Mrs Catherine Dalton
A Kilkenny lifestyle blogger and mother of four whose son who declared “Mammy you can’t go out like that – you look like a peacock” as she left home for the races has scooped the top prize in the House of Waterford Crystal/Redlane.ie Style Evening at Waterford and Tramore Racecourse.
Catherine Healy from Talbot's Grove on the Freshford Road had never been at a race meeting in her life but admits she went all-out to win Style Evening at the renowned seaside track on Saturday evening and prove her 10 year-old son, Mark Dalton, that this so-called peacock would be a very proud one by the end of the day.
The Kilkenny woman’s stunning headpiece featured feathers and hand-painted flowers by Michelle Fallon Millinery; her dress was from Forever Unique in Wexford, her red clutch bag was a Lulu Guinness design and she topped it all off with shoes from Manolo Blahnik.
“I’m a hairdresser by trade but gave up for family reasons. I’ve always loved style and people were forever coming to me for advice, asking about matching their hair with different outfits, make-up etc. I’m studying style and have spent the past while building my following on Catherine’s Catwalk on Instagram. I chose what I wore very carefully and was delighted that my husband, Denis, agreed to come along to Tramore.
“I was really taken by Style Evening and the standard was out of this world. I was particularly struck by judge Marietta Doran’s comment when she said that my smile was my crowning glory. I’m always a firm believer that a smile caps any look. I’ve been building my profile as a stylist providing services like a personal shopper, style adviser, wardrobe de-clutterer etc. I am delighted with the win and hope this will help build my profile,” she said.
Judge Marietta Doran said: “The style and colour really stood out for me – I’m a huge fan of crowns at the moment. The blue and the white really stood out and the pop up colour in the red handbag was a beautiful combination of colour and style. It’s fun as well. This is head to toe glamour – topped off with a beautiful smile,” she said after.
For her win, Catherine scooped a €1,000 Redlane.ie voucher; €1,000 in cash; a House of Waterford Crystal jewellery piece and four gin glasses, also from the House of Waterford Crystal.
The nine runners up on Style Evening include fellow Kilkenny women Alison Walsh, Andrea Murphy and Catriona Brennan as well as Grainne Keena from Fermoy in Cork; Jessica Manning from Waterford; Anna Szdafinska from Cork; Denise Butler from Tramore; Annie Cusack from Dunmore East and Edel Halpin from Rathgormack.
Style Evening was the crowning glory on the second last day of the four day August Racing Festival in Tramore, an event which drew record crowds and saw a whole new generation of racegoers enjoying the craic on the track in the hub which is at the end stages of a €1 million redevelopment.