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“This year there is a particular focus on sustainability and restyling clothes and accessories already in our wardrobes!” – Louise Cantillon.

Celebrity Judge: Louise Cantillon

Celebrity Judge: Marietta Doran

Friday’s Most Stylish this Galway Race Week!

Athlone Towncentre enters its twelfth year leading the Fridays Most Stylish competition at the internationally renowned Galway Races.  This year the prizes are better than ever with celebrity judges Louise Cantillon & Marietta Doran seeking stand out style with sustainability in mind from attendees on the day.  Taking place on Friday, 2nd August from 4pm, Fridays Most Stylish sponsored by Athlone Towncentre is expected to be one of the biggest gatherings of race going fashion lovers to date on the fifth day of the festival.

Louise Cantillon, Television & Radio Broadcaster and Marietta Doran, Fashion Stylist & Racing Style Presenter will seek out the best style efforts at Galway Racecourse on the day with a focus as always on women who bring their own personal style to accessible high street pieces.  This year it is hoped entrants will restyle clothing or accessories they already have in their wardrobes.  Both judges will be joined by General Manager of Athlone Towncentre Shirley Delahunt who, together with Marietta, has formed part of the judging panel for the last twelve years.  The chosen judges have a keen eye for style due to their involvement with international fashion styling, race meetings and fashion retailing throughout their careers.

This year sees the biggest Prize Fund on offer to date for the competition winner with a Shop & Stay Break courtesy of Athlone Towncentre.  The lucky winner will leave Galway Racecourse with a €2000 Athlone Towncentre Gift Card, a luxury two night break in the four star Sheraton Athlone Hotel in a Deluxe Tower Room with dinner & spa treatments and an exquisite white gold diamond pendant courtesy of Fields The Jewellers, who are one of the many retailers located in Athlone Towncentre.

Speaking at her announcement as Celebrity Judge Louise says I am so excited to be involved as a judge for Athlone Towncentre Friday’s Most Stylish competition! I adore fashion and I love the special efforts people make for race week. This year there is a particular focus on sustainability and restyling clothes and accessories already in our wardrobes! I think that this will make the selection extra special and I am sure the style stakes will be very high. Tá mo hata réidh agam agus táim ag súil go mór leis.”

Friday’s Most Stylish Judge Athlone Towncentre General Manager Shirley Delahunt says “we are delighted to once again be involved in highlighting the incredible style the Galway Races are known for.  This is our twelfth year sponsoring ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ and we have seen the competition explode in popularity.  The last two years have shown the largest numbers of the festival attend on Friday with many of the racegoers dressed in the hope of winning the outstanding prize we bring to the competition.  We have always championed ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ as being accessible to all and we try to encourage the building blocks of an outfit being from the high street blended with pieces from boutiques, Irish designers or pieces which people may already have in their own wardrobes.

 We anticipate the event and the fashion showcased by racegoers on the day will be at an all time high.  The Friday evening of Race Week has undoubtedly found its place on the calendars of stylish race goers across the country.  We have seen a real evolution of style at the races over the last number of years which perfectly complements the high street stores and boutiques we house in Athlone Towncentre.  This competition and its previous winners have demonstrated that racing style is now more about reflecting onesindividual personality and style creativity as opposed to spending an exorbitant amount of money on clothing one cannot wear more than a handful of times.  Were looking forward to seeing how racegoers blend high street and high end fashion at Galway Racecourse.”

As always highlights of the event can be viewed on the Athlone Towncentre social media channels.  Style watchers who cannot attend the event can view racegoers, the five finalists and winner on the same day as the event unfolds.

Talking about Friday’s Festival meet, Michael Moloney, Chief Executive at Galway Racecourse says “as preparations intensify for the much loved and iconic Galway Races Summer Festival, this year we’ve planned our best race week yet! Friday has always been one of the highlights of the week, a day that’s hugely popular with our racegoers as we head into a Bank Holiday weekend.  Our sponsorship with Athlone Towncentre is in its twelfth year, a partnership that has gone from strength to strength. We look forward to working with Louise Cantillon, Shirley Delahunt and team on a very special Athlone Towncentre ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ event.”

Athlone Towncentre is home to major fashion brands including Zara, River Island and H&M as well as boutique businesses.  It is an ideal shopping destination with top brands and numerous food offerings under one roof catering to all tastes.