Dunmanway students' board game wins at West Cork enterprise final

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Students of Maria Immaculata Community, Dunmanway, winners of the Schools’ Enterprise Programme, organised by the West Cork Enterprise Board, with their product, PRS Games - The Road to Safety. The award was presented by Michael Hanley, CEO of the West Cork Enterprise Board, to students Juileanne Hayes, Matthew Murray, Deirdre O'Brien, Tim Healy, Danny Collins, Denis Kelleher, Gillian Clifford, Eileen Crowley, Mark Fitzgerald and Michael Kearney. Also included at left are Christine Duggan, PR, and teacher Sinéad Meade.

 

TRANSITION-year students from Maria Immaculata Community College in Dunmanway claimed first prize in the West Cork Schools Enterprise Programme held on Tuesday, March 5th in the West Cork Hotel, Skibbereen.

PRS Games under the guidance of teacher Sinead Meade took the overall prize for their board game ‘The Road to Safety’, which teaches children and adults alike the importance of road safety in a fun way. They will now go on to represent the West Cork Enterprise Board at the national Student Enterprise Finals in Croke Park on April 17th.

Denis Kelleher, managing director of PRS Games, said: ‘We are really proud of our product, which is unique in that it is the only board game of its type that is both educational and fun.

We are thrilled to be representing West Cork in Dublin in April and I hope we can go on to do our region proud. Until then we will continue to focus our efforts on our sales and marketing.’

‘The Road to Safety’ is currently retailing for €15 and is available directly from the school and SuperValu Dunmanway with many more retail outlets taking the product in the coming weeks. It can also be ordered by contacting 086 8889301.

‘Roots’ from Coláiste Pobail Bantry took second place while ‘Cake It Easy’ from Beara Community School took third place on the day. Colaiste na Toirbhirte, Bandon took home best display award while Rossa College, Skibbereen and Clonakilty Community College won best innovation awards for their businesses Boot Jack and Corruguide.

‘Amazed’

Christine Heffernan, West Cork Enterprise Board, said: ‘Every year we are amazed at what students produce for the schools enterprise programme and the amount of time and dedication they put in to their projects.

This programme is all about encouraging up and coming entrepreneurs and giving them a taste of what it is like to set up and run their own enterprises in the hopes that some may create employment in the region in years to come.

All of the participating schools put in such a fantastic effort and I would like to congratulate all of them for their dedication and hard work. However, there can only be one winner and we believe that we have found something special with PRS Games and the students of Maria Immaculata Community College.’

Christine McCarthy, schools programme co-ordinator for West Cork, said: ‘Our eight participating schools have really done themselves proud and succeeded in representing themselves and their schools to the highest standards. Each year the calibre of enterprises improves and this year the level of innovation was extremely high, which is hugely encouraging.Our judges had a tough task in choosing a winner but we believe that the students of Dunmanway have come up with a fantastic enterprise which has the ability to flourish outside of the enterprise programme and there is huge credit due to the school and teachers. I look forward to working with them over the coming weeks in the run up to the national finals in April.’

Ms McCarthy thanked the judges – Karen Buchanan (social media consultant), Adam Walsh (Field’s SuperValu) and Neil O'Brien (Quantum Business Solutions) – for their time and insights.

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