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[DUBLIN, Ireland] – Alltech, a leading global animal health and nutrition company has confirmed that it will host a total of eight international events in Ireland this year, welcoming more than 3,000 additional overseas visitors as part of the Gathering Ireland 2013. According to Fáilte Ireland business tourism research, their visits are estimated to be worth up to €3.3 million to the Irish economy.
Alltech was founded by Dr. Pearse Lyons, a Dundalk native now based in the United States. Headquartered in Lexington, Ky., Alltech has offices and distributors in 128 countries with the European headquarters based in Dunboyne, Co. Meath. A participant in the 2009 and 2011 Global Irish Economic Forums, Dr. Lyons has committed to holding a series of Alltech Gatherings in Ireland this year to support and celebrate the Gathering Ireland 2013.
“As a proud Irish man I am going to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by the Gathering. I plan to bring our top events and people from all over the world to Ireland, where we can celebrate the Irish tradition of international commerce and trade, and highlight the enormous potential that resides in Ireland,” said Dr. Pearse Lyons, president and founder of Alltech. “I do this because, like any Irish person who works abroad, I am intensely proud of my home, of its unique identity and its rich history, but most of all, I am proud of its people and of what we have, and still can, achieve.”
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny T.D., Prime Minister of Ireland said, “This is what the Gathering 2013 is all about. This very commendable initiative from Alltech highlights the brilliant opportunity offered by this year-long festival for many different types of events which can really benefit Ireland, not only in the year of the Gathering but in the longer term, by showing the world what a great location Ireland is for tourism, for heritage, for the agri-food industry and for business in general. I would like to pay tribute to the Alltech CEO, Dr. Pearse Lyons, for demonstrating so much positive energy and commitment to the Gathering as well as to the other initiatives the company is supporting.”
The CEOs of some of the world’s largest agribusiness companies will be invited to Ireland for the Alltech Presidents’ Club, so they may experience the unique culture and history of Ireland. The company’s largest beef and dairy cow conference, Global Dairy and Beef 500, will be held in October, drawing more than 700 farmers from across the world – its first time outside of the United States. With craft beer now representing 6% of U.S. beer sales, the International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention organised by brewers and distillers for brewers, will span two-days, from July 19-20.
The Alltech Innovation Competition will host teams from five Irish universities who will present their original business venture, aimed at creating jobs in Ireland. A panel of leading industry professionals will choose the winning team who will be awarded €4,000 in prize money. Coinciding with the company’s title sponsorship of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, equine digestive health will be discussed by leading nutrition experts at the LIFEFORCE Equine Digestive Health Seminar in August.
President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Ireland was a highly enjoyable and uplifting occasion, both for the president and the nation of Ireland. In conjunction with the JFK trust in New Ross, Co. Wexford, Alltech will be instrumental in welcoming members of the Kennedy family to Ireland for the 50th anniversary of JFK’s visit.