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The busi­ness was set up in Oc­to­ber and is Cil­lian’s en­try in the Stu­dent En­ter­prise Pro­gramme, which is co-or­di­nated by the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices and in­volves 22,000 stu­dents from 620 se­condary schools na­tion­wide.

He will rep­re­sent Co­laiste Cill Mhan­tain in the in­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory at the Wicklow County Fi­nals of the Stu­dent En­ter­prise Pro­gramme which will take place on March 28 in Wicklow Coun­try Cam­pus. The best projects pre­sented to judges on the day will be se­lected to rep­re­sent Wicklow at the Na­tional fi­nals in Croke Park in May.

Shee­lagh Daly of the Lo­cal En­ter­prise Of­fices feels the Stu­dent En­ter­prise Pro­gramme is of great value to young en­trepreneurs.

‘ There are now al­most 1,000 stu­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Stu­dent En­ter­prise Pro­gramme in County Wicklow. The pro­gramme en­ables stu­dents to ex­plore the world of busi­ness, start­ing in the class­room. The stan­dard of en­tries in Wicklow is ex­tremely high which is a credit to prin­ci­pals and teach­ers in schools all over.’ AND just as I think that ro­mance is dead and gone, My­self and Him­self have a mo­ment! Now I must ad­mit, a cer­tain amount of al­co­hol and To­day Fm DJ Phil Caw­ley are partly re­spon­si­ble for this rare oc­cur­rence, but still it was A Mo­ment. And it was lovely.

In fact it was so lovely I’m con­sid­er­ing launch­ing a cam­paign to bring back the Slow Set! Be­cause that’s when the magic hap­pened. Come to think of it that’s al­ways where the magic hap­pened! You just grow up and for­get.

So there we were, at a friend’s birth­day party and Phil Caw­ley was ‘spin­ning the toons.’

We were lep­pin around to Mad­ness and Cyndi Lau­per one minute, sweatin ‘ buck­ets and the next thing he slowed it right down for the slow set.

A stam­pede of Over For­ties hit the dance floor as the open­ing strains of Care­less Whis­per were played. Hus­bands and wives who’d had lit­tle con­ver­sa­tion all week other than who’s turn it was to empty the dish­washer and pay the milk man, were sud­denly wrapped around each other in what can only be de­scribed as pas­sion­ate clinches, pressed to­gether like hor­monal teenagers at a pioneers disco!

Mean­while the real teenagers at the party looked up mo­men­tar­ily from their iphones in hor­ror at watch­ing their par­ents smooch. Imag­ine mak­ing a show of your­self like that!

But it brought me right back. Back to the days when fel­las stood on one side of the disco and girls on the other, an air of lusty ex­pec­ta­tion hang­ing in the air as we waited for the DJ to an­nounce those eight lit­tle words, ‘we’re go­ing to slow it right down now.’

You’d be hold­ing your breath, pray­ing that you’d be asked to dance, but also pray­ing he wouldn’t be an aw­ful look­ing yoke with smelly armpits who’d you be forced to share a con­fined space with for the whole of Stair­way to Heaven!

And then if they did ask you to dance, and they danced with you for a sec­ond song, the ex­cite­ment in­creased as by then you were fairly cer­tain of a shift! You’d inch closer to­gether minute by minute, mov­ing your heads ever so slightly un­til bam! You locked lips and had a good ‘oul snog! Ah....... those were the days!

Then there was the awk­ward part when the slow set fin­ished and you weren’t quite sure what to do, be­cause chances are, you hadn’t even asked each other’s names so you re­treated back to your sep­a­rate cor­ners un­til the next slow set.

Thank­fully this time round I did know his name! I’d want to af­ter 17 years of mar­riage! And he danced with me for the whole slow set be­fore walk­ing me back to my seat and buy­ing me a drink. And be­fore you ask–he didn’t get the shift! You have to draw the line some­where.

Cil­lian Scott of Co­laiste Cill Mhan­tain chat­ting to Ryan Tubridy on The Late Late Show.

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