West Kerry Students Compete For JA Europe Company Of The Year Award

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THREE young entrepreneurs from the Corca Dhuibhne Gaeltacht are aiming to put Europe under their spell next week using Irish mythology to create a winning magic formula at the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition.

‘Cártaí Feasa’ was established by Sibéal Ní Ógáin, Aoife Feirtéar and Caoimhe Ní Bheaglaoich from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and the young west Kerry entrepreneurs will represent Ireland at the JA Europe Company of the Year Competition which is being hosted virtually by JA Lithuania and which runs until July 15th.

This is the third time that the winners of Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Clár na gComhlachtaí entrepreneurship competition will have the opportunity to participate at the European level of the competition.

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Cártaí Feasa is also eligible for the Public Choice Award, which will be decided through an online public vote here https://jaeurope.submittable.com/gallery/de2cc07e-c9f0-4f73-b306-3f476b44daac/20598661/.

The voting will remain open until 6pm on July 13th where the public can vote early and often for the West Kerry entrepreneurs!

Cártaí Feasa is an innovative greeting card mini company telling the story of Irish folklore tales but the QR code on the back of each card whisks the user to another world online where the stories can be accessed in Irish and English.

The Corca Dhuibhne entrepreneurs fought off stiff opposition from more than 600 transition year students from Gaeltacht schools in Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Kerry Cork, Waterford and Meath to scoop the national Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí competition in April.

The national final, also held online due to COVID-19 restrictions, gave Cártaí Feasa valuable experience in competing in a virtual environment and they managed to come out on top based on the quality of their innovative business idea and overall performance on the day.

The successful company from Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne were mentored by their business studies teacher Trish Uí Éanacháin who helped them to develop their business idea along with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland executives.

During the course of the virtual European Final Sibéal, Aoife and Caoimhe will present their product, company, progress and plans to the judges and to other competing junior entrepreneurs from other EU member states.

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