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Calmast wins Spirit of Enterprise Award

Calmast was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Enterprise Michael Dee Award" at a ceremony in Waterford on Thursday 12th May. The organisers described Calmast as "An organisation which encourages a greater interest among students in maths, science and technology [and] are the worthy recipients of a major enterprise development" Read full press release from organisers -
Calmast wins Spirit of Enterprise Award

Pictured are Michael Maddock (Spirit of Enterprise Committee & South East Business & Innovation Centre ), Beth O'Donoghue (Calmast), Eoin Dee (Son of Michael Dee) & Eoin Gill (Director of Calmast holding trophy)

An organisation which encourages a greater interest among students in maths, science and technology are the worthy recipients of a major enterprise development

 

Calmast, the Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology set up by Dr. Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill in 2003, was presented with the ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Michael Dee Award for 2011 at an awards ceremony this evening (May 12th).

Named after the late Enterprise Ireland executive, Michael Dee, the ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Award was open to individuals, organisations and companies, who have furthered economic or social development across the South-East region.

Ten nominees in total were shortlisted for the award, which is organised by the Steering Group of the South-East region’s ‘Spirit of Enterprise’ Forum. Representatives from the South-East Regional Authority, the South-East Business and Innovation Centre, the local County and City Enterprise Boards, the Institute of Technology in Carlow and the Waterford Institute of Technology are all members of the Steering Group.

One of the directors of Calmast, Eoin Gill, was presented with the award by Eoin Dee on behalf of the Michael Dee family, Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive of Forfás and Michael Maddock from the Forum’s Steering Group.
Michael Maddock congratulated Calmast at the ceremony, saying: “Through their various initiatives and events, Calmast are helping to foster long-term key skills in mathematics, science and technology in our schools and colleges across the South-East.These important skills will be a key cornerstone to economic and social development in the years to come.”
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Pictured are Michael Maddock (Spirit of Enterprise Committee & South East Business & Innovation Centre ), Beth O'Donoghue (Calmast), Eoin Dee (Son of Michael Dee) & Eoin Gill (Director of Calmast holding trophy).


The judging panel for this year’s awards included the President of N.U.I Maynooth, Professor Tom Collins, Joe Greaney, the CEO of WestBIC and President of the European BIC Network and Margaret Ryan, a Development Manager with Enterprise Ireland. The judges felt that Calmast deserved recognition for the role they play in highlighting the critical importance of mathematics, science and technology across schools and colleges, agreeing that their path-finding contribution is one which could, and should, be replicated by higher education institutions throughout the country.

 

Other high calibre nominees this year included Des Whelan from WLR FM and the Tall Ships Races organising committee, Dr. Willie Donnelly, the Head of Research and Innovation at W.I.T., Robert Leslie from Global Business Register in Waterford, Sam McCauley, founder of the pharmacy chain, Brendan Ennis from Innovation Wexford and the Wexford Enterprise Centre, Blaise Brosnan from the Management Resource Institute in Wexford, Clonmel Chamber in Tipperary, the South Tipperary Women in Business Network and St. Canice’s Kilkenny Credit Union.

The ‘Spirit of Enterprise Michael Dee’ Awards ceremony took place at the Tower Hotel in Waterford, at the end of ‘Ireland and Wales Working Together’ conference, which is organised by the Sustainable Learning Networks in Ireland and Wales (SLNIW).