This year has seen a record amount of entries for Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2018, with applications flooding in from all 32 counties. The judges have had an unenviable task of whittling down the best 395 designs from the 1,600 entered to just 395. These successful students will go forward to represent their secondary school and compete in the five regional semi-finals:

Northern Regional Final – The Millennium Forum, Derry 1st March
Eastern Regional Final – The Helix 5thMarch
Dublin Regional Final – The Helix 6th March
Western Reginal Final – The Helix 7th March
Southern Regional Final- UCH, Limerick 9th March

Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture introduced some exciting new changes to its voting system this year and threw a ‘Lifeline’ to those students who missed out on selection by the judges for the semi-finals. For the first time the public were given the opportunity to vote for the top outfit from each of the five regions. Students the length and breadth of the country lobbied their mums, dads, brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles, grannies, grandads and fellow students in the hope of garnering enough votes to make it through to the semi-finals.

Drum roll please for the five winners …. we are delighted to announce the five students who received the most votes for their striking design who will join the other 395 students at the five regional finals are:

Dublin - Oh de Toilette by Tadhg Geraghty and Adam Fleming from Malahide Community School
South - African Love Recycling by Stayce Aregbesola and Gwen Ogbaini from St Aloysius College
East - Frida Colour by Liam Cleary and Erin Byrne from Mountrath Community School
West - “Moo” by Mary Brody from Our Lady’s Bower

And from today on (19th- 23rd February) you can get voting for the outfit you would like to see make it through to the grand final when 80 finalists will take to the stage in 3Arena. Each model will have 60 seconds to impress the judging panel at the semi-final heats. This vote counts as 10% of the overall vote. Remember this could make a difference …….to being crowned the winner of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture 2018, 19th April.

Tickets went on sale for the regional final on the, 19 February, with tickets for the grand final going on sale 15 March from