Well I’m glad to report that I’ve survived my first ever trip to the Galway Races.
And what a day it was. The sun shone on Ladies Day and there was no sign of a recession at all with glamorous ladies clamouring in the Champagne tent for Moet at €95 a bottle (the cheaper option was sparkling wine for €75!).
While we pottered around admiring the fashion, stopping only to talk to Daithi O’Se from TG4, the general conclusion was that the style was top notch and the ladies went way out of their way to dress for the occasion.
In saying that we nearly never got there. The races kicked off at 2pm and at 1pm we were still on the Dublin side of Galway stuck in non-moving traffic. So,with no helicopter in sight to rescue us, we had to think on the fly and ditched our car in Oranmore (8km from Galway city) at my friend Elaine’s house. We got ready in a jiffy and Elaine kindly gave us a lift to Ballybrit racecourse.
Collecting the car the next day was another story but at that stage we didn’t want to miss the goings-on, so we sashayed our way across the uneven gravel in our five inch stilettos in time for the second race.
The winner of Best Dressed Lady competition wore a fuchsia pink daisy hat from Jack L boutique in Dalkey with a Pucci style print dress from Malahide boutique Neola. Not the best dressed on the day we thought to ourselves, but she certainly stood out. The lucky lady won an €8000 diamond necklace, €2000 worth of shopping vouchers and €2000 in cash. Another lady who stood out in the style stakes for us was Karen Koster (from TV3’s Xpose) who wore a lilac dress and matching coloured hat.
We didn’t see many horses but word amongst the 42,415 race day goers was that none of the favourites came in so it was a great day for the bookies.
While Bertie Ahern took over the Meyrick Hotel, we were onward bound to the Radisson Hotel which was awash with mad hats, bare flesh and a party ‘til dawn. We’ll definitely be back for more next year.
For anyone still in the mood for dressing up and admiring more Ladies Day glamour, The Fáilte Ireland Dublin Horse Show takes place this week at the RDS in Dublin from 5 – 9 August. Blossom Hill Ladies Day takes place on Thursday 6 August. All images taken by Anne Marie Boyhan/WhatSheWears.ie.