February 5, 2021

Junk Kouture Grand Final

It was a spectacular night for the Ursuline Thurles on Thursday, 4 February when Junk Kouture Grand Finalist ‘Givin’ it Welly’ was crowned the Southern Region winner, live on RTE 2. This original creation, made from old wellington boots, airline pipe, chicken wire and milk filter socks beat off stiff competition from 19 other hopefuls from the South including the Ursuline’s other two finalists. Designers Laura Hally, Cathy Hogan and Emma Ryan showcased their haute couture gem in Bruff, Co. Limerick in November and clearly wowed the judges with their innovation and the imaginative use of farming materials. The students wished to highlight the underrepresentation of women in agriculture, an issue close to their hearts.

It was also a brilliant night for the Ursuline’s other Grand Finalists, ‘Barking up the Wrong Tree’ and ‘Midnight Memories’, both of whom were singled out for special praise by the judges. ‘Barking Up the Wrong Tree’ won the most Unusual Materials prize. Judge, Steven McLaughlin, loved the style of this dress, modelled by Kate Fitzgibbon, likening it to the earlier work of Alexander McQueen.

He was impressed by the fantastic craftsmanship, saying there was something magical about the design. ‘Midnight Memories’ caught the eye of Celebrity judge Louis Walsh, who described the bustier, trouser, ombre coat creation as different, original and amazing.

Congratulations to all three teams. Laura Hally, Cathy Hogan and Emma Ryan, creators of ‘Givin’ it Welly’. Kate Fitzgibbon, Rebecca Hogan and Sarah Egan, the dream team behind ‘Barking up the Wrong Tree’ and ‘Midnight Memories’ designers’ Clodagh Fanning, Ciara Moloney and model Carolina Ceban. Thanks to Mr English and all the teachers involved in Junk Kouture who, along with the students, created cutting edge, award winning outfits resulting in the Ursuline’s most successful year yet in this prestigious National competition.

Cáit Browne, First Year, ‘New Beginnings’

Congratulations to Cáit Browne, First Year, who featured on Tipp FM’s Drivetime with Owen Lonergan recently, reading her own poem entitled ‘New Beginnings’. Cáit described, in powerful imagery, what the beginning of 2021 has been like ‘imprisoned by screens’ and ‘waiting to go back to School’. But the poem has a profound central message about accepting what each day brings rather than trying to bend life to our will. Cáit ends her poem by reminding us that each new day, each new dawn is a new beginning.

UCT Get Fit

Thanks to the PE Department who are ensuring everyone in UCT remains motivated and fit in Lockdown 2021. Students and teachers have downloaded the Strava app on their phones to keep an accurate track of their weekly mileage. They are busy walking and running to clock up as many kilometres as they can, within their 5k boundaries, in a bid to be the Year group with the greatest distance under their belt when schools eventually open up again. Well done to all who are participating, it is brilliant that students and staff are minding their mental and physical health, with a little push in the right direction from the PE teachers.

On-line Learning
Well done to all our students and teachers who have embraced online learning with great vigour since the start of the year. Most classes are continuing live on Microsoft Teams and course work is being covered remotely with students adapting and engaging really well overall. Thanks too to the teachers who have become adept at using information technology to reach out and teach their classes, making the very best of a less than ideal situation.

Written By Nora Tuohy