Budding business leaders from two Galway schools showed their ingenuity and business sense when they impressed the judges in the recent national finals of the Student Entrepreneur Awards.
The Coláiste Ghobnait on Inis Oírr and Coláiste Chroí Mhuire, An Spidéal, competed in the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí 2018 held in Na Forbacha.
The Aran company, Preab Ltd, which came third overall in the national final, was established of Tara O’Brien and David Barbotin, who created speakers for mobile phones made from 100% recyclable materials. Preab Ltd was mentored by Meadbh Seoighe from Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Mo Bhaile Fearainn – the brainchild of Coláiste Chroí Mhuire students Áine Ní Laoi, Aisling Ní Chonghaile, Khaliun Ní Fhloinn, Róisín Ní Dhiompsaigh, Siobhán Ní Neachtain, Katie Mullarkey, Aoibhin Ní Dhomhnaill and Kate Scott – saw them design and sell decorative signs depicting local place names and heritage.
Mo Bhaile Fearainn was mentored by Miriam Ní Néill from Údarás na Gaeltachta.
Both sets of students represented their schools and region with great distinction at the national final – but the overall prize went to Boue Cosmetics from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair.
More than 750 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath and Waterford, enjoyed unique hands-on learning experiences and started their own businesses this year.
After regional finals in Kerry, Mayo, Galway and Donegal eight teams were ultimately selected to proceed to the national final.
Údarás na Gaeltachta CEO Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh said it was inspiring to witness such enterprise.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.