Student entreprenues' Croke Park date

Published 14/04/2015 | 00:00

Jason Bolger and Adam Shanahan from St Mary's CBS Enniscorthy receive their award for their 'Branching Out Rustic Crafts' project during the LEO Wexford Student Enterprise Awards 2015 in Whites Hotel. At back, from left - Niall Reck (Graphedia), Breege Cosgrave (Local Enterprise Office), Emer Doyle (Rua Communications), and Aidan Gahan (teacher),; front- Jason Bolger, Tom Banville (CEO, Local Enterprise Office), and Adam Shanahan.
Jason Bolger and Adam Shanahan from St Mary's CBS Enniscorthy receive their award for their 'Branching Out Rustic Crafts' project during the LEO Wexford Student Enterprise Awards 2015 in Whites Hotel. At back, from left - Niall Reck (Graphedia), Breege Cosgrave (Local Enterprise Office), Emer Doyle (Rua Communications), and Aidan Gahan (teacher),; front- Jason Bolger, Tom Banville (CEO, Local Enterprise Office), and Adam Shanahan.
Ryan Kavanagh from Wexford CBS Secondary School receives his award for his project 'Photos by Ryan'. From left: Breda Coughlan Roche (C R Print), Ryan Kavanagh, Emer Doyle (Rua Communications), and Ray Cullinane (EPA).
Lisa Tobin from Ramsgrange Community School pictured receiving her award from for her project 'Sparkles' from Aoife McCormack and Alison Stone, Donedeal.

Local student entrepreneurs from Wexford will be flying the flag for the county at the Student Enterprise Awards National Final in Croke Park next week.

The Wexford awards ceremony took place in White's Hotel, with county council chairman Cllr. Malcolm Byrne saying he found the projects 'but more importantly, the students inspiring'.

'They took their ideas and saw them through. We've got to encourage young people with new ideas and products and embed a spirit of enterprise in the county.

More than 1,200 students throughout County Wexford took part in the enterprise competition, co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Office.

The student enterprises representing Wexford at the National Finals on April 22 in Croke Park are: Senior Category: Branching Out Rustic Crafts, St. Mary's CBS Enniscorthy, Jason Bolger and Adam Shanahan; Intermediate Category: Photo's by Ryan, CBS, Wexford, Ryan Kavanagh and Junior Category: Sparkles, Ramsgrange Community School, Lisa Tobin.

The competition is the most successful programme of its kind in the country. Since last September, 18,000 entrepreneurs from secondary schools across the country have been researching, setting up and running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and Local Enterprise Offices.

Breege Cosgrave, Programme Manager from the Local Enterprise Office praised the achievements of the local finalists, saying: 'Since last September, our student entrepreneurs under the guidance of the Schools Coordinator, Emer Doyle have been setting up and running their own real-life businesses, learning important business lessons along the way. By promoting an enterprise culture at second level, the Local Enterprise Offices are helping to support and nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs so vital to our local economy.'

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