Eight teenage entrepreneurs from three Mayo schools will represent the county at the Student Enterprise Programme national finals in Croke Park next month.
Every September, students are encouraged to research, set up and run their own real-world business under this initiative, with the help of their teachers, student enterprise co-ordinators and the Local Enterprise Offices nationally.
20 secondary schools in Mayo took part in the Student Enterprise Progrmame this year, with 50 teams making it to the county finals in Castlebar recently, where the winning teams in the junior, intermediate and senior category were chosen.
In the Junior category, Máirtín Maloney from St Tiernan's College, Crossmolina will represent Mayo at the national finals with his business, the Nephin Turf Company which creates souvenirs and gifts crafted from turf.
In the Intermediate category, Anne Murphy and Áine Killeen from Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina will represent Mayo with their business, which created a fireproof pouch for storing electrical devices when charging for long periods of time.
Students from St Mary's Convent in Ballina will represent Mayo in the Senior category with their business - Worry Bear Co - which sells cuddly bears with a dedicated pocket where a child can place a worry note before going to sleep, to minimise anxiety and worry among young children.
The award for Mayo's Most Enterprising School was presented to Grace Downes, the teacher responsible for guiding the senior winners at St Mary's Convent, Ballina throughout the Student Enterprise Programme.
John Magee of the Local Enterprise Office in Mayo has congratulated the students from Ballina and Crossmolina who won the county awards.
They will now compete against hundreds of others student enterpreneurs from across the country at the national finals of the Student Enterprise Programme in Croke Par, Dublin on 3rd May.