Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

9th March, 2018

Breathnach pays tribute to Pearse Lyons on his sad passing

– The Dundalk man was truly innovative and will be sorely missed –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has paid tribute to Pearse Lyons on his untimely death in Kentucky.

“Pearse was a true entrepreneur who had real vision. After building a career in the brewing industry, he developed a specialised yeast-based technology and saw the potential in using this innovative product in plant and animal nutrition. His business Alltech went on to become an extremely successful Irish-US company, employing more than 5,000 staff, and having its European Headquarters in Dunboyne. More recently he developed the Pearse Lyons Distillery on Dublin’s James Street, now a major tourist attraction.

“The seeds of that entrepreneurial spirit were sown in his teens. While still studying at the Marist School in Dundalk, he had a part-time job at the local Bingo Hall, which included clearing up at the end of each night. In those days, in true recycling style, you could return mineral bottles to the retailer for a small sum of money. He gathered up bottles left behind after the bingo and made a profit by returning them to the shop. However, he was clever enough to leave some of the bottles behind for the cleaners, thus sharing the spoils. When he left that job he passed on his wisdom to the next young student who was taking over from him. However, that student got greedy and failed to leave some bottles behind for the cleaners, thus bringing a spotlight to his own activities and bringing an end to same.

“Pearse always had a grá for Dundalk, and while I was Chairman of Louth County Council we welcomed a visiting delegation from Pikeville, Kentucky for St. Patrick’s Day, and from then on Dundalk has retained a link with Pikeville.

“He was a truly innovative man and will be sorely missed. I send condolences to his wife Deirdre, daughter Aoife and son Mark. Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam dílis.”


Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

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