Meath Students Set for National Entrepreneurship Final 2022

This year’s live event which will be held in The Helix, Dublin on May 18th, will not only be a special one as it’s the first in-person event since 2019, but also as this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Student Enterprise Programme.

An estimated twelve hundred students from all over Meath, and twenty-four thousand nationwide, took part in programme this academic year. The virtual County Meath Final happened on 28th March. First prize winners in each of the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories were put forward for selection for the National final.  One team, Barrelda by Theo Staunton and Matthew Kealy from St. Patrick’s Classical School in Navan made it to the top five enterprises in the country and will compete to be crowned National Student Enterprise winners on May 18th and bring the cup home to the Royal County.  

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland is delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country. The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business.

The following were the winners of first prize at the Meath County Final which was held on 28th March, 2022.

Junior Category Winner

C & C Creations
Caoimhe Mynes and Clodagh Smith
Eureka Secondary School, Kells    

 SEP 2022 - Junior Winners

Intermediate Category Winner

Ava’s Calf Enterprise
Ava Callery
Eureka Secondary School, Kells  

 SEP 2022 - Intermediate Winner

Senior Category Winner

Barrelda
Matthew Kealy and Theo Staunton
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan    

 Barrelda

 

Runner up, third place and highly commended awards at the County final included:

Junior Category Runner Up

Coillte Cards
Ruby Leddy
Eureka Secondary School, Kells

 

Junior Category 3rd Prize

Macrame Crystal Necklaces
Jennifer Mc Kenna
Eureka Secondary School, Kells

Jennifer Mc Kenna with Ms. Laura Sheridan, Eureka, Kells 

Junior Category Highly Commended

Bianca’s Wooden Wonderland
Bianca Boratynska
Eureka Secondary School, Kells

 

Intermediate Category
Runner Up

The Manager’s Notebook
Alex Sheridan, Philip Smyth,
Senan Duffy and
Christopher Stapleton
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan

 Alex Sheridan, Philip Smyth, Senan Duffy and Christopher Stapleton, St Pats

Intermediate Category 3rd Prize

Navan Dog Services
Adam Tallon, Simon Dizon
and Callum Bartley
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan

 Adam Tallon, Simon Dizon and Callum Bartley, St Pat's

Intermediate Category Highly Commended

Castle Wallets Cian Dunphy,
Oisin Dunne, Christie and
Niall Faulkner
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan  

 

 Cian Dunphy, Oisin Dunne, Christie and Niall Faulkner, St Pat's

Intermediate Category Highly Commended

Sweet Tooth
Jake Rogers
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan

 Jake Rogers, St Pat's

Senior Category Runner Up

Jars of Joy
Ciara Murphy and Eabha Bynre
Eureka Secondary School, Kells
    

 Eabha Byrne and Ciara Murhpy with Ms. Laura Sheridan, Eureka, Kells

Senior Category 3rd Prize

Model Airlines
Niall O’Reilly, Joshua Renihan,
Ethan Tidbury and Finn Dwyer
St. Ciaran’s CS, Kells

 Niall O'Reilly, Joshua Renihan, Ethan Tidbury, Finn Dwyer Mr

Senior Category Highly Commended

Fresh Awakenings
Chloe Dowdall, Ciara Genocchi
and Scott Hayes
Colaiste na Mí                               

 Ciara Genocchi and Chloe Dowdall, Colaiste na Mi

Other awards at the County final included:

My Entrepreneurial Journey
Award

The Piano Corrector
Alex Sheridan
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan

 Alex Sheridan

Social Media Award

Bombs Away
Sophie Mc Dermott and Chloe Cahill
Dunshaughlin Community College  

 

Innovation Award

Wool Savers
Ben Clarke, Daniel Gavagan
and Matthew Mc Donough
St. Patrick’s Classical School, Navan

 Ben Clarke, Daniel Gavagan and Matthew Mc Donough, St Pat's

Intellectual Property Award

Element Gang Shuffle
Cailan Acan,
St. Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle

 Cailan Acan, St. Oliver Post Primary, Oldcastle

Best Commercial Potential Award

Balloniacs
Luke Crawley and Finian Duffy
Dunshaughlin Community College

 

Enterprising Spirit School Award

St. Peter's College, Dunboyne
Teachers:Tanya Bastick, Gerry Harvey,
Shirley Dixon, Clara Melia and
Sarah Jane O’Caroll

 

Creative Idea Video Competition
Winner

Easy Mats
Kevin Cooney
St. Patrick’s Classical School

 Kevin Cooney, St Pats

Special guests at the Meath Final included Sean Drew, Cathaoirleach, Meath County Council, Jackie Maguire, Chief Executive, Meath County Council and Jack Kavanagh (www.jack-kavanagh.com).

Speaking at the county final, Joe English, Local Enterprise Office Meath, congratulated the students, saying “We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Meath . Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck in the National Final 2022. In what has been a particularly challenging couple of years for students the programme has offered them an outlet outside of the usual school demands. 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”.

Jackie Maguire said “My message for today is, congratulations on your fantastic achievement. Thank you all for what you have done for enterprise in Co. Meath. Good luck to our winners today as you vie with all the other business around the country to secure a place at the National Final in May. No matter what, you should be very proud of yourselves, as we are.”

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 300,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business. The Student Enterprise Programme also has new range of online resources for 2021/2022 at www.StudentEnterprise.ie, which includes webinars, templates and interactive teacher and student resources.