Kanturk students are set for National Entrepreneurship Final

Scoil Mhuire Kanturk TY mini company ‘Plant & I ‘.

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 took part in the North Cork Final on 14th March at Springfort Hall Hotel. The event was attended by Hurling All Star and Student Enterprise Programme Ambassador Sean Finn.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins 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 year’s 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.”
Further information around the Student Enterprise Programme is available from www.studententerprise.ie and by searching #studententerprise on social media.
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, and 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
Loreto College Fermoy

Business Plan

Scrumptious Scrunchies
Colaiste an Chraoibhin Fermoy


Hobby Holders
Boherbue CS


Organisation Station
Patrician Academy Mallow

Best Stand

CBS Mitchelstown