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Enterprise in action

Watch the following video of Seán Brett, owner of Steeltech Sheds. An example of enterprise in action.

Ankle Belt – Student Enterprise Awards

A company that has been set up as part of the ‘Student Enterprise Awards’ is ‘Ankle Belt’. This was set up by a team in 5th year.

Team description;

Our product is simply known as the ankle belt. The idea was thought of by one of the team members, Kieran who is an average cyclist who encountered the problem of his pants getting caught in the chain of the bike. Our product is designed to prevent your pants from getting caught up in the chain of the bike. It is basically a clip which will strap around the cyclists leg and prevent the cyclists pants from getting caught in the chain. The clip is designed to keep the cyclist safe and let them cycle without being worried about their trousers getting caught in their bike chain.

This may be a product you’ll use so keep an eye out!

CEO: Barry Redmond
Production: Cian Ruane
Organisation: Kieran Fahy
Finance: Steven Noonan
Promotion: Kieran Fahy
Sales and Marketing: Cédric Guiblain


From left to right; Barry Redmond, Steven Noonan, Kieran Fahy, Cédric Guiblain and Cian Ruane.

Cloud Covers – Student Enterprise Awards

One of the 5th year Student Enterprise ideas is called ‘Cloud Covers’. The company is selling mobile phone covers with local GAA clubs crests on them (at the moment there are Castlebar Mitchels and Breaffy covers available!) The guys have been putting in the time and effort into the company and have a website up and running;

The website says;

Cloud Covers are a brand new line of covers that will accommodate those true fans who are proud to bear their clubs colours”

If you consider yourself a true fan then get in contact with Cloud Covers!!!

Watch this space, these guys could go far!

TY Mini Company

TY Mini CompanyOn the 30th of November last, the students in the SGC TY Mini Company ran a stall at the Castlebar Christmas Market in the Breaffy House Events Arena.

In the run up to the event, students made handcrafted products during school time in the hope of selling them to customers on the day. A lot of time, effort and commitment was shown by all students in the class in the days and weeks leading up to the event. Christmas Cribs, Logs, Cards and Festive Treats were made during class time and also after school. The Advertising and Marketing Team of Darragh Judge, Maitiu McCormack, Ryan Gibbons, Cian Mitchell and David Conlon did a great job of making posters and collecting spot prizes from many generous businesses around the town for use in conjuction with the Lucky Dip competition that the company were hoping to run at the market.

The Friday evening before the event we set up the stall with all of our products from 6-8:30pm. On Saturday the 30th of November Students from the company arrived in Breaffy House at 10am to put the finishing touches to the stall in the hope of a busy day ahead. Large crowds entered the arena from as early as 10am in to see what bargains they could find. Our finely crafted products attracted much interest throughout the day which rewarded our hard work and effort. The Lucky Dip Competition was very popular with the customers with some people even entering twice! As the day drew to an end it became clearly evident that the stall at the Castlebar Christmas Market was a huge success for the students of the TY Mini Company.

We would like to thank our TY Mini Company Co-ordinator Ms.Flynn, Principal Mr.Hyland, Deputy Principal  Mr.Hannon, TY Co-ordinator Mr. Kelleher and everyone else who made our Christmas Market a great triumph!


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TY Mini Company

Student Enterprise Awards 2013

St. Gerald’s 5th Year Young Entrepreneurs are currently preparing for The Mayo Enterprise Awards 2013. There are five teams entering the competition, each with their own CEO, Marketing, Finance and Operations managers. St. Gerald’s will be keeping you updated on the progress of each team over the next few weeks as they attend workshops and work with their mentors. Best wishes to all students involved.

Local Entrepreneur visits LC Business

Aaron McMahon speaking to LC Business

By Micheal Lavelle

On 7th of November, local entrepreneur Aaron Mc Mahon came to visit our Leaving Certificate Business class to tell us about his business Rua. Here is my review of how the visit went.

Aaron’s Mother set the business up 16 years ago and originally named it Café Rouge. Once Aaron and his sister took over they decided to change the name to Rua.

Aaron told us that dedication and hard work is essential to be a successful entrepreneur. He presented us with 12 essential points from his past experience which he found essential to help him succeed. The point I found most interesting and important was “that the customer is king”. Without customers the business will not function and ultimately fail. I found Aaron’s visit very helpful for helping me with my Leaving Cert Business and future predicaments.

Aaron McMahon and a student from LC Business

Green Dragon – Regional Heats

Seven students in Second Year Business Studies entered this year’s Green Dragon Innovation Challenge.

This is an enterprise competition run by Agri Aware and sponsored by An Bord Bia and AIB to encourage students to come up with innovative products in the agricultural, environmental or food sectors.

Two teams and one individual entered this year’s challenge.

The Revival team (John Armstrong, Daniel Foy and Michael Loftus) completed a project on the growing of sugar beet in Ireland and developing an Irish sugar product for consumers. The Envirobriq team (James Gallagher, Ronan Roache and Conor Quinn) developed a briquette produced from waste paper and Karl Benson’s project involved a developing a website on health, fitness and nutrition for young people – 4 Youth Health.

The students worked very hard on their projects and made a presentation to a panel of three judges in the Connaught/Ulster Regional Heats in Sligo on March 2nd. The judges were very impressed with their innovative ideas and the standard of their presentations.

The Envirobriq team are now through to the National Final to be held in Croke Park on Saturday March 26th.

Team Revival and Karl are going to continue working on their products.

Well done to all. Photos from the Regional Heats will be uploaded once they are available.

Are these two brothers Ireland’s youngest entrepreneurs?

Here is an example of how your hobby could make you some money and could turn into a full-time business.

Read the full report on this enterprise from

Dragons’ Den on RTE

levi_roots_reggae_reggae_sauceJust a reminder that the Irish version of Dragons’ Den starts tonight on RTE1 at 10.15pm.

Let’s see will there be any investments tonight by the Irish Dragons.

Meet the five Irish Dragons.

The winner of this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year is C & F Tooling from Athenry, Co. Galway.

The C&F group was established in Ballybane in Galway in 1989 as a small specialist company mainly focused on importing tool making services to Ireland’s established base of multinational companies.

It has now expanded its Galway interests to a purpose built facility in Athenry and progressed to a global solutions provider to the sheet metal industry with operations in the UK, Czech Republic, the Philippines and China.

Its core business is product and tool design, tool manufacture and metal production. Its client base includes IBM, Ingersoll Rand, Glen Dimplex and Sanyo. Sales reached $53m in Ireland in 2007 and $100m globally. It employs 984 people.

Ernst & Young have an excellent website at which contains video interviews on all the entrepreneurs nominated for this year’s awards. You can also watch this year’s Awards Ceremony  which was shown on RTE 1 last Thursday night.

Learn more about entrepreneurs from entrepreneurs themselves.

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