Taking on the Enterprise Challenge at Presentation Castleisland

The Carry Camán development team from left: Marguerite Herlihy, Lucy Matassa, Seána Walsh and Clodagh Buckley receiving their prize from Margaret Murphy, Kerry Enterprise Office and teacher Edward Clarke.
Liner Finder creators, Sarah Walsh (left) and Melissa Horgan receiving their prize from Margaret Murphy from the Kerry Enterprise Office.
Members of the Presentation Castleisland Choir during their performance at the school’s enterprise day. Included are, seated from left: Féile O’Sullivan, Síleoonagh Mansfield, Aoibhé Hickey, Millie Hughes, Melissa Horgan, Gracie Mills, Aoife O Leary , Aoibhinn Broderick, Charlie O’Keeffe, Ms. Ailish O’Connor and Áine Murphy. Back row from left: Cáit Daly, Jasmine O’Sullivan, Éabha Harkin, Máire Culloty, Sarah Collins, Laura Daly, Amber Foley, Saoirse Collins, Aibhlinn Matthews, Máire Daly, Faith Bradley, Brídín Hickey, Alesha Fitzgerald, Anna Kelly and Sarah Walsh. Photograph: John Reidy 21-12-2023

Carry Camán and Liner Finder were the two big winners at Presentation Castleisland’s Student Enterprise school final held in December.

Presentation Castleisland has a track record of giving students the opportunity to translate new business ideas into successful mini-enterprises.

This year, first year students went above and beyond in displaying seven wonderful enterprises worthy for entry into a national final. Enterprise Teacher, Edward Clarke, remarked that he standard of innovation and ambition among first years this year has been fantastic.

Drive and Enthusiasm

“The students demonstrated great drive and enthusiasm to present, with passion, their projects to parents, students and teachers,” said Mr. Clarke.

The two winners in the school final were Carry Camán and Liner Finder. The Carry Camán team  members, Clodagh Buckley, Lucy Matassa, Marguerite Herlihy and Seána Walsh are producing and selling shoulder straps to allow hurling and camogie players to easily carry their hurleys with them.

The team uses high-vis reflective material for the straps to add an extra element of safety as players walk to their hurling and camogie games.

The team members are currently reaching out to local schools and clubs to develop their business further.

Bookmarks with Sliders

Liner Finder team members Melissa Horgan and Sarah Walsh are developing bookmarks with sliders, and these sliders can be used to mark what part of a page a reader has finished. The team is focused on selling in bookshops and libraries.

Principal Pierce Dargan acknowledged and commended the excellent work by the young budding entrepreneurs.

“The Student Enterprise Programme gives students a real taste of what owning their own business is like, and helps to develop skills and attributes that will support them across all subjects and in their studies and careers after secondary school.

“We wish Carry Camán and Liner Finder continued success with their enterprises as they take them forward,” Mr. Dargan added.

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