Coláiste Ailigh win Donegal ETB’s 2019 Enterprise Day – Pic Special

first_imgColáiste Ailigh (Letterkenny) have been announced as this year’s winners of Donegal ETB’s Enterprise Day for schools and Youthreach centres.The event took place in Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT) on Wednesday, October 16. Second place went to the Abbey Vocational School in Donegal Town, while Mulroy College in Milford came third. Two hundred and forty students from twenty post-primary schools and Youthreach centres across the county participated in the event, which involved each team developing a product on which they were judged in a Dragon’s Den-type setup. Teams were given a business mentor and an LYIT business studies student to guide them throughout the day. Ramelton based entrepreneur Seamus McDaid, of McDaid’s Football Special fame, spoke to the students in the morning about his entrepreneurship journey.Seamus has recently returned from the United States where he was the founder of McDaid’s Beverages USA and spent eight years there as the company’s US Business Development Manager.  Having worked before this in Australia, he has returned to Ireland to run the family business, working as the company’s Business Development Manager from their headquarters in Ramelton. He had lots of entrepreneurial experience and tips to share with the couple of hundred young people who participated in the day. After teams pitched their ideas to the judges, the final three teams then pitched to all participants. The judges found it very difficult to pick an outright winner due to the high standard of the enterprising ideas presented to them.Coláiste Ailigh came up with an innovative product called ‘Sea Wear’, a biodegradable, foldable Tupperware piece created from seaweed which can fold out as a plate and aimed at the restaurant/takeaway market. The team was supported by mentor Amy Harkin from Lottie Dolls. Speaking about the Enterprise Day, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said: “This is now our sixth year to host this brilliant event.“We’re pleased to see so many schools and Youthreach centres joining us. “It’s an enjoyable day for the students and hopefully it will inspire their innovation and creativity. “We would like to thank the Letterkenny Institute of Technology for the use of their facilities and their students for helping as mentors.  “The keynote address from Seamus also resonated with the students and all the employers made enthusiastic contributions as business mentors.”The participating schools and Youthreach centres were the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Crana College, Buncrana; Deele College, Raphoe; Errigal College, Letterkenny; Finn Valley College, Stranorlar; Moville Community College; Gairmscoil Chu Uladh, Ballinamore; Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore; Loreto Community School Milford; Loreto Secondary School, Letterkenny; Mulroy College, Milford; Magh Ene College, Bundoran; Carndonagh Community School; St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny; St Catherine’s Vocational School, Killybegs; Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe; Coláiste na Carraige, Carrick; Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny; St Columba’s College, Stranorlar; Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Youthreach Gortahork.Donegal ETB and the organising committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the students, their teachers and LYIT for participating in, assisting with and supporting the day.Particular thanks are extended to the business mentors and judges who gave up their day to support the event, including Leonard Watson, Watson’s Menswear; Jimmy Stafford, Bank of Ireland; Lucia McCauley, Bank of Ireland; Mary Crawford, The Right Angle; Richard Finney, The Counter Deli; Louise Hayden, Focus Fitness; Sarah-Marie McDevitt, Pinehill Studios; Florentine, Patrick Gildea Hairdressing; Paul Logue, McElhinneys; Clare Ryan, ITUS Secure Technologies; Kelda Kelly, Fusion; Ursula Donnelly, Enterprise Ireland; Anthony Boyle, Tax Assist; Alexandra Manning, Occasions Event Management; Patricia Hill, Stateside; Geoffrey Browne, Rossmore Manor B&B; Toni Forrester, Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce; Ian Harkin, Lottie Dolls; Amy Harkin, Lottie Dolls; Stephen McGuire, Donegal Daily; Cuin Varughese, Aaron Rajan Paul and Fiona Kelly, all LYIT; Shauna Devenney, Ciaran O Brien, Paddy Muldoon, Mairead McFadden, Marie Donnelly and Deirdre Bonner all Donegal ETB. Thanks also to Valu Centre, Letterkenny for sponsoring the bottled water provided on the day.This year’s event saw an increase in the number of entries from 2018. Further information and photos of the day can be found on Donegal ETB’s website (, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts (@DonegalETB) through #ETBEnterprise19.Getting their invention ready at the Donegal ETB Enterprise day on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana enjoying themselves at the Enterprise Day at LYIT with Mentor, Anthony Boyle on Wednesday.The St Eunans College team at the ETB Enterprise Day on Wednesday at LYIT.The winning Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny team receive their award from Donegal ETB CEO, Anne McHugh on Wednesday.The Abbey VS team receive second place on the day from Anne McHugh, Donegal ETB CEO.The Mulroy College team receive 3rd place on Wednesday from Anne McHugh, CEO of Donegal ETB.Guest Speaker, Seamus McDaid of Donegal Special, pictured with Geoffrey Browne (Chairman Donegal ETB) and Anne McHugh (CEO Donegal ETB)The Royal and Prior Raphoe team with teacher, Davina McCandless at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day on Wednesday at LYIT.A race to the stage on Wednesday as Lee Gooch gets the crowd warmed up at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day.(John/ judging panel keeping a close eye on things at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day at LYIT.Guest Speaker, Seamus McDaid of Football Special speaking to the crowd on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise event.LYIT Business Studies Students who Supported Student Teams at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day in LYIT.Business People from around the County who Mentored Student Teams at the event on Wednesday in LYITPupils from St Columbas College with teacher, Karen Diver at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Deele College Raphoe with teacher, Orla Gallagher at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.( College Students with their teacher, Ms Sarah Quigg.Pupils from Coliste Na Carraige with their teacher, Emma Kane on Wednesday at LYIT.Participants from Youthreach Gortahork at the Enterprise Event in LYIT on Wednesday last.Lee Gooch quizzing some of the students on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise event in LYIT.Rose Stockdale (Teacher) with St Catherines team 2 on Wednesday at LYIT. (John/ Stockdale (Teacher) with St Catherines team 1 on Wednesday at LYIT. (John/ Stewart (Teacher) with participants from Mulroy College on Wednesday at LYIT.The Magh Ene College team hard at work on Wednesday at the LYIT Enterprise day.The team from Ga8irmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Arranmore with their teacher, Lisa Brennan.Fionan Bradley (Teacher) with pupils from Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana at the Donegal ETB Enterprise Day at LYIT on Wednesdy.( from Crana College with their teacher, Ms Aine Gallagher at the event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Carndonagh Community College at the Donegal ETB event on Wednesday at LYIT.Pupils from Moville Community College at the Enterprise Day at LYIT on Wednesday.The teams hard at work on Wednesday at the Donegal ETB Enterprise day at LYIT.Coláiste Ailigh win Donegal ETB’s 2019 Enterprise Day – Pic Special was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal ETBDonegal ETB Enterprise Daylast_img