Hundreds of fashionistas and soap fans alike turned out at Gowran Park Race Course today for some Surf & Turf Kilkenny-style when Australian actor and star of Home and Away Luke Mitchell lined out as guest judge in the selection of the Pauls Most Appropriately Dressed Lady at the inaugural Kilkenny Senior Hurlers Family Race Day.
Mitchell, who plays surf instructor Romeo in the Australian drama, joined judges Deirdre Shefflin and Elaine Hickey – wives of legendary hurlers Henry Shefflin and Noel Hickey – to select the Pauls Most Appropriately Dressed Lady, who was Sarah Cass from Gowran. She received a €1,000 value prize comprising a voucher for Pauls and weekend for two in Derry for her outfit of a black dress and fuchsia jacket, themed with a gold obi belt and fuchsia hat. Niamh Fitzgerald, a social care student from IT Carlow, won the Pauls Best Dressed Student competition and received a €250 voucher for Pauls Kilkenny.
“It was a difficult decision to pick one winner out of so many stylish entries. However, it was clear to us that the winner had a unique style. She pieced together a black Peter O’ Brien dress, LK Bennett jacket and a Philip Treacy hat, which she had in her wardrobe. Sarah put a lot of effort into her outfit and the finished piece was incredible“, commented Deirdre Shefflin, who judged the competition along with Elaine Hickey and Luke Mitchell.
Far from his normal Home & Away casual attire, Luke looked resplendent in a Remus suit from Pauls Kilkenny and enjoyed the form and fashion for what was his first public appearance in Ireland and even took time out to have a puck around with a sliotar, under the watchful eye of Kilkenny hurlers. He even got to hold the coveted Liam McCarthy cup.
“I’m very interested in the sport of hurling so delighted to be starting my first visit to Ireland in beautiful Kilkenny and the welcome in Gowran Park has been really fantastic. Irish ladies have great style as well as beauty, judging by the standard of the Pauls Most Appropriately Dressed Lady competition and I couldn’t have two more charming fellow judges than Deirdre Shefflin and Elaine Hickey”, commented Luke Mitchell.
The eight-race event for the Kilkenny senior team saw each race named after a senior hurler with Henry Shefflin, JJ Delaney, Eoin Larkin, Tommy Walsh, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell and bainisteoir Brian Cody lending their names to races on the day. Entertainment for the family day out included live music with “The Waxies” in the Miller Marquee, comedian Paddy Courtney and a designated kids play area. As expected, the Kilkenny senior hurlers were a great attraction who, armed with the Liam McCarthy cup, signed autographs and greeted fans.