It's one of the most glamorous events in the country, with women from all corners of Ireland dressing up to the nines and turning heads. And while the outbreak of Covid-19 put a pin in the festivities, nothing can stop a gaggle of gals from dressing to impress.
The annual "Best Dressed" competition was held online this year, with contestants dressing up as they usually would and posting to their Instagram accounts and making donations to charities of their choice. Judges Cassie Stokes, Gillian Fitzpatrick, and Pamela Uba had the difficult task of sifting through the stunning photos.
Over 85 women took part in the competition, with entries made from places as far-flung as Dubai. But there can be only one best dressed, and this years was a doozy.
Danielle Gingell from Co. Mayo was named as Best Dressed this year, wowing judges with her homage to Old Hollywood glamour. She chose a stunning full-length white satin dress by Self-Portrait, featuring voluminous sleeves, lace detailing on the bust, sheer panels and gold embellishments.
Danielle accessorised her look with a dramatic wide-brimmed black hat, with a large black bow on the front perfectly framing her face, by Arturo Rios. Her Asos bag, with gold horse-shaped studs, matched it perfectly, while shoes from Zara and double pearl earrings from Newbridge Silverware completed the look.
Posting on Instagram about her win, Danielle wrote "Wow! Words can't describe the feeling!"
Danielle's donation was to the Irish Cancer Society. Her prize included a two-night stay at the Galmont Hotel in Galway, with spa treatments, dinner, and champagne on arrival, two VIP tickets to next year's Galway Races and more.
She wasn't the only person who nabbed a prize, however, as Melissa Carty won Best Hat for her breathtaking yellow headpiece. The architectural hat was created by Caithriona King and featured an eye-catching brooch in shades of red.
She paired it with a sleek and slinky navy one-shouldered dress by Harper, a sphere-shaped bag from Asos and glittering stud earrings from Penneys.
Her donation was to Féileacáin, a charity raising awareness for those affected by the loss of a baby through stillbirth or neonatal death.
Posting about her win on Instagram Melissa shared her joy and shock. "With the way things went this year I felt keeping it local with my race look was key", she wrote, noting that her outfit was from two Galway-based businesses.