‘Making Stuff Up for a Living’ – Oisin Mc Gann

Born in Dublin, Oisín McGann spent his childhood there and in Drogheda, County Louth where he studied at St.Olivers Community College. Refresh Boyne and The Mill are delighted to have him back in Drogheda for this talk.

He studied at Ballyfermot Senior College and Dun Laoghaire School of Art and Design, and went on to work in illustration, design and film animation. He now lives back in Ireland and works full time as an author and illustrator.

In 1992 he dropped out of college to set himself up as a freelance illustrator/artist, serving the publishing and design industries. In 1997, he took up a position as Background Layout Designer for Fred Wolf films, working on the animated series of Zorro. After completing his contract, he decided to expand his horizons and left for London in February 1998 to seek his fortune. He found gainful employment as a security guard, watching over trains and then hospitals.

In January 1999, he joined the M&M Consultancy, a small advertising and design firm, as art director and soon expanded into copy writing. After three and a half years of working in advertising he became increasingly concerned for his immortal soul. He returned to Ireland in the summer of 2002 much as he had left – with no job, no home and some meagre savings. He set himself up as a freelance illustrator once more, before getting his first books published in 2003.

He has written and illustrated numerous books for all ages of reader, including the Mad Grandad series, The Forbidden Files series, and eleven novels, including The Gods And Their Machines, Small-Minded Giants, and his steampunk trilogy, The Wildenstern Saga.

In 2014 Oisin won the European Science Fiction Society Award, given to a writer in recognition of recent works. His books have been sold in the US, Canada (in French), France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Denmark, Slovenia, Romania, Portugal, Turkey, Brazil and Japan.

Oisin will speak on:

– How his career has developed over the past 15 years

– Discuss how reading (and publishing) is changing

– Technical / Digital publishing & creativity

– Pros and Cons of trying to earn a living from illustration and writing

– The need to encourage creativity and reading in children.

 

Date: Wednesday, 28 November, 19:00 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Admission: Free

Book here: https://bit.ly/2DpeSUT 

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Do you ever complain that you don’t have time to read? The Mill Enterprise Hub launched the Drogheda Business Book Club on Thursday, October 18th at 5:30pm which focuses on ‘Non-Fiction for Busy People’. The club is open to the general public and the main focus will be on reading and discussing a combination of the latest business books alongside acknowledged classics on Strategy, Innovation, Business biographies, and a plethora of other relevant business headings.

The Business Book Club will follow the normal book club format but will also include an online forum. A monthly book will be chosen by members of the group and a discussion will then take place at the next meeting on the merits of the book and whether it is relevant to your business or workplace. The online forum will enable members to discuss the book between meetings and assist to keep readers motivated.

“We are confident that everyone can read more if they belong to a Business Book Club,” says Anna Kurtisa of The Mill Enterprise Hub, “we are here to guide members through the world of business books and advise them on the most efficient reading practices, so that they can read at least 1 book a month even with a busy working schedule. It’s crucial that local entrepreneurs and startups stay informed of the latest ideas, and this will be  a fun and relaxed way to do so. The club is open to  anyone interested in business from students to startups and seasoned managers and owners”.

The 1-hour introductory session on Thursday, 18 October, gave the group a chance to discuss the format and time of future meetings and the process of monthly book-picking, as well as to learn more about effective reading practices. There is no cost to attend the meetings.

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On Thursday, 30 August, The Mill Enterprise Hub in Drogheda launched its official strategy, highlighting its ambitious Action Plan for 2018-2020. One of the priorities in the new strategy document is to encourage highly-skilled locals who are commuting to Dublin to avail of the supports and entrepreneurial community spirit at The Mill to create new startups.

30/08/2018 – Alan Costello, Chairman of The Mill Enterprise Centre, speaking at the Strategy Launch.

According to Breanndán Casey, Manager of The Mill “The 2016 census shows that up to 33% of the local population are commuting daily to Dublin, often up to three hours per day. This is an incredible waste of energy, and The Mill is here to support those individuals who have the skills and desire to work for themselves and create a scalable high-value business”
The overall focus of the new strategy plan is to increase their role in economic development in the NorthEast & nationally. The plans include attracting ambitious startups with international potential, developing an accelerator programme, and to continue to create new innovative initiatives such as the M1 Payments Corridor programme which is developing the NorthEast as a Fintech Hub. The Mill will also continue to strengthen its existing relationship with regional economic development support agencies including Enterprise Ireland, DKIT, DCU, and the Louth and Meath Local Enterprise office.

30/08/2018 – The Board of The Mill Enterprise Centre with Dr. Michael Mulvey (centre back), President of DkIT at the Strategy Launch.

Dr.Michael Mulvey, President of DKIT, officially launched the Strategy Plan “DKIT is a long-time supporter and Board member of The Mill. This plan recognises that we need to further develop the NorthEast as a standalone economic zone whilst capitalising on our proximity to Dublin and Belfast, and on the large highly-skilled population within our region”.
The Mill opened its doors to start-ups in 2014 and has since become the main Hub for the accelerated creation & growth of healthy new enterprises in the South Louth, East Meath and wider Drogheda area region. It currently houses 31 companies ranging from startups to emergent FDIs who currently employ 83 employees.

30/08/2018 – at the launch of The Mill Enterprise Centre’s strategy launch are (from left) Manager Breanndan Casey, the President of DkIT, Dr. Michael Mulvey, Co-Chairpersons of The Mill, Gail McEvoy and Alan Costello.

2017 saw the opening of a 750m2 extension of The Mill which was the culmination of a ten-year project that successfully merged the best of public and private support for entrepreneurs. Louth County Council were instrumental in getting the project off the ground, and Louth LEO, Leader, and Enterprise Ireland contributed to start-up costs. Critically, The Mill were supported by Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, and local businesses who contributed circa €350,000 in philanthropic donations to the project.

30/08/2018 – Dr. Michael Mulvey, President of DkIT speaking at the Strategy Launch.

The Mill offers an integrated mix of space, mentoring, learning, group dynamics and supported ‘ambition’. The Mill is determined to capitalise on their success to date by continuing to develop innovative projects such as the M1 Payments Corridor, Illuminate, Drogheda Young Innovators, and by encouraging the development of networks and support structures for small businesses. The Mill also played a key role in starting the new ‘M1 Drogheda Chamber’ Skillnet which offers local subsidised training to SMEs across all sectors along the M1 region.

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The Mill Enterprise Hub is opening its doors during Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil 2018 to offer hotdesks for those wishing to work remotely, at a discounted daily rate of €10 during the Fleadh week of 12th August to 19th August. This will particularly suit locals who normally commute to Dublin but wish to have extra time to access the full programme of musical and cultural activities during Fleadh Cheoil. It will also be ideal for visitors to Drogheda that need short-term access to a high-tech co-working space including teleconference facilities.

According to Breanndán Casey, Business Development Manager of The Mill “The Fleadh hotdesk offer is a great opportunity to experience our friendly and supportive entrepreneurial community, network with local business owners over a cup of coffee, avoid the normal commute to Dublin, and enjoy our facilities, all within walking distance of the town centre and all it has to offer during Fleadh Cheoil. Drogheda and surrounding region has the highest commuter traffic in Ireland – we hope this experience will convince local entrepreneurs and nascent entrepreneurs that The Mill and Drogheda can offer all the supports needed to start and grow an International business, and help to build a self-sustainable regional economy”

The Mill is one of Ireland’s leading Enterprise Hubs and currently hosts over 30 startups and expanding businesses. The facilities include hotdesks, offices, high-speed internet, meeting and conference rooms, phonebooths, showers, roof-garden, disabled access, and a modern kitchen with free nespresso. The Mill prides itself on working with the local community and is the official Enterprise partner for Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil which expects over 400,000 visitors during the course of the week.

The Mill is proud to be the point of contact between local entrepreneurs and various startup communities, such as Louth Local Enterprise Office, Drogheda Chamber of Commerce, and local educational institutions such as DKIT and DIFE. In June 2018 Drogheda Institute of Further Education (DIFE) and The Mill Enterprise Hub teamed up to support two students who are passionate about developing a business idea. The students won three months free hotdesk at The Mill and additional mentoring support by completing a short application outlining their potential business. One of the winners, Michal Janik, founder of Sylwester Productions, a local photo and video company, has already teamed up with various Millers to film and edit corporate videos and podcasts on site. Michal commented “Winning the hotdesk has been fantastic and has given me the momentum to really work on my business. I love interacting with other Millers, and the enthusiasm and atmosphere at The Mill is inspiring as I work on my first business plan”.

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The Mill was one of five Enterprise Hubs to benefit from SIRO’s 1GB internet connection in 2017 and have also partnered with SIRO on a competition to offer a free hotdesk during August.

Please visit https://bit.ly/2vgaRvj to book the discounted hotdesks for Fleadh Cheoil week.

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Source: Drogheda Life

On Friday, 29 June 2018, Minister for Business, Enterprise, and Innovation Heather Humphries was accompanied on her visit to Drogheda by Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD and Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD all of whom took the opportunity to chat with representatives of the various start-up companies based at the Mill.

 

Minister Humphreys seemed particularly taken by a Digipool a smart pool table developed by local games company Nebula Innovations who are based at the Mill. “There’s nothing like this in the Dáil Bar” she quipped.

It wasn’t all fun and games though, their discussions focused on regional investment, such as the €60m Regional Enterprise Development Fund, which backs initiatives that are led from the regions, and how businesses are responding to and preparing for Brexit.

“The Government is focused on ensuring that the business sector is prepared and resilient to face the challenges of Brexit and that we sustain the important progress made in developing the island economy”, Minister Breen said.

“In addition, the DTI Fund will ensure that Ireland continues to be a digital hotspot and that we stay at the forefront in exciting new areas such as Artificial Intelligence, advanced manufacturing and the bio-economy”, he added.

Turning to the new report by her Department on Project Ireland 2040, Project 2040: Investing in Business, Enterprise and Innovation 2018 – 2027 Minister Humphreys concluded:

“Project Ireland 2040 recognises that economic and social progress go hand in hand and are the engines that drive our economy. Through my Department’s investments outlined today, businesses and communities, wherever they may be, now have the platform to build on their own unique strengths and be part of a dynamic and exciting modern Ireland.”

 

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TRAINER: DCM Learning
DATE: Monday July 30th 2018
TIME: 9am – 4.30pm
VENUE: The Mill Enterprise, New Road Link, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth
COST: Non-Members €120/Members €96
PARKING: FREE Car Parking On Site
Overview
SUITABLE FOR
Anyone with a basic knowledge of Excel who has a laptop available to bring to the training course

COURSE OVERVIEW
This course is designed for learners who have used Excel before and want to expand their knowledge, improving

formatting, organising data, highlighting key information and creating formulas/links between sheets. The course will introduce new concepts for sorting data, and building conditional formulae. If you think you know Excel, this course will show you what you’ve been missing. Learners will leave feeling a new confidence in their Excel expertise and ready to take on new challenges with data. During the training session, each learner will work through exercises and practice using the various Excel features covered during the course.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the session you will be able to:
• Quickly summarise multiple sheets of data into one
• Turn long lists and reports into easy to read tables
• Formulas to check whether cells pass or fail your rules
• Create links between cells so that they all update automatically
• Highlight targets, trends, duplicates and errors with Conditional Formatting
• Formatting and layout consistency by saving as a Template

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COURSE CONTENT:
TOPIC 1: WORKING WITH LARGE SHEETS
• Hiding Rows and Columns
• Worksheet Panes
• Grouping and Ungrouping
• Naming Ranges

TOPIC 2: WORKING WITH DATA LISTS
• Sorting Lists
• Forms in Excel
• Filtering Lists
• Custom Filters
• Setting up lists
TOPIC 3: REPORTING
• Summary Reports – Sub Totaling Data
• Multiple Subtotals & Removing Subtotal
• Summary Report Outlining

TOPIC 4: DATA ANALYSIS
• Analysing Data with Pivot Tables
• Creating & Modifying a Pivot Table
• Changing Pivot, Table Summary and Functions

TOPIC 5: PROBLEM SOLVING
• Goal Seek
• The Scenario Manager
• Scenario Summaries
• IF Functions and Nested Ifs

Overview
TRAINER PROFILE
Founded in Dublin, DCM Learning is fast becoming recognised as a leading training organisation. The organisation works closely with industry to define the skills and qualifications required to thrive. Our courses are taught by expert practitioners.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT
To register for this Event email M1skillnet@droghedachamber.com and we can invoice you and you may pay by card or eft alternatively go to this link on Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/microsoft-excel-intermediate-course-tickets-47305813963

TRAINER: Elite Food Solutions
DATE: Tuesday July 24th 2018
TIME: 9.30am – 4.30pm
VENUE: The Mill Enterprise, New Road Link, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth
COST: Non-Members €150/Members €120
PARKING: FREE Car Parking On Site
Overview
SUITABLE FOR
Any staff members involved in a food or feed manufacturing operations, the group will gain valuable insights from throughout the multi-disciplinary team such as : purchasing, manufacturing, quality/technical function, operations, etc.
Attendees must have a basic understanding of HACCP or similar risk management procedures, crisis management and business continuity management principles and have effective procedures in place.

COURSE OVERVIEW
Remember the Shocking Horse Meat Scandal of 2013?
Are you confident that your Food Business is airtight and free from threat?
Food Fraud, Disgruntled Employees, Site Security, Background Checks, Suppliers are some of the considerations food companies need to take very seriously to ensure the quality of their product and the reputation of their business and their brand.

Since the publication of the PAS 96-Version 3 Standard, Food defence, bio-vigilance and bioterrorism have become a topic of debate and concern for many food/feed operators. PAS 96 (Defending Food and Drink), is the recognised publicly available standard which advises Operators how to construct and implement the necessary controls to assure its customers that their products are safe and secure.

PAS 96 focuses on the threats to a food/feed business from ideologically motivated groups, economically motivated fraud, criminals or individuals with a grudge who may wish to damage an organisation. PAS 96 provides broad guidelines via its 15 step process to operators which should help them assess and reduce the risk to their individual business and to mitigate the consequences of an attack. The risk is different for different businesses, operations and products. It is therefore implied that different risk assessments will result in different action plans proportionate to an individual situation.

The TACCP (Threat Assessment Critical Control Point) and VACCP (Vulnerability) study should be then integrated into the existing Food/Feed Safety management System via the prerequisite programme using the templates provided thus ensuring product safety and integrity.
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COURSE CONTENT
 Course Introduction
 PAS 220, ISO 22002:2009
 15th PRP, Bio-vigilance, Biodefence, Bioterrorism
 PAS 96:2014- Introduction and review
 Terms and Definitions
 HACCP versus TACCP versus VACCP outlining the key differences, etc
 Upstream/Midstream/Downstream Supply chain
 Case study example of malicious attack
 Group exercise focusing on different aspects of your business, e.g. purchasing step, manufacturing, storage, dispatch etc
 Threat Categorisation
 Threat Assessment Critical Control Point ‘TACCP’
 Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Point, ‘VACCP’
 Contingency planning and recovery from attack

CERTIFICATION
Exam necessary to gain Accreditation

TRAINER PROFILE
 Anthony Gregory (BSc) is the Principal Director of Elite Food Solutions and has over 15 years food manufacturing experience including both high & low risk food environments.
 Degree in Food Science & Food Technology (Product Development).
 Recently completed the HACCP Fetac Level 6 & BRC Global Food Safety Standards course.
 Assisting the Department of Agriculture on queries relating to quality of global honeys
 Experience in NPD, auditing, quality (ISO & BRC),risk management & Food safety + HACCP training.
 Travelled to Australia, Canada, the US, Turkey, France and the UK to validate potential supplier’s procedures & practices through auditing and report writing.
 Currently working as a food mentor for The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) formerly The County Enterprise Board in both Co. Cavan and Co. Louth.
 Currently working as a food mentor for several Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’s) including Co.Louth & Co.Cavan.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT
To register for this Event email M1skillnet@droghedachamber.com and we can invoice you and you may pay by card or eft alternatively go to this link on Eventbritehttps://www.eventbrite.ie/e/taccp-tickets-47309296379

TRAINER: DCM Learning
DATE: July 23rd 2018
TIME: 9am – 4.30pm
VENUE: The Mill Enterprise, New Road Link, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth
COST: Non-Members €120/Members €96

SUITABLE FOR
Any person who is in a sales role who wants to learn how to close that sale simply and effectively .

COURSE OVERVIEW
This course covers the key steps in a robust sales process including – sales planning, identifying and qualifying opportunities, rapport building, the sales pitch, overcoming objections and advanced closing techniques to ensure the sales team are delivering a clear, consistent and compelling sales message. At the end of the course each learner will understand the sales process, the different kinds of customers and how to close each sale in using the best method.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the course each learner will have:
• Understand the importance of thorough planning and preparation
• Take a best-practice approach to the sales process and develop a process that works
• Better identify opportunities and maximize them
• Understand different kinds of customers and how to handle them
• Use their influencing skills to control and guide meetings/calls with customers
• Have more confidence dealing with difficult situations and deadlock
• Have a personal action plan to apply learning back on the job

COURSE CONTENT
TOPIC 1: UNDERSTANDING SALES
• The importance of the sales function with your organisation
• What does a good sales person look like? Banishing stereo-types
• What criteria do our clients use to make a decision?
• What sets us apart from our competition?
TOPIC 2: SELLING SKILLS
• Key Account Management
• Rapport building – developing long term relationships
• Asking high-value questions
• Active listening skills
• Handling Objections – the most common objections and how to handle them
TOPIC 3: THE SALES PROCESS
• Sales Planning – generating and qualifying your leads
• Understanding your customer and adapting your sales pitch to suit
• Planning your sales calls and follow-ups
• Presenting your sale – getting your point across without the waffle;
• Knowing when and how to close the sale
• Collecting payment after the sale is made
• The after sales service – managing account expansion; up-selling & cross-selling
TOPIC 4: PERSONAL ACTION PLAN
• Recognising areas you need to work on and developing your personal action plan

Overview
TRAINER PROFILE
Founded in Dublin, DCM Learning is fast becoming recognised as a leading training organisation. The organisation works closely with industry to define the skills and qualifications required to thrive. Our courses are taught by expert practitioners.

TO REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT
To register for this Event email M1skillnet@droghedachamber.com and we can invoice you and you may pay by card or eft alternatively go to this link on Eventbrite
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/effective-sales-training-tickets-47293278469

We are hosting another joint Refresh Boyne/ M1 Payments Corridor event in The Mill in June and are delighted to have Conor Nolan as a guest speaker on the night. Conor is  24 year-old psychology graduate from Termonfeckin, Co.Louth, with a background in start-ups.

Blockchain stands to revolutionise communication and transaction recordation, in his Refresh Boyne talk Conor is going to discuss how using blockchain technologies helps in building trust between strangers and enabling increased provenance, transparency and privacy, and will highlight other opportunities of blockchain for various industries.

– Web Summit Speaker

– Sunday Independent’s Top 30 Under 30

– Business Development Manager of Kontainers, an enterprise software company building bespoke platforms for the biggest brands in shipping and launching a new product soon that will democratize the software for every freight forwarder in the world.

By providing rates, schedules and booking in a one-stop online package, Kontainers is trying to do to shipping what Expedia and Skyscanner have done to flying and travel: cut out the existing middlemen and install its website in their place. “We’ve digitised the entire process,” says Charles Lee, the co-founder of Kontainers. “You come on to our site, you type in your pickup location and destination and it gives you a quote in seconds.”

– Partnerships Manager in Blocknubie, an emerging, open-source platform that acts as a bridge between off-chain organizations, start-ups and the blockchain ecosystem.

Blocknubie simplifies and automates the startup process. It builds a highly personalised and structured roadmap based on each unique blockchain concept, location, market data and timeframes. This roadmap will utilise advanced artificial intelligence to map a path to success.and allows entrepreneurs to simulate their ideas in a sandbox to rapidly validate and prototype their ideas.

Refresh Boyne is a community of designers and developers working to refresh the creative, technical, and professional culture of the New Media industry in the Boyne region. Refresh Boyne hold events that promote design, technology, usability and standards and is part of, and inspired, by the Refreshing Cities movement.

 

Refreshments kindly sponsored by Amphenol TCS.

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Time: 19:30 – 21:00

Venue: The Mill Enterprise Hub

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2lffnWB 

 

On Friday, 11th May, the Drogheda Young Innovators (DYI) Competition Final for secondary school students took place at Coca-Cola International Services offices in Southgate Shopping Centre. Twenty shortlisted projects from the original 44 applications, were reviewed in detail by the judges from Coca-Cola International Services, State Street, Fitz Scientific, The Mill Enterprise Hub, and Bricks4Kidz Louth. The overall winners were George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins, students at Drogheda Grammar School, who impressed judges with their social enterprise project, “Storyboard”.

The overall winners of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards 2018, Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School, with their Business teacher Alma Carney. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Storyboards was created by George and Hugo as learning tools used to help people with autism deal with anxiety in everyday life.  They list out the exact steps that are taken when performing everyday tasks or going to new places e.g. going to the barbers. These are currently freely available in the Arc cinema, Southgate Barbers, Drogheda Leisure Park, and in a few other places in Drogheda.

Prizes were also awarded in each of the three categories (Science/Technology, Business, and Social Enterprise) for both individual and team entries. This is the fifth year of the awards which focus on all aspects of Innovation, and has become an integral part of the local school curriculum.

According to Breanndán Casey, BDM of The Mill Enterprise, “This competition has gone from strength to strength each year, and with 44 applications, it’s fair to say that Innovation is alive and well in Drogheda. We work with our partners State Street, Coca-Cola International Services, East Coast Bakehouse, Bricks4Kidz, and Fitz Scientific to visit all nine schools in the region to highlight the innovation that is currently occurring locally, and to ensure that students have an opportunity to flex their creative muscles”.

Alison Cowzer of East Coast Biscuits speaking at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

Alison Cowzer of East Coat Bakehouse was one of the judges, and commented “I am extremely impressed by the innovation on display today across all three categories, and some of the applicants would not be out of place on Dragons’ Den. Based on the level of innovation displayed, Drogheda’s future is very bright”.  Alison also told the students to put aside the question of what they want to be in the future, and focus on what they enjoy doing and what they are good at – by doing so, they will truly excel in their future careers and entrepreneurial endeavours.

Organised by a voluntary group of local business people, teachers, and The Mill Enterprise Hub, the competition challenges Drogheda’s students to think about an innovating career in science, social enterprise, or business.

The 2018 winners who received their certificates and cash prizes included:

  • “Storyboard” – Overall winner of DYI 2018, Drogheda Grammar School (George O’Carroll, Hugo Collins)
Lisa Duffy and Karen Lynch from State Street with the Drogheda Young Innovators winners of 2018 George O’Carroll and Hugo Collins
  • “Makes Cents Prepaid Card” – Business Group Category, Sacred Heart
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School reeive an award from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Handii”– Business Group Category, St Mary’s Diocesan School
Peter Toohey (left), Dotun Fatoki and Thomas Metcalfe of St. Mary’s Diocesan School receive the award in the Business Grioup category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific for their project on a contactless payments device called Handii. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Ovea Soap” – Business Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills receive the award in the business category of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards for their project Ovea Soap from Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. Photo: Andy Spearman
  • “Get a girl through a day” – Social Enterprise Group Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills
Ciara Clarke and Anna Brodigan from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project, “Get a Girl Through Her Day – Tompack” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
  • “Hele-Shaw Cell Experiment” – Science Individual Category, Our Lady’s College, Greenhills (Sorcha McGeown).
Sorcha McGeown from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with her project “A Hele-Shaw Experiment” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

The TY students at Drogheda Grammar School will also receive a workshop from Bricks4Kidz, focusing on STEM using LEGO as a fun and practical way of learning.

“It was great to have the diverse range of ideas this year, and more importantly, to see how the students have worked on their ideas over the past three months”, said Anna Keller of Coca-Cola International Services, “We also had 80 students attend a Workshop at The Mill in April which gave students an opportunity to work on their projects and receive real feedback from students and judges”.

“We expect at least 1 in 10 of Drogheda’s students will be running their own business when they finish education” says Geoff Fitzpatrick of Fitz Scientific. He continued “The applicants have already displayed great initiative and innovation, and the DYI project gives them a fantastic opportunity to work on ideas and interact with like-minded students and entrepreneurs.”

Kelly Traynor Murphy (left) and Sarah Mannion of Ballymakenny College whose project SAFE was in the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Annie Byrne (left) and Ailish Carroll from Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer, pictured at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project AA Éadaí. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Reece Mullen, Adam Brady, Oran Kinch and Martin Finnegan from St. Mary’s Diocesan School with their project “Electrolock” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards Photo: Andy Spearman.
Dominyka Rimkute of Ballymakenny College at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with her project B&D Candles. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Temi Adeoti (left) and Harriette Flynn of Scared Heart School with their project “Spa-Licious” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Conor Maguire (left) and Barry Johnson of Scoil Uí Mhuire, Dunleer with their project “Bits and Bobs” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards.
Robert Keogh (left) and Danila Kolesnik of St. Joseph’s CBS with their “Emergency Locator” project at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
09 – Olivia Butler (left) and Victoria Fabijaniak from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills with their project Ovea Soap at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Luisa Woods, Leah Keogh and Eva Barnett of Sacred Heart School with their project “Make Cents” at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Hugo Collins (left) and George O’Carroll of Drogheda Grammar School whose project “Storyboard” won the top prize at the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.
St. Mary’s Diocesan School boys (from left) Seb Lennon, Calum Agnew, Ryan Lannon, Sam Victory, Liam Murphy and James Ospanov at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Face Valu”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sean Savage, Scott Brady and Nathan Campbell of St. Mary’s Diocesan School at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards with their project “Block chains in the Housing Market”. Photo: Andy Spearman.
Sacred Heart girls Rachel Callan, Shauna Murphy, Geena Gray and Eva Loftus with their project “Achieve” which is a multi-sports handbook, at the finals of the Drogheda Young Innovator Awards. Photo: Andy Spearman.

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