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2016 Student Enterprise Awards

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Colaiste Phobal Roscrea and Our Lady's Secondary School Templemore win the top prizes at the Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards.

Following the County Final of the Student Enterprise Awards which took place at LIT Thurles on Friday 4 March, two Tipperary Schools will progress to represent their County in three categories at the National Finals taking place in Croke Park on April 20 next.  Over 240 students from across the County competed in the competition which began in second level schools last September and initially involved almost 1800 students. Co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office Tipperary, the competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country with up to 17,000 participants. Colaiste Phobal Roscrea swept the boards winning both the Senior and Intermediate Awards with Our Lady's Secondary School in Templemore winning the Junior Award. Jack Kirwan with his innovative water sterilising unit won the Senior Award with Tadgh Nash and his business called 550 Paracord Bracelets scooping the Intermediate award.

Senior winner                                     inermediate winner

L-R Camelia Shanahan, Eleanor Forrest,                                                 L-R Gearoid O'Rourke, Cllr Seamus
Cllr Seamus Hanafin Cathaoirleach,                                                            Hanafin Cathaoirleach Tadgh Nash
Jack Kirwan, Amanda Rice and                                                                               and Amanda Rice
Mattie McGrath TD 

The Junior category winner was Aisling Meehan with her business Clawbag, a gear bag with a hook for holding hurleys.

Junior winner  Aisling Meehan pictured (l-r) with Camelia Shanahan (Judge), Cllr Seamus Hanafin and her teacher Emma Fogarty

This year’s awards were presented by the Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council, Seamus Hanafin who delivered the welcome address. Addressing the packed auditorium, Cathaoirleach Seamus Hanafin said that “in Tipperary we have great Entrepreneurs, we just don’t have enough of them. That is why Tipperary County Council through the Local Enterprise Office is seeking to support more young people to selec entrepreneurship as a career choice. The Student Enterprise Awards programme plays an important part in this. Nationally more than 17,000 students from 370 secondary schools research and run their own businesses and here in Tipperary today we have 93 of the best showcasing their ideas. By supporting the aspiring entrepreneurs of today the Local Enterprise Office is fostering the job creators of tomorrow”.

Rita Guinan Head of Enterprise who was MC at the event commented “that through these Awards, secondary school students learn important new business and teamwork skills in the classroom that will prepare them for an enterprising future, after school. The educational programme offers students a chance to research, set-up and run their own real-life enterprise, helping to foster an enterprise culture throughout the county”.

During the day in addition to showcasing their businesses Students got an opportunity to hear from Mr. Colin Baker of Back From The Future. Colin appears regularly on Tv3's Ireland AM and is the Sunday Business Post resident Technology journalist. He outlined for the Students the dream he and his brother had to run their own Technology Store - a place where they could share their love of technology with others, helping people to enjoy and understand it as they did and how they brought that dream to fruition. 

The competition carried a prize fund of €3,000 at local level in addition to specially commissioned awards. The senior competition was judged by Mr Gearoid O’Rourke of A&C Chemicals Ltd, Ms Aileen McGrath LEO Westmeath and Ms Camelia Shanahan of Meli Bondre who is also President of Network North Tipperary while the Junior and Intermediate categories were adjudicated by Mr Thos Hayes former CEO of the CEB & Ms Patsy Cooney of LIT Thurles.

LIT Thurles, proved to be an ideal venue for this scale of event combining extensive exhibition space with top class conference facilities creating an energy that on the day that was palpable. 

Prize Winners - Tipperary   Student Enterprise Awards 2016

The winners received certificates, specially commissioned awards in   addition to cash prizes as follows:-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

   

Prize-winners -     Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards 2016

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

Business     Name

   
   

School

   
   

Team     Members

   
   

Senior Category

   
   

1st

   
   

Water Sterilising Unit

   
   

Colaiste Phobal Roscrea

   
   

Jack Kirwan

   
   

 

   
   

2nd

   
   

Equi Bib

   
   

Loreto Secondary School Clonmel

   
   

Amy Broderick

   
   

 

   
   

3rd

   
   

Quaestio

   
   

The Abbey, Tipp Town

   
   

Mark Costigan, Danny     Cunningham,Gavin Downey, Evan Dudley, Adam Glasheen, Tom Hogan

   
   

Best     Agricultural Award

   
   

 

   
   

Grill Guards By Sean

   
   

The Abbey, Tipp Town

   
   

Sean Croker

   
   

Best     Consumer Product

   
   

 

   
   

Perfect Pal

   
   

Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles

   
   

Rachel Dowling, Sinead Ryan,     Siobhan Ryan, Clodagh Ryan, & Rebecca Cole

   
   

Best     Entrepreneur / Sales Team

   
   

 

   
   

Dunmore TY Agri

   
   

Colaiste Phobal Roscrea

   
   

Neil Maher & Jack Delaney

   
   

Best     Innovation Awards

   
   

 

   
   

Simple Stationary Solutions

   
   

Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles

   
   

Laurene McCarthy, Emma Larkin, Kate     Hogan, Sophie Hayes & Zoe Fitzgibbon

   
   

Most     Artistic Award

   
   

 

   
   

Colour Your Story

   
   

Loreto Secondary School Clonmel

   
   

Ciara Fanning, Emma Tobin, Michelle     Hannigan & Sorcha O'Gorman

   
   

Best     Display

   
   

 

   
   

Three Counties Firewood

   
   

CBS Carrick on Suir

   
   

Paul Moore & Shane Holden

   
   

Special     Merit

   
   

 

   
   

Mind My Mind

   
   

Scoil Ruain, Killenaule

   
   

Rachel O'Gorman & Caoimhe     McMenamin

   
   

Special     Merit

   
   

 

   
   

Little Foot

   
   

Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles

   
   

Claire Dempsey, Vanessa Dwan, Doireann     Egan & Avril Quirke

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

Intermediate Category

   
   

1st

   
   

550 Paracord Bracelets

   
   

Colaiste Phobal Roscrea

   
   

Tadgh Nash

   
   

 

   
   

2nd

   
   

E&T Christmas Outdoor Ornaments

   
   

Colaiste Mhuire Co-Ed Thurles

   
   

Evan Donnelly & Thomas Stokes

   
   

 

   
   

3rd

   
   

Mirror Men

   
   

Scoil Ruain, Killenaule

   
   

Cillian White & Paddy Gaynor

   
   

Best     Stand

   
   

 

   
   

Coaster Craze

   
   

Our Ladys Secondary, Templemore

   
   

Emma Kelly, Claire Maher, Brona     Bergin & Sinead Bergin

   
   

Best     Business Plan

   
   

 

   
   

History of Clonmel Fire Station

   
   

High School, Clonmel

   
   

Hugh O Sullivan, Josh King and     Connor Grace

   
   

Best     Craft Award

   
   

 

   
   

Dunogarty Wood Products

   
   

Newport College

   
   

Michael Dunlea and Michael Fogarty

   
   

Merit     Award

   
   

 

   
   

LH Designs

   
   

CBS Carrick-on-suir

   
   

Laurance Hearne

   
   

Merit     Award

   
   

 

   
   

Ballynevin Book

   
   

CBS Carrick-on-suir

   
   

Christopher Walsh

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

 

   
   

Junior Category

   
   

1st

   
   

Clawbag

   
   

Our Lady's Secondary School     Templemore

   
   

Aisling Meehan

   
   

 

   
   

2nd

   
   

Emergency Pack

   
   

CBS High School Clonmel

   
   

Adam Looby Anthony Sweeney, James     McLoughlin & Michael Dillion

   
   

 

   
   

3rd

   
   

Tacannah

   
   

Presentation Secondary School,     Clonmel

   
   

Caoimhe Woods, Tara Malone &     Hannah McCabe

   
   

Best     Stand

   
   

 

   
   

Freedom Hats

   
   

Colaiste Dun Iascaigh Cahir

   
   

Saoirse Kinsella, Leanne Kelly     & Meibh Cowan

   
   

Best     Business Plan

   
   

 

   
   

Independent Chocolate Bar

   
   

CBS Carrick on Suir

   
   

Mark McCoy & Adam O Shea

   
   

Craft     Award

   
   

 

   
   

Jays Shillelagh

   
   

CBS Carrick on Suir

   
   

Jay Meagher

   
   

Merit     Award

   
   

 

   
   

Serfla

   
   

St Marys Secondary School Nenagh

   
   

Sophie Hogan, Weronika Urbanik     & Korolina Milek

   
   

Merit     Award

   
   

 

   
   

Spa in a Jar

   
   

St Marys Secondary School Nenagh

   
   

Sarah Conroy, Isabelle Mullane,     Katie Grace, Hazel O'Dwyer & Deirbhile O'Dwyer

   

 

 

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