Ladies Days hats for the Races
Ladies Days hats for the Races

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My passion for Millinery started because of  Best Dressed  Lady  Competitions at the races.  I just couldn’t find any hats or headpieces that reflected my true personality. I wanted to wear unique imaginative headpieces that turned heads for all the right reasons.

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Ladies Days hats for the Races

Carol Kennelly winning Best Dressed at Galway races in 2008

Ladies Days hats for the Races


Choose your outfit. Let your body shape and colouring dictate your choice, not what the latest fashion pages are showing.

Try on your complete outfit. Check if any alterations need to be made, and make sure your outfit is clean and pressed.

Make sure your hat is eye catching, (for all the right reasons) Walk around the house in it for an hour or so, just to make sure it doesn’t pinch and that there is no problems with it staying in place

Make sure your bag shoes and jewellery compliment your outfit. Too matchy matchy isn’t always the best route to take

Let your personality shine through with your choice of outfit

Have a matching umbrella on standby in case the weather turns nasty

Carol Kennelly, previous winner of Galway Races Ladies Day, Designed the hat for the 2010 Winner, shares her tips for preparation coming up to Ladies Day

Ladies Days hats for the Races

Carols Top Tips for Ladies Day Success

I started making hats to go with outfits I had put together, getting more and more confident as I went along. It payed off! I won Best Dressed at Listowel Races in 2007 and won the Big one Galway Races Ladies Day in 2008 (pictured left) while four months pregnant.

Ladies who have worn my hats have had a lot of success at Ladies Days, click on the photos below to see full report.

AUGUST 2013: Vicky Jenkinson  won Best Dressed at York Ebor

AUGUST 2013: Joann Murphy best hat in the g hotel hat competition

AUGUST 2013: Rachelle Guiry winner Anthony Ryan Ladies Day at the Galway Races.

JULY 2013: Tina Griffin (Right) won the Dawn Milk Most Stylish Hat Mags Healy was runner up

AUGUST 2012: Joann Murphy who won most Creative hat  at the Dublin Horse Show

AUGUST 2012 Annmarie Blennerhassett and Louise Griffin won at the G best hat competition

MARCH 2012, Alex Hecker who won Lady of the Day at Geelong Racecourse, Australia

AUGUST 2011: Carol Kennelly who won most Creative hat  at the Dublin Horse Show

AUGUST 2011: Amy Murphy who won The Shelbourne Hotel’s Most Stylish Lady Competition

JULY 2011: Maria Osbourne best hat in the g hotel hat competition

Ladies Days hats for the Races

JULY 2011: Elaine Kelleher Best Dressed Runner up and  Joann Murphy winner of best hat at Killarney Races Ladies Day

JULY 2011: Helen Noud won best Accessories at The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

OCTOBER 2010: Siobhain Walsh Winner and Sinead O’Sullivan Runner up at Limerick Races Ladies Day

SEPTEMBER 2010 Sarah Casswon the Bollinger Best Hat competition  at the Curragh

JULY 2010: Ann Marie O’Leary winning Anthony Ryan Best Dressed at Galway races

JULY 2010: Carol Kennelly most stylish hat at Killarney Races Ladies day.

JULY 2008: Carol Kennelly winning Anthony Ryan Best Dressed at Galway races

SEPTEMBER 2007: Carol Kennelly winning Listowel Races Ladies Day.

AUGUST 2013: Annmarie Blennerhasset Best Dressed Lady Dublin Horse Show

JULY 2013: Carol Kennelly Best Dressed Darley Oaks ladies day


Get your spray tan professionally done.


Get your nails done, toes also if they will be exposed Pack your handbag with all the little lifesavers, safety pins, headache tablets, pen, hair clips, plasters and a spare €50 note


Have your hair done

Arrive at the course early before your winning outfit gets lost in the rush, over 150,000 attend the summer festival, if you leave it too late you can spend up to three hours in traffic

Enjoy the day in the company of good friends, it’s all about having fun.

Smile, confidence is the best accessory you can have on ladies day.

July 2014: Caitriona Sayers won the Menlo Park Hotel Galway Races After Party Best Dressed

JULY 2014: Rachelle Guiry who has just won the best dressed at the Darley Irish Oaks at the Curragh

MAY 2014: Memorie K White who won Best Hat at the Iroquois Steeplechase in Nashville Tennessee

JULY 2014: Louise Allen won THE Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny Summer Ladies Day at Fairyhouse Racecourse

JUNE 2015: Caroline Hassett, the winner of the Globe Travel best dressed ladies competition at Bellewstown Races

AUGUST 2014: Milliner Carol Kennelly has been named the Blossom Hill Ladies Day Best Dressed at the Dublin Horse Show

FEBUARY 2015: Helen Quealy Murphy won best dressed lady at the Hennessy Cognac Ireland Gold Cup

DECEMBER 2015: Carol Kennelly wins a €5,000 stay at the Monart Spa hotel at Leopardstown.

JULY 2015: Louise Allen wind best hat competition at the G hotel.

November 2015: Pheobe Gowers who won the MillineryAward At Geelong, Austraila

AUGUST 2015: Linda Morrison wins Most creative hat at the Dublin Horse Show

JULY 2015: Vicky Jenkinson who won Best Hat at Ripon Races Ladies Day

JULY 2016: Louise Allen who won the Most Stylish Lady competition at the The Shelbourne Dublin, a Renaissance Hotel.

JUNE 2016: Eva Hayes Morrissey who won best dressed at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Darby at The Curragh Racecourse.

JULY 2016: Claire Murphy winner of the Best Dressed lady at the Dublin Horse Show

OCTOBER 2016: Sarah Weston who won Best Dressed at Newmarket Racecourse in the U.K

SEPTEMBER 2016: Kate Griffiths who won the 2016 Millinery Award at Cairns Amateurs in Australia

SEPTEMBER 2016: Kathleen Kenneally who won at the Dressage at Devon Fall Ladies Hat Contest at The Devon Horse Show in Pennsylvania USA

SEPTEMBER 2016: Louise Allen winning McElligott's Tralee Ltd. Ladies Day at Listowel Races

SEPTEMBER 2016: Mary O Halloran who won Best Dressed at the Cara Cancer Support Centre at Dundalk Stadium

November 2016: Chelsea Mesa winner of the LONGINES Prize for Elegance at the Breeders' Cup World Championships in California.

Carol Kennelly Millinery for hats and headpieces for races ladies days and Weddings