PICTURES: Offaly students honoured at 'most enterprising' awards

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Primary school students from around Offaly have been rewarded for their business endeavours by the Local Enterprise Office Offaly as part of its Most Enterprising Student initiative.

The Local Enterprise Office in Offaly County Council runs an annual Most Enterprising Student Programme which offers primary schools throughout the county the opportunity to nominate their Most Enterprising Student, or group of students.

It offers schools a chance to give recognition to a student who has set up and run their own business. Many of the schools who
entered the competition held an “Enterprise Day” where the students designed, made and sold their products. The school then chose their winner from all the students who participated. This often proved very difficult as the wealth of business talent was exceptional.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Tuesday, April 2 by Cathaoirleach Offaly County Council, Danny Owens.

Cllr. Owens praised the students and their teachers and parents for all the hard work that went in preparing for the awards day. He encouraged the students to think about entering the Student Enterprise Programme when they get to second-level.

Orla Martin, Head of Enterprise told the students how delighted she was to meet Offaly’s next generation of entrepreneurs. She said she was very impressed with the products, displays and business skills. Ms Martin reminded them that through the Most Enterprising Student Initiative, they would have learnt so much including: Confidence, Creativity, Collaboration
and Communication.

The children who were nominated had the opportunity to display their products at the awards ceremony and also to sell on the day. A lot of business was done with many stands completely selling out! Some examples of the businesses run by students include free range eggs, home baking and handmade gifts.

Each school nominee was presented with a prize pack including a €50 book token and framed certificate.

This year 19 schools entered the competition and nominated their Most Enterprising Student or Students.

The nominated students are as follows:

Durrow National School Darragh Galvin-Dunne

Scoil Mhuire agus Chormaic, Kilcormac Harry Sweeney

Scoil Bhríde, Ballyboy Conor Heffernan, Morgan Bennett, Oliver Young, Michael Kilmartin

Tullamore Educate Together National School Ashley Coyle

Coolderry Central School Alfie McGrath

St. Manchan's National School Aoife Ross

St. Philomena's National School Allyssa Bennies, Niamh Hughes, Emma O'Brien

Rashina National School Alanna Egan

Kinnitty National School Cara Donogher, Olivia Hussey, Ray Ryan

Scoil Mhuire Naofa, Rhode 6th Class

St. Mary's Primary School, Edenderry Rian McNamara

High Street National School, Belmont 6th Class

Cloneyhurke National School Arianne Dunne, Michael Kasumu

Scoil Naomh Mhuire, Cloneygowan Grace Shaw, Maisy McKeagney, Jasmine Dooley

St. Colman's National School, Cappagh 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Class

St. Colman's National School, Mucklagh Lauren Delaney, Sarah Ryan, Aoife Burgoyne

Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore Team Phozie

Shinrone National School Adam Tooher, Sarah Egan

Scoil Bhride Primary School, Edenderry Alesha Raza Butt

The Local Enterprise Office Offaly has expressed its sincere thanks to the teachers, parents and principals for their involvement in the scheme.