Galway Students ready for Croke Park National Final

Galway students ready for Croke Park National Final

15 years of student enterprise to be celebrated by Local Enterprise Offices in Croke Park on May 3rd

Now in its 15th year, an estimated 22, 000 pupils from 620 secondary schools nationwide participated in this year’s Student Enterprise Programme.The aim of the LEO-run programme is to develop links between the education system and the real economy, so that school leavers gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a business, enabling more of them to consider self-employment as a future career option.

Having progressed through their local school finals and individual city & county finals, 200 students aged between 13 and 18 have secured their place at the National Final on May 3rd.

Local Enterprise Office Galway will be represented in Croke Park by Message on a Bottle, Seamount College in the intermediate category, Gramadach Gaeilge, Coláiste na Coiribe, Galway City in the senior category and Uppercuts, Clarin College, Galway County in the senior category.

Speaking ahead of the National Final, Breda Fox with Local Enterprise Office Galway, wished the local students well and said: “The Local Enterprise Offices are celebrating fifteen years of the Student Enterprise Programme this year and it has already helped over 150,000 students since it started in 2003.The programme begins every September with free resources for teachers and students in local schools. The beauty of engaging with our Galway students is that we are showing that self-employment is a valid option as a career choice. Students learn transferable skills and lifelong lessons through the team involvement element of the project and subsequently pitching their ideas to the judges. With an increased emphasis in the school curriculum around enterprise in the classroom, we are expecting even more schools and students to take part in the Student Enterprise Programme in the years to come and would advise any interested students and schools to contact LEO Galway for further information about how they can participate on 091 509090 or

The Local Enterprise Offices have a total prize fund of €9,000 on offer on May 3rd with judging taking place across the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories that morning.

At last year’s National Finals, then 16-year-old Luke Byrne from Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in Wicklow took the overall Senior Category for ‘Headphone Helpers’, a wearable silicone band that keeps earphones tangle free. The Intermediate Category was won by Sean Óg Harrigan and Oisín McLaughlin from ‘Inish Woodworking’ of Scoil Mhuire Buncrana in Donegal. The Junior Category top prize went to Emily Finegan, Kate O’ Reilly, Ava Caddan and Mary Freeman of ‘AMOR’ from St. Oliver Post Primary School in Meath for their stirrup guide for horse-riding.

Further information about the Student Enterprise Programme is available from Local Enterprise Office Galway at and at