This morning, Tuesday 5th May 2015, I was in Naas to preside over the Get Up And Go National Mini Company Final, which is organised each year by the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and which included winners from Co. Meath.
250 mini companies took part in the regional finals and there were 31 finalists from all over the country at the National Final in Naas last Tuesday representing whole class teams.
Bainne Milis Marketing, from Scoil Dara, Kilcock scooped the top prize in the Sustainability Category with the help of Summerhill students Megan Lyons and Jack Lynch, Tommy Gilseanan from Moynalvey and Michael McNamara from Kilcock. Their mini company involved a healthy natural chocolate milk drink which was well received by all who sampled it.
St. Peter’s College, Dunboyne, Co. Meath came 3rd in the Quality Category. Their Mini Company called ‘Lids for Kids’ involved making innovative hats for young people undergoing cancer treatment who might suffer hair loss from chemotherapy.
Addressing the National Final I told the students, teachers and parents that I was delighted to be surrounded by so many enthusiastic young people. I warmly congratulated each one of them on running their very successful mini-companies. It is young innovators, like themselves, who can really make a difference to Ireland’s future.
The exhibition stands really demonstrate the hard work and commitment. I was hugely impressed by the great varieties of businesses that have been set up. It makes me optimistic for the future of Meath and Irish business.