanne Byrne, from allenwood in Kildare pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Joanne Byrne, from Allenwood in Kildare pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM
Davina, right, and her sister, Dawn knight, from portarlington, Laois pictured at the first day of the Punchestown festival, Kildare. Picture credit: Damien Eagers / INM

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