Pearse Lyons 1944-2018 : A true entrepreneur who made friends wherever he went

Pearse Lyons 1944-2018 : A true entrepreneur who made friends wherever he went
Always curious: Dr Pearse Lyons, pictured in May 2017, at the Dublin 8 distillery that bears his name Picture: Conor McCabe

Dr Pearse Lyons was a visionary who spent his hugely successful career innovating at every turn - and he also found time to give something back to the place where he came from

Last Thursday afternoon, the animal nutrition giant Alltech announced that its founder and chairman Dr Pearse Lyons had died at the age of 73. Within minutes, the tributes were flowing for the Irish-born, Kentucky-based scientist, philanthropist and entrepreneur.

Mitch McConnell, the US Senate majority leader, spoke of his sadness at the passing of his friend: a man, he said, who devoted much of his life to helping farmers feed the world. John Calipari, a legendary US...

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