Athy woman claims top fashion prize at Curragh Guineas

Author Jilly Cooper with Guineas Style Icon Naoise Pelan from Athy. Photo: Conor Healy
Local Kildare woman Naoise Pelan was first past the post in the fashion stakes at the Curragh last Sunday, May 26.

Local Kildare woman Naoise Pelan was first past the post in the fashion stakes at the Curragh last Sunday, May 26.

Almost 200 ladies entered the Etihad Airways Classic Icon competition which was held at Curragh Racecourse.

It was run in association with Irish Tatler who gave the first 100 online pre-registered ladies goodie bags.

Fashion judges Norah Casey, Aoibhin Garrihy and Alexander Fitzgerald declared Naoise Pelin from Athy as the best dressed lady. Naoise was wearing a dress from Kimono Boutique in Newcastle West, shoes from Fitzpatrick’s and she designed and made the hat herself. She could hardly contain her excitement as she was really delighted to win a trip to Abu Dhabi, with accommodation and flights courtesy with Etihad Airways.

Joe Gregg from Dundrum won a prize for the best dressed man which was given for the first time at this race meeting. With his dapper Louis Copeland suit with a vintage waistcoat and blue silk tie, Joe won a membership to the Curragh Racecourse, and weekend break away.

Some famous faces enjoyed the fine weather at the Curragh, including the soon to be Ireland rugby coach Joe Schmidt with his wife Kelly, the best selling novelist Jilly Cooper and rugby pundit Tom McGurk. A member of the ruling family of Qatar, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, was there to cheer on his horse Just the Judge.

During the summer and autumn The Curragh Racecourse will be hosting other Ladies Days at meetings including The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby on June 29, The Darley Irish Oaks on July 20 and the Gains Irish St. Leger on September 15.

- Santa Selena Kuuse