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Nine Irish teenage designer teams through to the Junk Kouture World Finals

Nine Irish design teams from secondary schools across the country have been selected to represent Ireland at the Junk Kouture World Finals later this year.

0 teams will make it to the final in total after a wildcard spot is awarded by public vote later this month.

60 Irish design teams showcased their unique designs in the National Final at the Bord Gáis Theater in Dublin tonight.

The competition challenges students aged 13-18 from participating schools in the UK, Italy, France, Ireland, United Arab Emirates and New York to create innovative and imaginative designs from junk and recycled materials.

This year’s Irish Heat took place in front of a sold-out audience for the first time since the start of the pandemic and was judged by Roz Purcell, Louis Walsh, fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin and singer Soulé.

Nine was the magic number of the evening as nine creations were chosen by the judges to represent Ireland at Junk Kouture’s first-ever World Finals in Abu Dhabi later this year.

However, all hope is not lost for the remaining Dublin City finalists who did not make it into the top nine, as RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford has revealed there is still one RTÉ Wildcard slot up for grabs.

The Junk Kouture Powered by RTÉ Dublin City final highlights show will air on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player on Thursday 19 May at 7pm and after the show a public vote will open immediately.

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The tenth design to represent Ireland in the final will then be announced live on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show in June.

The teams that qualified for the World Finals are:

  • ‘Bohemian Pampas Tree’ by Clodagh Ramsey (model) and Dimo ​​Tate of Wilson’s Hospital School, Co Westmeath. Their living dress requires daily water, air and light and is made of pampas grass, moss and black grass.
  • ‘Tale of Two Pods’ by Kate Molloy (model), Eimear Keenan and Samantha Irwin from Moate Community School, Co Westmeath, consisting of 3,000 coffee pods, a broken umbrella, old heels and an old Debs dress .
  • “Back to the Future” by Joshua Osabuehien and Solomon Eduard (model) of Cnoc Mhuire, Co Longford, futuristic climate change armor made from an old laundry basket, car windshield wipers and an old shower mat.
  • ‘Acantha’ by Genevieve Keane from Ursuline Secondary School, Tipperary inspired by the story of St Patrick and made from potato sacks, curtains, wool and old rugs.
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    The nine world finalists of Junk Kouture from Ireland. Photo: Brian McEvoy

    The nine world finalists of Junk Kouture from Ireland. Photo: Brian McEvoy
  • ‘Ode to Joy’ by Maha Shahzadi (model), Jadine Keane-Fitzpatrick and Somaia Anwari of Coláiste Nano Nagle, Limerick, inspired by the European Green Deal and made from aluminum foil, linen and old ropes.
  • ‘Black Swan’ by Sky Synnott from Mount Sackville Secondary, Dublin inspired by the story of the ugly duckling and made from old raincoats, pillows, duvet covers and hangers.
  • ‘Minima’ by Alison Dalton, Emma Touhy and Orlaith McNamara of Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, Co Laois, made from over 100,000 tiny polystyrene beads found in an old beanbag chair and inspired by designer Zac Posen.
  • ‘On Pointe’ by Orlagh White and Emma Connolly of Borrisokane Community College, Co Tipperary promotes the revival of ancient Irish craftsmanship, using weaving, knotting and threading techniques and is made from rushes and feathers .
  • ‘Queen of Cutlery’ by Hannah Potts and Louise McChesneys of Monaghan Collegiate, Co Monaghan, made with metal forks, knives and spoons.

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Junk Kouture judges Soulé, Stephen McLaughlin, Roz Purcell and Louis Walsh.


Junk Kouture judges Soulé, Stephen McLaughlin, Roz Purcell and Louis Walsh.

Junk Kouture judges Soulé, Stephen McLaughlin, Roz Purcell and Louis Walsh.

Judge and singer Junk Kouture Soulé said she was “so excited” for the Irish World finalists.

“This was my first year as a Junk Kouture judge and I was beyond impressed with the level of creativity, imagination and performance that was on display last night. It was such a difficult decision to cut the 60 models down to just nine, the standard of these models blew us all away,” she added.

Louis Walsh said that each year the competition gets “bigger and better”.

“This year, these creations will make their mark on the world stage. I think we’ve found some really special models here in Ireland, any of these nine could be the next big thing in the fashion industry – they’re amazing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Junk Kouture Managing Director Troy Armor described the design standard as “absolutely amazing”.

“Congratulations to our winners! We are excited for our first Global Finals in Abu Dhabi, bringing Junk Kouture to more young people around the world, enriching and empowering their lives through creativity and sustainability and showcasing the circular engineers of the future to the world.” -he adds.