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Student Enterprise Awards 2019 sees future Limerick entrepreneurs test their skills

Student Enterprise Awards 2019 – Mayor James Collins and Eamon Ryan, Local Enterprise Office Limerick with students from Laurel Hill School Student Enterprise Awards 2019 Student Enterprise Awards 2019

Student Enterprise Awards 2019 sees future Limerick entrepreneurs test their skills

Teenage entrepreneurs from schools in Limerick City and Newcastle West will represent Limerick at the National Finals of Student Enterprise Programme

Nine student entrepreneurs from two local schools have been chosen to fly the Limerick flag at the finals in Croke Park on Friday, May 3 2019.




More than 1,000 students from 21 schools across Limerick took part in this year’s programme with the Limerick Final taking place at the South Court Hotel, Raheen.

Every September through LEO Limerick, entrepreneurial secondary school students begin their business journey as they are encouraged to research, set-up and run their own real-world businesses.

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 LEO offices, is the most successful student enterprise programme of its kind in the country.

An estimated 26,000 students from 490 schools around the country begin their entrepreneurial journey every year with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and Local Enterprise Office.

The winners are

Category School Business
Junior Laurel Hill Coláiste Georgeous Gruaig
Intermediate Desmond College, Newcastle West Hy-Geenie
Senior Desmond College, Newcastle West Safety Harness Attachment

The local students will compete against hundreds of other student entrepreneurs from all over Ireland in Croke Park at the Annual Student Enterprise Programme National Finals on 03 of May 2019.

The businesses were judged by Pat Rickard, Accountant, Mark Sheahan of Recycle Right, Chris Kelly of Pinpoint Innovations and Chris Clancy & Norma Purtill from LEO Limerick.

Speaking at the Limerick final, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr James Collins said: “I can see from the exhibitions that you have put an awful lot of time into creating your products, selling them and then promoting them at this ‘trade stand’ of sorts.

“But the Student Enterprise Programme and Awards are so much more than just a way to make (or lose!!) money. They will teach you valuable lessons in dealing with people and the way business works.  You may not believe it now but the steps you will go through as part of the programme will lay very good foundations for you in later life.”

Eamon Ryan, Head of Enterprise with LEO Limerick, congratulated the students.

“We have a very successful student enterprise programme here in Limerick, with over 1,000 students from 21 local schools taking part this year. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck in Croke Park on May 3rd,” he said.

“What our students are learning from the programme is that with the right supports and encouragement, they can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business. The skills they learn along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and team-work, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers,” he added.

Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.

Full Results

Award: Business Name: School: 


1st: Safety Harness Attachment: Desmond College
2nd: Hurlíní: Laurel Hill Coláiste
3rd: Mugbakes: Gaelcholáiste
Merit: Sigigraph: Desmond College

1st: Hy-Geenie: Desmond College
2nd: Jack’s Handcrafts: Castletroy College
3rd: Amore Macaroons: Mungret College
Merit: Irish Crafts: Castletroy College


1st: Georgous Gruaig: Laurel Hill Coláiste
2nd: The Empty Chair: Desmond College
3rd: Bracelet Bandits: Laurel Hill Coláiste
Merit: Farm Futures: Scoil Trionóide Naofa, Doon

Most Innovative Product: Globe Trotter: Coláiste Iosaef, Kilmallock
Best Stand: Buttons Galore: Hazelwood College
Best Business Plan: Farm Safety Who am I?: Scoil Trionóide Naofa, Doon
Best Marketing: Home for Hurleys: Scoil Trionóide Naofa, Doon
Teacher’s Award: Gina O’Keeffe: Scoil Pól, Kilfinane

Names of participating schools in the Student Enterprise Programme:

Ardscoil Mhuire Laurel Hill
Ardscoil Rís Mungret Community College
CBS Sexton St. Nano Nagle Presentation School
Castletroy College Scoil An Trionóide Naofa,
Coláiste Ciarán Scoil Mhuire Agus Ide
Coláiste Iosaef Scoil Pól
Coláiste Mhuire St. Clements
Crescent Comprehensive College St. Munchin’s
Desmond College Thomond Community College
Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Villiers School
Hazelwood College

For more information on the Student Enterprise Awards 2019 visit

For more stories on the Student Enterprise Programme go here

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.