Entrepreneur Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech, has received the Ireland-U.S. Council’s Award for Outstanding Achievement for strengthening economic ties between U.S. and Ireland.

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The annual award honors an individual who has enhanced business relationships between the two countries. A keen businessman and celebrated visionary, Lyons was praised for his work to establish economic bonds with Ireland as the leader of Alltech, a global animal health and nutrition company headquartered in Nicholasville, Ky. “We in this council are extraordinarily pleased to recognize the substantial contributions made by Pearse Lyons during his impressive career as an entrepreneur and businessman,” said Dennis Swanson, the president of the Ireland-US Council based in New York. “We are delighted to recognize his extraordinary contributions in building commercial connections between Ireland and the United States. Through his leadership, vision and hard work, the economic and business bonds between America and Ireland have been greatly strengthened and enhanced."