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Donegal teens produce tasty treats using seaweed 12.05.15

Four teenagers from Donegal are the winners of the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2015, organised and run by Foróige, for their business which produces tasty treats using seaweed.
The transition year students from Colaiste na Carraige were amongst the 1,000 participants from low income communities who set up 600 businesses as part of this year’s Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) programme, generating a collective turnover of €250,000.
Mary Kate Carr (15), Aimée Byrne (16), Rebecca McShane (16) and Ronan O’Hare (15) from Glencolmcille were crowned the winners at a ceremony in the Mansion House, Dublin.
Their business ‘Milseog na Mara’, meaning Desserts of the Sea, offers healthy alternatives to jellies and chocolate mousse using a type of locally sourced seaweed – Carrageen Moss – as the main ingredient.
“Our idea came to us when I got sick and my family made me a cold remedy using Carrageen Moss. Not only did I get over the cold quickly but I realised this jelly like substance could be used in alternative ways to make chilled deserts and jellies,” said Mary Kate.
The jars of jellies and chocolate mousse cost €3 and are available at select country markets. Since Milseog na Mara was established last October, the business has generated an income of €438. The group is now hoping to expand their business. “Our product has a huge potential for development as it’s so versatile. We are currently looking at healthy ice lollies for children further down the line,” added Mary Kate.
They will now go on the represent Ireland at the European Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards taking place in Budapest in November.
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