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The ‘Power-ful’ combination of brothers has led two Kilkenny students to win the Intermediate Category at the 10th Annual County and City Enterprise Boards’ Student Enterprise Awards, held in Dublin’s Croke Park this week.

The ‘Power-ful’ combination of brothers has led two Kilkenny students to win the Intermediate Category at the 10th Annual County and City Enterprise Boards’ Student Enterprise Awards, held in Dublin’s Croke Park this week.

‘Power Craft Ltd.’, set up by twins Sean and James Power, aged 15, produce a range of wooden products through the art of wood turning. The brothers, from Coláiste Eamann Rís in Callan, Co. Kilkenny, developed the idea from their keen interest in wood turning, manufacturing a range of products including pens, keyrings and bowls. Using raw materials such as yew, walnut and elm, each item is hand-made by the twins in their fully-equipped workshop in Callan.

Supported by Kilkenny County Enterprise Board, Power Craft Ltd. is already profitable with the brothers intending on now developing an online presence to grow the business further. Organised by the County and City Enterprise Boards, the student enterprise programme is the largest of its kind in the country involving over 16,600 students from 387 secondary schools. At yesterday’s National Final, over 300 teenage entrepreneurs come to Croke Park to compete in the National Final.

Other winners on the day included the Senior Category Overall Winner, Ciara Whooley of ‘Irish Baubles’ from St. David’s Secondary School in Wicklow and ‘Odour Abs’ from Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh in Limerick City who won the Junior Category.

Fiona Deegan, Acting CEO of the Kilkenny County Enterprise Board was one of the first to congratulate the winning students, saying “It is very clear for all to see that entrepreneurship is thriving in Kilkenny with the fantastic success of Power Craft Ltd at the National Finals. Sean and James are an outstanding example of how to generate an idea, how to work effectively as a team and how to create a successful business. They thoroughly deserve their win and Kilkenny County Enterprise Board look forward to seeing them grow their company in the coming years.”

The Chair of the Enterprise Education Committee with the County and City Enterprise Boards, Loman O’ Byrne, added his congratulations, saying: “The Student Enterprise Programme is focused on supporting and encouraging student entrepreneurship in schools across the country. It is not an easy thing to develop an idea and see it through to commercial viability but the continued success of the programme, now in its tenth year, highlights the ability of Irish students to do just that. Every student at the National Final is a winner and it should instil confidence that our future economy is in such good hands.”

The Student Enterprise Awards programme is run across three categories by the network of County and City Enterprise Boards and the budding entrepreneurs were marked on key business areas such as innovation, market research, sales, production, marketing, finances and enterprise planning.