Start-up companies established by Irish language schools' students were the joint winners of a prestigious Údarás na Gaeltachta competition.

The winners of the Donegal regional final of the Clár na gComhlachtaí will now represent the Ulster Gaeltacht at the national final in Galway.

The start-up companies were created by students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair and Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Béal an Átha Móir.

A spokesman said: "As many as five schools and 15 companies took part in the regional final and the companies ‘Stetsons agus Steps Ltd’ from Gairmscoil Chú Uladh and ‘Boue’ from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair will represent County Donegal at the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí national final on March 15.

"Stetson agus Steps Ltd produced a DVD to teach people how to jive and the Boue company produced face masks made from peat moss.

"Clár na gComhlachtaí is a hands-on business learning experience developed and delivered in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) and is taught by business volunteers through the Irish language to students in Gaeltacht regions.

"Three of the participating schools were also presented with special awards at the regional final. Coláiste na Carraige, received the judges special recognition award,  Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair triumphed in the ‘Innovation’ award category, while  Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada won the ‘Sales and Marketing’ award.

"Over 180 students from five schools took part in the Údarás na Gaeltachta Clár na gComhlachtaí programme in County Donegal this year.

"The programme provided students with numerous opportunities for the development and reinforcement of important business, academic and leadership skills, which will be invaluable to them in the future.

"While the winning enterprises will progress to the national final, the judges (Aisling Ní Fhearraigh; Christopher MacSuibhne from Údarás na Gaeltachta; and Ailís Bairéad from Donegal Airport) were thoroughly impressed with the innovative products and services on display and the entrepreneurial skills which were evident in all the teams."

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