A new educational board game based on the Wild Atlantic Way, and a storage solution for boots are the businesses developed by Transition Year students from Achill and Belmullet, who are aiming to reach a European entrepreneurial final.
The students from Colaiste Pobail in Achill and Colaiste Naomh Bhreandáin in Belmullet are making final preparations from the All-Ireland Final of Udarás na Gaeltachta's Clár na gComhlachtaí Competition, which takes place in Furbo, Galway next month.
Eight student mini-companies from Mayo, Galway, Donegal, Cork and Kerry will battle it out for honours over the 2-day national final on 2/3 April in the Connemara Coast Hotel in Furbo.
The two student enterprises by the TY students in Achill and Belmullet - a new educational board game based on the Wild Atlantic Way and a storage solution for boots - recently took joint honours at the Mayo regional final of the competition, and are hoping to impress the judges in Galway.
The winners of this year's National Final will represent Ireland at the Junior Achievement Europe Company of the Year competition which takes place in France in June.
This is the first time winners of the Udaras competition will have the opportunity to take part in the European level of the competition.
The TY students will also showcase their projects at NUI Galway.
St Brendan's College Belmullet is represented by Mairtín Ó'Conaire and Pádraig Ó'Gacháin, who developed their storage solution for boots called Cró Buataisí P&M, while Coláíste Pobail Acla is represented by four TY students - Molly Nic Meanmáin, Caoimhe Ní Ghallolaigh Mcnamara, Saran ni Ghallolaigh and Tara Ni Chaoimh who developed the board game Cluiche Bord an Atlantaigh.
The Udarás Clár na gComhlachtaí programme is a hands-on business learning experience, taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in the Gaeltacht regions.