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Local trio amongst top 10 richest people in Ireland


Three of the top 10 richest people in Ireland come from Dundalk.

That’s according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2013, which was published on Sunday.

The richest local is Alltech founder Pearse Lyons.

The 68-year-old, who left Dundalk for Kentucky in 1976, has an estimated fortune of €1,082m – making him Ireland’s 6th richest person.

Close on his heels in seventh place is Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton, who has an estimated €1,022m fortune.

Then in eighth place is Kilcurry’s Edward Haughey, or Lord Ballyedmond as he is sometimes known, who has accumulated a €1,011m fortune through his Newry-based pharmaceuticals company, Norbrook.

Just outside the top 10 in 13th place is beef baron Larry Goodman, who owns the ABP group. He and his wife Kitty are estimated to have a fortune of €613m.

Others from the area to feature in the top 250 are software developer George Moore (€158m – 61st), fruit company owners David and Carl McCann (€54m – joint 181st), Boylesports owner John Boyle (€51m – joint 195th) and Digiweb’s Colin Piercy (€46m – joint 213st).

Also in joint 235th place were Patrick and John Joy of Suretank in Dunleer and Henry McArdle and his son Fergus, who own Meath-based Easi Uplift. They came in at joint 235th place with an estimated €41m fortune.

Meanwhile, former Louth inter-county footballer John Doyle was joint 14th in the under 30 rich list having built up an estimated €2m fortune through Oxigen. That puts the Mid-Louth man on a par with film star Saoirse Ronan and popstars Jedward in terms of money earned.