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Granard and Moyne schools set for Croke Park Student Enterprise final 2023

Granard and Moyne schools set for Croke Park Student Enterprise final

Over 250 participated in Longford Student Enterprise Awards


Press Release

27 March 2023

Teenage entrepreneurs from Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard and Moyne Community College will represent Longford at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme national finals.  The finals, which are making a return to Croke Park for the first time since 2019, are set to take place on Friday, 5 May.

The Local Enterprise Office of Longford County Council hosted the Longford County Final on Tuesday, 21 March at the Longford Arms Hotel. An estimated 250 students from eight local schools took part.

The Student Enterprise Programme is an 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. In 2021/22 over 25,000 students from almost 500 secondary schools participated. The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all aiming to reach the national finals. The students learn skills that will last a lifetime along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and teamwork.

Longford’s student enterprise winners

In the Junior Category, Bronwyn McGarry, Michael Murtagh, Holly McIntyre and Gavin Murphy from Moyne Community school will represent Longford at the national finals with their business “Big Move 2 Big School”. The business has produced a booklet on the transition to secondary school by first year students for first years students. 

Pictured below from left: Senator Michael Carrigy, Barbara Heslin, Longford County Council Director of Services, Michael Nevin, Head of Enterprise Local Enterprise Office, the winners from Big Move 2 Big School, Cllr Colin Dalton, Granard Municipal District Cathaoirleach, and Paddy Mahon, Longford County Council Chief Executive.  

2023 Junior winner

In the Intermediate Category, Caitlin Morris, also from Moyne Community School, will be representing the county at Croke Park with her business “Clip Clop Designs” which produces bespoke decorative horseshoe gifts. 

Pictured below from left: Senator Michael Carrigy, Michael Nevin Head of Enterprise Local Enterprise Office, Caitlin Morris of Clip Clop Designs, Paddy Mahon, Longford County Council Chief Executive, and Cllr Colin Dalton Granard Municipal District Cathaoirleach

2023 Intermediate winner

And in the Senior Category of the competition, Longford will be represented by Erin Flynn and Rachel Higgins from Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard with their business “An Crú Capaill” – another business that is re-using old horseshoes to make beautiful products for example candle holders.

Pictured below from left: Michael Nevin Head of Enterprise Local Enterprise Office, Paddy Mahon, Longford County Council Chief Executive, Linda Reilly (the students teacher), Erin Flynn and Rachel Higgins from An Crú Capaill, Ardscoil Phadraig Granard, Senator Michael Carrigy, and Cllr Colin Dalton Granard Municipal District Cathaoirleach

2023 Senior winner

Chief Executive of Longford County Council Paddy Mahon congratulated the students going forward saying, “Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the Student Enterprise Programme. We wish them the very best of luck in May. I know they will have excellent support from the Local Enterprise Office here at Longford County Council and they have all our full support.”

Speaking at the county final, Head of Enterprise with Longford County Council Director of Services Michael Nevin praised all Longford students and schools participating in the Student Enterprise Programme. “In what has been a particularly challenging few years for students everywhere, this programme offers them an outlet outside of the usual school demands. It shows that with the right supports and encouragement, anyone can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business, learning skills that will last a lifetime along the way. It’s a wonderful platform supporting the entrepreneurs of the next generation.”

The Longford Student Enterprise final was attended by Longford Westmeath TD Deputy Joe Flaherty, Senator Micheál Carrigy, President of Longford Chamber of Commerce Fiona Fenelon and elected members of Longford County Council including Cllr Colin Dalton, Cllr Uruemu Adejinmi, Cllr Mick Cahill and Cllr Martin Monaghan. The event was also attended by Longford County Council officials Chief Executive Paddy Mahon, Director of Services Barbara Heslin.

Longford has had significant success over the years in the national competition. Recent national awards have included Best Endeavour in 2022 for ‘Saoirse’s Bakes and Cakes’ from Moyne Community School; Best Commercial Potential in 2021 for ‘Handy Hooks’ from Ballymahon Vocational School; Best Commercial Potential award 2018 for ‘Reel Easy’ from Moyne Community School and 2nd place in the Senior Category in 2017 for ‘J & S Kitchen Aid’ from Mercy Secondary School in Ballymahon.

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 350,000 students have taken part nationally, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business. The programme also has new range of online resources and blogs for students and teachers in 2022/23 available with further information at People may also search #studententerprise for more on social media.

For local updates, check out or follow Local Enterprise Office, Longford on social media.

Names of participating schools in Student Enterprise Programme 2023

1. Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard

2. Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon

3. Ballymahon Vocational School

4. Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Granard

5. Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford

6. Moyne Community School

7. St Mel's College

8. Lanesboro Community College

Names of winning enterprises

Senior Category

Business Name & Student Names


Overall Winner

An Crú Capaill

Erin Flynn

Rachel Higgins

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard


Runner Up

BVS School Half Zips

Luke Coughlan

Jack Gunning

Lorcan Gunning

Ryan Murphy

Ballymahon Vocational School





Overall Winner

Clip Clop Designs

Caitlin Morris

Moyne Community School


Runner Up

Jolly Jars

Lucy Maher

Erin Murray

Doireann Ní Mhurchu

Ava O'Loughlin

Rachel O'Loughlin

Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford


Junior Category

Business Name & Student Names





Overall Winner

Big Move 2 Big School

Bronwyn McGarry

Michael Murtagh

Holly McIntyre

Gavin Murphy

Moyne Community School


Runner Up

BD Trees

Ben Lynch

Daniel Reilly

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard


Other Senior Awards



Best Business Report

Bottles 2U Ltd

Ryan Keogh

Daniel Lee

Oran Lyons

St Mel's College, Longford


Best Interview

Pegtastic Presents

Lauren Dobson

Eirinn Smith

Moyne Community School




Evelina Merkelyte

Katie Coppinger

Cora Nulty

Jessica Gorman

Meán Scoil Mhuire, Longford


Special Merit

CMG Bottles

Ella Reilly

Grace Gannon

Mary Reilly

Niamh Kiernan

Cnoc Mhuire Secondary School, Granard


Special Merit

Make It Sweet

Lily Russell

Eva Kelly

Ballymahon - Mercy Secondary School


Educator of the Year

(Awarded to teacher of winning senior team)

Linda Reilly

Ardscoil Phadraig, Granard