Recession drives rise in inventor numbers
A record 53 aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs have entered this year's National Inventions Competition at Tullamore Show.
Sponsored by the Farming Independent, WR Shaw and Glenngorey Pumps, entries for the €2,000 annual competition have almost trebled in the past five years.
This year's entries range from a 45t machine for laying down new roads to a welly storage rack, and everything in between.
Inventions organiser Rodney Cox says the recession has helped to increase the number of budding inventors out there.
"People who always had ideas have a bit more time on their hands and are keen to convert their ideas into cash," he said.
The competition has grown to such an extent that the organisers have decided that all judging of inventions will take place on Saturday, while officers from the National Patents office in Kilkenny will be present on Sunday to advise exhibitors.
The classes include Inventions in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry; Inventions in Home, Leisure and Building; and Labour Saving Devices.
First prize in each class is €300, with €200 for second place and €100 for third. There are three €100 prizes for the best student exhibit in each class.