It is that time of year again when we at Ardilaun Hotel, Taylors Hill are busy preparing for another busy Galway Race Week Festival and one of the highlights this year will be the 5th annual event in conjunction with Breast Cancer Research (formally known as NBCRI) which encapsulates lunch, fashion and races fever on Tuesday 28th July.
Kicking off at 12 noon with a sparkling drinks reception and entertainment by the Guinness Jazz Band, guests can dress up for the Races, soak up the atmosphere, enjoy a sumptuous four course lunch with wine, followed by fabulous fashion with Millinery Showcase with Catwalk Modelling Agency, featuring some of Galway’s most popular milliners who are Suzie Mahony, Caithriona King, Emily Jean Designs & Majella Dalton. There will be after dinner entertainment with the popular classical tenors Duo Vocis, a treat not to be missed, with prizes for “First Past the Post Raciest Lady” and “Bookies Favourite Gent”, sponsored by Anthony Ryans and Diamonds by Julia, along with some fabulous raffle prizes also kindly donated by local businesses.
George McDonagh Racing Tipster will be on hand to give racing tips, so you can leave your car at the hotel for the day, and enjoy a complimentary shuttle to transfer you and your guests to the Racetrack to make the first race for this evening meeting, with complimentary entry to the racecourse also. Alternatively relax and chill out in Blazers Bar and The Ardilaun Bistro with large screens featuring the Galway Races from Ballybrit. Avail of the free entertainment later that evening back at The Ardilaun with Three Men and a base, topped off with a late sing song with raceweek piano legend Maurice.
Tickets are now selling for this prestigious event for just €75 per person all inclusive, therefore bookings are essential on 091 521433, visit last years video or find us on facebook.
PROFILES OF MILLINERS PARTICIPATING IN FIRST FURLONG AT THE ARDILAUN 2015
SUZIE MAHONY DESIGNS
Milliner, Suzie Mahony’s beautiful creations have adorned the heads of best dressed ladies at race meetings around the world and made her a firm favourite with many. Recently Suzie was one of Vogue UK’s featured Milliners for Ascot this year and her work has won numerous awards. In September, she will fly the flag for Galway when she features at London Fashion Week as part of the House of Icons Show for the Prince’s Trust, where she will launch her Spring/Summer 2016 Collection. You can see learn more about Suzie and view her work by visiting her website, www.suziemahonydesigns.ie
CAITHRIONA KING MILLINERY
Galway based Caithriona King is a designer and milliner with more than 12 year’s experience and offers quality hand crafted Feathered & Beaded Headpieces, bridal headpieces, tiara’s, jewellery & hats … a mouth-watering array of colour, design and textures.
Her speciality is to customise each piece to suit your individual requirements, enjoying a close hands on approach in providing you with exactly what you want for that special day. A stunning range of styles, all available in a palette of fabulous shades to give your special outfit that extra splash of glamour and elegance. Caithriona likes her designs to be expressive so it is no surprise that she scooped the much coveted accolade of Millinery Designer of the year 2015 at the recent Golden Egg Fashion Innovation Awards, check out her website www.caithrionakingdesigns.com
Irish milliner and jewellery designer Emily-Jean O’Byrne has been creating striking collections for the last ten years for both the hat couture and bridal market, specialising in stunning hats, headpieces, tiaras, combs and jewellery.
Her background and experience has defined her signature hat couture style, highlighting a passion for working with diverse materials and embellising her designs with jewels, crystals and handmade brooches. At the core of all of her designs is a sense of femininity, expressed using a wide variety silks, satins, plumes, quills and ribbons, evident throughout the range.
Designing her headpieces with the right shape and style to suit the individual, she has proven that anyone can wear a hat and look great! Visit www.emily-jean.com for more information.
CREVATION DESIGNS BY MAJELLA DALTON
Established in 2013 Crevation Design custom creates unique and quirky millinery which is inspired by the millinery fashions of the 1920’s-1960’s .
Coming from an engineering background Majella Ioves to mix materials and textures and play with structure and form. Having also studied Fine art and Design she has flair for working with colour. Her passion is creating unique designs for the Mother of the Bride/Groom, Wedding guests and those heading to the Races. The aim is to provide each client with the perfect handmade design to complement their personality and style. This is a fun process, involving an initial visit to select shape/colour/materials/embellishments, a second visit to fit/ finalise the design and if necessary a final visit to collect your finished “Crevation” (Creativity mixed with Innovation), visit her facebook page for more information.