15 Facts About Pearse Lyons


Thomas Pearse Lyons was an Irish businessman and the founder and President of Kentucky-based Alltech Inc, an American animal health and nutrition company that is centred on innovation, research and development.

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Pearse Lyons graduated from University College Dublin with a first class honours degree in biochemistry.

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Pearse Lyons graduated with a Master of Science in Brewing Science from the British School of Malting and Brewing, University of Birmingham in 1968.

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In 1971 Pearse Lyons received a PhD Biochemistry, from the University of Birmingham.

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Pearse Lyons moved to Irish Distillers, which he described as his 'dream job'.

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Pearse Lyons received an Honorary Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2004.

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In October 1980, Pearse Lyons set up Alltech in his garage, with an initial investment of $10,000.

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Pearse Lyons used his fermentation expertise to continue helping brewers, and the business was profitable by Christmas.

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Pearse Lyons received the award for its support of the local arts, its statewide music festival – the Alltech Fortnight Festival – in conjunction with the Games, its annual Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition and its incorporation of the arts into its Sustainable Haiti Project.

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Pearse Lyons established Alltech's Lexington Brewing and Distilling Company, which includes a line of beers and spirits.

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Pearse Lyons Distillery opened in St James' Church on Dublin's James's Street in September 2017.

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Pearse Lyons met Deirdre Byrne when he was 17 and they were married in 1972.

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Pearse Lyons "authored" more than 20 books and "many" research papers for scientific journals.

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Pearse Lyons was named Business Person of the Year in 2012 by Business and Finance in Ireland.

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Also in 2012, Pearse Lyons received the Ireland-US Council's Award for Outstanding Achievement for strengthening economic ties between the United States and Ireland.

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