Three young secondary school pupils from Co Donegal will feature in the Junior Dragons’ Den show that screens on Sunday night, May 5th at 9.30pm on RTE1.
Brothers Rónán, 16, and Conor Mc Garvey, 13, from Loughanure will showcase their Donegal Pens www.donegalpens.com business, while Letterkenny lad Niall Mc Closkey, 16, will present his ‘Easygrower’ www.theeasygrower.ie invention to the dragons.
The boys secured a place on the TV programme after having competed in the regional finals in Sligo and later the national finals in Dublin where the final twenty participants for the TV show were selected. Over 360 entries were received from around the country featuring over 800 secondary school students and the Donegal boys were among the twenty junior enterprises selected.
Filming for the series took place in Dublin in January and the boys have been under a lot of pressure since then to keep secret the outcome of their time in the den with the dragons. The first of the two junior programmes screened last week where five of the ten enterprises secured the €2,000 bursary.
The junior entrepreneurs had a chance of securing a €2,000 bursary from one of the dragons, while the other dragons could also support them in various ways, including purchasing their products. The boys have remained tight lipped about the outcome of their pitches in the Den and are sworn to secrecy until after screening this Sunday night.
The Mc Garvey brothers are pupils at the Rosses Community School, and Niall is a pupil at St Columba’s College, Stranorlar.