Dundalk native Dr Pearse Lyons passes away aged 73

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Dundalk-native Dr Pearse Lyons passes away aged 73

Dr. Pearse Lyons, founder and president of American animal nutrition business Alltech, who was born and raised in Dundalk, has passed away after battling an illness, the company said today.

Born and raised in Dundalk, Dr Lyons graduated with a first class honours degree in Biochemistry.

While at college, he worked in Harp Lager in Dundalk and later graduated with a Master of Science in Brewing Science, from the British School of Malting and Brewing (now the School of Biochemistry), University of Birmingham in 1968. He received a PhD in Biochemistry in 1971.

Dr Lyons' work led him to Kentucky in 1976, where in 1980 he founded scientific research company Alltech with the aim of improving the health and performance of people, animals and plants.

While Alltech is an American company, Dr. Lyons always recognised his drive and passion to succeed began at home in Ireland.

“The thoughts of our entire Alltech family around the world are with Dr. Lyons’ family, specifically his wife Deirdre, daughter Aoife, son Mark and Mark’s wife Holly,” CEO and treasurer of Alltech Alric Blake said in a statement this afternoon.

“Dr. Lyons was a visionary entrepreneur who transformed the agriculture industry beginning with his innovative application of yeast technology in animal nutrition. From farm to field, from market to family dinner table, our world is immeasurably better because he was a man who never saw problems, only a challenge that had not yet been solved."