Double All-Ireland Success for Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel recently celebrated two great All-Ireland wins in Art and Fashion Design.

Doodle for Google Competition

There were great celebrations in the Art Department in Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel in March and April. Niamh Byrne won the All Ireland Senior Category (4th/5th/6th Years) of Google’s third annual Irish Doodle 4 Google competition. Niamh competed against the competition's 60 regional winners and won the most public votes of any entry in her age category.











Pictured above is Niamh Byrne receiving her award for winning the Doodle for Google competition.

Entrants in this year’s Doodle 4 Google competition were asked to design a doodle of the Google logo on the theme ‘To me, happiness is..’. Describing her doodle Niamh said, “Enjoying life is my way to achieving happiness, whether it's laughing with my friends until I cry, or whether it's watching the sun rise to consume all of nature’s beauty in its glow. One snap shot can capture it all, and the camera is in my hands.”

Niamh was accompanied by two other students, Leah O’Donnell & Isodele Donohue who qualified for the Junior Category (1st/2nd/3rd years). Also, well done to our Art teachers, Mrs. Mairead Fennell and Ms. Claire Murphy, who represented our school at the Awards ceremony in Dublin.

Junk Kouture Competition

Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel win National Final

Grainne Wilson and Emma Clancy, who are Transition Year students of the Presentation Secondary School, under the supervision of their Art teacher, Mrs. Mairead Fennell, won the All Ireland final of the Junk Kouture Fashion Design Competition in Dublin in April.

Their outfit, "An Urban Armour" was designed and crafted using empty coke cans and ring tops. They explained that their inspiration came from the idea of a warrior princess, a strong yet elegant woman. The girls admitted they were shocked and amazed to have won a national school fashion contest. Their design was as the best from more than 1,000 entries originally submitted from all over the country.

“We were shocked, we didn’t expect to win at all” said Grainne, who hopes to carve out a career for herself as a costume designer.













The competition encourages second level students throughout the 32 counties to create couture fashion from everyday junk. The idea is to educate students about recycling while at the same time inspiring them to create something fashionable and wearable.

Molly Moclair and Emily White, also Transition Year students, reached the final 60 by creating a dress in the shape of a swan, based on the Children of Lir theme.

Michael O'Loughlin (Acting Principal) congratulated both entries on achieving such success "On behalf of the Presentation Secondary School community, I would like to acknowledge the tremendous success of Grainne Wilson and Emma Clancy in the National final.

The girls under the supervision of their Art teacher, Mrs. Fennell spent endless hours in creating their dress. I would like to congratulate them on their creativity and dedication to their work and bringing such great success to the school. Also, we must not forget Molly Moclair and Emily White who also qualified for the final. Also, I would like to thank our supporters who travelled in big numbers to Dublin to support our girls.”

After much deliberation on the part of the three Judges, Deborah Veale, Deirdre Harte, and Monica Kelnan – Urban Armour from Clonmel was declared the Junk Kouture 2011 Winner amid tremendous excitement. The winning entry was made from old aluminium cans moulded and bent into an incredible bodice, the skirt and detail was created using the pull tops from old cans.

The Winning designers “Grainne Wilson and Emma Clancy” explained their inspiration came from the idea of a Warrior Princess - a strong yet elegant woman. The Winning School receives a cheque for €5,000 and the winning designers got to take home the JK trophy together with a cheque for €500.

Elizabeth O’Donnell, the event Co-ordinator said of the winning entry “the essence of the competition was to turn JUNK into Haute Couture Fashion, and the designers of Urban Armour really came up with what we were looking for…the unique piece uses materials that would usually end up in the bin, and the final result and attention to detail has to be seen up close to be appreciated.

I would like to wish Grainne and Emma all the best in the future with their chosen careers, but if Urban Armour is anything to go by, these girls could be the next up and coming fashion designers in Ireland. I would also like to pay thanks to all the students and teachers, for all the effort they put in-at the end of the day; they are the stars of the show-and all the entries were incredible in their own way. I am already looking forward to what next year’s competition brings in….Urban Armour has set the standard-and it is not going to be easy to follow it.”