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Dominican College, Wicklow Town, Announced As Regional Finalist for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2017

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Robin Bradley, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Wicklow Town Branch, surprised student designers Erin McConnell, Laura Whitty and Rachel Winters, from Dominican College, Wicklow Town, with a precious Silver Ticket which secures them a place in the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Eastern Regional Final taking place on the 2nd & 3rd March 2017. The students received the Silver Ticket for their entry Basic Beach. Pictured L-R are Rachel Winters, Laura Whitty, Robin Bradley, Branch Manager Bank of Ireland Wicklow & Erin McConnell. Photo – Mark Harrison

Bank of Ireland today has announced the regional finalists from Dublin for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2017. Now in its seventh year the all-Ireland leading fashion and art competition for secondary schools challenges students to create unique, original and innovative outfits from recycled materials and junk. Open to students nationwide, entries for 2017 surpassed all expectations making it the biggest competition to date.

Robin Bradley, Branch Manager of Bank of Ireland Wicklow Town Branch, surprised student designers Erin McConnell, Laura Whitty  and Rachel Winters, from Dominican College, Wicklow Town, with a precious Silver Ticket which secures them a place in the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Eastern Regional Final taking place on the 2nd & 3rd March 2017. The students received the Silver Ticket for their entry Basic Beach.

80 designs from each of the four provinces were lucky enough to be Silver Ticket winners. The anticipation caused a social media frenzy as thousands of students logged on to the BOIStudents Facebook platform from each region to find out if they had been successful. Regional finalists will be presented with a precious Silver Ticket at their respective Finals in March, though some regional winners received a surprise visit from the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture team and Snapchat Superstar James Kavanagh who were on the road yesterday.

Speaking about the Silver Tickets, JJ Keyes, Head of County Wicklow at Bank of Ireland said; “The calibre of entries for this year’s competition has been fantastic and the judging panel had a very tough job choosing the top 80 from each region. With every entry being uniquely choreographed to music, we are really excited to see the models bring their designs to life on stage at the Regional finals. We wish everyone the best of luck with the next stage of the competition and remind finalists to get innovative about how they gather support through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app.”

As part of the judging process, the public can get involved by casting a vote for their favorite design through the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture voting app. Accessed through the BOIStudents Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BOIstudents <http://www.facebook.com/BOIstudents> ), voting opens for one week before the regional competitions from Leinster. Individuals can cast a single vote every 24hours. Votes account for 10% of the final mark and can make a huge difference in such a heated competition.  Bank of Ireland is encouraging students to think innovatively about how they gather support through the voting app with a special Bank of Ireland Award in the mix for the Most Innovative Designer at the National Final in April.

For details on the full list of 320 regional finalists for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2017 visit https://www.facebook.com/BOIstudents

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