Ruth Gallagher Announced as 2018 Eastern Regional Student Judge

Ruth is a twenty-year-old second year Psychology student in UCD. She attended Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath and this is where she first learned of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture.

As a transition year student in 2014, Ruth and her two friends, Jane Wallace and Emma Kinsella entered the competition. Their creation, Pine-a-coladas, was made using pineapples, rope and pine cones. Pine-a-coladas, was awarded the overall winner of Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture.

“This win exceeded all of our expectations. Now, thinking back to when we began the first  sketches for the design, we did not believe we would even get to get to the final, never mind win the whole competition. It was the first time that a team from our school achieved such success in the competition, which made it all the more special.”

Their prize included appearing on the Saturday Night Show, Ipad Minis, and travelling to iFest in Boston to showcase their design – a celebration of all things Irish.

“I am really looking forward to returning this year to be a student judge at the Eastern regional final. I will be looking for signs of good craftsmanship, fine detailing and something that will instantly catch my eye. But, most importantly, a big smile and models enjoying themselves on stage will be the stand outs for me. I strongly recommend students to get involved, it enabled me to form friendships and memories that will last forever. ”