Winner of €10,000 Ladies’ Day says she’s been ‘trolled’

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Ladies Day winner trolled: Lisa McGowan

On-line abuse follows Galway Races win

The Offaly woman who won the Best Dressed Lady title at at last week’s Galway Races said she has been attacked by on-line trolls since she won.

Insurance broker Lisa McGowan from Tullamore won €10,000 at Galway last Thursday. But the win has attracted unwelcome attention on social media, she told RTE Radio.

She said: “It’s been an emotional rollercoaster. I don’t know which way of me is up – from my top to my bottom to be honest.”

“I’ve spent probably the last 48 hours either crying or laughing – I’ve had so much support on my Facebook page with lovely messages coming in and congratulating me and at the same time I’ve had those horrible trolls and cyberbullies trying to tear me down.

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Best Dressed and Best Hat: Lisa Mc Gowan and Ciara Murphy

“(But) there’s way more well-wishers out there than there is horrible people,” she said. “I’m an A-cup girl and I don’t have droopy boobs so if you feel the need to tear me down, go ahead. I’m a tough girl and I will cry and I have cried but I’ll wipe myself down but there are other girls out there that are not as strong as me,” she told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio One.

“I feel I need to say this, please anybody out there whether male or female if you’ve nothing good to say about anybody, don’t say it. That’s why we have anorexia, depression and self harm out there. Your comments can push somebody over the edge, so just be nice to people.”

“The dress is called the Chrissy dress after my late brother who passed away – himself and his two friends in a car accident,” she said.

Take a look at some of the styles on display at this year’s Galway Races:

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