Athlone students reach regional finals in Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016

The list of regional finalists for the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016 has been announced, which includes nine entries from Our Lady’s Bower and six from Athlone Community College.

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.

Participants from Our Lady’s Bower include: Laoise McDaid and Ellen Finucane for their entry ‘Aquariel’; Eimear O’Brien, Elaine O Brien, and Helen O’Hara for their entry ‘Tealight My Fire’; Eleanor Dwyer, Jennifer Siak, and Emma Clarke for their entry ‘Jewel of the Nylon’; Siofra Curran, Jenny Dolan, and Sarah Lydon for their entry ‘Read All About It’; Ciara Mac Carthy and Aoife Healy for their entry ‘Isolated’; and Ally Marren, Julie Healy, and Meabh McCormack for their entry ‘Pom Queen’.

Those heading to the finals from Athlone Community College are: Sarah Denby and Louise Egan for their entry ‘Bellator’; Aimee Reilly, Emily Barrett, and Molly Dolan for their entry ‘Bulletproof’; Aine Connaughton, Sinead Connaghton, and Courtney Cleary for their entry ‘Orange you glad we net’; Adam Murray, Katie Curley, and Niamh Flannagan for their entry ‘Woodland Warrior’; Annie Sheehan and Eadaoin Lennon for their entry ‘Pineapp-ball’; Grainne Kenny, Mel Mullooly, Hannah Daly for their entry ‘All Hands On Deck’.

Laura Lynch, head of youth Banking at Bank of Ireland, said: “The calibre of entries for this year’s competition has been fantastic and the judging panel had a very tough job choosing the top 80 from each region.

“With every entry being uniquely choreographed to music, we are really excited to see the models bring their designs to life on stage at the regional finals. We wish everyone the best of luck with the next stage of the competition and remind finalists to get innovative about how they gather support through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app.”

The public can get involved by casting a vote for their favorite design through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app, accessed through the BOIStudents Facebook page. Voting will take place from 9am on Monday, February 22, to 12 midnight on Friday, February 26.

For details on the full list of regional finalists visit


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