There was no shortage of invention and innovation from the younger students in the junior and intermediate categories at last Thursday’s Student Enterprise Awards county final – and it was students from Coláiste Pobail Osrai who scooped first prize in both.
‘Get the Kit’ won the junior category, with an all-inclusive package designed for the perfect evening in. Éabha Ní Shluain, Katie Ní Fhaoileáin and Gwyneth Atkinson Ní Loinsigh had combined ‘essentials’ such as popcorn, hot chocolate or manicure sets all within one handy pack.
The girls also made sure to produce a version of the product aimed at the male market. They now hope to make two new kits ‘study kit’ and ‘travel kit’ in the coming weeks.
They had to see off stiff competion from fellow classmates Lucy Schneider, Maeve Shaw and Carolyn Howes, whose handmade bracelets have proven very popular. Their business, ‘Snap!’, has been up and running since last November, and is marketed through their own website, Facebook and Twitter.
It’s a sure-fire crowd pleaser, as the girls donate 20c for each bracelet sold to a chosen charity. So far, they have donated to The Susie Long Foundation, St Vincent de Paul and Special Olympics Ireland.
Meanwhile, Aoife Ní Chorra, Cáit Nic Craith and Liza Ní hUrthuile with ‘KLA Hair Products’ were presented with first prize in the intermediate. They hope to see their product in use in four local salons soon.