Kilkenny students show their innovation at Enterprise Awards

Over 125 enterprising students from 11 secondary schools took part

Sam Matthews


Sam Matthews


Kilkenny students show their innovation at Enterprise Awards

Cllr Maurice Shortall inspects a project from students from Castlecomer Community School.

Over 125 enterprising students from 11 secondary schools across the county exhibited at the Student Enterprise Programme county final last week.

The finalists began arriving from early morning, getting ready, preparing and transforming the ballroom of the Newpark Hotel into a fantastic exhibition of businesses. The judges had a very difficult task, and had to take numerous factors into account, such as business reporting, innovation, market research, risk management and finances.

A number of special category awards were presented at the event. The Most Innovative Product was presented to 'Medoli' from Grennan College. The students developed an app to help users discover new music and delve deeper into the music industry. 'Aprique Apparel' from Loreto Secondary School won the Best Display Award.

Meanwhile, a group of students from St Brigid's College came up with 'Colour to Cope', a 15-page adult colouring book to help with stress and mental health issues. Currently in vogue, the girls say theirs are different than what's out there already, with some tips and ways to improve your lifestyle.

“We all have them anyway, and find them to be helpful,” say the students.

Students from Castlecomer Community School came up with 'Charmble', county and personalised bracelets and bands. They cost about €3.50 to make, and are sold for €5. They've already sold more than 100 at school and over Facebook and Instagram.

The Artim0no Quartet is four girls from Loreto who have played music together for seven years. After playing for a wedding party, the girls realised they had a highly-marketable set of skills, and decided to put themselves out there.

In the last six months, they have made solid money playing at events. They were particularly busy at Christmas, playing venues such as Butler House and the Arboretum.

“It's a great way to get our music heard,” says Kiri O' Neill.

They won the Best Teamwork Award.

'Make Up at the Clinic' from Loreto Secondary School won the Personal Development Award, while “Concussion Cards’’ from the CBS Kilkenny scooped the Idea Concept Award. Oisin Tynan, Conor Egan and Victor Alegre are involved with Dicksboro GAA Club. The idea is that each manager gets a card at the start of the season. Players are timed while reading it, and then are re-tested after a knock or suspected head impact. If he struggles to read the card or has a noticeably slower time, he is taken off for a HIA.

Well done to all invovled.