Nine teenage entrepreneurs to represent Clare at National Finals

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Nine teenage entrepreneurs to represent Clare at National Finals

Local Enterprise Offices celebrate 15 years of the Student Enterprise Programme in May

Nine teenage entrepreneurs from two local secondary schools are on their way to Croke Park in May to represent the county and theirMeadhla's Fairy World Picture

Local Enterprise Office at the 15th Annual National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme.

Every September, budding secondary school entrepreneurs set-up and run their own enterprises, learning about the world of business with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Office.

The students were all competing at the Clare Final on 8th & 9th March, which was held at the Treacy’s West County Hotel.

An estimated 400 students from 12 schools took part in the annual programme locally.

In the Junior Category, the students representing Clare at the National Finals are: Naoise Lambe, Grainne McMahon, Ellen Cahir and Shauna Considine  from  iHolder, Scoil Muire Ennistymon.                                                                                                                                                              

In the Intermediate Category, Meabh Mullane and Kayla Sheridan, from Meabhla’s Fairy World, Scoil Muire, Ennistymon will be representing the county in Croke Park.

iHolder In the Senior Category of the competition, Clare will be represented on May 3rd by Ella Mc Namara, June Harhen and Elena Anastasia from Pentables, Scariff Community College.

Special guests at the Clare Final included Cllr Bill Chambers.                                          

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every Local Authority area, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country.


Praising local schools for helping to foster student enterprise in the classroom, Padraic Mc Elwee, Head of Enterprise of the Local Enterprise Office Clare, said: “Building on the success of the last fifteen years, the Student Enterprise Programme is growing in popularity every year and our local schools are very committed to supporting youth entrepreneurship. Principals, teachers, boards of management and importantly, the student entrepreneurs Pentable Picture themselves deserve huge credit for their dedication, innovation and hard work. Working in close partnership with local schools across the county, the Local Enterprise Office is helping to nurture our next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

The local students will be competing with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the 15th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on May 3rd. Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.