Mounthawk Students Have Junk Fashion Down To A ‘Tea’

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Mercy Mounthawk TY students Louise O’Sullivan, Isabelle Crowe and Clodagh O’Sullivan with their Junk Kouture creation. Photo by Dermot Crean

STUDENTS at Mercy Mounthawk are hoping a design inspired by their grannies sees them through to the Junk Kouture national finals.

Transition Years Louise O’Sullivan from Gort na Gréine, Isabelle Crowe from Doon and Clodagh O’Sullivan from Leith are in the Regional Finals of the competition but they need public votes to help them advance even further.


The students were inspired by the rite of passage that is having tea at their grannies. Thus, the headpiece is a quaint tea cup on a teapot mat and the skirt is made out of tablecloths, teabags and biscuit wrappers.

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The girls are encouraging the people of Tralee to get behind their effort. The public vote — which is worth 10 percent of overall marks — closes at midnight on this Friday. To vote click on this link to create an account to log in and vote for the girls. The five regional winning teams and their teacher will win a trip to Cannes Film Festival in May.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture is a national contest which encourages young designers in second level education to create striking couture designs and impressive works of wearable art from everyday junk that would normally find its way into the bin.

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture aims to inspire and ignite passion in these teenagers while at the same time subtly educating them about the importance of recycling and reusing waste.

Isabel Crowe wearing the Junk Kouture entry. Photo by Dermot Crean

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