Scoil Ui Mhuiri students Leah Murray and Nadia Zalecka with Bank of Ireland Dunleer Branch Manager David Duffy. (PIC: Fintan Clarke)
17 teams from schools across Louth will compete in the Eastern Regional Semi-Final of Bank of Ireland's Junk Kouture competition - with Scoil Ui Mhuiri in Dunleer leading the way for the Wee County as more creative and thrifty students look to earn a place in April's Grand Final.
Fifth year Leah Murray (pictured above with third year student and model Nadia Zalecka and Bank of Ireland Dunleer Branch Manager David Duffy) will represent the Mid-Louth school in the hotly contested regional qualifier with her creation 'The Next Bestseller'.
15 teams from Dundalk secondary schools have submitted entries to the competition. Bush Post Primary's 'Glam Glad!' and Coláiste Chú Chulainn's 'Driving Me Mad' are joined by four from Coláiste Rís - 'A Chance To Change', 'A Million Miles', 'Trashador' and 'Merry Go-Loom'.
Last year, Pandora’s Box created by Emma Duffy, Chloe Murden and Grainne Byrne won the first prize in the Regional comp for Coláiste Rís having wowed judges including Louis Walsh and The Saturday's singer Una Healy.
The imaginative dress design incorporated decorative wall paper, with luxe brocades in subtle pastel colours and hints of brilliant gold as well as broken pieces of jewellery, shells, pearls, chains, buttons and even old pieces of furniture to create a unique dress in the shape of a jewellery box (below).
St Vincent's Secondary School have nine entries into the regional finals. These are 'Deja-Brew', 'Forty Love', 'Iconical', 'Orange Is The New Black', 'Paper Culture', 'Picture This', 'Poker Face', 'Too Blue To Be True', and 'What Ophelia Left Behind'.
Drogheda's St Marys Diocesan School will also be represented in the competition, which will take place at Dublin's Helix on March 5th. In total, 79 teams of students from 32 schools across the region will take part.
All of this year's local entries were showcased at the Trashion Fashion 2018 held in the Carrickdale Hotel last month, held in conjunction between Louth County Council and Louth Tidy Towns Together.
In 2017, 26 creations from local schools were showcased at the Regional Finals. Coláiste Rís were successful overall and went onto join five other Louth teams in the National finals.
Now in its eight year Ireland’s leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools challenges students to create unique, original and innovative outfits from 100% recycled materials and junk.
The thrifty students have collected a vast array of unwanted “junk” to fashion their entries which sees them go forward to compete in the Eastern regional final of the competition on the 5th of March in the Helix, Dublin.
The winning school and team will receive a total of €3,000 cash as well as iPad minis for teachers and team members and the coveted Junk Kouture trophy.
For the full list of 400 silver ticket winners who have made it through to the regional finals for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2018 visit https://www.facebook.com/BOIstudents