Saturday, July 04, 2020

Judge Marietta Doran at the Ballinrobe Races in 2016 with winner of the Best Hat competition, Sinead Loftus from Castlebar, and sponsor Caitriona King, milliner. Picture: Trish Forde

They may be unable to welcome patrons to their track but that isn’t going to stop Ballinrobe Races from continuing with tradition and staging its ever-popular Ladies Day later this month.

Style supremos Marietta Doran and Mandy Maher are putting a call out to all ladies to virtually express their own individual style and unique looks that will turn the judges’ heads, all from the comfort and safety of everyone’s homes. The inaugural virtual Ladies Day, on Friday, July 17 is in aid of Western Care Association.

The best-dressed lady will win a luxury stay for two at the Lodge at Ashford Castle including dinner and breakfast in Wilde’s Restaurant where they will be able to enjoy the stunning views of Lough Corrib from a lake view suite with a complimentary bottle of champagne on arrival. The two finalists will win a pair of complimentary tickets for Ballinrobe’s 2021 Ladies Day along with a bottle of bubbly each.

To enter the competition, ladies are asked to donate €5 to Western Care Association via the GoFundMe page here

Proof of donation will be required to enter the virtual Ladies Day and all that the entrants will have to do on July 17 is share a head-to-toe photo of their outfit on Ballinrobe’s Facebook page or Instagram stories, tagging Ballinrobe races, Marietta Doran @marietta_doran and Mandy Maher @mandycatwalk using the hashtag #BallinrobeVLD. The winner will be announced on Ballinrobe’s Facebook page and Instagram at 9pm that evening.

“Our Ladies Day is always hugely popular, so we wanted to continue to engage with our female racegoers ahead of our first race meeting on Monday, July 20,” explains John Flannelly, Ballinrobe Racecourse Manager. “We put our heads together with Marietta and Mandy and came up with the virtual Ladies Day concept. We hope everyone has a great night dressing up and having fun while supporting the brilliant services that Western Care Association offer people with intellectual and physical disabilities in Mayo.”

TV stylist, event MC and personal shopper, Marietta Doran remarked that ladies day in Ballinrobe has always been a brilliant evening. “The fashion is always stunning. Everyone has had a tough few months in lockdown and Mandy and I thought this would be a great excuse to have a get together with a few girlfriends, get dressed up and have a great night for a great cause.

“I’ve no doubt the women, especially from the west of Ireland won’t let us down in the fashion stakes,” she added.

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