Inishowen TY Students Aoife and Eimear make Junk Koutoure grand final

Automaton, the Donegal design that has made the grand final of Junk Koutoure.

Automaton, the Donegal design that has made the grand final of Junk Koutoure.

TWO Donegal transition year students have made the grand final of this year’s Junk Koutoure which will take place at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin April 19.

Junk kouture is a competition in which the candidates create an outfit using only recycled materials and then submit the design to the competition.


The designers of Donegal’s grand final entry are Aoife McLaughlin from Urblereagh, Malin Head and Éimear McLaughlin, Malin, from Carndonagh Community School.

From over 2,000 online entries from across 20 dresses were selected in each province. Out of the final 80, Aoife and Éimear’s design was selected to at the northern region semi-final in the Millennium Forum, Derry, to proceed to the grand final.

Eimear said: “We heard about Junk Kouture through our art teachers and we thought it would be a good opportunity to participate in this year’s competition as we’re in transition year.

“Our dress is called Automaton. We sourced our materials from the local recycling centre and we had access to Inishowen Motor’s scrap yard in Malin.

“We started making our dress at the end of September and continued the process right through until the end of January.

“Our dress has a car theme to it and it’s made from a variety of materials such as nuts and washers, circuit boards, light bulbs, ropes and chains and the head piece is made out of a hubcap and a car head light.” 

Aoife and Éimear would appreciate if people from around the county would give their dress Autmaton their online vote at


To vote go to find Automaton, enter your e-mail address and click ‘vote’, but don’t forget to verify the e-mail or the vote will not be counted.

Voting lines will remain open until Friday, April 12, midnight.


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