Three IT Tralee students win All Ireland award

Three students from the Institute of Technology, Tralee have been named All Ireland winners at the Spark National Social Enterprise Awards. Three Social Care I.T. Tralee students have been crowned All Ireland winners at the Spark National Social Enterprise Awards. The third level colleges competition provides a platform and funding for innovative business start-up ideas in the social enterprise sector.Students Elaine Brew from Ballyduff as well as Mary Shanahan and Geraldine O’Mahoney from Lixnaw took the All Ireland title home to Kerry with an innovative business start-up idea for a restaurant and crèche training facility for refugee women, and those in direct provision. The students along with their lecturer mentors Pat McGarty, Catherine Moylan and Colm O’Doherty received the award from social justice campaigner Fr. Peter McVerry at a ceremony in Dublin. Elaine, Mary and Geraldine are pictured with Kerry Today presenter Jerry O'Sullivan.  The awards provide a platform and funding for innovative business start-up ideas. Elaine Brew from Ballyduff, Mary Shanahan and Geraldine O’Mahoney from Lixnaw developed an idea for a restaurant and crèche training facility for refugee women, and those in direct provision. The group and their mentors were presented with their award by social justice campaigner Fr Peter McVerry. Mary Shanahan explains more about the idea: [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/42411/medium/”]