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The young fashion designer behind a special T-shirt

HE might not look like your typical fashion designer, but this Dublin youngster is set to hit the big time after his T-shirt won a competition to be sold on the high street.

ETHAN McGarry's colourful T-shirt design will now take pride of place in a clothing line co-founded by England and Manchester City soccer star, Joleon Lescott.

Talented Ethan (11) from Skerries in north Co Dublin, took top spot in the Aspire Attire competition for 11-16 year olds, which is run by the National Literacy Association in the UK but is also open to Ireland.

Entrants are set the task of designing a T-shirt with a logo on the theme of 'dreams and aspirations'.

As the winner of the competition, Ethan will fulfill the dreams of schoolboys up and down the country when he meets footballer Lescott and joins him for a training session.

As an avid Manchester City fan, Ethan's dad Derek said his son is thrilled to have won, and also to get the chance to meet his football hero.

"Ethan is so excited to win the competition. He's a huge Man City fan so to meet Joleon and take part in a training session with him is a dream come true for him."

Ethan, who attends St Brendan's National School, is dyslexic and faces challenges with reading and writing, however his hard work has paid off and his creativity was admired by Lescott, who is also dyslexic.

Speaking about Ethan, Lescott said: "We were just so impressed with Ethan's design.

"I struggled at school myself and feel I'm just so fortunate to be living my dream."

Lescott said that he wanted to include a T-shirt in his new clothing line that would encourage self-belief among children and give a really positive message about following your dreams.

"Ethan's design is colourful and so imaginative. We all loved it and will be very proud to have it as part of our collection."