Gillian gets rub of the green at Limerick Racecourse

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A GREEN dress which was won by a County Limerick woman in a best dressed competition brought her further luck at the weekend when it saw her win a diamond ring worth €4,000 - again in a best dressed competition.

A GREEN dress which was won by a County Limerick woman in a best dressed competition brought her further luck at the weekend when it saw her win a diamond ring worth €4,000 - again in a best dressed competition.

Gillian Gilburn from Newcastle West caught the attention of the judging panel during the Ladies Day competition on Ladbrokes Munster National Final Day on Sunday at Limerick Racecourse. The glamorous mum wowed in a Charlotte & Jane 1940’s inspired dress.

“I didn’t expect that – it’s absolutely beautiful,” said Gillian of the diamond ring which was sponsored by Keanes Jewellers. “I got the dress as a prize for best dressed at a fashion show in Killarney Racecourse back in August. It was a Charlotte & Jane bespoke dress that I won. Charlotte and Jane are designers in Kinsale,” she explained.

A little hint of vintage and a whole lot of glam was the fashion theme for Sunday and such was the style on display that the judges on the day - Triona McCarthy, beauty columnist with the Sunday Independent and Dawn Fitzgerald of Atelier boutique in Powerscourt Centre in Dublin – had a hard task whittling down the finalists.

“I am blown away with attention to detail that the ladies have put in to their outfits today,” said Triona speaking after the winner was announced. “It was a very difficult decision to select a winner but Dawn and I felt that Gillian’s looked stunning and reflected the theme of the day.”

Gillian who was accompanied by her children Shelagh, 7 and Margaux, 3 described her dress as “lovely and comfortable”. “It is a vintage style dress and it was a vintage style day so it fitted in perfectly.”

The second prize went to a former Miss Limerick, Kellie McGrath, who is originally from Oola and now living in Birdhill. Kellie was presented with a Shiseido hamper – she wore a cream and black outfit from Penneys. The third prize of a voucher from Isobel Boutique in Adare went to Emer Nash from Castlemahon who wore a vintage cream dress and lace top.

A crowd of 6,729 turned out to watch the racing action with Raz de Maree winning the feature race - The Ladbrokes Munster National, and Zuzka and Ruby Walsh claiming the Fergus O’Toole Memorial Novice Hurdle. The other big race was the PriceWaterhouseCooper Steeplechase with Down in New Orleans first past the post.