On Friday 16th March, Presentation Castleisland sent three groups into the Student Enterprise County Final in IT Tralee. Two First Year groups were entered into the Junior Category and one Third Year group into the Intermediate Category of the competition. The two First Year groups were: ‘Complete Camán’ who made an all-in-one training hurley for all ages and abilities. Each hurley was tailored made and had two elements: educational and training. The hurleys are educational as the have the names of each part of the hurley scribed on them along with colour coded hand prints, which show the correct position to places your hands on the hurley. The training element of the hurley is that all aspects of the game of hurling can be practiced by the individual as there is a tethered ball attachment on each hurley. The other First Year enterprise was ‘Blockout’, a smart phone radiation reducing charging box. This box can fit any size smart phone and is lined with lead which reduces the amount of radiation that is emitted from smart phones, particularly when charging beside your bed at night. The Third Year enterprise was ‘Wear N Tear’, who manufactured tailored made sports compression shirts with velcro pockets that can be attached to various areas of the upper body with a hot/cold pack inside to aid muscle recovery after training.
On the day, Presentation Castleisland were the most successful school as they scooped all the awards in the Junior Category: 1st Place – Complete Camán, 2nd Place – Blockout and won the overall prize as the ‘Most Enterprising School in Kerry 2018’. The Complete Camán group also received a €50 voucher for the ‘Best Use of Irish’ on the day. The Complete Camán group now go onto represent Kerry at the National Student Enterprise Final in Croke Park on Wednesday May 2nd. This is the second time in three years that Presentation Castleisland have reached this prestigious event, showcasing the high level of entrepreneurial excellence the school possesses.