Buncrana students take top prize
TWO enterprising young
students from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana took the top
prize in the intermediate category at the recent
finals of the Donegal Student Enterprise Programme
when 36 teams from 13 schools around the county
Andrew Jackson and Cole Sheridan of
Inishowen Slate Crafts, Scoil Mhuire Buncrana who
won the Intermediate prize.
Cole Sheridan and
Andrew Jackson took the Intermediate award with
their business Inishowen Slate Crafts, while
students from Abbey Vocational School in Donegal
Town, scooped the overall winners’ prize.
The Donegal students Aodhan McCrudden, Luke Kelly
and Cormac Sweeney impressed the judges with their
‘Growth’ business,’ aimed at promoting greener and
more environmentally friendly garden products.
The Student Enterprise Programme is part of a
national programme for secondary level school
students with the ambition of encouraging a culture
of entrepreneurship. It also allows students to
understand the potential of being self employed as a
career choice while educating them on the principles
In Donegal the programme started in September with
an idea generation workshop delivered at several
locations across the county.
Students in the participating schools then
progressed to develop a business idea and began
trading ahead of the county final in Letterkenny
The high standard of all the entries meant the
judges - Cathaoirleach Seamus O’Domhnaill, Martin
O’Reilly from O’Reilly Sports in Ballybofey and
Aisling Arnold from Arnold’s Hotel in Dunfanaghy -
had a difficult task when they met the young
entrepreneurs last Thursday.
Head of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney
praised the students for the standard of their
“The Local Enterprise Office is geared towards
promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in Donegal
and it is tremendous to see the enthusiasm and
dedication the participating teams have
demonstrated,” he said.
The winners of each category will now go on to the
National Final on 3rd May in Croke Park in Dublin to