The 5th and 6th class pupils at Scoil Bhríde, Rathcormac have been busy bees over the past few months creating their product to submit to the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, with hopes of qualifying for the National Showcase in the RDS, Dublin in May. 

The pupils began brainstorming ideas back in October and with some solid advice from local businessman David Ryan, the pupils soon decided on a product which would be easy to develop and which would make a good profit, which they decided to donate to Down Syndrome Ireland. 

With World Down Syndrome Day (March 21st) and the ‘odd socks’ campaign in mind, the pupils began creating tie-dye socks in the classroom. 

They then started selling the socks in packs of three, so that any buyer would have the option to wear ‘odd socks’ on Thursday, March 21st. 

The pupils sold the products in their own school as well as in Castlelyons National School, making a handsome profit and will be donating as much as they can to Down Syndrome Ireland. 


All that’s left to do is to submit their report to the Junior Entrepreneur Programme next week with hopes of being selected to bring their product to the national showcase in the RDS, where 3,000 students will be in attendance. 

Class teacher Mr Forde told The Avondhu this week that the students have benefited greatly from the project. 

“They got the chance to do things that they don’t usually get to experience through the curriculum like marketing, selling, performing in front of people and using maths in real life to calculate and estimate the finances.”

The pupils will be doing a walk through the village on this Thursday for World Down Syndrome Day and they will be wearing the socks they made themselves. 

Well done to all!