PHOTOS: Gaelcholáiste Students Make Big Effort For Junk Kouture

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Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí students modelling Junk Kouture entries. Included are, back from left; Ella Ní hAnnáin, Laura Ní Lionnáin, Katie de Rossa, Aoife Ní Shuilleabháin, Máire Sabhaois and Saoirse Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh. In front; Ella Ní Bhroin and Ella Nic Gabhann. Photo by Dermot Crean

THEY’RE a very creative bunch in Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí and students there always make a huge effort for an annual competition to highlight environmental issues.

Junk Kouture is a fashion competition using recycled materials, which challenges young people to design, create and model high-end couture from everyday junk.

Teacher Deirdre Ní Shíocháin said the Transition Years at the school always make a great effort.

“We have nine entries this year and we’ve always had an entry advance in the competition. They’re excellent students and have been working on this since October,” said Siobhan.

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“They’re very focussed on the designs and each part takes such a long time to make. There’s a theme behind each design — one is based around the fires in Australia and another about melting icecaps,” added Siobhan.

Student Máire Ní Lionnáin was wearing one such design, made out plastic bottles, milk cartons, bottle caps and bubble wrap.

Cosette Ní Dhubhlainn, Ailbhe Ni Dhálaigh, Ella Ní hAnnáin and Eimera Ní Shuilleabháin of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí with their Junk Kouture entry ‘Dark Reine’. Photo by Dermot Crean

“It’s inspired by the fragility of a porcelain doll which is symbolic of the fragility of our environment and how the mass production of plastics effects it,” she said.

Katie de Rossa wore a design based on ladybirds and butterflies and how due to climate change they are under threat and how people should make an effort to change that.

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Saoirse Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh was wearing a piece made out of Dunnes Stores, CDs, paper plates and more. “It’s based on a Celtic queen and called  ‘laoch maorga,’ meaning majestic knight or warrior. It’s theme is gender equality and empowerment of women,” she said.

The students have submitted photos of their entries and the regional finalists will be announced on social media on Wednesday, January 29.

Laura Ní Lionnáin, Katie de Rossa and Saoirse Ní Mhaoldomhnaigh of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí modelling Junk Kouture entries. Photo by Dermot Crean

Ella Ní hAnnáin of Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí with the Junk Kouture entry ‘Dark Réine’. Photo by Dermot Crean

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