Paddy Dunican Kilbeggan Race Course Manager with Paula Gannon from Athlone winner of Littlewoods Best Dressed Lady Competition and Celebrity Judge Amanda Brunker last Saturday evening in Kilbeggan Race Course pictured with winner Paula Gannon and Paddy Dunican, Manager Kilbeggan Racecourse. Photo: molloyphotography.
Bestselling author, journalist and TV personality Amanda Brunker arrived in Kilbeggan on Saturday last to judge the Littlewoods Ireland Best Dressed Lady.
Hoping that the ladies of the midlands would turn out in style, Amanda was not disappointed as hundreds dressed to impress at this year's race: "There was a fantastic turnout at the Kilbeggan race and some really fabulous style. I loved how creative women are getting when it comes to fashion, with some of our finalists even making their own headpieces. I was looking out for a classic, polished look which exactly why I chose our winner - she looked effortlessly elegant from head to toe."
The winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition was Paula Gannon, an art teacher from Athlone. Paula works at St Cuans College in Castleblakeney, Co. Galway and began millinery last year, initially making hats for friends and family. She also designed a number of hats for this year's Galway Races. "I'm ecstatic, so happy to have won! I have been dressing up for the races for the past six to seven years but have never won a Best Dressed Lady competition before. I'm delighted to say the least! I have developed a real passion for millinery and this year, I really plan to dedicate more time to it."
Paddy Dunican, Kilbeggan Racecourse Manager added "As always, Ladies' Day in Kilbeggan was a great success, with an excellent turnout and exciting atmosphere. We would like to thank Littlewoods Ireland and Amanda Brunker for making this such an enjoyable evening and of course, to all of the ladies who attended. We extend our warm congratulations to the Best Dressed Lady Paula Gannon."
As Best Dressed Lady, Paula won a €2,000 shopping spree with Littlewoods Ireland, Irelands Leading Online Department Store, while the 9 finalists received a €100 shopping voucher. The 9 finalists were:
Elizabeth Anne Egan, Alva Maguire, Louise Gallagher, Oniesa Owens, Laura Mulligan, Fiona Guilfoyle, Sarah Cass, Gillian Hughes and Sarah Corcoran