Wexford's grand designs

By Darragh Clifford

Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00

Pictured at Meanscoil Gharman were, from left, 'The Button Thief' student designer Aine Sinnott, Eimear O'Connor, student co-ordinator Bank of Ireland; student designer Marc Bolton-Lee; Helena Kirwan, manager Bank of Ireland, Enniscorthy branch; student designer Ruadhan Maher, and Danielle Dempsey TY co-ordinator, Meanscoil Gharman.
Pictured at Meanscoil Gharman were, from left, 'The Button Thief' student designer Aine Sinnott, Eimear O'Connor, student co-ordinator Bank of Ireland; student designer Marc Bolton-Lee; Helena Kirwan, manager Bank of Ireland, Enniscorthy branch; student designer Ruadhan Maher, and Danielle Dempsey TY co-ordinator, Meanscoil Gharman.

Enniscorthy may well be the 'junk' capital of Wexford, all thanks to the girls from Coláiste Bríde.

But fret not Tidy Towns committee members, it is in the Junk Kouture fashion stakes that the Enniscorthy school is making a name for itself.

An impressive 10 Coláiste Bríde creations have made it through to the regional final of this year's Junk Kouture competition, which accounts for half of the county's 20 entries.

Other Wexford schools which will be battling it out on the catwalk in the Eastern Regional final next month include Ramsgrange Community College, Meanscoil Gharman, Creagh College Gorey and FCJ Bunclody (two entries each) and Loreto Wexford and Gorey Community School (one entry each).

The regional finalists were announced by sponsors Bank of Ireland last Thursday. Regional finalists will be presented with a precious 'silver ticket' at their respective finals in March, though some regional winners received a surprise visit from the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture team, including Marc Bolton Lee, Ruadhan Maher and Aine Sinnott of Meanscoil Gharman.

The trio earned their spot in the regional final with their creation 'The Button Thief' and were the subject of a surprise visit by Bank of Ireland Ennisorthy branch manager Helena Kirwan, who presented them with their all-important silver ticket at their school last Thursday.

Now in its sixth year, Ireland's leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools challenges students to create unique, original and innovative outfits from recycled materials and junk. Open to students nationwide, entries for 2016 surpassed all expectations making it the biggest competition to date.

As part of the judging process, the public can get involved by casting a vote for their favourite design through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app. Accessed through the BOIStudents Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BOIstudents), voting opens for one week before the regional competitions from 9am Monday February 22 to 12 midnight Friday February 26. Individuals can cast a single vote every 24 hours.

Votes account for 10% of the final mark and can make a huge difference in such a heated competition. Bank of Ireland is encouraging students to think innovatively about how they gather support through the voting app with a special Bank of Ireland Award in the mix for the Most Innovative Designer at the National Final in April.

For details on the full list of 320 regional finalists for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016 visit https://www.facebook.com/BOIstudents

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