Eoghan Tuttlebee, from Magh Ene Bundoran, with his business Tuttlewood made it to the finals of the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 this week.

Alana Gallagher from Ballyshannon Bundoran NYP also made it to the Best Innovation final with her business Gate Mate.

The duo competed against twelve hundred other young entrepreneurs in county and regional finals over the last year to make it to the finals with sixteen other competitors.

The Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018 were held Tuesday 15th May 2018, hosted by Foróige, the leading youth development organisation in Ireland, in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Kildare St., Dublin.

Eoghan’s business Tuttlewood creates beautiful cutting boards from larger companies’ offcut material. The company strives to support the environment and creates shavings for hamster cages and bark for flower beds from any waste materials.

Alana’s company Gate Mate is a lightweight portable gate, for use by farmers to make it easier for them to transfer animals from one field to another, or from a trailer to a field. Alana is from a farming background and came up with the idea while she was trying to move cattle with her dad.

Alana Gallagher at the finals of the Foróige Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 2018.

Rachel McPartlin, age 16 from Leitrim with the business Rachel’s Heavenly Homemades was named Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 for her company which produces gluten free goods.

Seán Campbell, CEO Foróige, said: “The Foróige NFTE Entrepreneurship Programme has multiple positive impacts on the young people who take part in it. Career aspirations increase; interest in attending college increases; business knowledge increases; leadership behaviour increases; and a belief that attaining goals is within their control significantly increases.

“Empowering young people is what Foróige does, and we are more than proud of everything the young people here today have achieved.

The companies represent Leitrim, Donegal, Sligo, Laois, Offaly, Dublin, Cork, Tipperary, Waterford and Westmeath.

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