A team of enterprising students from Carrick-on-Suir CBS Secondary School are competing in the All Ireland final of the Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park this week.
The hand made soap business called “An Gallúnach”, run by CBS students Cathal Purcell and Conor Power, achieved first place in the Intermediate category at the recent South Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards and will be going up agains the best student companies in the country at the national final today (Wednesday, April 18).
Cathal and Conor worked together every day from the beginning of the school year on their successful business venture and now plan expanding into liquid soap.
“The judges (at the South Tipperary final) liked our business report, the Irish title and they reported our ‘quality of product’ as excellent,” said the two students.
Cathal and Conor said they were grateful for the help and guidance they received from Sue Anne O’Donnell, Student Enterprise Coordinator with the South Tipperary Enterprise Board and the support of teacher Majella Gleeson.
An Gallúnach” was one of nine CBS mini-companies that beat off competition from 44 teams to win awards at the South Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards.
CBS Enterprise teacher Majella Gleeson said it was a terrific achievement by all the students whose high standards of craftsmanship and commitment to their businesses had brought great pride to the school. ‘
“Every student who undertook this enterprise project is to be commended for their skill and the time and effort they all put into this’ she said. .
School Principal Billy O’Farrell, Deputy Principal Myles Mitchell and all staff and students wish Cathal and Conor every success in the All-Ireland final.
And the students thanked all in the local community, their families, friends and local businesses who supported them with their business projects.
South Tipperary Student Enterprise Awards results: Junior Category: A.L Birdfeeders run by Aaron Falvey and Liam O’Connell won second prize; The Bookend Men run by Dylan Oakey was fourth; Quinkey Products run by Cian Quinlan received a Highly Commended award.
Intermediate Category; An Gallúnach hand made soaps run by Cathal Purcell and Conor Power won first prize; Holden Holders by Eoin Holden and Gerard Holden won second prize; Multi-Hangers by Jack O’Sullivan and Michael Whelan was third and A Calendar with a View by Conor Friend and David Doyle was fourth place.
Senior Category: Kool Kardz run by Thomas Lacey won third prize; K & H Firewood run by William Hahessy and Martin Kirby was fourth.