Student Enterprise Awards Final - Results

SEVEN STUDENTS FROM OFFALY SECURE SPOT AT STUDENT ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME NATIONAL FINALS

Seven budding teenage entrepreneurs from three local secondary schools have been selected to represent Offaly at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals in Croke Park. 

The young entrepreneurs will represent the Local Enterprise Office and their county at the Student Enterprise Programme showpiece on the 2nd May.

The students were all competing at the Offaly Final on 8th March, which was held at the Tullamore Court Hotel. Over 450 students from nine schools took part in the annual programme locally.  This year a total of 33 businesses across three categories (Junior, Intermediate & Senior) and almost 100 students reached the County Final. 

In the Junior Category, the student representing Offaly at the National Finals is Joanne Cushen from Colaiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac with her business “Gnó-Jó”. Her business provides clubs with fund raising opportunities.

In the Intermediate Category, a group of five students from St Mary’s Secondary School in Edenderry will be representing the county in Croke Park. Their business called “Seasonal Stationery Company” produces a range of hand-made stationery and gifts.

In the Senior Category of the competition, Offaly will be represented on 2nd May by Manus Heenan from Cistercian College with his business Abbey Bread. He has produced a yeast bread mix based on the original recipe used for over 100 years at the Mount St Joseph monastery.

As well as sharing the prize fund of over €3,000, each category winner received a specially commissioned trophy designed by Ross Hathaway of Metal Meyham, Kilcormac, and every student received a certificate to mark their participation in the competition. 

This year, the students themselves had an opportunity to vote for their favourite project. The “Student Award” went to “To Dye For” from Gallen Community School, Ferbane who received €75. They produced a range of tie dye products including t-shirts which proved very popular with students.

A special teachers’ prize draw was held and gift vouchers went to Edwina Hall of Killina Presentation Secondary School and Gordon O’Donnell of St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry.

Speaking at the final, Mr Liam Quinn, Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, commended the students for their efforts. He also thanked their teachers and parents for their support. “It’s a great opportunity for you (the students) to develop your business skills.  Hopefully many of you will go on to set up your own businesses in the future and avail of the services of the Local Enterprise Office, which is now an integral part of the County Council.” he commented.

On behalf of the Local Enterprise Office Offaly, Geraldine Beirne firstly thanked the teachers involved for their support and acknowledged that without their commitment the Student Enterprise Programme would not take place.  She also thanked the judges James Maloney, Enterprise Ireland, Carmel Ormond, Offaly Local Development Company and Caroline Collins, Tullamore Credit Union for giving of their time so freely. Finally, she gave a special word of thanks to the students for their hard work and enthusiasm.

Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices in every Local Authority area, the competition is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country. 

Every September, entrepreneurial secondary school students across the country begin their business journey as they are encouraged to brainstorm, create and run their own businesses.  In September 2017 over 23,000 students from 480 schools nationwide began their entrepreneurial journey with the help of their teachers and their Local Enterprise Office (LEO).

Offaly has a very strong record at the Student Enterprise National Final. Recent awards won by local secondary schools have included Innovation Awards at both Senior and Intermediate level in 2016 and Senior Category National Final Winner in 2015.

The local students will be competing with hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the 16th Annual Student Enterprise Awards National Finals on May 2nd.  The Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003 and with over 150,000 students getting involved since its inception.

Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise on social media.

The Local Enterprise Offices are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

Offaly Student Enterprise Programme County Final 2018

Winners Listing

Senior Category

Placing

School

Teacher

Business Name

Description

Students

Winner

Cistercian College, Roscrea

Catherine Smyth

Abbey Bread

Yeast Bread Mix

Manus Heenan

Runner Up

 

 

 

Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Clara

Katie Murray

Carniture

Unique furniture made from carparts

Adam O’Keeffe

Dion Conroy

Cormac Delaney

3rd

 

Tullamore College

Ritchie Dalton

The Good Stuff

Snack Bar for young athletes

James Dunne

Tomás Griffin

Barry Crombie

TJ Bermingham

Innovation Award

 

Banagher College

Natalie Hehir

Animal Feeder made from recycled tyres

Thomas Daly

Craft Award

 

 

Killina Presentation Secondary School

Edwina Hall

Pebble Pictures

Handmade pictures using pebbles

Laura Digan

Róisín Gaffey

Presentation Skills Award

 

 

Colaiste Choilm

Eamonn Fallon

L&M Jams

Jams

Robbie Lawlor

Cian Martin

Best Display Award

 

St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry

Paula Dunne

Frame Your Family Co.

Framed Family Trees

Bernard McVeigh

Erin Kane

Rachel Kelleghan

Shay Evans

Teamwork Award

St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry

Fiona Dunbar

Stick Pic

Customised hurl tattoos of club & county crests, initials & any design

Thea von Engelbrechten

Maeve O’Connor

Ali Howick

Eric Corcoran

Students Prize

Gallen Community School

Marilyn McDonagh

To Dye For

Tie dye products

Therese Lyons

Alisa Murphy

Laura Egan

Merit

Cistercian College, Roscrea

Catherine Smyth

Easy Fund

Community Based Fund Raising Enterprise for New Equipment for Clubs

Adam Lambkin

Shane Connolly

Merit

Gallen Community School

Marilyn McDonagh

HomeMade Heat

Homemade Briquettes

Philip Keegan

Kealan Egan

Merit

Banagher College

Ann Hardiman

StarLight

Eyeshadow product “pigments”

Katelyn Deegan

Merit

Banagher College

Ann Hardiman

Scrumdiddlyumptious

Chocolate Santa Sleighs

Aoife Mahon

Laura Clancy

Merit

Killina Presentation Secondary School

Edwina Hall

Eli and I

Children’s Book about a little girl & her imaginary friend

Aishling Britten

Maddie Smyth

Ciarán Waters

Merit

Killina Presentation Secondary School

Tracey Nolan

Liptastic

100% all natural homemade lip balms

Martha Brickland

Evelina Sturmaite

Leah Duffin

Merit

Killina Presentation Secondary School

Tracey Nolan

Comfort Keeper

Memory Foam Comfort Strap to ease shoulder pain

Anna Doherty

Conor Gibbons

Niamh Flanagan

Desen Chen

Naomi Tolbert

Merit

Tullamore College

Michelle Griffin

Mini Booklets designed to help students revise easily on the go

Assia De Sousa

Lauren Coffey

Megan Caschera Lynam

Merit

Tullamore College

Ritchie Dalton

Little Literature

 

Easy to Read Children Storybook

Destiny Lynch, Jade Grennan

Karl Malapit

Nicole Mannion

Natasha Hughes

Greta Baskyte

Merit

Colaiste Choilm

Eamonn Fallon

C&D Enterprise

Reusable Water Bottle

Conor Brennan

David Caulfield

Merit

Colaiste Choilm

Eamonn Fallon

Lit Ltd

Candles

Blazej Maruszewski

Kacper Askuntowicz

Merit

 

Colaiste Choilm

Eamonn Fallon

Milo & Luke’s Magical Reindeer Food

Christmas Gifts for Children

Milo O’Connor

Luke Egan

Merit

St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry

Patsy Griffin

BOI Productions

Controller Cases

Sean Mc Redmond

Conor Denehan

Cathal Ryan

Merit

St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry

Gordon McDonnell

Take Away Gardens

Garden starter kit in a small brown paper bag

Samuel Denehan

Megan Callen

Síle Holton

Marta Cruz

Conor Mulligan

Merit

Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Clara

Katie Murray

Popsocketeers

Fashionable phone holding accessory

Amy Kelly

Chloe Kelly

Shannon Kelly

Merit

Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Clara

Anne Maria Guinan

Cards and Candles to You

Hand painted candles and crafted cards

Chelsea Dunne

Shauna Touhey

Rebecca Fleming

Merit

Ard Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Clara

Anne Maria Guinan

Maskalicious

Home Made Face Masks for Well Being

Zoe Murray

Sara Ruddle

Ciara Monaghan

Merit

Gallen Community School

Marilyn McDonagh

Star Bike Strapz

Velcro strap that holds your hurl to your bike

Darragh Flynn

Adam Reams

Marcus Keena

Callum Dooner

 

 

 

Intermediate Category

placing

School

Teacher

Business Name

Description

Students

Winner

St Mary’s Secondary School, Edenderry

Fiona Farrell

Seasonal Stationery Company

Hand Made Stationery & Gifts

Ava McCormack

Tara McDermot

Jordan Judge

Aaron Gorry

Jake O’Callaghan

Runner Up

Gallen Community School

Marilyn McDonagh

Bits and Bobs

Make up organiser for your bag

Emma Moore

Maddie Norris

Roisin Mannion

Orla Hynes

3rd Place

Gallen Community School

Karen Shine

New Junior Cert Card Aids

Nathan Dunican

Liam Kerr

 

Junior Category

placing

School

Teacher

Business Name

Description

Students

Winner

Colaiste Naomh Cormac

Tommy Spollen

Gnó-Jó

Organisations with fund raising

Joanne Cushen

Runner Up

Colaiste Choilm

Eamonn Fallon

Wooden Wonders

Personalised children toys & home décor

Cian Lewis

3rd Place

Gallen Community School

Karen Shine

Girls Night In

Beauty Hampers

Katie Dunne

Rebecca Coughlan

See the photos here Student Enterprise Award Photos 2018

Student Enterprise Awards 2018 

About the Student Enterprise Programme (studententerprise.ie)

The Student Enterprise Programme is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices and involves over 23,000 students from 480 secondary schools. It runs from September to May and the 2017/2018 National Final takes place on 2nd May, 2018 in Dublin’s Croke Park.

 

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