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Racegoers attending the final day of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival – home to the Irish Grand National – might have been forgiven for taking their eyes off the runners and riders, such was the explosion of spring colour amongst the spectators. 

The finale of the three-day festival, which began on Saturday, and sees the 150th National play out this afternoon at 5pm, saw race fans at the County Meath course putting on their Easter Monday best. 

There were gaggles of sweet schoolchildren in pastel shades, many wearing bonnets and flat caps, as well as all-out glamour from spectators in a rainbow of colours. 

Clearly keen to dress up to the nines in the first Irish Grand National meet with a full crowd since the the pre-pandemic years, racegoers accessorised brightly coloured frocks with eye-catching feathered fascinators, wide-brimmed hats and floral headwear.  

Despite mostly grey skies over the emerald course, there were bursts of sunshine, leaving people reaching for their sunglasses.   

On the notoriously demanding course, the largest event in the Irish racing calendar saw a prize fund of 500,000 euros up for grabs. 

And when the horses return to their stables, there’s a Most Stylish Lady competition, with this year’s theme ‘vintage sparkle’ – the winner will waltz away with a weekend in the Champagne region of France and £500 in cash.  

The Fairyhouse selfie is back! Racegoers at the Irish Grand National appeared delighted to be able to dress up again for the biggest event in the Irish racing calendar on Easter Monday

The Fairyhouse selfie is back! Racegoers at the Irish Grand National appeared delighted to be able to dress up again for the biggest event in the Irish racing calendar on Easter Monday

The Fairyhouse selfie is back! Racegoers at the Irish Grand National appeared delighted to be able to dress up again for the biggest event in the Irish racing calendar on Easter Monday 

Floral headwear - in vibrant spring colours - caught the eye of spectators at the racecourse in County Meath, Ireland

Floral headwear - in vibrant spring colours - caught the eye of spectators at the racecourse in County Meath, Ireland

Floral headwear – in vibrant spring colours – caught the eye of spectators at the racecourse in County Meath, Ireland

We're still off school! Children dressed in pastel colours - accessorised with bonnets and flat caps - on the third day of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival

We're still off school! Children dressed in pastel colours - accessorised with bonnets and flat caps - on the third day of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival

We’re still off school! Children dressed in pastel colours – accessorised with bonnets and flat caps – on the third day of the Fairyhouse Easter Festival

Red is the colour: One racegoer matched her hair with her dress for the race - which offers a prize to the most stylish lady

Red is the colour: One racegoer matched her hair with her dress for the race - which offers a prize to the most stylish lady

Red is the colour: One racegoer matched her hair with her dress for the race – which offers a prize to the most stylish lady

Make mine a Guinness! This reveller goes for a brace of Ireland's favourite tipple

Make mine a Guinness! This reveller goes for a brace of Ireland's favourite tipple

Make mine a Guinness! This reveller goes for a brace of Ireland’s favourite tipple

Back to work tomorrow: the drinks flowed on the final day of the Easter celebration, with many spectators posing for photographs on social media

Back to work tomorrow: the drinks flowed on the final day of the Easter celebration, with many spectators posing for photographs on social media

Back to work tomorrow: the drinks flowed on the final day of the Easter celebration, with many spectators posing for photographs on social media 

Iberique Du Seuil, ridden by Jack Kennedy, proved successful during the Donohue Marquees Juvenile Hurdle, ahead of the Irish Grand National this afternoon

Iberique Du Seuil, ridden by Jack Kennedy, proved successful during the Donohue Marquees Juvenile Hurdle, ahead of the Irish Grand National this afternoon

Iberique Du Seuil, ridden by Jack Kennedy, proved successful during the Donohue Marquees Juvenile Hurdle, ahead of the Irish Grand National this afternoon

Despite mostly grey skies over the emerald course, there were bursts of sunshine, leaving people reaching for their sunglasses - including this well-dressed chap

Despite mostly grey skies over the emerald course, there were bursts of sunshine, leaving people reaching for their sunglasses - including this well-dressed chap

Despite mostly grey skies over the emerald course, there were bursts of sunshine, leaving people reaching for their sunglasses – including this well-dressed chap

Ditching the classic dark suit, many of the male guests at the race opted for more interesting attire, with bright colours and checks on the sartorial menu

Ditching the classic dark suit, many of the male guests at the race opted for more interesting attire, with bright colours and checks on the sartorial menu

Ditching the classic dark suit, many of the male guests at the race opted for more interesting attire, with bright colours and checks on the sartorial menu 

Pretty as a picture: one young spectator dons a horse-themed bonnet to mark the occasion

Pretty as a picture: one young spectator dons a horse-themed bonnet to mark the occasion

Pretty as a picture: one young spectator dons a horse-themed bonnet to mark the occasion

Ladies in lavender: Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin mingles with two very glamorous spectators in the sunshine

Ladies in lavender: Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin mingles with two very glamorous spectators in the sunshine

Ladies in lavender: Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin mingles with two very glamorous spectators in the sunshine 

Taoiseach Martin appeared to be enjoying a day meeting those who'd travelled to County Meath for the spectacle

Taoiseach Martin appeared to be enjoying a day meeting those who'd travelled to County Meath for the spectacle

Taoiseach Martin appeared to be enjoying a day meeting those who’d travelled to County Meath for the spectacle

Selfie opportunities: many sharp-suited attendees captured their days out on social media

Selfie opportunities: many sharp-suited attendees captured their days out on social media

A spectator outstretches an arm to capture a moment in the sunshine

A spectator outstretches an arm to capture a moment in the sunshine

Selfie opportunities: many sharp-suited attendees captured their days out on social media. Right: A spectator outstretches an arm to capture a moment in the sunshine 

Smile lads! Not all those attending opted for smart clothes - with ripped jeans making an appearance

Smile lads! Not all those attending opted for smart clothes - with ripped jeans making an appearance

Smile lads! Not all those attending opted for smart clothes – with ripped jeans making an appearance

This lady fulfilled the vintage sparkle brief, with her companion offering up a Peaky Blinders-esque ensemble

This lady fulfilled the vintage sparkle brief, with her companion offering up a Peaky Blinders-esque ensemble

This lady fulfilled the vintage sparkle brief, with her companion offering up a Peaky Blinders-esque ensemble

Time for a flutter: The event attracts record crowds to the Fairyhouse racecourse

Time for a flutter: The event attracts record crowds to the Fairyhouse racecourse

Time for a flutter: The event attracts record crowds to the Fairyhouse racecourse  

Fuchsia flutter: This lady looks radiant in a bright pink trouser suit

Fuchsia flutter: This lady looks radiant in a bright pink trouser suit

Fuchsia flutter: This lady looks radiant in a bright pink trouser suit

A feathered fascinator and a red lip - this stylish spectator wore a show-stealing headpiece

A feathered fascinator and a red lip - this stylish spectator wore a show-stealing headpiece

A feathered fascinator and a red lip – this stylish spectator wore a show-stealing headpiece

A rainbow of spring brights: bold colours dominated the event's fashion colour palette

A rainbow of spring brights: bold colours dominated the event's fashion colour palette

A rainbow of spring brights: bold colours dominated the event’s fashion colour palette

The Garda Band fill the air with brass band music as the afternoon's races get underway

The Garda Band fill the air with brass band music as the afternoon's races get underway

The Garda Band fill the air with brass band music as the afternoon’s races get underway

Source: dailymail

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