IT was a hen party well worth going to - and her outfit certainly made all the difference.
Catriona Hanley, from Raheen, was on a hen with 30 women, when she won €20,000 worth of prizes after she was announced as the most stylish lady at the Curragh last weekend.
Catriona, a nurse in the oncology department in the Mater Hospital in Dublin, wore a white dress by Bastyan, fuscia jacket from Mary Katrantzou, sleek leopard print shoes by Kurt Geiger, and an eye-catching headpiece from Irish milliner Mark T. Burke.
However, she revealed that her husband wasn’t entirely won over by her creation.
“My husband said you’re not wearing that are you! I can’t believe it- I just wanted to go for something timeless,” said the first time ladies day entrant.
She was chosen as the overall winner by a judging panel led by TV personality Millie Mackintosh, of Made in Chelsea fame, along with IMAGE magazine’s editor Melanie Morris, and head of personal shopping at Brown Thomas, Stacey O’Donnell.
Catriona walked away with the biggest prize the Irish Derby has given to date worth - almost €20,000.
This includes a holiday to Dubai, courtesy of Dubai Duty Free, with five nights in the five star hotel, The Jumeirah Creekside as well as €1,000 to spend at the duty free.
“I’m completely over the moon to win such an amazing prize. I can’t wait to book my trip to Dubai and to pick up all my holiday goodies at Brown Thomas! My husband Jason is an engineer in Saudi Arabia so I can’t wait to spend time with him in Dubai,” she said.
She will also be treated to a personal shopping experience at Brown Thomas to the value of €3,000 and a champagne lunch at the store’s restaurant for her and three friends.
Catriona will also receive a spectacular 18 carat gold diamond pendant from Boodles and an overnight stay at the Five Star Marker Hotel in Dublin.
Judge Millie Mackintosh, who wore a dress by Victoria Beckham, said “the competition was really strong at the Curragh and the standard was in a league of its own. The judges and I were really looking for something unique and I think we found it in Catriona’s look.”
Four ladies were runners-up on the day and received goodie bags from The Luxury Marker Hotel which included a €100 gift card for the hotel’s Spa & Wellness area and a goodie bag from Brown Thomas which included a gift card for €100. S