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And They’re Off! 30 Days to the Biggest Fashion Event of the Year - Ladies Day at the Galway Races!
30 Jun 2009

And they’re off! With exactly a month to go to the most exciting event on the Irish fashion calendar, Anthony Ryan’s Galway, sponsors of the Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Galway Races has announced details of this year’s event taking place on Thursday 30th July.

Celebrating 100 years in the fashion business, award winning family business, Anthony Ryan Ltd has increased its commitment to Ladies Day and is sponsoring the Best Hat Competition in addition to the Best Dressed Lady Competition.

With a prize bonanza valued at over €13,500, Ladies Day at the Galway Racing Festival looks set to maintain its reputation as the most stylish and glamorous fashion event on the Irish racing calendar.

Cogniscent of the current economic climate, competition organisers have chosen the theme ‘Style is Eternal’ to encourage entrants to choose ensembles reflecting their individual sense of style and to remind ladies that true style doesn’t have to involve big budgets.

“Yves St Laurent once said, ‘Fashion fades- style is eternal’, said Anthony Ryan Managing Director of Anthony Ryans. ‘Celebrating our centenary and mindful of the times we are living in we have chosen this theme to encourage ladies entering to focus on true style. True style doesn’t have to break the bank- however it does have to be appropriate to the occasion and to the wearer demonstrating creativity, panache and clever use of accessories,” he said.

“Over the last number of years Ladies Day at the Galway Races has eclipsed all other events attracting participation levels unmatched anywhere else in the country. This year our panel of judges will be on the look out to find the lady with an innate sense of style who can put together a winning ensemble irrespective of the price tag,” he concluded.


The Best Dressed Lady will walk away with a 1 carat diamond solitaire pendant valued at €8,000,
€2,000 Cash and €2,000 in vouchers for a shopping spree at Anthony Ryans Galway.
The prize for the winner of the ‘Best Hat’ is a luxury trip for two to a top European destination including flights and accommodation valued at €1,500. All finalists at the Best Dressed marquee will be presented with a special collection of Lancôme cosmetics compliments of University Pharmacy, Galway.

Flying in fresh from Royal Ascot is international fashion stylist and fashion director with Social and Personal Magazine, Bernard Connolly. With over 25 years fashion experience with some of the world’s top fashion houses and designers, Bernard Connolly is one of the leading contributors to the fashion industry in the UK.

Joining Bernard in judging this years event are well-known Irish media personalities and fashion journalists – Bairbre Power, Editor of the Weekend magazine at the Irish Independent and fashion stylist on RTE's The Afternoon Show, PJ Gibbons, Editor, Social and Personal Magazine, Sinead Desmond, presenter of Ireland AM on TV3 as well as Patricia McCrossan, Editor, Galway NOW and Fiona Durkin, Fashion Consultant with Anthony Ryan Ltd..

Ladies interested in taking part in this year’s Anthony Ryans Best Dressed Lady Competition are asked to arrive early as the finalists will be chosen by 2.30pm.

There is no entry required for the competition. Judges will mingle through the crowd and will invite chosen finalists to the judging marquee which is located adjacent to the champagne tent in the race enclosure.

The winning outfits will be announced at 3.30pm. The prize giving ceremony will take place in the enclosure immediately after the 5th race.

Studying the form at the launch of the Anthony Ryans Best Dressed Lady Competition at the Galway Races are Lynda Duffy & Layla Flaherty from Catwalk modeling agency. Sponsored by Anthony Ryan Ltd Ladies Day takes place on Thursday July 30th 2009.