Ipod pods prove a winner for Convent girls

They’re the must have accessory for ’08, the ipod pods produced by the entrepreneurial girls from the Convent of Mercy secondary school as part of the transition year enterprise module. The new pods were the brainwave of Emma Osterloh, Laura Casserly and Emily Cooper and the trend-setting accessories earned first prize for the girls at the recent school awards. Second prize went to Fiona Madden, Holly Oates, Siobhán O’Hanrahan and Grace Jordan for ‘Magic Touch’, a nail art enterprise. ‘Candy Ears’, the work of Anne Marie Feeney, Sinead Kenny, Sinead Carroll, Kelly Garrett and Ciara Finneran, took third prize, while fourth prize went to Ailbhe O’Boyle, Stephanie McNamara, Julie O’Gara and Nicole Crean for ‘Ogham Writing’. The first to fourth prize winners go on to represent the school at the county final on April 8 th in the Abbey Hotel. The prize for the most innovative idea went to ‘Pick n’ Sticks’, the brainchild of Joanne Cleary, Calla Ferguson, Claire Raftery, Annabell O’Grady and Jennifer Fannon. Speaking at the school awards, Anne Browne, Acting Business Advisor with Roscommon County Enterprise Board thanked all the teachers involved and praised the girls for their dedication. ‘The aim of the Enterprise Awards is to raise your awareness of enterprise and self-employment as career options, and it is a practical programme. You have had the opportunity to take a business from the idea stage, through market research to production, selling, record keeping, management, and finally, writing a comprehensive report on the activity. ‘The benefits are not limited to just enterprise awareness, but it is hoped that the experience will assist you in being more creative and self confident in whatever career you choose. You will also have learned valuable lessons from working as part of a team.’ Judges for the event were James Donlon of Westbic and Deirdre O’Murchadha, Co-Ordinator of the Roscommon Women into Business Network.