Gaelscoil Durlas Eile Win At Junior Entrepreneur Showcase

Creativity, hard graft and willingness to invest their own hard-earned cash were the hallmarks of the primary school Entrepreneurs who took part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme All Ireland Showcase Day at the RDS in Dublin yesterday May 20th.

Five and half thousand children from thirty counties arrived by bus to the RDS to display their classroom projects which have created an astonishing profit of €198,000 from sales of €320,000 since the start of the year. It’s the tenth year of the programme which is headed by entrepreneur Jerry Kennelly and sponsored by his company Tweak, supported by other entrepreneurs in their localities throughout Ireland.

Gaelscoil Durlas Eile Win At Junior Entrepreneur ShowcasePupils from Gaelscoil Durlas Eile in Thurles, won the ‘Top Team’ award. Their product ‘Get Up and Go’, is a bi-lingual boardgame aimed at keeping the whole family active. They achieved a total income of over €2700, with €700 of that being profit.

The long journey to Dublin was rewarded with an exciting day with a chance to see the stars – Dragon’s Den star and East Coast Bakehouse Co-Founder Alison Cowzer interviewed a bevy of entrepreneurs including David McKernan who recently sold his company Java Republic for €30m. Medical testing entrepreneur Dr. Ann Shortt of Full Health Medical, Eva Carri of Girlcrew, Caroline Keeling of Keelings Fruit and Ray McManus Sportsfile.comwere among those who shared their secrets with the budding entrepreneurs.

RTE’s Marty Morrissey, along with a bevy of RTE stars including Miriam O’Callaghan, David McCullough and Nuala Carey brought glitz to the affair as the 220 classes of children (from the 600 which participated in the programme) waited to see if they were among the prizewinners.

Teacher Fiona Santry of Castlemartyr National School’s charges won ‘Class of the Year’ for a creative business called ‘GalackTyco Trading Cards’. This set of cards, which sold for €2. The back story revolved around a space age story about the GalackTyco galaxy created by the pupils, along with a wide range of planets and warring characters seeking control of the galaxy.

Every pupil invested in the venture and they finally netted a profit of €717 from sales of €1,118

The most profitable winner was a 308 page Quiz book called ‘Beat the Quiz Master by Scoil Na Mbraithre in Tuam, Co. Galway, which included 3,000 questions for children and adults. This mammoth publishing task created a profit of €8,799 from €12,000 sales.


Product Name






Genius Product

Mama-G’s Sting Solution Kit

Colour-coded plasters

containing customised remedies

for different types of stings,

Cranait Fahy

St Anthony’s NS

Ballinlough, Cork, ROI



Financial Wizards

Beat the Quiz Master

For their fun and colourful quiz book

that is designed for both adults and children

– which made a whopping €8799 euros profit,

Aidan Burke

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Tuam, Galway, ROI



Creative Pioneers

Detail Bracelets

This class successfully designed

and launched bracelets that store

important medical information using QR codes

Ellen Costigan

Scoil Bheinín Naofa Cailiní

Balsaran, Duleek, Co. Meath



Community Champions


Creative and witty cards

to encourage conversation

– and reduce the overuse of phones and tablets

Cathryn Girvan

St Mary’s Primary School




Change Agents


Attractive and eco-friendly,

re-usable food wrappings


Aileen O’Connor

An Spioraid Naomh Cailini

Curraheen Road, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland



Class of the Year

GalackTyco Trading Cards

Fiona Santry

Castlemartyr National School

Gortnahomnamore, Castlemartyr, Cork, ROI, P25FK64



Top Teams

Get Up and Go – Bí ag Bogadh

An Activity-based bilingual board game

which is designed to improve fitness

– while having fun!

Eibhlín Ní Chuinneagáin

Gaelscoil Durlas Eile

Durlas, Tipperary, ROI, E41A668



Marketing Gurus

Coffee Scrub

Lavender-scented hand and body scrub made from re-cycled coffee

from a local restaurant.

Alan Walsh

Naomh Padraig Mixed

Baile Haol, Kilkenny, ROI, R95EK00



Star Submission

President’s of Ireland ruler

A ruler featuring images of every President of Ireland

Elaine Lyons

Shountrade National School

Shountrade, Adare, Limerick, ROI



Winner of the Bright Spark award Conor Bradfield, St. Mary’s Central School, Enniskean, Co. Cork for his High Tech Dog Kennel


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