[Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 45 (Wednesday, March 14, 2018)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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TRIBUTE IN MEMORY OF DR. PEARSE LYONS
HON. HAROLD ROGERS
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Mr. ROGERS of Kentucky. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to
the memory of my Irish friend and one of Kentucky's best imports, Dr.
Dr. Lyons was born and raised across the pond in Ireland and the
United Kingdom and immigrated to Kentucky over 40 years ago to launch
his first major business, Alltech. He quickly became a Kentuckian at
heart and developed an inspiring passion for rural Eastern Kentucky. In
many ways, he would tell me, that Kentucky's Appalachian region
reminded him of his homeplace in Ireland, where folks take great pride
in their communities and their trades. In fact, he believed in Eastern
Kentucky so much that he extended a branch from Alltech into Pikeville,
Kentucky with a new distillery to create jobs and invest in our region.
Today, Alltech is now a $3 million company that employs more than 5,000
people across 128 countries, and soon those numbers will include
Dr. Lyons was the type of visionary that believed we could
accomplish monumental things by telling the story of Eastern Kentucky
with our own people leading the charge, with our own talents. His
charisma and enthusiasm for life were contagious. He helped remind us
of the unique treasures that we have in Eastern Kentucky and inspired
us to share them on a broader spectrum.
In addition to his business ingenuity, Dr. Lyons and his lovely
wife, Deidre, shared their philanthropic spirit with the entire
Commonwealth. In fact, Alltech was birthed as a way to help feed the
world with locally farmed products. Thanks to his global leadership in
agribusiness, Dr. Lyons played an essential role in attracting the
World Equestrian Games to Kentucky in 2010 by building the state-of-
the-art Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Aside from the farm,
Dr. Pearse and Deidre Lyons have shared immense generosity around the
globe through disaster relief, improving access to education, and
countless other worthy programs.
I counted Dr. Lyons a dear friend who displayed genuine kindness and
love for our state. I'm grateful that he planted seeds of hope in
Kentucky, where we will see his dreams continue to flourish for years
to come. My wife, Cynthia, and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to
Deidre and the entire Lyons family.