Punchestown Festival: Nina Carberry and Yvonne Connolly attend a racing event

A host of famous faces stepped out in style at the Punchestown Festival 2022 as punters flock to the famous event.

The Festival, which takes place at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare, is back for the first time since 2019 after the 2020 and 2021 Festivals were postponed due to the pandemic.

Taking place from Tuesday 26th to Saturday 30th April 2022, the Punchestown Festival is officially back in full force as up to 15,000 people attended the races on Tuesday with more expected to visit in the coming days.

Some of Ireland’s most stylish celebrities showed up at the races on Wednesday, including Ronan Keating’s ex-wife Yvonne Connolly, who had longtime boyfriend John Conroy by her side all day.


Yvonne Connolly and John Conroy at the Punchestown Festival 2022 (Photo by Michael Chester)

Yvonne Connolly and John Conroy at the Punchestown Festival 2022 (Photo by Michael Chester)

Yvonne (48) stunned in a pink trench coat over a black dress paired with a black clutch and matching black headband while her blonde locks were pinned up in a bun.

Meanwhile, retired National Hunt jockey and 2022 Dancing With The Stars winner Nina Carberry rocked white dress pants and a mint green blazer for the occasion.

She said it was “although the mood is back” at the races and after the success of the Fairyhouse festival she was looking forward to seeing how the week goes in Punchestown.

On recent rumors that her professional dance partner Pasquale la Rocca is lined up for the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing to replace Aljaz Skorjanec, she revealed he had texted her about the speculation saying that he didn’t know what was going on.

“He said, ‘Thank you, partner. This morning, it’s all over the papers, who knows.

She said she would love to see him on the hit BBC show.

“I would love to. Of course I would. I would say, ‘I danced with him.’ ”

Nina and Pasquale received the Glitterball Trophy after winning the 2022 series of Dancing With The Stars last month.

The couple, who were bookmakers’ favorites to win, walked away with the top prize after a public vote and beat singer Erica Cody, rugby 7s star Jordan Conroy and Paralympian Ellen Keane for first place.

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