Student Enterprise Awards 2019

Countdown to Croke Park begins for County Monaghan's most enterprising students

Local Enterprise Office Monaghan confirms that winning teenage entrepreneurs from Ballybay, Monaghan and Carrickmacross will represent County Monaghan at the National Final of the Student Enterprise Programme.

Eight teenage entrepreneurs from three local schools have won a place representing County Monaghan at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park on Friday, May 3rd 2019. 

Every September through Local Enterprise Office Monaghan, entrepreneurial secondary school students begin their business journey as they are encouraged to research, set-up and run their own real-world businesses. 

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 local authorities, is the most successful student enterprise programme of kind in the country. An estimated 26,000 students from 490 schools around the country begin their entrepreneurial journey every year with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and local enterprise offices. 

The students were competing at the County Monaghan Final on Thursday 7th March, which was held at the FOur Seasons hotel Monaghan. An estimated 150 second-level students from 8 schools took part in the annual programme locally. 

Junior Category

In the Junior Category, the students representing County Monaghan at the National Finals in Croke Park are: Aisling McCooey and Rachel brennan from 'Easy View' at Ballybay Community College. The second place accolade went to Andrew Comiskey, Cillian O'Callaghan and Michael Murtagh from Patrician High School Carrickmacross with 'Out Standing Wooden Design' and third place in the junior category was awarded to Olivia McSkeane  and Emily Palmer from Ballybay Community College with their enterprise 'ScrunchEOs'.

Intermediate Category

In the Intermediate Category, Luke McManus, Shea Swift , Conor McPhilips and Matthew McVicar from 'Laugh and Learn' at St. macartan's College Monaghan will be representing the county in Croke Park. The second place accolade went to Grace Marron from Inver College Carrickmacross with 'Tiny House Real Estate' and third place in the intermediate category was awarded to Fionn McKenna, Ryan Greenan, Jamie Rushe and Brendan Treanor with their enterprise 'MacPro Ice-Cream'.

Senior Category

In the Senior Category of the competition, County Monaghan will be represented on May 3rd by Eoin Hand and Garrett Morris from 'H&M Birdhouses' at Inver College Carrickmacross. The second place accolade went to Niamh Mullin, Vincent Chen, Nicola Buckley and Nathaniel McEntee from Our Lady's Secondary School Castleblayney with 'A.U.T (Autism Utility Toolkit)' and third place in the senior category was awarded to Michael Coyle, Kevin mcPhilips and Mark Lavelle form Ballybay Community College with their enterprise 'O'Kelly & Rooney Enterprises'.

Best Display prize which is an award to recognise the hard work and effort put into presenting the projects was awarded to Niamh Flynn, Aoife Gavan, Aimee mcCarron and Erica Gormley from St. Louis Secondary School Monaghan was presented to Aoife Lennon, Annmaire Lavelle, Sarah Duffy and Jasmin Simon from Ballybay Community College with 'Sweetie Baubles'.

An additional award introduced at the County Finals this year 'Enterprise Educator of the Year' to give special recognition to one teacher for enterprise education. And this award went to Mary Gill from Beech Hill College Monaghan.

This year the senior judging panel on the day was made up by Martin mcVicar Combilift, Paul Bond Brix Workwear and Fern Ross Effista Ltd. Both the junior and intermediate categories were evaluated by Eamonn Callaghan former Head of Finance Monaghan County Council and Claire Cunningham Aura Internet Services.

Speaking at the county final, Briege Quinn, Senior Executive Development Office of Local Enterprise Office Monaghan congratulated the students, saying "We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in County Monaghan with over 400 students from 10 local schools taking part this year. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck in Croke Park on May 3rd."

She continued, "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 careers".

The local students will be competing against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the Annual Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on May 3rd.We wish them all the very best of luck at the next stage in the competition.