Donegal Student Entrepreneurs Claim Regional Crown

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Winners Oileán na Síoga from Graimscoil Mhic DiarmadaOileán na Síoga from Graimscoil Mhic Diarmada

After an intense day of competition, kindly hosted in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, two emerging enterprises founded by local students have were crowned joint winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár Comhlachta Regional Final. 

Oileán na Síoga from Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Árainn Mhór Island – Made Fairy houses to promote wellbeing and happiness while Funky Lampaí from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair made decorative lamps using recycled materials. Both teams were chosen to progress and represent their region in the National Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí.

Winners Funky Lamps from Pobalscoil Ghoath DobhairFunky Lamps from Pobalscoil Ghoath Dobhair

The judging panel comprising Criostóir McSuibhne and Danielle Ní Phádín from Údarás Na Gaeltacht and Eilis Bairead from Donegal Airport were thoroughly impressed with the entrepreneurial flair and particularly the level of preparation invested by the students, their teachers and business mentors to ensure they presented their enterprises in the best possible light. 

Clár Comhlachta is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions.  Over 500 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry Mayo, Meath & Waterford have participated this year and challenged themselves to create, operate and manage their very own business! The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.