Foreign student programme boosts Irish economy by €2m

A Cork woman who brings hundreds of foreign students to Ireland each year to learn English, generating up to €2 million for the economy, has been named overall winner of the JFC Innovation Award for Rural Business.

16th April, 2011

A Cork woman who brings hundreds of foreign students to Ireland each year to learn English, generating up to €2 million for the economy, has been named overall winner of the JFC Innovation Award for Rural Business.

Bernie Carroll, from Charleville, won the prize for her company, Student Programmes Ireland. She hit upon the idea for the venture two years ago, while working with a company that organised home-stay visits for foreign students.

‘‘I got...

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