By Elizabeth Lee
FOUR young business people from Tullow Community School have just scooped a national prize for best website at this year’s National Student Enterprise Awards in Croke Park, Dublin.
The four are Jamie Noctor, Oisin Nolan, Paul Barrett and Andi Dascalescu who set up Monarch Gymwear, their own brand of gym clothing.
The four friends are from Tullow and all share a passion for working out in Valhalla Gym and CrossFit in the town.
“Having our fingers on the pulse of this market, we decided to set up our own brand of gym clothing, which we named Monarch Gymwear.
We decided to call our business ‘Monarch’ in honour of the complete transformation that takes place between the earth-bound caterpillar
to the sky-bound Monarch butterfly,” they explained. “A Monarch is also a king or queen and we want our customers to be the kings and queens of their own transformation.”
The four teenage businessmen were inspired by a young entrepreneur in the UK named Ben Francis, who was only 17 when he merged his passion for the gym with technology by creating an online store to launch his own brand of gym clothing, which he called Gymshark.
As part of their entrepreneurial journey, Tullow boys set up their own company website, www.monarchgymwear.ie. The teens are
promoting and selling their gym clothing direct to customers.
The judges at the national final of the student enterprise awards were suitably impressed and awarded Monarch Gymwear the best website in the competition at the national final.
“We would like to say a big thanks to our enterprise teacher Brian Larkin, Rosie Dunne from Carlow Local Enterprise Office, Sam Ryall from DPD Carlow, our school secretary Patricia Nolan and so many more who supported us on our entrepreneurial journey so far this year. We have only just begun!” they said.