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Gaeltacht Students Win Regional Entrepreneurial Crown

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Students from Coinnle do Chromghlinn, Colaiste Ghobnatan, Ballymakeera, County Cork

An Innovative Healthcare product and an Irish language Board Game are the winning projects in this year's Munster Regional Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí, an enterprise competition for second level students.

The two emerging enterprises founded by local students from Colaiste Ghobnatan, Ballymakeera, County Cork and Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne, County Kerry triumphed after an extremely competitive day. The winning teams will now go on to represent their region in the National Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí.

Clár na gComhlachtaí is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with JAI and is taught in-class by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions.  

750 Transition Year students from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford have participated this year and challenged themselves to create, operate and manage their very own business! The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.

While the winning enterprises will progress to the National Final, the judges, Máire Ni Mhainin, Udaras na Gaeltachta and Micheál Ó Cinneide, Dingle Credit Union were thoroughly impressed with the innovative products and services and the entrepreneurial skills which were evident in all of the student teams.

Udaras Group ShotTaking into account the current public health situation the Regional Final consisted of an online interview with the judging panel as well as the submission of a detailed business report, a true test of each student’s communication as well as business skills.

Referring to the impact of the programme on local entrepreneurship Joe McHugh TD, Minister of Education & Skills said, “I would like to congratulate Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland for promoting a culture of entrepreneurship among young people in the Gaeltacht areas. The entrepreneurial skills and practical business experience developed through Clár na gComhlachtaí will stand these young people in good stead and ultimately benefit the economy of the Gaeltacht.”

Mícheál Ó hÉanaigh, CEO of Údarás na Gaeltachta, commented: “It was fantastic to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár na gComhlachtaí Regional Final.  Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future. Congratulations to all the students involved and best of luck to the two winning teams at the National Final.”

On behalf of JAI, Liz McAvoy, Cork and Kerry Area Manager commented: “The Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages students to maximize their potential and provides them with both business skills and life skills for their future. Thank you to the participating students, their teachers and business mentors for their dedication in showcasing the students’ entrepreneurial talent and also to Údarás na Gaeltachta for ensuring these students had this exciting real-to-life opportunity.”

The two winning teams will join other regional final winners to participate in the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí National Final which will be hosted online on 7 May 2020.

 Winners:

Coinnle do Chromghlinn, Colaiste Ghobnatan, Ballymakeera, County Cork

Inspired by the ordeal of a fellow student who underwent surgery in Crumlin Hospital, Coinnle do Chromghlinn created a range of unique healing candles.

Rí na Bhfocal, Pobalscoil Corca Dhuibhne, County Kerry

Rí na Bhfocal is a new interactive Irish language board game for 2-6 players that can be adapted to be played by children and adults of all ages.

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Environmentally Friendly Products Win Mayo Regional Entrepreneurial Crown

  

An Glantóir Cliste with Trophy Web  Farraige Ghlas with Trophy Web 

Eco friendly products have jointly won the Mayo regional final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí, an enterprise competition for secondary school students.

The two emerging enterprises founded by local pupils, An Glantóir Cliste from Coláiste Bhreandáin Naofa, Béal an Mhuirthead and Farraige Ghlas from Coláiste Pobail Acla, Acaill triumphed after an extremely competitive day in Áras Inis Gluaire, Béal an Mhuirthead. They will now go on to represent Mayo in the National Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí competition.

Clár na gComhlachtaí is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions.

750 Transition Year pupils from Gaeltacht regions in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath & Waterford have participated this year and challenged themselves to create, operate and manage their very own business! The programme provided pupils with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.

While the winning enterprises will progress to the National Final, the judges – Pamela Ní Thaidhg from Údarás na Gaeltachta and Claire Nic Oireachtaigh from Coláiste Uisce were thoroughly impressed with the innovative products and services on display and the entrepreneurial skills which were evident in all the teams.

Consisting of an interview with the judging panel and a public presentation in front of their fellow student entrepreneurs, judges and other invited guests the Regional Final is a test of each student’s communication as well as business skills.

Ruairí Ó Néill, Western Regional Manager, Údarás na Gaeltachta commented: “It was fantastic to witness such enterprising young people at the Údarás na Gaeltachta - Clár na gComhlachtaí Regional Final. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for their business ideas indicates that enterprise in the Gaeltacht areas is in safe hands. Údarás na Gaeltachta are proud to help promote student entrepreneurship and I’m sure we will be seeing more of these young entrepreneurs in the future. Congratulations to all the students involved and best of luck to the two winning teams at the National Final.”

On behalf of Junior Achievement Ireland, Ray Fogarty commented: “The Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages students to maximize their potential and provides them with both business skills and life skills for their future. Thank you to the participating students, their teachers and business mentors for their dedication in showcasing the students’ entrepreneurial talent and also to Údarás na Gaeltachta for ensuring these students had this exciting real-to-life opportunity.”

The two winning teams will join other regional final winners to participate in the Údarás na Gaeltachta – Clár na Comhlachtaí National Final, which will be held online to take into account the current public health situation, on 7 May 2020.

Winners:

An Glantóir Cliste, Coláiste Bhreandáin Naofa, Béal an Mhuirthead

An innovative product that cleans your football boots, wellingtons and dirty boots.

They came up with this idea when they were playing football at home or at school as their noticed their boots were leaving dirt in the car or on school floors.

Farraige Ghlas, Coláiste Pobail Acla, Acaill

Farraige Ghlas’s aim was to create an environmentally friendly way to enjoy high-speed water sports. They intend to convert conventional fuel Jet Skis to Jet Skis with electric motors, which are more environmentally friendly

 

Photo 1: An Glantóir Uisce: Coláiste Bhreandáin Naofa, Ella Ní Dhochartaigh, Ailish Ní Mhaolallaigh, Ellie Ní Ghiolla Chearr

Photo 2: Farraige Ghlas, Coláiste Pobail Acla, Déaglán Ó Foghlú, Tomás Mac Namara

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MathWorks Making an Impact in the West

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JAI is delighted to welcome MathWorks as our new supporting organisation in the West of Ireland.

Since we kicked off our partnership activities, Galway-based MathWorkshas focused on STEM and Entrepreneurship programmes in Galway. To date 12 MathWorks volunteers have taken part in JA activities to more than 480 students in 9 schools around the city and county.

The feedback from MathWorks volunteers has been universally positive with volunteers commenting on the welcome they have received from teachers and students alike.

One volunteer, Elisa Schweiger O’Connor spoke to us about her experience: “I volunteered to teach a 5-week programme around Business and Entrepreneurship to 3rd and 4th class students. It was such a positive experience for all involved – the students excelled week to week and were so excited every time I visited, they were devastated when we finished the programme.”

Elisa commented that her participation “improved my confidence, teaching skills, and general people skills.”

“Every Wednesday I would have a smile on my face for the entire day, and likewise with the kids. They really learnt bundles in the short time I was with them and I would do anything to do it all over again. I urged all my co-workers to partake in it in the future, and fingers crossed they do. The work we do, truly does inspire young minds. At the end of the programme, the kids had grown so much, the teacher was amazed by their progress and everything they had absorbed, and I was almost heart-broken that my time there had come to an end.”

Through support from the exceptional MathWorks volunteers, students have engaged with role models from the working world and have been encouraged to think of their futures while acquiring and practicing entrepreneurial skills. Those students will have a better understanding of what the future has to offer, and be better prepared to maximise their potential.

On behalf of all the team at JAI, many thanks for your support and we look forward to building on our work with you to inspire the next generation.

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Galway students planning on Smart Futures

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Galway City Council has partnered with JAI to help students of all ages to understand the important role that education will play in shaping their futures. 

Galway Coco 2Over 300 students will take part in the partnership project this school year and learn from volunteers about the diverse range of careers available in the local authority and the role that Galway City Council plays in their community.

As part of the project, Merlin College students received the ‘Smart Futures’ programme and visited Galway City Council recently to learn about the development plans for Galway in the future from Colm O’Riordan and Arlene Finn, and were also welcomed by Councillor Mike Cubbard, Mayor of Galway in the Council Chamber.

Claire Stenson of Merlin College commented on the visit: “I can safely say it was a huge success and our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It gave the students a great insight into how Galway City Council is run, their development plans for the future in the transport section, their urban traffic management system and also gaining a valuable insight into local politics. I’d like to thank the Galway City Council staff for their presentations to the students and organisation of the visit to the traffic management system room and also Mayor Michael Cubbard for his question and answer session in the Council Chamber. This was a great opportunity and an invaluable experience for all of our students!”

Galway Coco 3Ray Fogarty, JAI Area Manager in the West of Ireland, commented that “Galway City Council staff have really embraced the Junior Achievement project and given their time generously to work with local students. Through spending this time with them in the classroom, our students gain an understanding of the wide-ranging role that Galway City Council plays and also the many opportunities that will be available to them in the future, when they complete their education. They also learn about their role in their community and how they can have a positive impact in their locality. The feedback from the schools involved has been excellent and the demand for these programmes continues to grow as a result.”

 

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Galway students learn about the advantages of EU citizenship

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Eoghan O'Ceallaigh, Deputy Principal, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir with students Kaylin Heery, Holly Taylor, Eabha Burke, Amy McMahon and Colm Flynn, TY Coordinator, Coláiste Bhaile Chláir at Europe4Youth 2019

Students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir participated in a unique event recently when they took part in Europe4Youth, sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs' Communicating Europe Initiative.

Europe4Youth is a series of interactive workshops for second level students, informing them of the advantages of being an EU citizen. Also actively engaged in the event were the students’ teachers and volunteers from local businesses based in Galway who gave up their time to work with the students at this event. Volunteers from SAP, Arm and MetLife taught the workshops and also shared their personal experience with the students.

The workshops help students and participants to gain an understanding of the benefits to the individual and wider community that EU citizenship brings. The students learned that as an EU member, Irish people are eligible to work in any other EU country without obtaining a Visa so effectively we are no longer a small island, but part of a much larger community. This has never been more important with the advent of Brexit!

On completing all the workshops, an EU quiz was held and the winning Coláiste Bhaile Chláir students were presented with their prizes!

Europe4Youth 2Students from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir with business volunteer Matteo Coltello from Arm at Europe4Youth 2019

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