Most Enterprising Student Awards 2023

Rashina Award

Mary McIntyre, Local Enterprise Office, Frank Moran, Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, Cian Dunican, Darragh Hennessy from St. Caillin's National School, Rashina, Pat O'Gorman, Local Enterprise Office Committee. 

Offaly’s Youngest Entrepreneurs Recognised at Most Enterprising Student Awards

Primary school students from around Offaly have been rewarded for their business endeavours by the Local Enterprise Office Offaly as part of its "Most Enterprising Student" initiative.


The Local Enterprise Office in Offaly County Council runs an annual Most Enterprising Student Programme which offers primary schools throughout the county the opportunity to nominate their Most Enterprising Student (or group of students). It offers schools a chance to give recognition to a student who has set up and run their own business. Many of the schools who entered the competition held an “Enterprise Day” where the students designed, made and sold their products. The school then chose their winner from all the students who participated. This often proved very difficult as the wealth of business talent was exceptional.


The awards were presented at a ceremony in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Tuesday 25th April by Cathaoirleach of Offaly County Council, Frank Moran. 

Ballyboy Award

Students from Ballyboy National School pictured with Frank Moran, Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, Carol Nolan, TD and Councillor John Clendennen.

Mary McIntyre, from the Local Enterprise Office told the students how delighted she was to meet Offaly’s next generation of entrepreneurs. She said she was very impressed with the products, displays and business skills. She reminded them that through the Most Enterprising Student Initiative, they would have learnt so much including: Confidence, Creativity, Collaboration and Communication.

The children who were nominated had the opportunity to display their products at the awards ceremony and also to sell on the day. A lot of business was done with many stands completely selling out! Some examples of the businesses run by students include free range eggs, home baking and handmade gifts.

 Clara Stand

Boys from first class in Scoil Proinsias Naofa, Clara pictured at their stand with their teachers Ms. McCormack and Ms. Coffey.

Each school nominee was presented with a prize pack including a €50 book token and framed certificate.

 Durrow Stand

Katie Doolan from Durrow National School 

This year 13 schools entered the competition and nominated their Most Enterprising Student or Students.


The nominated students are as follows:


School Name



St. Caillin's National School, Rashina

Cian Dunican & Darragh Hennessy


Scoil Bríde, Edenderry

Jane Daly & Gracie Slevin


Broughall National School, Kilcormac

Seán Egan, Billy Feighery & Megan Oliver


Kinnitty National School

James Boland, Mossy Dooley, Conail Fay, Clodagh Daly, Sara O’Donnell & Aisling Farrell


Scoil Cholmáin Naofa, Mucklagh

Kyle Berry


Tubber National School

Ella Darcy, Aoibh Broderick, Sadbh Broderick


Scoil Phroinsias Naofa, Clara

First Class


Durrow National School

Katie Doolan


Ballyboy National School

Fiadhna Leamy, Cára Guinan, Anna McDonald, Cian Brunswick, Mark Dolan


Walsh Island National School

Megan Galvin, Caoimhe Nolan, Bridget McDonald


Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Cloneygowan

Max McHugh


Coolderry Central School

Kate Kirwan, Sarah Kirwan, James Dardis


Seir Kieran National School, Clareen

Tyler Madden


Congratulations to all of Offaly’s Most Enterprising Students.  The Local Enterprise Office Offaly would like to express its sincere thanks to the teachers, parents and principals for their involvement in the scheme.