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Senior Category Winners - 1st Ace Devices (St Caimin's Shannon) Cormac Kelly, Cian Hogan, Aoibhe Frazer, Evan Quigley and Cian McInerney at the award ceremony. Photograph by Arthur Ellis

Enterprise brings its rewards

More than 250 Clare secondary school students participated in the county final of the Student Enterprise Awards at Treacys West County Hotel in Ennis today (Thursday).

Hosted by the Local Enterprise Office Clare, the Awards Scheme forms part of Clare’s Student Enterprise Programme, which seeks to stimulate the creation of real-life businesses in secondary schools by encouraging students to research and manage their own business, with support from local business mentors.

Student Enterprise Awards Winners: Junior Category Winners - 1st Luxury Bags (St Anne's Community College Killaloe) Thomas Buckley, Gearoid Guilfoyle, Dawid Chojnacki and Mateusz Bogusiak pictured at the awards ceremony at The Treacys west County Hotel Ennis on Thursday.Pic Arthur Ellis.

Junior Category Winners –  Luxury Bags (St Anne’s Community College Killaloe). From left,  Thomas Buckley, Gearoid Guilfoyle, Dawid Chojnacki and Mateusz Bogusiak . Photograph by Arthur Ellis.

The Clare County Final saw students present 76 enterprise ideas at various stalls throughout the awards ceremony venue with prizes being awarded in nine categories.

The first prize winners of the junior, intermediate and senior categories will go on to represent Clare in the national final in Croke Park on Wednesday, April 22.

Student Enterprise Awards winners:

Junior Category Winners – 1st Luxury Bags (St Anne’s Community College Killaloe), 2nd Buí Beauty (Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon), 3rd Nifty Knots (Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon).

Intermediate Category Winners – 1st Blissful Beauty (St Michael’s Community College Kilmihil), 2nd iCases (Scoil Mhuire Ennistymon) 3rd Little Treats (St. Michael’s Community College Kilmihil).

Senior Category Winners – 1st Ace Devices (St Caimin’s Shannon), 2nd The Unsinkables (St Patrick’s Comprehensive Shannon), 3rd Custom Clock-In (Rice College Ennis).

Special Award for Business Plan – Galaxy Adventure & Comics (St Joseph’s Tulla).

Special Award for Best Stand Presentation – Clean Slate Design (St Flannan’s College Ennis).

Special Award for Innovative Concept – La Joie (St Caimin’s Shannon).

Teachers Prize – Tara Rynne (Ennistymon CBS).

Adjudicators Prize – Crazy Maze (Rice College Ennis).

Best Design – Luke Howley Woodturning (Ennistymon Vocational School).

Intermediate Category Winners -  Blissful Beauty (St Michael Community College Kilmihil), L-R Betty Devanny, Local Enterprise office Clare; leas Cathaoirleach, Tony O’Brien, Alana and Jennifer of Blissful Beauty, Ger Dollard, director of services and Sinead Dixon, Local Enterprise Office Clare. Photograph by Arthur Ellis
Intermediate Category Winners – Blissful Beauty (St Michael Community College Kilmihil). From left, Betty Devanny, Local Enterprise Office; leas cathaoirleach, Tony O’Brien; Alana and Jennifer of Blissful Beauty, Ger Dollard, director of services; and Sinead Dixon, Local Enterprise Office  Photograph by Arthur Ellis

Clare County Council leas cathaoirleach, Tony O’Brien stated, “This Awards scheme encourages our young people to develop their ideas and for that reason alone, it has been a valuable life experience for them all.The Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015 has a number of actions in relation to job creation, which includes developing an enterprising culture in our schools. I would hope that the Student Enterprise Awards will lead to many students considering setting up their own business in the future.”

“This year the county final has been a huge success with 250 students participating on 76 projects. The mentor visits provided by the LEO Clare for each team to work with a business consultant to help with their mini-company has also proven very beneficial to students getting their business plans completed,” said Betty Devanny, LEO Clare.

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