Meath Teenagers Win First Prize For Business At National Finals

Sheep Watch, a student enterprise from Oldcastle, Co. Meath was awarded first place in the Junior Category at yesterday’s 12th Annual County and City Enterprise Board Student Enterprise Awards National Finals in Croke Park.  Emma McCabe (14), Zoe Maguire (13), Edel Campbell (13) and Ricardas Cepanauskas (14) from St. Oliver Post Primary School, Oldcastle, Co. Meath were judged Overall Winners in the Junior Category for their electronic sheep collar with a built-in monitoring system.     

Supported by the Meath County Enterprise Board, the students researched, developed and ran their business as part of the Student Enterprise Awards Programme.  As Junior Winners, the students will receive a €300 cash prize and trophy.  Hugh Reilly, CEO of Meath County Enterprise Board was one of the first to congratulate the winning students, saying: “The Sheep Watch team are to be congratulated for their fantastic efforts at yesterday’s National Finals, which highlights the entrepreneurial spirit of their small business, their school and County Meath.  Now that they have learned how to ‘think entrepreneurially’ through the Student Enterprise Awards programme, Sheep Watch can continue to develop their award-winning company and grow the business going forward.”

Meath was also represented at the National Final by a team in the senior Category entitled  “Work Experience App”.   Three TY  students from St. Ciaran’s Community School in Kells, Ciaran Dowds, Cormac Mattimoe and Joseph Doyle, set up the business under the guidance of teacher, Peter Carry.   “TY App”  is an app for students seeking work experience and solves the problem of which businesses to approach for both students and the local businesses. 

Loman O’Byrne, Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee with the County and City Enterprise Boards added his congratulations saying, “Nurturing and promoting student entrepreneurship in schools today will help provide a valuable resource of creativity and inspiration for the sustainable businesses of tomorrow. The variety of original concepts and products in this year’s programme showcases the ability of Irish students and the exciting opportunities that are ahead of these entrepreneurs in generating business both at home and abroad.”

Cathal Daly (16) of ‘Upright Cycles’, a hardwood cycle stand with clipless pedals, from De La Salle College, Waterford City was awarded the Senior Category Winner.  As well as enjoying an International enterprise education study visit to Lisbon as part of the prize, Cathal will also take a place at the National Student Enterprise Business Bootcamp, which will be hosted by the Nexus Innovation Centre at University of Limerick. The four day course will feature a range of interactive enterprise workshops and the students will also get to work closely with members of the Nexus community of entrepreneurs.

Leah Barry (14), Áine Upton (14) and Muireann Ni Tobin (15) from Gaelcholáiste Ui Chonba, Newcastlewest, Co. Limerick were announced as Intermediate Category winner for their business ‘Teacher’s PET’ (Professional Educational Tool), a multipurpose whiteboard aid for teachers.
A record-breaking 17,000 students from 370 schools have researched, set-up and managed their real-life businesses since September.  The 2014/2015 programme starts September 2014, with full details available at