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Ronan Daly Jermyn - Leading Law Firm Volunteers Leading By Example in Cork

Crosshaven BoysNS RDJ3rd class students, Crosshaven Boys National School, Co Cork with their teacher Ms Yvonne Harrington, and business volunteer Jennifer Cashman, Ronan Daly Jermyn, on completion of “Our City'.

Ronan Daly Jermyn, one of Irelands' leading law firms, with offices in Cork, Galway and Dublin, initiated its partnership with JAI earlier this year. Within weeks, 14 Ronan Daly Jermyn solicitors volunteered to deliver JA programmes in primary and secondary schools in Cork City and County.

More than 200 students enjoyed JA programmes delivered by the business volunteers after they completed their training with the JAI team in Cork. The local students who got the chance to be involved in JA programmes because of the RDJ volunteers ranged from senior infants enjoying the "Ourselves" programme developing an understanding of helping, working, earning and saving, through to senior cycle second level students gaining valuable employability skills.

The new Ronan Daly Jermyn-JAI partnership is proving very popular with teachers and students with requests for next term already lodged. That enthusiasm is reciprocated. Jennifer Cashman, Partner at Ronan Daly Jermyn, said, "I delivered the first Our City session to 3rd class this morning, I absolutely loved it!! The kids were fab – so well behaved and engaged. I'm really looking forward to next week already and the kids said they are too...You have yourself a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer here."

 Thanks to each of our first volunteers from Ronan Daly Jermyn, Cork and welcome on board!

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On March 19th, student entrepreneurs from counties Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford participated in the regional final of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year Competition 2015 hosted at Cork County Hall. The 10 teams qualified for the regional final from a group of over 420 students who completed the Junior Achievement Company programme in schools across the region. The team, which comes out on top at the national final will represent Ireland at the European final in Berlin in July.

Hard at work in Munster regional finalRegional finalists from Bishopstown Community School, Cork; St. Mary's Secondary School, New Ross, Co. Wexford; De La Salle College, Waterford and CBS High School, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary rose to the challenge of having their business acumen tested by the panel of judges and represented their schools and families with great distinction. The students pitched their company to the panel of three eminent judges as they vied to secure a place in the national final to be held in Dublin in May.

The judging panel comprising Paschal McCarthy, GE Healthcare; Richard Cotter, RCCIreland and Frank Buckley, RCI, was really impressed with the entrepreneurial flair and particularly the level of preparation invested by the students, their teachers and mentors. 

In opening the event, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, Marcia Dalton commented: "Cork hosted the first Junior Achievement Company of the Competition European Final back in 1990 and Cork County Council is delighted to continue this tradition of supporting student enterprise in the region by hosting the 2015 Junior Achievement Company Competition Regional Finals".

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Science & The Sea - PepsiCo Challenge Science at NMCI

PepsiCo "Challenge Science" hosted by the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) involved 11 Students  Lt Aonghus ONeachtain on the bridge simulator at the NMCI60 6th class students in two days of interactive science workshops and experiments.

Students from Ringaskiddy Lower Harbout N.S., Scoil Cjill Ruadhain, Scoil Inse Ratha, St John's Boys N.S, and St John's Girls N.S. worked hard to unlock the secrets of forensic science and chemical energy, and to explore a century of great scientific discoveries.

PepsiCo volunteers challenged the students to create lava lamps powered by chemical energy and to undertake forensic analysis to determine the identity of the villain at the scene of a crime. 16 volunteers from PepsiCo: Richard Flynn, Noleen Fleming, Denise Coffey, Alison Walsh, Elizabeth Hobbs, Jean White, Sharon Rothwell, Xian Quinlou, Nuala O'Leary, Myles O'Donnell, Brenda Morrissey, Kevin McCarthy, Amandine Maulicci, Patrick Maher and Cliona Kelliher were really impressed by the students who tackled the series of fast-paced, science-themed activities with great enthusiasm.

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Liz McAvoy

Liz McAvoy joined Junior Achievement in 2014 as Area Manager for Cork. Her career began in teaching before moving into Arts Management to head up a number of Ireland’s leading Arts organisations and festivals. She then worked with the business and corporate sector in marketing, enterprise and regional development. Liz is a graduate of Fine Art from the Crawford College of Art (CIT), she also has post-graduate diplomas in Arts Management (IMT/UCD), Management (UCC) and Public Relations (CIT).



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Liana Leonard

 Dee Organ Photography 020 IMG 4290Liana joined Junior Achievement n 2011 as a Project Coordinator on the Our World project. She has been part of the Cork team since 2013. She previously worked with PwC and is a graduate of the University of Limerick.

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