A transition year student from Gaelcholaiste Luimni will bid to become the Irish student enterprise champion after winning the top enterprise award here.

Jenny Mullins, who hails from the North Circular Road, has invested her own time and money in beauty courses to prepare her for a life in business.

Her company, Nails by Jenny, came about when she saw there was a growing trend for manicures, and particularly gel nails among her peers.

The resulting sales proved her right, and her success – and her business plan – inspired the judges, including UL entrepreneurism lecturer Dr Briga Hynes and Burga Fullam of the City Enterprise Board.

Gaelcholaiste Luimni principal Donnacha O’Treasaigh said the school is “thrilled” at Jenny’s effort.
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“It was an outstanding project, and it is great to win the award at senior level, as we have won it in the junior category for many years,” he said.

Asked what made her stand out, he said: “Her personality is superb. She is very engaging, and makes a wonderful impression on those who speak to her.”

Jenny will now go forward and represent Limerick City at the national final on April 2 in Croke Park.

In preparation for this, Mr O’Treasaigh said she is consulting with some of the business teachers in the school who have supervised students in previous national enterprise entries.