Monday 1 May 2017

So, how do you spell entrepreneurship as Gaeilge?

Rock on! The winning team: Maire Ní Fhrighil, Liadh Robertson, Aoife Nic Chormaic, Blanca Ní Dhonnabhain and Rebecca Ní Allurain. Photo: Andrew Downes
Rock on! The winning team: Maire Ní Fhrighil, Liadh Robertson, Aoife Nic Chormaic, Blanca Ní Dhonnabhain and Rebecca Ní Allurain. Photo: Andrew Downes

Entrepreneurship is a new buzzword in primary and second-level education, and a programme for transition year students in Gaeltacht schools is encouraging pupils to come up with business initiatives as Gaeilge.

About 500 students from Gaeltacht region schools in Cork, Galway, Donegal, Kerry, Mayo, Meath and Waterford took part in Clár Comhlachta, a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered through a partnership between Údarás na Gaeltachta and Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

From the eight teams selected for the final, Cothú Cinnte, a company made up of five students from Coláiste Chroí Mhuire, Spiddal, Co Galway carried off the honours. The Cothú Cinnte team of Liadh Robertson, Rebecca Ní Alluráin, Aoife Nic Chormaic, Blanca Ní Dhonnabhain and Maire Ní Fhrighil produced hand-painted, glazed dinner plates, depicting areas for starch, vegetables and protein, with each area labelled as Gaeilge.

The students' aim is to promote healthy eating and to encourage people to include more vegetables in their diet. Plates can be personalised.

Cothú Cinnte was mentored by local business volunteer Barry Comerford of Cambus Medical. The final involved the teams exhibiting their business idea at a trade stand, being interviewed by the judges and pitching their plan to a public audience.

Irish Independent

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