16 Nov


Inspire offers workshops that teach social entrepreneurship through learning by demonstration and participation. We guide students through the process of building our own social enterprise and generation of ideas that address a local community or school issue. With our program, your school can:

Empower students:

Social enterprise requires entrepreneurial skills and a community mindset. The INSPIRE Social Enterprise Schools Program builds the qualities, empowering students to see themselves as young innovators and change-makers who can make a difference in creative ways and possibly launch their own initiatives.

Benefits the community:

We encourage students to develop realistic social enterprise ideas they could launch themselves and we plan to connect students with opportunities to take their ideas further. This means the Schools Program may have direct benefits for issues in your school or local community. The school's competition is doing just that by connecting us.

Our Workshops:

Our offering incorporates four enterprise Managers from Enterprises of your choice that will guide students through the social enterprise process. We offer a strong foundation in social entrepreneurship and the scope to cultivate unique ideas and develop an understanding of Social issues and methods to address them by doing business on a human scale.

The initial program format is:

One 2.5hr visit to Tait House who has a cluster of 20 SE for you to choose from.

Introduction to Social Enterprise: This 2.5-hour workshop provides a concise orientation to the world of social entrepreneurship. We demonstrate social enterprise through a variety of examples and give students the opportunity to build and share social enterprise ideas that target problems. In 2019 we will be offering the opportunity for students to select an issue to address analyse its root causes, design a social enterprise solution and pitch this to their peers and school staff.

Tait House Inspire Social Enterprise Schools Programme pilots with CBS Sexton Street

The Tait House Inspire Social Enterprise Schools Programme which was piloted with Colaiste Nano Nagle in late 2017 was officially rolled out this week with CBS Sexton Street. The purpose of the programme is to teach students about what a social enterprise is and how they operate to benefit their local communities. The initiative was the brainchild of Tracey Lynch, CEO Tait House Community Enterprise after successfully running the Inspire conferences in UL in 2014, 2015 and 2016 which saw the likes of Bobby Kerr, Paul O Connell speak to over 600 students. It was compared by Richard Lynch of I love Limerick.

Tait House Community Enterprise has 160 employees with twenty social enterprises and is part of a large network of social entrepreneurs in Limerick The Inspire Social Enterprise Schools Programme is now expanded with a one to one opportunity for each school to have an on-site visit to meet four of the twenty social enterprises involved in the programme with enterprises that range from an escargot farm project, an Urban Co-operative, a company that retrofits houses to a steel supply company.

Each school gets to select four social enterprises from a menu of 20 so the process is engaging the students from the onset. The visit is for 2.5hrs and the social enterprise managers chat about the pros and cons and share their own experiences. These are local leaders from Limerick who sought to make a difference in their lives and the lives of the people living in their community. At the most recent Inspire – Social Enterprise Schools Programme, the Manager of Treaty Steel discussed how hard work and dedication saw him achieve a job as a yardman at 15 and be made the manager of a steel company at nineteen. He went on to successfully manage several well-known steel companies in the Limerick area before setting up the social enterprise, Treaty Steel, in 2017. Treaty Steel employs six people who were previously on the live register.  The Social Enterprise Schools Programme also provides opportunities with work experience and on the long-term job training.

Deirdre McMahon of The Urban Co-Op talked about how a group of people with the same social mission came together and set up a business, each providing €40 to get things up a running. The business is now on their fourth location due to their growing size and increase in demand. Initially, they began operating in July 2013 as a Buying Club, selling fruit and vegetables, bread and eggs. At present they have over 900 members and are quickly transitioning to a full-service retail grocery store. Their social mission is to sell wholesome food at affordable prices and they are operated by the community for the community.

Tracey is currently working with BNest, the first social enterprise incubator in Ireland and spoke at one of their recent community events. She believes this outreach within the community is an essential component of growth for any social enterprise saying, “A social enterprise is a business that inputs a social, cultural, community, economic and/or environmental outcomes into the heart of the business while also operating to generate revenue. The Inspire students will leave the programme with a more developed sense of social responsibility, and a better understanding of these rapidly growing organisations sprouting up all over Ireland. While there is currently no legal definition for Social Enterprise, it is pretty much-doing business on a human scale.”

The delivery of the Social Enterprise Schools Programme in CBS Sexton Street encompasses cross-curricular learning in a wide variety of subject areas, which include History, C.S.P.E, Business Studies, S.P.H.E, Agricultural Science and Food Science.

Students will also learn a little bit about Sir Peter Tait, as the programme is held in what used to be his personal music room at the Tait House Community Enterprise location on the Roxboro Road. Sir Peter Tait (1828-1890) is one of the most colorful, flamboyant and entrepreneurial figures ever to have held the office of Mayor of Limerick. He purchased a basket and went around the city selling goods, mainly shirts, to locals and sailors alike. In 1850 he rented rooms on Bedford Row and took on his first employees in order to increase his shirt production. Within three years he was advertising for 500 additional staff.

Kelly Fitzgerald, Community Employment Assistant Supervisor embraces active learning techniques to ensure an engaging day is in store for the students who visit.

Kelly adds, “There is a strong focus on stimulating the visual, auditory and kinesthetic sensory receivers of the students, to ensure active engagement in the programme. The use of I.T and social enterprise site visits, ensure a fun day out is had by all.”

Teacher Testimonial:

Mrs Quantrell - Coláiste Nano Nagle

"It was flawless from start to finish, the lunch, the IT, the videos, the quality of the presentations, the room, and the visit to The Urban Co-op. It was one of the most effective class trips I have ever taken, and we are so grateful to you all for putting together such a wonderful experience for our students." 

Ms. O’ SullivanColaiste Mhichíl C.B.S.

“Thank you for the great workshop. The lads loved it and told me it was very beneficial and interesting. Thanks again for everything.”

For More Information:

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Tait House Community Enterprise CLG (who deliver the Inspire - Social Enterprise Schools Programme in Limerick) in partnership with Friends of the Earth is running a competition to give one lucky school in LIMERICK the opportunity to have solar panels, designed and installed at their school in 2019 with a 90% grant. 

The winning school will receive solar electricity panels worth €10,000 designed and installed at their school and will then be able to power themselves with free renewable electricity generated right from their roof and make money from selling any extra energy that is generated outside of school hours (e.g. school holidays).


Tait House Community Enterprise and Friends of the Earth competition, see Limerick school win €10,000 in solar panel array

Limerick’s St Munchins College have been announced as a national winner of the Tait House Community Enterprise and Friend’s of the Earth Solar Schools Competition. The school were officially named as winner of competition at a ceremony held in the school yesterday, Monday, 21st January.

The Solar Schools competition recognizes schools who engage in activities focused on renewable energy and promoting climate change in their communities.

St Munchins College in Limerick, as one of only 5 winning schools in Ireland will now receive solar panels, designed and installed at their school in 2019. The panels, worth €10,000, will enable the school to power themselves with free renewable electricity generated right from their roof. 

Tracey Lynch, CEO of Tait House Community Enterprise says the St Munchins College entry to the Friends of the Earth Solar Schools demonstrated a real commitment to and understanding of promoting sustainable energy solutions among our younger population.

“I want to congratulate Sara McGreer and all the teachers and staff at St Munchin’s College for all their hard work and look forward to witnessing the very tangible results the school will see from their new solar panels.’

(L-R) Billy Kelly, Brendan Lane, Tait House, Mayor James Collins, Shea Collopy, David Quilter, Ned Moran, St Munchins College, Kate Ruddock, Friends of the Earth, Jack O'Halloran, St Munchins, Kelly Fitzgerald, Tait House, Sarah McGreer, and Lorraine Shield, St Munchins at St Munchin's College. Pic: Cian Reinhardt


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