Taoiseach impressed by ‘Pretty Poll Topper’

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Cnoc Mhuire Granard students Luke Norton and Emma Burns and their Art teacher Charmaine Hetherton in Castlebar. Emma is wearing an outfit designed by Luke and made from old election posters for the upcoming regional final of the Junk Couture Fashion competition. Photo: Keith Heneghan/Phocus
Last week was an extremely exciting one for five Granard students and their Art teacher Ms Hetherton, as their Junk Kouture design was admired by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, before being named as one of the finalists in the prestigious competition.

Last week was an extremely exciting one for five Granard students and their Art teacher Ms Hetherton, as their Junk Kouture design was admired by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, before being named as one of the finalists in the prestigious competition.

The work of Cnoc Mhuire students Yvonne Dobson, Katie Boylan, Luke Norton, Sarah Smyth and Emma Burns, ‘Pretty Poll Topper’ is made out of Fine Gael leaflets and posters left over from last year’s Local Elections.

Meeting some of the team in Castlebar, Mr Kenny was extremely impressed with the outfit, and the meeting was recorded on the Sun newspaper.

Fast forward to Wednesday, March 11, and model Emma, who stepped in to help out when the original model fell ill, took to the stage for the Western Regional Final.

It was a long day for the team, but an exciting one nonetheless, explains one of the designers, Luke Norton, who added that their outfit was number 71 of 78 on the night.

With only 18 creations plus two wildcards going through to the final from the night, there was a tense wait for the students, and their supporters, as they were the sixteenth group to be called out.

“Everybody just went mad, especially after all the work we’d put into it,” Luke laughed.

Now, the designers and model will make minor adjustments to the costume and routine in preparation for the final, which takes place on April 24 in Dublin’s 3Arena.

It’s a huge achievement for the Cnoc Mhuire students, who have made it to the final 80 of almost 1,000 entries.

Extending the group’s thanks to their Art teacher Ms Hetherton and all their supporters, Luke admitted, “I don’t think it has kicked in fully yet,” before stating, “we can’t wait for it!”