Transition Year students from two Donegal Gaeltacht schools have their ‘virtual’ sights firmly set on Europe.
The TYs from Pobailscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh (Ballinamore/Fintown) are making preparations for the All-Ireland Final of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí Competition which will be held online on April 22.
The winners will represent Ireland at the Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year Competition 2021 which will also be held online in July due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Six student mini-companies from Donegal, Mayo, Galway, and Kerry will battle it out in this year’s national final. The one-day national final will see students logging in from home or school to present their businesses to the judges using a short promotional video, business plans agus an in-depth interview.
‘Cluasa Cliste’ was founded by pupils from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and ‘DSG Adhmad’ was established by Gairmscoil Chú Uladh.
Cluasa Cliste created a product that would allow self-expression through art. The company makes earrings from a range of materials found around the house and upcycled materials – a very unique and personal product.
DSG Adhmad are unique and practical chopping boards that come with a personalised touch for each customer. The wood is sourced locally and will appeal particularly to those who love handcrafted products.
Both won the joint honours at the Northern Regional Final and both teams hope that they can impress the judges at the National Final in order to compete for European glory.
The Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí programme is a hands-on business learning experience. It is developed and delivered by Údarás in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to 750 transition year pupils in Gaeltacht regions. This is the third time that the winners of the Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Clár na gComhlachtaí will have the opportunity to participate at the European level of the competition.