Actress Joanna Lumley celebrates turning 70 at the Curragh with an Absolutely Fabulous day

NewsBy Eugene Masterson
Joanna Lumley to celerate her 70th birthday at the Curragh races
Joanna Lumley to celerate her 70th birthday at the Curragh races

ACTRESS Joanna Lumley will be having an Absolutely Fabulous birthday weekend as she continues her 70th birthday celebrations at the Curragh today.

Joanna turned 70 on May 1 and a race has been named in honour of her today.

Yvonne Connolly has been announced as celebrity judge for the inaugural Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition

She will be joined by Ciara McElligott of Killashee Hotel and publishing entrepreneur Norah Casey as they search for the ultimate iconic looks from the race day punters. 

With race days regularly restricted to prizes for best dressed ladies, this competition will judge both women and men, choosing one winner in each category. 

Men will be encouraged to rise to the occasion showing their stylish personality through their race day attire in the hopes of being named the Killashee Irish Tatler Man Style Icon.

Yvonne commented:“As a Kildare native I’ve been going to the races my whole life and love taking in all the fashions at The Guineas each year.  I’m really looking forward to choosing the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icons although I know it will be a tough job with a high level of competition.  I’m delighted that there is a category for men too as they are regularly left standing in the cold.  There are so many dapper men at the races, it’s a shame to ignore them!”

Ciara McElligott, Director of Tetrarch Capital, owners of Killashee Hotel said: “Killashee Hotel is delighted to sponsor the Style Icon competition.  As loyal supporters of local horseracing we were eager to get involved. I will be searching for men and women with their own personal style which would reflect the iconic personality of the hotel.  It’s not just the outfit, jewellery and accessories can make or break a look so I will be looking for the full package.”

Norah Casey of Harmonia Publications remarked:  “Irish Tatler has been at the forefront of Irish style for over 125 years and we are thrilled to be back at the Curragh seeking out our Style Icon at the Guineas Festival. I’ll be on the lookout for someone who represents everything that our magazine stands for – classic style with a contemporary fashion edge and something a little bit special. The Irish Tatler team will be scouring the crowds for the ensembles that really stand out and the man and woman who can carry them off with a dash of daring.”

Winners of the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon (female) will receive a fantastic prize of an ultimate girls getaway. 

The winner with nine of her best friends will enjoy a fun-filled weekend at Killashee Hotel including two nights bed & breakfast, a unique experience in the Hydrotherapy Suite in Killashee’s award winning spa, a champagne afternoon tea and dinner for the party of 10 on one evening. 

She will also receive a voucher for €2,000 from sponsors Cullen & Co Jewellers and a style feature in Irish Tatler magazine.

The Killashee Irish Tatler Man Style Icon will win a weekend break for the winner plus 3 friends at Killashee Hotel including two nights bed & breakfast, dinner on one evening and tickets to the Irish Oaks at The Curragh on July 16 as well as a €1,000 voucher for Cullen & Co Jewellers.

As a loyal supporter of The Curragh since the hotel opened, Killashee is known to many race goers as the perfect place to stay and dine in while enjoying The Oaks and The Guineas. With The Curragh Racecourse located just a 10 minute drive from Killashee, it provides the perfect offering to race goers who can enjoy the award winning spa, stay in wonderfully opulent guest rooms, savour exceptional food at Turner’s Fine Dining Restaurant and enjoy post race cocktails in The Bistro Bar after an exciting day.