Carry Camán Team Wins Junior Title in Student Enterprise for The Pres

Carry Camán Creators and County Champions: from left: Clodagh Buckley, Lucy Matassa, Marguerite Herlihy and Seána Walsh are delighted at their selection to first place in the junior category of the Student Enterprise Programme in Kerry.
Liner Finder – Sarah Walsh (left) and Melissa Horgan won an award for the best stand display at the Kerry Enterprise County Final.

The Carry Camán team, made up of first year students from Presentation Secondary School in Castleisland, won first place in the Junior Category of the Student Enterprise programme at the county final held in the MTU on 15 March 15th.

The team of Marguerite Herlihy, Clodagh Buckley, Lucy Matassa and Seána Walsh have set up a mini-business to produce holders to allow players to carry their hurleys across their shoulder. The team noticed that players often struggle to carry their hurleys by hand while also bringing school bags and gear bags.

Students’ Determination and Ambition

Business teacher Edward Clarke said that the four students have shown great determination and ambition to bring this business idea to life this year.

“They have actively promoted it, meeting the Kerry Camogie team and former Kerry hurling captain Gavin Dooley.

“It is fantastic to see the students so invested in making sales and raising their business profile.

“A unique feature of the holder is the addition of high-viz reflective strips, to improve player visibility on dark nights,” Mr. Clarke added.

Improving Player Safety

“We hear all too often of terrible tragedies on our roads. The hurley holder made by Carry Camán goes some way to improving player safety as they travel to and from training and matches.”

They will go on to represent the county in the Junior Category of the National Final in Mullingar on May 9th.

Students from ‘The Pres’ also picked up another award at the county finals.

Melissa Horgan and Sarah Walsh set up a business called Liner Finder.

Customised and Personalised Bookmarks

The students make customised and personalised bookmarks, with the addition of a sliding arm to show on what line a reader previously finished reading.

“This is a really unique and clever idea that proved very popular with customers,” Mr Clarke noted that the students also made special designs in recent weeks for St. Patrick’s Day as well as for Seachtain na Gaeilge, Mothers’ Day and World Book Day.

“With the amount of work the students put into their marketing and stand display, it was brilliant this was recognised when the girls won the award for Best Display Stand at the county final,” he said.

Principal’s Endorsement and Congratulations

Principal Pierce Dargan congratulated both first year teams on their awards and he added that the school encourages all students every year to show their entrepreneurial spirit and both of these first year teams were outstanding in their efforts.

“Both business ventures are ones that the students can easily carry forward into the future. We wish Carry Camán all the best over the coming weeks as they prepare for the National finals,” said Mr. Dargan.

As a teacher in 2018, Mr. Dargan led a team from The Pres to an All-Ireland enterprise win with Complete Camán – a camogie / hurling associated product. He also won an individual national award for his guidance and teaching skills in the area of student enterprise.

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