14th March 2019

Well done for the two teams who got to the Western Regional final of the Junk Kouture 2019, you have made Roscommon Community College very proud of all of your achievements and your participation in a widely regarded and prestigious National competition is some accomplishment.


Our teams were named ‘Cablemania’ and ‘Brave in Hides’ and as their names suggest the mixture of cables, computer parts and technology was the focus for the first dress. The second used leather parts and scraps of material to create a warrior based theme which wooed the initial judges with a ‘Silver ticket’ (a rare pass straight into the Regional finals)


On a fine Thursday, we set off to the TF in Castlebar to compete, the long day consisted of briefings, practice runs, make up sessions and plenty of adjustments to their finely poised ensembles. The evening consisted of 85 dresses competing for 15 Grand Final places, the competition had started and we were definitely in the mix!


As the crowd cheered and showed their enthusiasm, the scorching lights were ready and the announcers took their places- the dresses became centre stage and one by one the unique designs and amazing work put in by students from across the region were showcased to a waiting audience. Our dresses were displayed with real enthusiasm and the models used all of their efforts and courage to really showcase all of the hard work which had been completed the months before.


The fifteen dresses that were eventually called for the Grand Final were ensembles of the highest order, the intricate work and style were typical of a competition which is evolving every year with its own standard.


We didn't get through to the National Final but the two teams competed at a very high level and just came short against a really strong selection of dresses and ensembles. Out of 4000 dresses entered on a national level, only 400 were chosen for the Regionals- so to get to that point in the competition was a real achievement.


In particular many thanks go to Ms Gillian Gannon and Mr Stewart Li who helped the TY students all the way and for the pupils themselves who represented RCC so well on the day- the team work, endeavour and positivity they displayed was truly an inspiration for any budding artist.


On to next year, where RCC will get to the Grand Final!!

Cian Campbell, Riesse Donlon and Zara Grehan with thier creation 'Brave in Hides'

Krzysztof Lipka, Amanda Balode and Rute Marques with their creation 'Cablemania'