Date: 19 Apr 2012
1st year students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh were announced national winners in the Junior Category of the Student Enterprise Awards Final in Dublin’s Croke Park on Wednesday 18 April. GCL was one of two student enterprises from the city representing Limerick in the 10th Annual Awards programme organised by the network of County and City Enterprise Boards around the country.
Co-ordinated locally by the Limerick City Enterprise Board, the competition is the largest programme of its kind in Ireland. It sees budding entrepreneurs from secondary schools across the country researching, setting up and running their own enterprises, with help from their teachers and local Enterprise Boards.
GCL’s winning student enterprise idea ‘Odour Abs’ eliminates foul odours from gear bags, by using golf balls, charcoal and air-fresheners. The three students, Daniel Enright, Briain Ó Riordán and Oisín Cross have already earned a profit from their venture. Over 300 finalists descended upon GAA Headquarters to set up enterprise exhibition displays before taking part in a series of judging interviews. Adjudicators marked the budding entrepreneurs on key business areas such as innovation, market research, sales, production, marketing, finances and planning.
This is the second time in five years that students from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh have won the competition. Daniel, Briain and Oisín are pictured above with RTÉ Nationwide's Mary Kennedy.
The Student Enterprise Awards programme is run across three categories by the network of County and City Enterprise Boards. The Junior Category is for first year students. The interactive website for the programme www.studententerprise.ie
has resources and video tutorials for teachers, students and parents.