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Enterprising Bunch: Ardee CS TY’s to host Trade Fair

Students working at last year's TY Fair held by Ardee Community School. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

Ardee Community School’s Transition Year students hold their annual TY Trade Fair in Ardee tomorrow (Wednesday December 12th) and locals are invited to come and see what the students have to offer – they might even have some great inexpensive Christmas gift ideas!

The Trade Fair takes place in Ardee Parish Centre from 9.30am until 2.30pm and all members of the public are asked to please pop over to Hale Street and support the students’ efforts generously. There’ll be a huge selection of great gifts for Xmas, at reasonable prices. There will be around 16 stalls exhibiting and selling on the day – so it’s well worth checking out!


There are a whole host of mini-companies that the students have come up with, making products including homemade dog beds (Tyred Dogs), personalised frames (Fab Frames), christmas hampers (Home for Christmas) and milkshakes too. A number of students have already got some good practice in for Wednesday’s TY Fair, taking out stalls at Sunday’s Christmas Craft and Food Fair in Ardee.

Transition Year is a one year school based programme between Junior and Senior Cycle. It is designed to act as a bridge between the two by facilitating the smooth transition from the more dependant learning of the Junior Cycle to the more independent self-directed learning required for the Senior Cycle.

Over the last few years, TY pupils from Ardee have showcased a real creativity and enterprise in developing, designing and launching their products and mini-companies, so it will be well worth checking out their Trade Fair on Wednesday. It runs from 9.30am to 2.30pm – so be sure to pencil it in.

In March this year, one group of TY students from Ardee Community School came away with a prize for Best Display Stand at the Louth Student Enterprise Awards at the Carrickdale Hotel in Dundalk. The group –  Grace Duffy, Tara McGuinness, Gemma Murphy and Eoghan McCabe – won for their business, ‘The Photobooth Company.’

Other TY mini-companies from 2016 included‘Cute as a Button’ who made homemade gifts and crafts, ‘Positivi-tees’ who made positive mental health packs and ‘Ardee Hey’ tshirts (they also donated their profits to SOSAD) and ‘AmClár who made timetable keyrings for first year students

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