Four innovative students from Mountcharles are off to Tullamore this week to showcase their impressive new farming product at this year’s National Ploughing Championships.
IT Sligo Mechanical Engineering students Patrick Masterson, Brian Griffin, Dylan McBrearty from Mountcharles and Cormac Donnelly from Donegal Town are calling for the public’s help for victory in the People’s Choice Awards by the Irish Farmers Journal.
The team have invented the Monte Loader – a new product for farmers that will save money, save time and make life a whole lot easier and safer.
The Universal Rear End Loader enables farmers to carry and move large heavy objects such as round bails, using any tractor.
Up until now, farmers have had to use front loading devices which required expensive model specific loaders. On top of that expense, front loaders also need adapters that cost thousands extra. This meant loaders were financially out of reach for small or part-time farmers.
The Monte Loader is now a fully registered design with endless capabilities.
Patrick, Brian, Dylan and Cormac designed the product as part of their third year project. The idea was so good, they were encouraged by lecturers to enter Enterprise Ireland’s competition to find the best Irish invention for agriculture. The team were successful in their application and will now showcase as part of the People’s Choice Award in the National Ploughing Championships Innovation Arena.
Winners are selected by public vote. Click here if you wish to vote for the Monte Loader: https://www.farmersjournal.ie/innovation-arena-peoples-choice-award-221037
The Enterprise Ireland Innovation Arena allows Irish Inventors to showcase their products at the Ploughing Championships which attracts high profile agricultural engineering companies from around the world.
This is a great opportunity for the four IT Sligo Students to introduce their innovative product to the world marketplace and investors.
Head of Faculty of Engineering & Design at IT Sligo, Una Parsons praised the students: “We wish our students the very best of luck at the Ploughing Championships and hope they win an award, which they thoroughly deserve. This recognition on a national scale is testimony to the rich heritage in producing high achieving entrepreneurial students within the Mechanical Programme at IT Sligo. Year after year our students are winning awards through innovation and enterprise thanks to the expert support of our expert academic and technical staff.”
The People’s Choice Award competition takes place over three days at the National Ploughing Championships from the 18th – 20th of September 2018 and the winner will be announced on Thursday 20 September at the National Ploughing Championships.