COALISLAND is officially the Milan of Ireland’s fashion world after Una O’Farrell -Feeney was crowned the Best Dressed at Ladies Day in Cheltenham following the success of local woman Yvonne McAvoy from the town last year.
Una was joined at Prestbury Park by husband and die-hard racing fan Colm and walked away with a prize worth £11,000, including a Boodles designer necklace worth over £2,200 and a cape valued at over £4,000.
She described her win as “mind-blowing” as she beat of more than 1,200 entrants to claim the prestigious title.
Speaking to the Herald from Cheltenham racecourse on Thursday, she said, “I can’t believe it! My phone has gone mad and hasn’t stopped since, with messages of congratulations.
“I was chatting to Yvonne and was delighted when she won last year but I never dreamt that someone from the same town would be selected again. Coalisland is the Milan of Ireland!”
Una revealed that she entered the competition for fun and was “amazed” when the judges, former winner of Miss Universe Ireland Rozanna Purcell and Miss England, Elizabeth Grant selected her in the top three to go to a public vote.
The public then overwhelmingly selected the Coalisland pharmacist.
Una was particularly delighted for Derrylaughan woman Iona Quinn who recently started a milliner business and provided the splendid head piece.
She added, “It is fantastic for Iona and great publicity for her. The dress came from the Snooty Fox in Dungannon and the shoes from Reiss in Belfast. The dress was very easy to wear.
“It’s funny because I went to New York to get married and there was only ten people there because I don’t like people looking at me and there’s a lot more people looking at me now!
The winner was announced before the last race and thousands of people were watching but it didn’t feel like that as they were raised up in tiers.
“I remember the cameras clicking and photographers shouting, ‘Smile! Smile!’ I was totally overwhelmed.”
Husband Colm, who was reluctant to be mentioned in an article about ladies fashion, was hoping his luck would change at Cheltenham as his winnings had been slim.
He was banking on Ruby Walsh to change his fortunes.
Una laughed, “This is our fourth time here but the first that I entered the Best Dressed Ladies competition.
“Up to now, I am the only winner Colm has had this week!”
Posted: 11:56 am March 20, 2017