“Gum Pouch Productions” is the latest innovative idea from Colaiste Ris Transition year who successfully won the Louth County Enterprise awards and will represent Louth in the National Final in Croke park on Wednesday 17th April.
The winning Company consists of Students Jason Mc Carragher, Patrick Larney and Conor Duffy who developed the concept of producing a pouch to store a Gumshield in GAA and Hurling shorts.
Following the GAA’s Annual congress in April 2012, a new rule was enacted that made it mandatory to use a Gumshield in all Gaelic football matches and training sessions from January 1st 2013 for age grades up to and including minor and at adult level from January 1st 2014.
The students innovatively developed the concept of inserting a pouch in GAA shorts where the gum shield could be stored Hygenically. Following extensive research they identified their niche market and started production immediately.
With the help of Dundalk Credit union the students received funding to establish a website firstname.lastname@example.org which will allow them to sell their product nationally online with the fee payable through Pay Pal. They also use social networking sites such as Facebook(Gum Pouch Productions)and Twitter(@Gum_Pouch).
The company is working in conjunction with Celtic Gum shields, a local based company that is supplying “Custom Fit” gumshields to players who require Gumshields that are made to order.
Enterprise teachers MS Joanne Shevlin and Ms Breege Marie Dorrian spoke of the students determination and commitment to their company. “The boys have worked extremely hard and are an absolute credit to their parents and their school. It is most fitting that the National final is on in Croke park which is the head quarters of their main target market and we wish the boys the very best of luck in the competition and with their Business venture in the future. They are truly remarkable students”
All purchases can be made on line from www.gumpouchproductions.com or on facebook or twitter. There will also be a 10% discount available for custom fit gumshields with Celtic Gumshields with every purchase from gum pouch productions