Friday 24 February 2017

'We had one American man who had only watched a game of hurling on TV and bought some for his children' - foam hurleys firm inundated with calls from around the world

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Dr. Johanna Clancy, Chairperson of SCCUL Enterprises presenting Emma Joyce - Polypico Engineer , Adele Clinton Head of sales and marketing Polypico Technologies and Alan Crean CEO of Polypico Technologies

A family who set up a company making foam hurley’s for children has been inundated with calls from around the world as the Irish sport becomes more famous.

With hurling being broadcast around the world the Galway based company has found itself receiving orders not only from expats but from foreigners eager to try it out with their children.

“We started four years ago when my daughter Ciara had the idea and we’ve grown from there. We’re selling all over the world now. Obviously it’s popular with Irish people who have emigrated but we’re also getting emails from around the world from people who have come across the game and want to give it a try.

“We had one American man who had only watched a game of hurling on TV and bought some for his children,” said owner Christy Moran.

The Hurlóg is made of a hard foam and is suitable for children from the age of 2 and a half up.

“It is really light and it’s soft so it’s easy for children to use. It’s very safe and it’s not going to cause damage if they use it inside. The material looks like ash but is a hard wearing foam,” added Mr Moran.

The company was one of 120 firms which took part in the SCCUL enterprise awards in Galway.

Another was Beechlawn Organic Farm which picked up the SCCUL Enterprise Agriculture & Food Award. It offers a home delivery of fruit and veg boxes. The company which has been in operation for 15 years offers weekly options from season vegetables to juice boxes.

“Among the things we supply is a box of vegetables perfect for juicing directly to your home, including all the spices you need for the juices. You just pick the type of juice you want. The box contains enough vegetables to make juice for a week,” said Una Ní Bhroin who runs the farm with her husband.

Galway health company PolyPico won the €10,000 top cash prize in the SCCUL Enterprise Awards for their innovative fluid dispensing technology.

Teen entrepreneur Conor O’Flaherty (17)  scooped the new €5000 Bursary with his online talent management agency which makes lucrative advertising commissions for rising YouTube video stars worldwide.                                                      

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony, Dr. Johanna Clancy, Chairperson SCCUL Enterprises said the awards are an important opportunity to encourage businesses throughout Galway City and County and to help them accelerate their plans.

“Fostering enterprise is critical to business growth and creating employment in our local area. As a community based company set up in association with St. Columba’s Credit Union, we want to support local community enterprise and encourage our local entrepreneurs,” she added.

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