Making lips weather-proof and saving soles (on boots) is not a problem for these students

By Echo Reporter

OVER 750 students from 19 local schools continue to showcase their entrepreneurial spirit in the lead-up to the South Dublin County finals of the annual Student Enterprise Awards competition.

St Joseph’s College in Lucan held its Student Enterprise School Final last Thursday, February 4 with Úir National Lip Products being named the overall school winner on the night.

St Josephs Lucan

Grace Kenny and Ailbhe Lawlor, who developed Úir Natural Lip Products, told The Echo: “The Úir business produce and sell natural homemade lip balms. They contain just three natural ingredients which nourish and care for our customers lips.

“The idea for our business came about after our team decided we wanted to explore the skincare sector with our business. My business partner and I wanted to create a range that we ourselves would be able to use.

“In Ireland it is not unusual to get cold temperatures throughout the year, and because of this Irish people’s lips can often be chapped or dry. As our lip balms are not harsh on the skin, they improve the condition of dry lips.”

Another project that took part in the competition was Sole Savers, a product that helps with cleaning football boots through the use of a thin, adhesive, plastic strip that can be removed after play.

Sole Savers told The Echo: “We have created and produced a new product, a ‘Sole Saver’, that is designed to make cleaning your football boots an easier task.

“Sole Savers are made with a thin, adhesive, plastic strip. Sole Savers are so thin and flexible that they are virtually undetectable on the football boot and will not affect how you play.

“In the coming months, we hope to develop Sole Savers so they are reusable. We also hope to make Sole Savers that can be applied to golf shoes and running spikes.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the Student Enterprise Awards so far as it has been a completely unique experience to set up a business and make what was just an idea in the beginning come to life.”

This year’s South Dublin County finals of the Student Enterprise Awards will take place in IT Tallaght on March 4, with the winners going on to represent South Dublin at the national competition.

 

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