Fashion and Functionality Combined in Student Enterprise Project at Pres Castleisland

TJ O’Connor of the Road Safety Authority meeting Seána Walsh, Lucy Matassa, Clodagh Buckley and Marguerite Herlihy at Presentation Castleisland. Seána and Clodagh are wearing their business enterprise innovation – their high-viz Carry Camán hurley holder.

First year team, Carry Camán, from Presentation Secondary School Castleisland are building up to the National Final of the Student Enterprise Awards in Mullingar on May 9th.

The team recently met with the Road Safety Authority to showcase their innovative idea, and the role it plays in improving road safety.

The young team comprising of Clodagh Buckley, Marguerite Herlihy, Seána Walsh and Lucy Matassa identified the dangers pedestrians and cyclists face on the roads and warn that many young people do not wear high-viz vests in the dark evenings and nights.

Their business enterprise idea is a holder for hurling and camogie players to carry their hurleys on their back, freeing up their hands completely.

In designing the holders, the students have incorporated high viz materials into the product ensuring that a player will be visible in the dark from both the front and back.

Road Safety Authority

Local man TJ O’Connor from the Road Safety Authority recently met with the team.

He commended them for the great work they are doing, and the significant contribution they are making to road safety by improving the visibility of players traveling to and from training and matches.

Mr. O’Connor highlighted the fact that young people very often are not inclined to wear high-viz jackets as they are not fashionable.

Functional and Visible

“What the Carry Camán team is doing is producing a product that is both fashionable and functional – players will be more visible without even realising it.

“A player at night is 300 times more visible when they wear high viz, and 4 times more likely to be seen during the daytime,” he said.

Passionate About Player Safety

Business enterprise teacher in the school, Edward Clarke said that the team knows only too well the dangers on our roads, with 12 pedestrians and two cyclists among the road fatalities this year already.

“The Carry Camán team members are inspired by their love of camogie and they’re passionate about player safety, while keeping the product user friendly and trendy,” said Mr. Clarke.

The community of Castleisland wish the first year girls: Clodagh, Marguerite, Seána and Lucy and Mr. Clarke the very best of luck as they represent Kerry in the junior category at the National Student Enterprise Awards in May.

And so say all of us. We could say ‘Camán The Pres’ – I suppose !

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