First up and best dressed for Galway Races
Ladies' Day at the Galway Races is the most keenly contested fashion crown in the country and yesterday six former winners of the Most Stylish Lady stakes gathered to announce details of this year's event.
It was a nostalgic return, with time to reflect on what hats won't succumb to the Ballybrit cross winds and high heels that won't sink when the going is soft.
Joining the group was former Miss World Rosanna Davison, who will judge the Anthony Ryan's Best Dressed Lady competition in Galway on August 2.
This year the event at Galway boasts a prize fund of €20,000 and the 'Best Hat' prize is worth €1,500.
Carol Kennelly from Tralee used her cash prize in 2008 to do a millinery course and within two years she was in business. One of her creations helped Ann Marie O'Leary from Camp, Tralee, clinch the Best Dressed title in 2010, making it a Kerry double .
Jill Macken, from Slane, Co Meath, was 18 when she won the Best Dressed crown in 2006, wearing a Ness Cronin hat and a €1,000 Tyrrell & Brennan designer dress which her parents bought her for her debs.
A century after opening their department store on Galway's Shop Street, Anthony Ryan this year marks 10 years as sponsor of the Best Dressed Lady competition. Judges this year include Bairbre Power, fashion editor of the Irish Independent and executive editor of its 'Weekend' magazine, and PJ Gibbons, Editor of 'Social and Personal' magazine. They will be joined by Patricia McCrossan, managing director of 'Galway Now' magazine and Mandy Maher of Catwalk Model Agency.