Junk Kouture Grand Final – Here we Come – Ian O’Neill is first Castleisland Finalist

Left: Junk Kouture finalist, Ian O’Neill with Maria Daly and Maria Daly’s outfit being arranged by her co-creators, Aisling Kearney and Gráinne Kearney at the Southern Regional Final of Junk Kouture to University Concert Hall on the University of Limerick’s Campus. Photographs: Katie O’Reilly

The joint Transition Year (TY) programme of Presentation and St. Patrick’s Secondary Schools in Castleisland has proven yet again how collaboration and partnership is hugely beneficial in offering a wide range of resources and a holistic education for its Transition Year students.

Wearable Pieces of Art

“Junk Kouture is a competition run throughout Ireland for secondary school students where entrants are expected to make wearable pieces of art from recycled once used items,” said Presentation Secondary School art teacher, Katie O’Reilly.

This year the schools had six teams enter the competition making outfits out of a wide range of materials, including, old toys, make up wipes, and used fertiliser bags.

Southern Regional Finals

Last week, Ms O’Reilly brought her two successful teams to the Southern Regional Final of Junk Kouture to University Concert Hall on the University of Limerick’s Campus, for this spectacular, show stopping, catwalk extravaganza.

Feach Anois Go Curamach

The teams included: Feach Anois Go Curamach by Maria Daly, Gráinne O’Connor and Aisling Kearney.

The girls creatively used past Junior Cert Exam Papers to create an aesthetically dramatic dress with an extra-long train. The second entry entitled Stitched Back To Life by Ian O’Neill used leather, from boots, shoes, jackets, other garments and belts, sourced from charity shops and hand stitched to create an excellent ensemble.

Months of Preparation

After weeks and months of preparation for this event, both teams performed outstandingly on the catwalk.

From this a total of 85 hopeful teams were looking to be just one out of the 15 selected to go through to the Junk Kouture Grand Final in the 3 Arena in Dublin on May 2nd.

Stitched Back To Life

“We are thrilled that Ian O’Neill’s creation Stitched Back To Life is one of the 15 selected for the grand final. This is a huge achievement for Ian and for the TY program as he is the first from Castleisland to progress to this level. The 4,000 entrants in January have now been narrowed down to 80 and they will take to the catwalk on May 2nd.

“We congratulate all involved and wish Ian the best of luck in the final,” said Ms. O’Reilly who is art teacher and mentor to all the entrants.

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