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Win an Orla Kiely handbag with the Connacht Tribune and Kilkenny



Win an Orla Kiely handbag

You could win one of three fabulous Orla Kiely handbags in our great free competition in conjunction with the Kilkenny Shop in Galway.

Kilkenny promotes Irish design in all its shops and is having a fantastic sale in its Galway shop in High Street until next Monday May 4th.

There is up to 50% off almost everything in store in their annual 7 Day May Sale.

So hurry to Kilkenny Shop, High Street, Galway to pick up some brilliant bargains.

To be in with a chance of winning a fabulous Orla Kiely handbag simply answer the question below and email or post your response to us no later than noon on Wednesday 6th May.

Q: Kilkenny’s 7 Day May Sale sees almost everything reduced by up to:

A. 50%   B. 5%   C. 10%

You can email your answer to together with your name, location and contact number


send your entries with these details to: Orla Kiely Competition, Connacht TRibune, 15 Market street, Galway

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Athenry students bound for Junk Kouture global final



Late Late Show presenter Ryan Tubridy with art teacher Serena Slevin-Joyce, Special Needs Assistant Martin O'Connell, model Josphua Whelan and creator of Ragnor Rí Leah Higgins.

Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

When art teacher Serena Slevin-Joyce had second year student Joshua Whelan in her class at Clarin College in Athenry for the year, she was determined to get him involved with a pet project.

Joshua has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. Serena had the idea of getting him to model for a creation in Junk Kouture, which is the global fashion competition for students featuring outfits made exclusively from recycled materials.

Serena had herself competed in the equivalent of Junk Kouture when she was in Transition Year in St Brigid’s College in Loughrea. It left such an indelible impression that she decided to become an art teacher.

“Our outfit was a fairy made of old onion bags. Our poor model – there was no fancy face paint back then, we had purple dry powder that we used to paint her face. She worked in a supermarket and was still purple a week later. Oh, it was great fun. We came in the top 14 – it was a huge thing.”

Serena approached her TY student Leah Higgins about creating a very special design for Joshua.

The pair had gone to school together in Lisheenkyle and had a rapport. His condition means his muscles spasm so the outfit had to be completely adjustable and not come between his skin and the wheelchair. It also had to comfortably fit over his shin splints.

It was to be no easy task, explains Leah.

They came up with the idea of making Joshua into a Viking king, inspired by the fact both his parents came from Waterford.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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