Charlotte’s hurley stand is a handy prizewinner

    Pictured with Charlotte Balfe (centre), Waterford Student Enterprise County Winner, from Ard Scoil na Mara, in Tramore, is teacher Maria Malone (left) and Jacqui Gaule, Local Enterprise Office Waterford. Photo by Colin Shanahan - DigiCol Photography (c) 2022 -

    AN enterprising young Tramore student was announced as the winner at the Local Enterprise Office’s Student Enterprise Programme Virtual Awards, with her innovative design for hurley stands.

    Charlotte Balfe, from Ard Scoil na Mara, is the founder of Handy Hurleys, a convenient and cost-effective way to store hurleys in the home or club.

    “The idea was to make hurley stands that would be convenient and easy to use whilst not being bulky and in the way,” said Charlotte.

    there are so many hurleys in my house

    “I came up with the idea because I have played camogie my whole life and so have the rest of my family, therefore there are so many hurleys in my house.

    “I tried to find a hurley stand that could hold all our hurleys without being bulky. I just couldn’t find one, so I decided to make my own. That’s how Handy Hurleys was born,” she added.

    The students all took part in the Waterford Final earlier in March, which was held virtually and streamed live on the Local Enterprise Office’s Facebook page.

    An estimated 900 students from 11 schools in Waterford took part in the annual programme this academic year. Charlotte will now be competing against other student entrepreneurs in the Student Enterprise Programme National Final, on May 18th.


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