Mayo Students set to perform in THE 3 Arena

Posted in Connect on April 17, 2015.

What do Taylor Swift, One Direction and students from Mayo all have in common? Well on the 24th of April 2015 they can all say that they have performed in the 3 Arena Dublin!

Creative teams from Davitt College, Castlebar; St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar; St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford; and St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina will take to Ireland’s most prestigious stage to showcase their couture creations made from rubbish as part of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture in association with Repak, hosted by Xpose’s Glenda Gilson.

Davitt College students have designed a dress from doilies, can tops, netting and bin bags, called Gold Maiden. It was designed by Simona Fernandes, Niamh Neyret and Aoife Halligan. Their teacher is Ciara Silke.

1Mayo - Simona Fernandes -Gold Maiden

St. Joseph’s, Castlebar’s offering is Pepperfection designed by Maria Ruddy, Kianna Higgins and Ciara Murphy. This was created from red peppers and pepper seeds. Ann Geary is their teacher.

2Mayo - Maria Ruddy -Pepperfection

Diva was designed by Samanta Radek, Laura Pendergast and Ciara Murphy from St. Joseph’s, Foxford. Their design made from cardboard packaing, Christmas cards, pistachio shells and a jigsaw puzzle and their teacher is Eileen O’Brien.

3Mayo - Samanta Radek -Diva


Finally Woven Threads of Fantasy from St. Mary’s Secondary School was created by Lauren Cawley from wool, fruit and veg netting and chicken wire. Lauren was mentored by her teacher Renee Cronin.

4Mayo - Lauren Cawley -woven threads of fantasy


These team’s successfully competed in the Western regional final in March, with only twenty designs making it through to the grand final. Each team now hopes to walk away with the top prize of €2,500 for their school, iPad Minis and €500 cash for the team.

The team’s could also win a chance to walk the red carpet at the Royal Film Premiere in London or even win a Scholarship to the Limerick School of Art and Design to have their fees paid at the college for one full year of study.

Each of the grand finalists have been hand-picked by the Junk judges; model and DJ Vogue Williams; Stylist and TV Presenter, Rob Condon; design educator from L.S.A.D., Tracy Fahey; and Repak recycling awareness expert, Laura Murphy.

As well as 80 of Ireland’s finest junk designers showcasing their work with entertaining catwalk performances on the night, a host of special guests will be taking to the catwalk on the night! Warm up on the evening will be provided by Britain’s Got Talent crooner Jordan O’Keefe and comedian Fabu D before Louis Walsh’s new 6 piece boyband Hometown perform their two number 1 singles Where I Belong and Cry for Help.

Not only will Hometown be performing but there will be a chance to meet the band personally in a meet and greet session from 5pm on the day in the foyer.

And just announced – Fans of the XFactor are also in for a surprise as Louis Walsh will be on hand to judge the best performance on the night and meet and greet members of the public.

Tickets are on sale now from or Ticketmaster kiosks nationwide.

Good Luck to all teams from Co. Mayo in the grand final.

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