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PAULA GANNON FROM ATHLONE IS CROWNED THE DUNBOYNE CASTLE MOST STYLISH LADY AT FAIRYHOUSE
 
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa was delighted to crown Paula Gannon from Athlone this year’s Most Stylish Lady at the €500,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse Racecourse. Paula beat a contingent of Ireland's most stylish ladies and ultimately walked away with the sought after title of The Dunboyne Castle Most Stylish Lady, which was announced in front of a huge crowd in the parade ring on Easter Monday.
 
The judging panel, including singer-songwriter, Una Healy, executive producer of Xpose, Debbie O’Donnell, and Gráinne Ross, managing director of Dunboyne Castle, chose the most stylish lady based on her interpretation of this year’s theme, Country Chic. Paula wore floral suit from Hobbs, she handmade her headpiece, her shoes were from Dunnes Stores, which she added accessorises to, and her bag was from Coast.
 
Paula (on the right in the picture) was presented with the best prize for the event to date - a trip to Nashville! The prize includes an overnight stay in Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa with dinner, then a private transfer to Dublin Airport, where the winner will enjoy the on-demand luxury services of Platinum Services, including their very own private suite, access to full bar and menu options, shower facilities and more. Paula will then be whisked away for four nights to the luxurious Bobby Hotel in Nashville.
 
Commenting on the Dunboyne Castle Most Stylish Lady, Una Healy said: The judges and I had a really difficult decision choosing from the final ten ladies. The standard of style today was really high and the good weather brought out some great colour and headpieces, which was great to see. It was a unanimous decision from me and my fellow judges, Grainne and Debbie - Paula’s style really stood out for its elegance, colour palette and her accessories.  
 
Adding to this, Gráinne Ross, managing director of Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, said: Dunboyne Castle’s first year sponsorship of the Most Stylish Lady at Fairyhouse was a great success. We want to thank all of the ladies who entered, they brought a real sense of occasion to the day. Paula was a worthy winner and we hope she enjoys The Bobby Hotel in Nashville.
An exciting day in the racing and style calendar, the €500,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National and Most Stylish Lady officially kicks off the racing and style season. The historic racing festival attracts over 25,000 people over three days, and the Most Stylish Lady competition on Easter Monday is the main off-track attraction.
 
The two runners up were Barbara Payton-Gleeson from Rolestown, and Sinead Leonard from Beaumount in Dublin. Barbara wore a Susan Ryan hat, and her dress and bag were from Topshop, her shoes from Savida at Dunnes Stores. Sinead meanwhile wore a dress from Zara, a hat from CC Millinery and her shoes were from Louis Vuitton and her bag was Kildare Village.

About Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa is located just 18 km from Dublin City Centre and 20 km from Dublin Airport. Nestled in 21 acres of lush green Meath countryside the luxury hotel boasts 145 large, comfortable rooms including 2 exceptional Junior Suites and the impressive Presidential Suite on the top floor of the hotel.
 
Dunboyne Castle also hosts one of Ireland’s most exclusive spas, Seoíd, which features luxury spa facilities spanning over three floors. With 18 treatment rooms, guests can choose from an array of spa treatments, and afterwards relax in the crystal steam room, sauna, heated thermal pool or outdoor hot tub.
 
Private events are also a speciality at Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa with a range of spaces to choose from, including the carefully restored original Georgian house or the modern extension. With a total of 12,000 square ft. of meeting space and 21 acres of gardens, Dunboyne is the perfect place for team building exercises. In addition, guests can explore the nearby sites of Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara or majestic Newgrange and the Brú na Bóinne UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa, Dunboyne, Co. Meath
from the USA: 011+353 1 801 3500 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
FAIRYHOUSE FACTS AND NUMBERS
Fairyhouse is one of the largest and one of the most important racetracks in the country that hosts the iconic Easter Festival of Racing incorporating the famous 'Race of the People' which is the Boylesports Irish Grand National each Easter Monday as well as the Ryanair Gold Cup on Easter Sunday. The Taoiseach is always the guest of honour on Easter Monday.

The Irish Grand is a Grade A Handicap Steeplechase run over a marathon 3 miles and 5 furlongs over 24 fences and is the most valuable jumps race in Ireland with a prize fund of €500,000.

The much loved Irish Grand National race is known as ‘The Race of the People’ because it is the one race where the ordinary man and woman, small-time syndicate, the small or part-time trainer with just a few horses in their yard can beat the racing royalty like Michael O’Leary and his Gigginstown House Stud operation, top trainers like current champion Willie Mullins (who has unbelievably never won the Grand National In Ireland) as well as top owners like JP McManus and Rich Ricci. In 2017 the winning owners were the Cooper Family from Coolrain Co Laois.

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