Big Cash Prizes For Students In Cara Credit Union/Career Ahead Competition

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Siobhan Donnelly and Pa Laide of Cara Credit Union with Mary Lucey of Career Ahead launching the competition. Photo by Dermot Crean

CARA Credit Union has teamed up with Mary Lucey from Career Ahead to sponsor an amazing clothes competition.

This competition is aimed at college students and secondary school students nationwide, with prizes of €1,000 and €500 respectively to be won.

To enter the competition, students simply need to post an image of an outfit, either new or second-hand, on Instagram showing the price tag or receipt, tagging

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They must use  #collegeclothes if a college student and #classclothes if a secondary school student. #caracreditunion must also be added.  There are no limits to the number of entries a student can submit.

“The concept for the competition arose from the fact that I deal with so many college students who are surviving on very tight budgets, yet it is expected they dress appropriately for work placements, academic presentations and college events,” said Mary Lucey.

“The ability to present themselves well also contributes immensely to a student’s confidence and self-esteem, and all students love to shop and dress up for social occasions.

The competition will see one college student receive a cash prize of €1,000.  Through the competition, we hope that college students will be clever and explore all options in search of amazing outfits, especially charity and pre-loved outlets.

“We also want to promote this concept of clever buying among secondary school students too, so we have a specific category dedicated to this cohort and the winner here will receive a cash prize of €500,” added Mary Lucey.

“Cara Credit Union is delighted to support this unique and creative competition”, Pa Laide, CEO Cara Credit Union said.

“We are constantly seeking out new ways to support college students and secondary school students.  Since the launch of our current account and globally accepted Mastercard® Debit Card, students can now avail of our full range of services from anywhere in the world,” he said.

“The cards can be used online, at any point of sale or any ATM. You can avail of cash back and you can manage your money using our mobile app. The current account is free for students and of course we also offer a very low rate for our student loans.

“This competition is celebrating the fact that, after almost two years, college and school life is starting to come back to normal – people can start to get dressed up and move on with their lives with their credit union to support them along the way.”

The organisers have secured an amazing panel of social media influencers and business representatives for their judges – all who are giving up their own time free of charge to support college and secondary school students.

Sinead O Brien (SineadsCurvyStyle), Clodagh More, Frank Cronin (Fashionable Frank), Shauna Cashell (StyleSearch), Chloe Koyce and Aoife Sheehy (Corporate Social Responsibility Advisor at Primark) are the judges.  The overall winning outfits in the two categories will be judged on both cost and style equally.

The Clothes Competition was officially semi-virtually launched in the new Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality Suite (ACE Centre) in the MTU Kerry Campus.

This allowed all the social media influencers to attend and join the launch virtually from both around, and outside, Ireland.

Cara Credit Union and Career Ahead are very grateful for the support offered by the MTU through this high-tech centre of excellence and the expertise available in the centre is exceptional.

The competition is now open for entries and will close at midnight on December 10, 2021.  For more information on the terms & conditions see for enquiries email .

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