Kerry Students Among Prizes At National Enterprise Awards

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Dylan Mangan of Killorglin Community College with Tomás Hayes of Kerry Local Enterprise Office at the awards in Dublin on Wednesday.

KERRY students scooped three awards in the National Final of the Local Enterprise Student Enterprise Awards was held on the 3rd May 2017 in Croke Park.

The Intermediate Category entry Dylan Mangan from Killorglin Community College secured the “Most Creative Use of  Social Media” Award for his company “’.

This includes grandparent’s memories from grandparents videoed by their grandchildren where a specific package is sold online to enable the process. His company also secured third place in the national Intermediate competition.

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The Senior Category Business – “Circulation Foot Stool” from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion secured a special merit award.

Jamie Hannon, Philip Byrne and Fionnán Toomey from St Joseph’s Secondary School , Ballybunion, pictured earlier this year at the Student Enterprise Awards at the ITT. Photo by Lisa O’Mahony.

This team consists of Philip Byrne, Jamie Hannon and Fionnán Toomey.  The product is a footstool which eases blood circulation particularly for patients/clients with physical disability. The team has secured a place on a business development bootcamp in UCC commencing in late May.

Adele O’Brien of Presentation School, Milltown represented the county in the Junior Category and impressed all with her great effort and her product “A happy bag for life”.

Moira Murrell, Chief Executive of Kerry County Council stated that; “I am delighted  with the success of these Kerry Teams in securing three prestigious national awards The students deserve great credit for all the hard work put into these projects since last September. Their dedicated teachers Sadhbh Fitzgerald from Killorglin Community College and Mary Stenson from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Ballybunion and Mark Hanley from Milltown deserve huge credit.”

Tomás Hayes, Head of Local Enterprise commented “the competition across all categories was huge and I am delighted with the fact that Kerry has again secured winners. The Kerry County Council Local Enterprise Office works hard on this programme providing support and mentoring  to schools throughout the year. We are fortunate to have such dedicated teachers and enterprising students in our county. I thank my colleague Margaret Murphy who puts huge work into this initiative each year.”

Over 17,000 students from 370 schools participated nationally in the Awards this year. The competition promotes business idea development and business structure, sourcing of finance, marketing/sales and the presentation of a formal business plan.

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