Two different groups of young entrepreneurs from Co. Limerick will be exhibiting their award winning products at this year's Charleville Show following their success in national competitions during the year.
Students Aaron Coughlan, Patrick O'Shaughnessy and Patrick Byrnes from the Salesian Secondary School Pallaskenry who formed a mini-company called Farming Appliance Ready Made (F.A.R.M.) for the production of their invention, the cow tail lifter, which prevents a cow from kicking out when being milked.
The device won the national final of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year and the boys will be competing in London in July at the European final of the Junior Achievement Company of the Year. The young entrepreneurs have their appliance on general sale and they report that sales are going quite well to dairy farmers in the Golden Vale area.
Joining them in the display area will be Sarah and Sean Finn, Elaine Houlihan, Dara Glynn, Lisa and Caoimhe Barry, Patrick Maher and Eoin Shinnors, They are all students of Colaiste Iosef in Kilmallock, who formed the mini-company, Sideline, and they will be displaying their concept, which they perfected and brought to the market. Their product is a hurley bag which can hold a dozen hurleys and it is of particular interest to G.A.A. clubs and County Boards throughout the hurling world.
The students finished in the top 20 new schools companies and were selected to appear on RTE One Television's Dragon's Den where they secured a bursary of €2,000 for their innovative product. They have already notched up sales to over 100 hurling clubs throughout the south of Ireland and are continuously marketing their product to clubs in their own South Limerick area and much further afield.