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12 Laois creations in the running at South Eastern Regional Junk Kouture Final

Local teenagers from across Wicklow, Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny and Laois are adding the finishing touches to their haute couture recycled designs.

They’ll be strutting their stuff at this year’s Regional Final of Junk Kouture in the hopes of bagging themselves a place at the inaugural Grand Final on the 3Arena stage on April 30.

After months of preparation and planning, the time has now come for students to showcase their recycled designs at the ten-year anniversary of the national fashion competition Junk Kouture.

With over 1,300 entries nationally, 80 designs from across the South Eastern region were chosen to progress to the live show, which in itself is a huge achievement!

The South Eastern Regional Final will take place on Tuesday March 3 in The Helix, Dublin.

Judges Tracey Fahey from Limerick School of Art and Design, Jane Leavey of Griffith College, fashion designer Stephen McLaughlin and student judge Rebecca Mc Nally will lend their expertise to proceedings on the night.

Troy Amour, CEO of Junk Kouture revealed: “I am very proud to be involved in one of Ireland’s most prestigious post-primary competitions.

“Each year, more and more students are entering which brings a new wave of creativity and fresh talent to Junk Kouture.

“I cannot wait to see what this year will bring; it’s looking like it will be our strongest and most competitive yet”.

As Junk Kouture celebrates its ten-year anniversary, the brand-new partnership with RTÉ was announced early February.

The partnership will see RTÉ 2FM’s podcast queens, Laura Fox and Emma Power, hosts of popular Unlocked with Laura and Emma, present the Junk Kouture regional events and grand finale.

While RTÉ 2FM DJ, Tara Stewart will provide the party atmosphere at the Grand Final, unleashing her musical prowess on the decks and on stage at 3Arena.

The new partnership will also see the introduction of an RTÉ 2FM Junk Kouture Wildcard, where one lucky entrant from each of the five regions will be chosen by Ireland’s national music station to compete alongside 75 other grand finalists.

Teachers and students who missed out at their regional final will wait with bated breath for that all-important knock on the art room door, as Tara Stewart reveals if they’ll be heading to the 3Arena.

Laois contestants through to the South Eastern Regional Final tomorrow:

Heywood CS

Be Odd, Be Different

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Team: Michelle Carter


Team: Rachel Foley, Róisín Fitzgerald , Ellen Donoghue

Interior Matters Most

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Team: Kaitlin Fenelon, Órla McCorry

Mountmellick Community School 

Bee Strawng 

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Team: Róisín Conroy, Mia Ledesma, Alyssa Gray

Reina De Los Mares (Queen Of The Seas)

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Team: Andrea Marichal Barroso

Mountrath Community School 


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Team: Orlaith Walsh, Anna Phelan, Ava Meagher

Thread Together 

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Team: Elaine Cuddy, Caitriona Phelan , Niamh Keegan

Scoil Chroist Rí


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Team: Sadhbh Kelly, Elizabeth Abrama, Katie Breen

Peace Unfolds

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Team: Sarah Tuohy, Elise Finn, Gráinne McCaul


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Team: Abbie Cummins, Jade Laffan, Alex Wright

Back to your roots 

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Team: Rachel Mannion, Ciara Brennan, Alison O’Kelly

Wonder Wool

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Team: Emma Fingleton, Ramona Miltovica, Gabriella Pindi

Regional final dates:

Northern Region – Millennium Forum, Derry – February 27
Eastern Region – The Helix, Dublin – March 2
South-Eastern Region – The Helix, Dublin – March 3
Western Region – TF Royal Theatre, Castlebar – March 5
Southern Region – University Concert Hall, Limerick – March 6
Grand Final – 3Arena, Dublin – April 30

Pictured below is 2019’s South Eastern Regional winner The Truth Lies Within, Scoil Chriost Ri Laois:

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Megan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she's happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don't mention the 2019 champions league final