Limerick design students are toast of the city

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

LIMERICK School of Art and Design have scored a sensational hat-trick after securing first, second, and third place in the prestigious Irish Final of the Triumph Inspiration Awards in Dublin.

LIMERICK School of Art and Design have scored a sensational hat-trick after securing first, second, and third place in the prestigious Irish Final of the Triumph Inspiration Awards in Dublin.

Second year student Sarah Ryan was named winner of the student lingerie design competition which took place in Brown Thomas, Dublin last Wednesday night.

The 20-year-old was thrilled to be announced as the winner with her fantastic design named ‘The Edge of Euphoria’.

“Oh my God, it was absolutely incredible. It is the first major competition I have entered as I am only in second year. We thought someone from Dublin might win but to get first, second, and third was unbelievable,” said Sarah, who hails from Midleton in Cork.

“We had a few bottles of champagne on the bus on the way down last night and we are back in college this morning,” she added.

The winning piece, Sarah said, was inspired by the woman who in the height of the grit of Rock and Roll could retain her “powerful, yet ultimately and intensely, sensual inner nature”.

“She is undoubtedly in command of her sexuality,” she added.

Sarah will now go on to represent Ireland at the global final of the Triumph Inspiration Awards in Berlin this July.

Nineteen-year-old design student, Stephen Foley, from Beaufort in Kerry won second place in the competition with his design ‘Why do dishes when you can do daiquiri?’, while twenty-three-year-old Ukrainian student Svitlana Andriyets won third prize with her design called ‘Feline Fantasy’.

Limerick model agent, Celia Holman Lee, described the wins as “fantastic” for the city.

“They are so talented in that college - they are always winning awards but three in the one night is just fantastic for the city,” she said.

Nineteen fashion students from the Limerick School of Art and Design, and Griffith College, Dublin took part in the prestigious design competition which was judged by celebrity stylist and acclaimed TV personality Brix Smith Start; Brown Thomas lingerie buyer, Mary Mullin; Triumph head of marketing, Purminder Mondair and Sunday Independent columnist, Triona McCarthy.

Dapper British radio and TV presenter George Lamb also acted as MC on the evening, which was attended by family and friends of the competing design students, as well as Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney from Off the Rails, stylish bloggers Emily O’Donnell, Caroline Barry and Laura Whiston and Social and Personal Fashion Editor Jessica Whyte.