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North Cork Students Set for National Entrepreneurship Final

North Cork Students Set for National Entrepreneurship Final

Cork County Council’s Local Enterprise Office North Cork has announced that teenage entrepreneurs from Scoil Mhuire Kanturk will represent North Cork at this year’s Student Enterprise Programme National Finals. The finals make a return to Croke Park on Friday 5th May for the first time since 2019.

In the Senior category of the national competition, North Cork will be represented by Oisin Bourke, Jack Hooper, Rachel Morton, Ava Fisher and Kathlyn Morrissey from ‘Plant and I’ team, Scoil Mhuire Kanturk. The students all took part in the North Cork Final on the 14th of March at Springfort Hall Hotel. The event was attended by Hurling All Star and Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador Sean Finn.

North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea congratulated the students, saying

“In what has been a particularly challenging couple of years for students the programme has offered them an outlet outside of the usual school demands.  What students are learning from the programme is that with the right supports and encouragement, they can take an idea from the classroom and develop it into a real-life business. The skills they learn along the way, such as business planning, market research, selling and teamwork, will help them become more entrepreneurial throughout their future careers. Congratulations to all those who took part in this years competition.”

The enterprise education initiative, funded by the Government of Ireland through Enterprise Ireland and delivered by the 31 Local Enterprise Offices in local authorities throughout the country, saw over 25,000 students from just under 500 secondary schools across the country take part in 2021 / 2022.  The programme supports students to create, design and market their own business, all with the hope of reaching the National Finals.

Speaking at the final, Kevin Curran, Head of Enterprise, Local Enterprise Office North Cork said,

“North Cork has had great success over the years with ‘Smooth Remove’ from Boherbue Community School going on to win first place in the national awards in 2019 in the highly competitive senior category and ‘Wrap it Up’ from Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown, picking up the Best Display Award. Boherbue also won the National Innovation Award last year with ‘Pole Pals’. We are very proud of the calibre of entries this year and look forward to supporting our finalists in Dublin.” 

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey added,

“We have a very successful Student Enterprise Programme in North Cork, with over 650 students from 15 local schools taking part this year. Our national finalists are excellent ambassadors for the programme and we wish them the very best of luck at the final at Croke Park on May 5th.”

Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from and by searching #studententerprise on social media.

Additional Information:

The Student Enterprise Programme is co-ordinated by the Local Enterprise Offices and involves approximately 25,000 students from 500 secondary schools every year. It runs from September to May and the 2022/2023 National Final takes place online on the 5th of May.                                                                                 

Since the Student Enterprise Programme began in 2003, over 350,000 students have taken part, learning key skills on how to create a business idea, start a business and grow a business.  The Student Enterprise Programme also has new range of online resources for 2022 / 2023 at, which will feature regular blogs and houses a full range of Student Enterprise resources for students and teachers.    

Twitter: @StudentEntProg / Facebook: /studententerpriseprogramme / Instagram: /studententerpriseprogramme/ #studententerprise

North Cork Schools Participating in the Student Enterprise Programme 

  • Boherbue School
  • CBS Charleville
  • St. Mary’s Charleville
  • Nagle Rice School Doneraile
  • Loreto School, Fermoy
  • Colaiste an Chraobhin
  • St. Colman’s, Fermoy
  • Colaiste Treasa, Kanturk
  • Scoil Mhuire, Kanturk
  • Davis College, Mallow
  • St Mary’s, Mallow
  • Colaiste Mhuire, Buttevant
  • Patrician Academy, Mallow
  • CBS Mitchelstown
  • Presentation, Mitchelstown

Winning Enterprises

Category Team Name School

Overall Winner



Plant and I 


Scoil Mhuire Kanturk





Treats fur Tails


St Mary’s Charleville





Family in a Frame


Loretto College Fermoy


Business Plan 



Scrumptious Scrunchies 


Colaiste an Chraoibhin Fermoy





Hobby Holders


Boherbue CS





Organisation Station


Patrician Academy Mallow


Best Stand





CBS Mitchelstown

Kevin Curran Head of Enterprise LEO Mallow presenting the award for the Best Stand to the CBS Mitchelstown TY team at the regional final of the Student Enterprise Programme, with Sean Finn SEP Ambassador and Sharleen Foody, LEO Mallow.

Kevin Curran presenting the award for Sustainability to the Patrician Academy mini-company team at the regional final of the Cork North Student Enterprise Programme, with Sean Finn SEP Ambassador, Joan Kelleher Event Organiser, Shareen Foody, LEO Mallow, Gary Lowe Event Co-Ordinator and Valerie Murphy, judge.

Kevin Curran Head of Enterprise at the LEO Mallow presenting the Best Sales Award to the Boherbue Comprehensive School Hobby Holders team at the regional final of the Student Enterprise Programme. Also in the picture are Sean Finn SEP Ambassador, Tadgh Curtis , judge, Gary Lowe Evend Co-Ordiantor, Valerie Murphy , judge and Shareen Foody LEO Mallow.