National awards for Limerick students at Enterprise Programme finals

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Niamh O'Mahony from Desmond College at the National Enterprise awards

STUDENTS from Desmond College Newcastle West were winners of special merit award in both the senior and intermediate categories at the Student Enterprise Programme National Finals.

For the first time in three years, the finals were held physically at the Helix in Dublin with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar in attendance.

The Limerick students were supported by the Local Enterprise Office Limerick, which helped them succeed in finishing in the top five race.

Desmond College student Niamh O’Mahony was an award winner in the senior category with her enterprise ‘SmartArnU, a smart ruler and panes set that reduced reading errors for people with dyslexia.

Ava Ahern, Laura Brennan and Kayla McAuliffe were the winners in the intermediate category with their enterprise ‘MelaNoMore’, a wearable early warning system for children that alerts them and their parents to the increased UV rays that cause skin cancer.

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Mary Killeen Fitzgerald from the Limerick Local Enterprise (LEO) office said the national finals showcased the best of Irish ingenuity and entrepreneurship among Irish students and this year produced a variety selection of businesses.

”From our class of 21/22 we will see some business leaders and global entrepreneurs of the future emerge,” she added.

Since it began in 2003, the Student Enterprise Programme has seen over 300,000 students learn how to start a business and grow it.