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Dr. Pearse Lyons Receives Posthumous Award


During July 4th celebrations, Dr. Pearse Lyons, was the posthumous recipient of the Kennedy-Lemass Medal honoring a U.S. leader of Irish heritage who has contributed to strengthening relations between the U.S. and Ireland. 

Dr. Lyons was born in Dundalk and immigrated to the U.S. in 1970. He co-founded Alltech Inc. in the late 1970’s and the company has grown to be an international presence in animal health and more recently feed production employing over 6,000.

The Alltech European Bioscience Center is located in Dunboyne, County Meath. Other facilities in Ireland include the Pearce Lyons distillery in the Liberties in Dublin and Station Works Brewery in Dundalk, County Louth.

In commenting on the award, Dr. Mark Lyons, President of Alltech noted “My father was passionate about Ireland and the United States and spent his life promoting both countries around the world.” He added “He had an extraordinary ability to bring people from all walks of life together to make a difference in the world. This was especially true when it came to cultivating and supporting scientific agricultural technology and agricultural endeavors between the U.S. and Ireland.”

Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and widow of Pearse commented “He was passionate about his heritage and making a difference in the world, he used his boundless philanthropic spirit to inspire those around him.”

During his lifetime, Dr. Lyons was the recipient of the Ireland-U.S. Council Award for Outstanding achievement and the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal in recognition of the creation of a global business based on scientific research. Dr. Lyons was previously a recipient of the RDS Gold Medal Award for Enterprise for his contribution to Irish business.

Dr. Mark Lyons (left) and Dr. Pearse Lyons (right)

2017 Alltech Symposium