St Mel’s County Enterprise Awards

Well done to our TY students who were representing the school in the Co Enterprise Awards in Longford Rugby Club. The students have been working at their enterprise ideas over the past number of months along with their Enterprise teacher Mr Clyne. This involved researching a topic, doing a feasibility study ,designing and producing the product and putting a plan in place for sales. all of this had to be written up in their portfolios and presented at the awards day. Each team were interviewed by the judges about their product.

The biggest payback for the students was the opportunity to explore the concept of enterprise and while Mr Clyne worked alongside the students the work was 100% their own.

The following were the group members and projects.

Flexilis Furniture: John Corcoran, Simon Moorhead, Luke Casserly and Dario Cigliano. The students made flowerpots and other garden furniture from recycled tyres.

Cable Guard: Eoin Coppinger, Cian Murphy, Darragh O’Connell. (Missing from picture Daniel Reynolds.) The students designed and imported a small device for protecting your phone charger from fraying and damaging. This group were awarded the Best Interview Award and received a trophy and 100 Euros.

Braille It! Adam Elliot, Kian Galvin, Cian Dooner and Ben Victory. This Enterprise created and designed an array of cards for the visually impaired.

Muscle Munch: Tiaran Hussey, Adam Kelly, Mark O’Boyle, James Moran and Paddy Loughlin. The group’s business project was a seed based protein flapjack to be used as a supplement after physical activities.

Krazy Kindling: Kevin Kenny and Mark McNerny. The students originally began selling reclaimed palleted timber in the form of kindling but expanded their business by also selling fire stoves made from reclaimed stoves.

Sticky Strips: James Ross, Thomas Murphy, Charlie Hughes, Mihai Paiu and Patryk Martinyak. The group developed an adhesive stationary product for ring binder pages which replaces the need for polypockets.