The Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny was a hive of entrepreneurial activity on March 8 as 200 students and their supporters vied for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior categories in the Student Enterprise Awards 2012.
Organised nationally by the County & City Enterprise Boards, the awards attracted 30,000 students from almost 400 schools. The competition gives students a taste of practical, real life experience of setting up and running their own business, thereby encouraging them to think about entrepreneurship and self-employment as a viable career choice.
In the Senior category, the judges had a very difficult decision to make before awarding first prize to St. Columba’s College Stranorlar student Robert Lane. His one man business ‘Collar Me Quick’, supplies quality personalised dog collars (incorporating a dog identity tag) and accessories to dog owners and kennels. Second and third places in the Senior category went to Biz4U and Clockers from Abbey Vocational School and Loreto Convent Letterkenny respectively.
In the Intermediate category, Emma Rose Callaghan from Scoil Mhuire in Buncrana was awarded first place for her business ‘Heavenly Scent’ a business making candles and trinket boxes from recycled materials.
Scoil Mhuire students Caoimhe Murphy, Rachel McGonigle, Meg O’Doherty, Niamh Kenny and Emer McLaughlin took the top honours in the Junior category for their business ‘Go Hálainn Candles’.
Donegal County Enterprise Board presented all winners with attractive trophies, cash prizes and sponsorship to attend the National Finals in Croke Park on April 17, where they will represent the county in their quest for additional recognition and where the winner in the Senior Category will be treated to the educational trip of a lifetime to Italy. Good luck to all.