Four-In-A-Row for Pres Castleisland Student Entrepreneurs

Mask Maid: Ella Fitzgerald and Áine Broderick at their stand.
The Safety Studs team: First place in the junior category and best innovation from left: Jan-Eve Browne, Rachel Deniel, Mairead Walsh and Clodagh O’Sullivan.
Best Stand – Ash on the Dash creator, Deirdre Moynihan.

Presentation Castleisland has claimed the top prize in the junior category at the annual Kerry Student Enterprise final for a fourth consecutive year.

The awards ceremony took place via zoom on Wednesday, March 24th and Presentation Castleisland claimed four county titles.

Safety Studs

First place in the junior category: Safety Studs – this group consisted of Mairead Walsh, Clodagh O’Sullivan, Rachel Deniel and Jan-Eve Browne. They manufactured a pair of waterproof sports footwear, that protects studs / spikes from wear and tear and eliminates the need for dressing rooms. The footwear is 99% made from recycled wellingtons.

Mask Maid

Second place in the intermediate category: Mask Maid. This enterprise consisted of Ella Fitzgerald and Áine Broderick.

Their product was a multi-functional COVID preventing lanyard.

Ash on the Dash

Best Stand – Ash on the Dash. Deirdre Moynihan, is the sole trader over this enterprise. Deirdre’s product is a road safety mascot, that promotes existing rules of the road.

Best Innovation – ‘Safety Studs’. The four girls mentioned above claimed a second award with the ‘Best Innovation’ award for using recycled wellingtons.

National Finals in May

This is also the school’s fifth time in six years to have claimed this top award.

The school will now represent Kerry in the Junior Category in the national final on May 14th also for the fourth year in a row.

This brings the school’s total of county titles to 25 in the past six years and the school also hopes to add to its illustrious record by adding to the six national titles achieved in the past three years.

Roll of Honour

That roll of honour includes first place in the junior and intermediate national categories.

An entrepreneurial culture is well and truly embedded in the school and Presentation Castleisland is reaping the rewards of it,” said teacher Pierce Dargan.

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