The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. Students get to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business. Students taking part attended workshops, received in-school talks from business mentors and got the opportunity to develop their business ideas.  


SHB Products

The four students in this group were – Jessica Dodd, Moyagh O Reilly, Eabha Garvey and Ilona McCarthy.

SHB Products had two products joined together to make the one business which is where we got the name SHB Products. The two products are Glossy Slime and Hobby Boxes. Glossy Slime is a unique and simple way to occupy young children, relief stress and help develop young children’s creative skills. Hobby Boxes are a unique and simple way to kick start a new hobby and a great gift to give anyone.

This group won an award for Special Prosecutor prise for Innovation.

Ace designs

The three students in this group were Asling Sankey, Clodagh Shields and Emily Mc Phillips – Sheridan.

The idea for their products came from wanting to use recycled goods to make something decorative.  The saw a gap in the market for hand crafted penholders and lanterns designs.

Protein Pops

The students in this group was Max Kelly and Oisin Raymond. 

Protein Pops are nutritious, delicious gluten free treat. Protein Pops is a great healthy snack to keep you going. The product comes in four unique varieties.  They are, Oates and Chocolate, Figs, Dates and Chocolate, Mint and Chocolate and finally Coconut and Chocolate. There is no protein powder in the product, only the natural protein from high quality oats, honey, figs and dates.  Protein pops are great for diets or school lunches and they won’t leave you feeling guilty as their packed full of delicious goodness.

This group came 2nd in the overall competition

Crafty Magnets

The four students in this group were – Ava McEvoy, Kate Gilbride, Lucia Lambe and Kate Kieran.

This group made fun magnets to hold reminders, timetables and important notes in student’s lockers or on your home refrigerator. They created magnets for all genders and all ages. Their magnets were handcraft to ensure us uniqueness and used recycled materials wherever possible.

This group won an award for use of Social Media to sell their product and advertise.

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This year Coláiste Dún an Rí had an impressive seven projects reach the finals of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, Ranking 10th out of 236 schools for entries this year.

The seven entries are:

Rural Roundabout Wreckage: A statistical investigation to examine and improve the current driving practices in my local area by Aimee Reilly.

Processed meat, not so neat (Overview of people’s knowledge on processed meats and health risks associated with processed meats) by Jessica Dodd.

An investigation into the high prevalence of millipedes and beetles in Dún an Rí Forest Park in Kingscourt Co.Cavan, and the reasons for their high prevalence in various habitats in this location by Ilona Mc Carty, Eabha Garvey and
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An investigative study into the prevalence of waste segregation, and the influential factors on segregating waste in Cavan/Monaghan Kelsey Buckland-Morris, Hana O'Connor, and Kayla Mahon

Stereotypical or not....A comparative investigation into deduction and logical reasoning upheld by those in urban and rural areas by Oisin Raymond.

Gypsum – where does it come from and how does it compare to other continental deposits by Alex O' Reilly, Cein O' Rourke and Max Kelly

Fight the Light (Statistical Analysis of rural men and their perception of SPF in the fight against skin cancer.)


On Friday all first years attended the exhibition were they met their fellow classmates and had a look at the various projects. Later that evening the awards ceremony took place.

Winning the first national award for Coláiste Dún an Rí, Aimee Reilly achieved 3rd place in her category while 4 of the other entries received "Highly Commended" Rosettes for their projects. This is a huge achievement for our school in its second year of establishment and is reward for the hard work of the students and dedication shown by our teachers within the school. 


This years entrants all set for the Exhibition at the RDS


Daisy, Holly and Maria with their teacher Ms. Kelly.


Jessica Dodd presents her project to Minister David Stanton.

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Fr. Gerry McCormack showing his support for students of Coláiste Dún an Rí.


TD. Brendan Smyth listening contently to Aimee Reilly as she explains her project on Rural Roundabout Wreckage.


TD Brendan Smyth and Cllr. Clifford Kelly enjoying the day out with students from Coláiste Dún an Rí.


Student Oisin Raymond pictured with TD Brendan Smyth and Cllr. Kelly.

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Students and their teachers pictured with their rosettes. 




As part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Programme and to celebrate National Engineering Week, all First Year students at Coláiste Dún an Rí will be given the opportunity to attend an Engineering and Technology workshop at the W5 Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast on Tuesday 27th February 2018.



This workshop develops teamwork and problem solving skills. Using K'Nex, pupils worked in small teams to design and construct a racing buggy. They then raced them against other groups.

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The students also had time to explore the 250 interactive exhibits which will enhance their understanding of STEM subjects.untitled 2

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A large crowd was in attendance for the first Enrolment Evening to take place in the recently opened new school building. Sixth and Fifth Class students from the local primary schools were invited to attend along with their parents on November 14th last. A crowd of over 400 people got a tour of the new school and got to meet students and staff and learn about various academic and extra-curricular areas that can be experienced in Coláiste Dún an Rí.

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Coláiste Dún an Rí Parents' Association would like to invite all parents of Coláiste Dún an Rí students and parents of students from our local primary schools to a Cyberbullying and Online Safety Workshop in Coláiste Dún an Rí on Monday 5 February at 7:30pm. 




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