North Mayo Student Enterprise Final

Students from across North Mayo kicked off the search for this year’s Mayo entry to the National Student Enterprise Awards Competition which takes place on April 22nd in Croke Park, Dublin. Students from St. Patricks College, Lacken Cross, St Joseph’s Secondary School Foxford, St Marys Convent and St Muredachs College Ballina and the Jesus and Mary Secondary School Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina, attended a full to capacity regional final.

Showcased in the Foxford Sports and Leisure Centre, organised by Moy Valley Resources IRD Ballina in conjunction with the Local Enterprise Office Mayo, 30 student enterprises compromising 175 students participated in the regional final.  This made the task of selecting an overall winner very challenging for the judging panel. With 20 other enterprise projects eliminated prior to the final, an impressive 400 students in total participated in the North Mayo division of the competition.

It was victory for St Marys Convent Ballina, who impressed the judging panel with their ‘Babe Magnets’ project, and won 1st prize with their organizational, magnetic, picture box frame. ‘Babe Magnets’ are now one step closer to representing Mayo in this year’s national final.

In a closely fought contest, the ‘Frozen Moments’ Enterprise from Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina, took home the runners up prize and best presentation stand. Other winners on the day were ‘Cross Monitors’ from St Tiernans College Crossmolina, ‘Protectibale’ from St Muredachs College, ‘Scenic Images’ from St Joseph’s Foxford and ‘Discover Mayo’ from Lacken Cross. The handmade craft award was claimed by the Crochet and Weaving group from St. Marys Convent, Ballina, a group of girls with amazing talent and consisting of members of the local Burmese community in Ballina.  ‘Skincare Nadurtha’ from Lacken Cross was the overall winner in the Intermediate category.

The North Mayo winners now move forward to the Mayo Final which takes place in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, on February 25th where they will compete with 13 other secondary schools from around the County in what is expected to be an ardently fought contest.

Over 1000 students from across the County participated in this year’s competition. Through various elimination processes, only 150 of the participating students will take a much coveted place in this year’s Mayo Final.  Each year, students participating in the Competition deliver projects which showcase the inspiring, entrepreneurial spirit that exists in Mayo schools and the efforts applied by themselves and their teachers.

Kevin Corrigan, CEO, Moy Valley Resources IRD and the mentoring team from Moy Valley Resources had high praise for this year’s students stating “the level of enthusiasm, dedication and determination was exceptional” and praised the students, principals and teachers “for their firm and wholehearted commitment to the programme which culminated in an incredibly impressive exhibition on the day.” He also acknowledged the Local Enterprise Office Mayo, whose support and funding for the programme is vital for its continued success.



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