Local Enterprise Office Clare have announced that winning teenager entrepreneurs from St. Joseph’s Seocndary School, Tulla, Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon and St Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point will represent Clare at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park on the 1st May.


The students all took part in the County Final on 4th and 5th March, which was held at the Tracey’s West County Hotel, Ennis. An estimated 225 students from 11 schools took part in the annual programme locally.


The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw 25,000 students from over 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2018 / 2019. The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Finals in Croke Park.


This year’s Programme saw two new pilot competitions across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories. The first, the “My Entrepreneurial Journey” pilot ran in the Junior and Intermediate cycle and was open to any students involved in the wider competition. It required them to map out the life of a entrepreneur and what is required.

Junior / Intermediate Winners 2020


In the Senior category there was a new “Most Creative Business Idea” section. Under the theme “Go Green: Be Sustainable” students could push their most innovative ideas, without having to produce a product or service and was open to all senior students taking part in the wider competition.


In the Junior Category, the student representing Co. Clare at the National Finals in Croke Park is Darragh Walsh from ‘Banner Locker Accessories’ at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Tulla.


In the Intermediate Category, Alanna Hayes of ‘Rainbows of the World’ from Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon will be representing the county in Croke Park.


In the Senior Category of the competition, Co. Clare will be represented on May 1st by Rachel Guinene, Eabha Greene, Ava Burke and Ellen Flanagan from ‘Atlantic Beauty’ at St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point.

Senior Winners 2020


Special guests at the County Final included Mayor of Clare, Clare Colleran Molloy made a special appearance on the 5th March at the County Final and was very impressed by the standard, positivity and entrepreneurial spirit in the room.


Speaking at the county final, Padraic McElwee of Local Enterprise Office Clare congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Clare, with over 700students from 14local schools taking part this year. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck in Croke Park on May 1st. What our students are learning from the programme is that with the right supports and encouragement, they can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business. The skills they learn along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and team-work, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers”.


Clare Colleran Molloy, Mayor of Clare, congratulated this year’s winners adding that the Programme “is a practical and fun way of encouraging young people to consider establishing their own business ideas in years to come.”


 The local students will be competing against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the Annual Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on May 1st.


Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.