Young designers at Longines Irish Champions Weekend

THE Longines Irish Champions Weekend upcoming at Leopardstown Racecourse Ireland in September is aiming to celebrate the best of Irish talent with the launch of the Young Designer Award.

Design submissions are being accepted online at until 12pm on 12th August. Submitted sketches portraying ‘Contemporary Race Day Elegance’ of anyone attending the Irish Champions Weekend will be shortlisted to three finalists, each to create and showcase their designs, ready for display from 11 to 12 September at Leopardstown Racecourse.

The awards shortlist will be determined in association with Horse Racing Ireland from a panel headed up by stylist Courtney Smith, the winner to receive a prize valued at €10,000 including a Longines timepiece, profiling media piece and a €1,000 cash prize.

Stylist Courtney Smith will head a panel to select three finalists for the Longines Irish Champions Weekend Young Designer Award

“We know there is so much talent in Ireland and are really looking forward to seeing the design submissions come to life and announcing the first winner of the Longines Irish Champions Weekend Young Designer Award,” said Horse Racing Ireland marketing manager Aileen Goatley. “Sport, fashion and entertainment are at the heart of Longines Irish Champions Weekend and we are thrilled to support Irish designers and offer them a chance to showcase their work on the world stage.”

A full description of the competition can be found online at

Contact Maeve O’Brien or Greta Murphy online or by phone for more details at, 087 9845598 or, 086 168 9482.


Tags: Leopardstown Racecourse Longines Irish Champions Weekend #youngdesigneraward #contemporaryracedayelegance

Image credits: Leopardstown Racecourse

Kim Mullahey

Kim Mullahey is’s Ireland Correspondent. She holds an honours undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Chicago and has taught Adult Education Creative Writing Studies. Through a media career spanning nearly 25 years Kim has written and photographed regional news, national and international horse sports, fashion and lifestyle. Kim lives with her husband and son in Kildare Ireland, and a stray marmalade cat who has adopted the family.

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