Offaly woman chosen as 'Friday's Most Stylish' at Galway Races

She was the lucky winner of an incredible prize package worth €3,000

Damian Moran


Damian Moran


Caitriona Coyle from Offaly,Winner of 'Friday's Most Stylish' sponsored by Athlone Towncentre at Friday's Galway Races in Ballybrit.  The competition in its sixth year gave a prize fund worth over €30

Caitriona Coyle from Offaly,Winner of 'Friday's Most Stylish' sponsored by Athlone Towncentre at Friday's Galway Races in Ballybrit. Photo Brian Farrell

Caitriona Coyle from Killeigh, Co. Offaly has been announced as winner of ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ sponsored by Athlone Towncentre at this year’s Galway Races.

Wearing a flowing patterned mint kimono style jacket and cropped palazzo trousers from The Walk in Wardrobe, Banbridge, Caitriona elevated her look with a structured wicker summer handbag and gold stilettos both from Zara.

She completed her race going outfit with a gold crown style headpiece designed and made by Laura Hanlon. The easy elegance of her outfit perfectly complemented Friday Summer evening racing in Ballybrit.

One of the key reasons Caitriona was chosen as winner of the Style Competition was how she created a wholly individual look incorporating pieces from high street stores and independent boutiques which is reflective of the offerings the variety of retailers housed in Athlone Towncentre host.

Caitriona takes home the biggest Prize Fund on offer for the competition yet, which is worth in excess of €3000. She has won a €1500 Athlone Towncentre shopping spree, a two night luxury hotel & spa break at Sheraton Athlone Hotel, a Gucci Watch courtesy of Fields The Jeweller and bespoke head piece created by Milliner Suzie Mahony plus racing hat hire for the year.

‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ has proven to be one of the biggest gatherings of race going fashion lovers to date on the Friday of the Festival. Celebrity judges Anna Geary, Broadcaster, Athlete, Performance & Wellbeing Coach and Marietta Doran, Fashion Stylist & Racing Style Presenter were joined by Guest Judge Stylist Rebecca Rose who won the competition last year. Rebecca is building a successful career as a Professional Stylist following her own win of ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ in 2017. With the competition in its sixth year, the spotlight has been on fashion forward style mirrored in the contemporary retailers resident in Athlone Towncentre.

Speaking about her delight at being announced as winner of ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ sponsored by Athlone Towncentre Caitriona said, “I’m shocked! When getting ready today I felt really comfortable and I felt the outfit was something I would wear again. I feel really relaxed and Friday’s at the Galway Races are always relaxed. I truly felt that way today when I was leaving home.”

Anna said upon the announcement, “I just loved how Caitriona put her stamp on her outfit.  It just worked. We could see the effort she had put into getting ready and how she used her style instinct to create a look that made her stand out. She rocked the look! I feel Caitriona expressed herself through her outfit and she radiated confidence. A worthy winner!” 

Athlone Towncentre Manager Shirley Delahunt commented, “we are thrilled to see another deserving winner of this year’s ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ competition. The decision in choosing a winner proved to be highly challenging with so many beautiful looks worn by women enjoying this evening’s Racing in Galway. Caitriona has demonstrated that racing style is more about reflecting ones’ individual personality and flair for style as opposed to spending an exorbitant amount of money on clothing one cannot wear more than a handful of times. The Friday evening of race week has undoubtedly found its place on the calendars of stylish race goers from far & wide. We have seen a real evolution of style at the races over the last number of years which perfectly complements the 60 high street stores and boutiques we house in Athlone Towncentre.”

Social Media fans can check out behind the scenes action on the Athlone Towncentre Facebook and Instagram accounts as fashion bloggers Two Broke Divas took them over for the day. Some of the beautifully dressed race goers in Galway for ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ competition can be viewed on the social media accounts.

Talking about Friday’s Festival meet, Michael Maloney, General Manager of Galway Racecourse said, “the Friday of our seven day Festival has grown from strength to strength. Style competitions at Galway Racecourse such as ‘Friday’s Most Stylish’ sponsored by Athlone Towncentre add to the excitement and enjoyment of the day. Advance ticket sales have been very strong again this year, proving its huge appeal and popularity. With an array of great horse racing, new live bands, DJ’s and the reveal of our new Wilson Lynch two storey building, this year’s Galway Races has shown it’s a winner alright!”

Athlone Towncentre is home to major fashion brands including Zara, River Island and H&M as well as boutiques. It is an ideal shopping destination with over 60 brands under one roof as well as numerous food offerings catering to all tastes.