STUDENTS from across Limerick will descend on Croke Park next week to take part in the national enterprise final.
Business-minded youngsters from Scoil na Tríonóide in Doon and Desmond College in Newcastle West will travel to the capital after being named the most enterprising students in Co Limerick.
They will join 300 other students from around the countries at the April 22 showpiece.
Students from Desmond College impressed judges of the Limerick Student Enterprise Awards with their project ‘Guide a Key’.
This is a device which aids people with limited dexterity inserting their key into a lock.
It is affixed onto the area around the keyhole, and the user then simply slides their key into the top part of the keyhole.
Another Desmond College student, Emily Duffy, 15, will travel to Dublin after winning the first prize in the intermediate category for her product, the imaginatively named ‘Duffily Wrap’.
Made with metallic bubble wrap, and aluminium, the sleeping-bag inspired product is designed to help the homeless.
Emily started working on the idea when she took part in a fundraiser for the Novas Initiatives charity last year.
And three best friends from Scoil na Tríonóide will complete Limerick’s delegation in Dublin.
Jayne Ryan, Lisa Meehan and Aoife Ryan, all 13, approached a number of companies in Limerick including Subway, Diesel, New Look and Wacky Shoes to offer discounts through a special card for second level students.
The Enterprise Awards are co-ordinated in Limerick by the Local Enterprise Office.
It is the largest programme of its kind for young entrepreneurs in Ireland, with 17,000 students entering from 370 secondary schools.
Speaking ahead of the students’ trip to Croke Park, the Head of Enterprise for Limerick, Eamon Ryan wished them all well, saying: “Since last September, budding entrepreneurs from schools all over the county have been researching and running their own enterprises, learning about business in the real-world. The teachers, students and schools participating in the Student Enterprise Awards deserve huge recognition for what they have achieved and the Local Enterprise Office is proud to support them all the way to ‘National Final Day’ in Croke Park on April 22nd.”
The teams from Limerick will have to impress a tough panel of judges at the final including former enterprise board staff from around the country, management consultants, software developers and entrepreneurs.
The Minister of State with Special Responsibility for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English is guest speaker and will present prizes across junior, intermediate and senior categories.