Student Enterprise Awards 2017 - 2018

National Success for County Monaghan Students in Croke Park

Ireland's largest celebration of secondary school entrepreneurs took place at Student Enterprise Final on 2nd May 2018, co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices.


Students from St Macartan's College in Monaghan town won 3rd prize in the senior category and were presented with their award on stage by the Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D. and Sheelagh Daly of the Local Enterprise Offices. The winning students were Paul McMhillips and Niall Corrigan, who worked under the guidance of their teacher, Sineád McColgon. Their student enterprise was called, 'Free Flow Bunkers', which was a practical and very user firendly coal/animal feed bunker. 

The program, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the Local Enterprise Offices, had a total of 230 teenage entrepreneurs, aged between 13 and 18, from 77 different enterprises, competing at the National Final, with every local authority area being represented. This year's Student Enterprise Program attracted 23,600 student participants from 480 secondary schools around the country. Starting every September, the enterprise education initiative helps students gain the skills and practical knowledge of running a real-life business. 

Congratulating this year's winners and their schools, Minister Breen said, "Whether it's generating business ideas, developing markets or selling to customers, students taking part in the Student Enterprise Program throughout Ireland have consistently shown a passion and flair for business and enterprise. Entrepreneurship is the backbone of the Irish Economy and initiatives such as the Student Enterprise Program are key to developing Ireland's future enterprising culture. I'd like to congratulate this year's winning students and schools. I hope their success will inspire more schools to sign-up for the next program in September through their Local Enterprise Office."

John McEntaggert with

Also in attendance at the national final in Croke Park was Thomas Gartlan and Ethan Evans from Patrician High School who showcased their business idea, 'Pet-IT' in the Intermediary category. In addition the Junior category was represented by Eoghan Hoey, Nathan Doogan and Conor McEnaney, also from the Patrician High School with their enterprise 'Salt Lamps'.

Salt Lamps team from Patricians High School

Eilín Connolly with Local Enterprise Office monaghan said, "Congratulations to the students of St Macartan's on winning this prestigious national award in Croke Park this week, which recognises all their hard work. I'd also like to congratulate the students from Patrician High School who made it to the finals in both the Intermediary and Junior categories. We have seen over 150,000 students learn how to successfully run a business in the 16 years of the Student Enterprise Program, thanks to a long-term relationship between local schools and Local Enterprise offices. Judging by this year's finalists and winners, the future is bright for entrepreneurs here in Monaghan.

For more information on the program and to find out about this years competition visit or contact your Local Enterprise Office on 047 71818.