Buncrana student joins Louis Walsh for launch

A young Buncrana woman recently joined music manager and former X Factor judge Louis Walsh to launch next year’s Junk Kouture Bank of Ireland competition.

The call out for entries for the All -Ireland secondary school competition was launched on Wednesday by Louis Walsh and four of 2015’s regional winners, one of which was Rebecca Breslin from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana.

Rebecca Breslin modelled the dress ‘Combustion’ which was predominantly from garden hoses by Ella O’ Hagan and Jude O’ Donnell.

This entry was guided to victory by their teacher Veronica Buchanan at last year’s competition where they were the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Northern Regional Winners. Commenting at the call out launch today Louis Walsh said ‘I was blown away by the standard and imagination of the incredible outfits at this year’s finals. So get creating and impress me, you have until the end of January to enter. I look forward to sitting on the judging panel and seeing your entries when I cast my vote at the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Finals in April 2016’.

Two further judges will be announced over the coming months.As in previous years there will be four regional heats in Dublin, Derry, Limerick and Castlebar. The Grand Final, featuring the top 80 dresses, will take place in the 3Arena, Dublin in April 2016.

Laura Lynch, Head of Youth Banking at Bank of Ireland said ‘As Ireland’s leading bank for students we are delighted and proud to sponsor the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2016 competition.”

The fashion competition, which first began in Inishowen, is in its sixth year and open to all secondary school students in both the Republic and Northern Ireland. The challenge includes creating a couture outfit of any shape and size made by the least couture of materials – junk. The students must get their hands on waste products and transform them into fashion masterpieces! Online application will open January 11th.