DUBLIN, Ireland (April 17, 2013) – Nicholasville-based Alltech, a leading global animal health and nutrition company, will serve as host to eight international events in Ireland this year as part of The Gathering, a series of events and festivals to celebrate Irish culture, history and genealogy.
Alltech’s involvement in The Gathering stems directly from its founder and CEO Dr. Pearse Lyons, who is a native of Dundalk, Ireland. In addition to its Kentucky headquarters, Alltech has offices and distributors in 128 countries and its European headquarters are based in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland.
Among the events being hosted by Alltech are:
♣ The Alltech Innovation Competition, which 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, which 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.
♣ The Alltech Presidents’ Club will bring together CEOs of some of the world’s largest agribusiness companies to experience the unique culture and history of Ireland.
♣ The Global Dairy and Beef 500 will draw more than 700 farmers from across the world. The October event represents the first time the beef and dairy cow conference has been held outside the United States.
♣ The International Craft Brewing and Distilling Convention, scheduled for July 19-20, will highlight the growing interesting in craft beer.
The events are expected to bring 3,000 overseas visitors to The Emerald Isle and will pump up to €3.3 million into the Irish economy.
“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,” Lyons said. “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.”