Newcastle West students bag national award for 'safe wallet'

 

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

Newcastle West students bag national award for 'safe wallet'

Centurions Dylan Moloney, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Katie Hallinan, and Thomas Curtin who won the Best Display award

ENTERPRISING students from Desmond College, Newcastle West have made their mark yet again. A five-strong team from the school picked up the prize for best display at the National Student Enterprise Awards held recently in Croke Park.

The Newcastle West students won their stripes against strong competition with a record-breaking 22,000 students from 620 schools taking part in this year’s competition. At the finals in Croke Park, some 76 different student enterprises were showcased and vying for the various prizes, with a prize fund of €10,000.

The Centurians, the trading name of the Desmond College students, won the best display award in the intermediate category for their invention.

The five, Alice Duffy, Hannah McMahon, Katie Hallinan, Dylan Moloney and Thomas Curtin h  have developed and created a wallet that will protect a person’s  contactless credit cards, keeping them safe from fraud and skimming.

They won the Intermediate category in the Limerick Student Enterprise Awards, in an earlier stage of the competition, and are already selling their product and looking to develop the business further.       

The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation,  Damien English TD presented the awards on stage in Croke Park. “It is extremely encouraging to see the level of ingenuity and entrepreneurship in action throughout classrooms in Ireland today,” he said.  Through the Student Enterprise Awards, the Local Enterprise Offices are supporting more young people to develop practical business experience and it provides students with the opportunity to learn first-hand skills that are vital for securing future growth within the Irish economy.”

The Student Enterprise Awards scheme is co-ordinated by all 31 Local Enterprise Offices.