2019 Most Enterprising Student Awards

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 2nd April by Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, Danny Owens.

Cllr Owens praised the students and their teachers and parents for all the hard work that went in preparing for the awards day. He encouraged the students to think about entering the Student Enterprise Programme when they get to second level.

Orla Martin, Head of Enterprise 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. Ms. Martin 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.

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

This year 19 schools entered the competition and nominated their Most Enterprising Student or Students.

Photographs from the awards are available to view on our Facebook page.

The nominated students are as follows:

Durrow National School

Darragh Galvin-Dunne

Scoil Mhuire agus Chormaic, Kilcormac

Harry Sweeney

Scoil Bhríde, Ballyboy

Conor Heffernan, Morgan Bennett, Oliver Young, Michael Kilmartin

Tullamore Educate Together National School

Ashley Coyle

Coolderry Central School

Alfie McGrath

St Manchan's National School

Aoife Ross

St Philomena's National School

Allyssa Bennies, Niamh Hughes, Emma O'Brien

Rashina National School

Alanna Egan

Kinnitty National School

Cara Donogher, Olivia Hussey, Ray Ryan

Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Rhode

6th Class

St Mary's Primary School, Edenderry

Rian McNamara

High Street National School, Belmont

6th Class

Cloneyhurke National School

Arianne Dunne, Michael Kasumu

Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Cloneygowan

Grace Shaw, Maisy McKeagney, Jasmine Dooley

St Colman's National School, Cappagh

3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Class

St Colman's National School, Mucklagh

Lauren Delaney, Sarah Ryan, Aoife Burgoyne

Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore

Team Phozie

Shinrone National School

Adam Tooher, Sarah Egan

Scoil Bhride Primary School, Edenderry

Alesha Raza Butt

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.