Saturday 1 November 2014

Crafty kids sell creations at RDS

Published 26/12/2013 | 05:26

Young entrepreneurs Heather Coleman, from Heathers Jewellery in Mitchelstown, with Caoimhe Mulroy and Sarah Ni Desmond, from Collig Crafts, Ballincollig, who set up their businesses through the Foróige Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) at the National Crafts and Design Fair.

YOUNG entrepreneurs from Cork helped spread festive cheer recently by selling their products at the National Crafts & Design Fair, which took place recently in the RDS, Dublin.

The teenagers from Mitchelstown and Ballincollig were some of the 125 young people invited to sell the products they created as part of a youth entrepreneurship programme, the Foróige Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship programme (NFTE) at the popular Christmas fair.

"I've had such a great day – it's great to see the product I worked so hard to create being sold. It's been a brilliant experience to set up my own business – I've learnt so much," Chloe Yelverton, a young entrepreneur from Mitchelstown, who had a stand at the fair, said.

These young entrepreneurs were given a seed grant in September to set up and run their own businesses and have been working over the last few months to prepare their products for the annual fair.

Teenagers travelled from Sligo, Laois, Donegal, Cork and Dublin to attend the fair and gain valuable selling experience. Products being sold varied and included custom made candles, accessorised flower pots, bespoke jewellery, wooden games and toys, glass ornaments and plenty of baked treats to name but a few.

This year, the Foróige NFTE youth entrepreneurship programme reached almost 1,300 young people in schools and youth centres throughout Ireland including Belfast, Dublin, Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Cork, Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Laois, Wicklow, and Donegal. The programme runs from September to May every year.

Foróige is the leading and largest youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with 56,000 young people annually delivering a diverse range of services.


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