Young entrepeneurs in Rathdowney

Junior winners in the St Fergal's Rathdowney entrepeneur project.

Junior winners in the St Fergal's Rathdowney entrepeneur project.

St Fergal’s College held its first ever Enterprise Week organised by Ms Hogan and Ms Phelan from February 3 - 7 this year where the Manor Stone Entrepreneur Competition was launched.

Judging took place all day on the Thursday May 1. The judges were Mr Tom Hennessy, MD of Manor Stone, Mr Jim Kells, MD Midland Environmental Services and Ms Anne Goodwin, Laois Partnership Co. There were 18 junior entries and 12 senior entries, a total of 70 students entered the competition and attended for interview.

On Monday May 19 at the awards ceremony all 70 students were presented with certificates of participation and the winners of each category were announced. Mrs O’Neill, principal thanked the Hennessy brothers of Manor Stone and Jim Kells for their very generous sponsorship.

Congratulations are extended to all the students who participated and it is hoped they will use what they have learned to benefit them in the future. The prizes were divided into two categories.

The winner in the junior category was Matthew Murphy for his an Insulin Pump app project.

On the senior side first prize went to a team made up of Sophie Hanrahan, Aoife Keane, Adam Hanlon and Matthew Mc Nulty for their project ‘Gloss Co’ - a business glossary.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Junior Category

First place Matthew Murphy, 1st Year.

Second place Jack Tynan, 2nd Year.

Third place Shane Gilmartin & Sean Browne, 2nd Year.

Third place Oisin Bergin, Jonathan Kelly & Matthew Hiscock, 3rd Year.

Third place Dylan Doyle and Darren Bowe, 1st Year.

Senior Category

First place Sophie Hanrahan, Adam Hanlon, Aoife Keane & Matthew Mc Nulty, Transition Year.

Second place Aaron MacKessy, Robert Martin, Ciara Clooney, Kate Hogan & Emma Keane, Transition Year.

Third place Michelle Bourke & Sarah Mc Cormack, 5th Year.

Third place Lisa Bowe & Niamh Coss, Transition Year.




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