3, Ireland’s fastest growing mobile network, is delighted to announce that Michelle Kiely, a second year student from the National College of Art and Design, has won the competition to design the trophy for this year’s 3 Irish Open.

The 20-year-old, who is from Cork, took part in the design competition which was open to students of the National College of Art and Design.

3 gave the students a brief to create an innovative and contemporary trophy for this year’s event.  18 students were selected to submit entries to get the amazing opportunity to design the trophy for this year’s 3 Irish Open.  The 18 were then shortlisted to three who were interviewed by a panel of judges and Kiely was chosen as the lucky winner ahead of runners-up Sarah Nelson and Julia Schreckenback.

Elaine Carey, Sales and Marketing Director, 3 felt that Michelle’s trophy was an exceptional entry and encapsulated the spirit of the 3 Irish Open this year.  “For a student to be able to design the trophy for one of Ireland’s biggest sports event, the 3 Irish Open, is a once in a lifetime opportunity.  As the 3 Irish Open is one of the most prestigious events on the European Tour we had to ensure that the winning design would encapsulate the spirit of the event.

We felt that Michelle’s entry was the standalone choice as this year’s 3 Irish Open Trophy.  It is a beautiful design and one, which we feel is a worthy prize for the golfer who is able to tame the fantastic Killarney Golf and Fishing Club course on the August Bank Holiday weekend,” she said. 

The trophy, which is called Perfect Swing, is a unique design made from cut and polished crystal and sterling silver.  The concept behind the trophy according to the winner is that it “is inspired by the swing of the golf club on teeing off but represents the complete game from the perfect starting swing to the final act of putting the ball.”

On winning the chance to design the prestigious trophy for the 3 Irish Open Michelle Kiely said, “I was shocked to be announced by 3 as the winner but obviously delighted!  This was a great opportunity for me and it gives me great confidence in my ability to be able to design what will be the winning trophy for one of the biggest golf events in Europe this year.  It is also a huge boost to the Department of Glass as the prize money will benefit everyone.”

Along with the opportunity to put her design into production as the trophy for the 3 Irish Open in 2010, Michelle Kiely also received a cheque for €500.  The two runners-up, Sarah Nelson and Julia Screckenback also received cheques for €250 from 3.  3 also gave a cheque to the Department of Glass to congratulate them on their winner.

The 3 Irish Open Trophy will now go into production and will be unveiled to the public in April.  This year’s 3 Irish Open will take place at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club in Kerry over the August Bank Holiday weekend from the 29th July to 1st August.  The event will be staged on the magnificent Killeen course in Killarney and will attract the top names in world golf to Ireland.  For more information on the 3 Irish Open go to www.3golf.ie

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