Pop Princess and Rugby Star to Judge Ladies Day

Hats on for this year’s July Festival of Racing in Killarney which commences on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15 with a family fun day and a Mad Hatters competition with great free entertainment for children. With Magaret Kelleher, are Sisters, Bébhinn, Réailtín and Muireann O’Donoghue from Killarney. This year’s July Festival of Racing in Killarney has been extended to five days. Photograph:Valerie O’Sullivan

Dedicated followers of fashion in our area might like to know that glamorous pop star, Una Healy and her dapper rugby star husband, Ben Foden are the celebrity judges lined up for this year’s stylish Dawn Dairies Ladies Day at Killarney Races, – according to event PRO, John O’Mahony. 

Best Dressed Gent and Lady

They will select the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gent at what is considered to be one of the real social highlights of the year in Kerry.

The eagerly awaited Ladies Day, sponsored for the 25th year by Dawn Dairies, has been scheduled for Thursday, July 19 and incredible prizes await the winners of the style stakes.

Romantic Paris

The winning lady will receive a fabulous trip for two to romantic Paris and the winning gent will be presented with a VIP break for two people in magnificent Milan.

A former member of the chart-topping pop band The Saturdays, who enjoyed a string of smash hits, Una Healy later became an adjudicator on The Voice of

Ireland before she released a fabulous solo album.

Five Million Records

The Saturdays sold over five million records worldwide and racked up 13 Top 10 singles and five Top 10 albums in just six years.

Her first solo album The Waiting Game, was released last year and her recent single, Never See Me Cry, was an instant hit.

Her husband, Ben Foden, is a rugby union star that has enjoyed a great career with Northampton Saints and England. An exceptionally versatile player, he has proven to be equally comfortable at full back, wing-back or as scrum half.

Racing in Killarney

This year’s July Festival of Racing in Killarney has been extended to five days, commencing on the afternoon of Sunday, July 15 with a family fun day and a

Mad Hatters competition with great free entertainment for children.

The evening meetings on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday will all feature a novel theme with Monday designated Ladbrokes Race Day during which the leading bookmaker is generously sponsoring all seven races on the card.

Milliners’ Day on Tuesday

Heads will turn on Tuesday, which is Milliners’ Day, and leading and creative milliners from all around the country will be showcasing their spectacular pieces and offering top tips prior to Ladies Day.

The Rose of Tralee contestants will add a touch of extra glamour on Wednesday, bringing the magic of the annual festival from the streets of Tralee to the winner’s enclosure in Killarney where they will mingle with punters.

An Added Attraction

As an added attraction and to generate an even better atmosphere, all live sports games occurring during this year’s Killarney Races will be screened at the racecourse on the Sunday.

Admission this year will be €20 and €25 on Ladies Day. Students and OAPs will be admitted from €12 with valid ID and €15 on Ladies Day while children under 12 will be admitted free of charge if accompanied by an adult.

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