Sir Allen McClay
Northern Ireland lost its most passionate, visionary and generous man. Sir Allen McClay (Allen, as he preferred to be called) passed away on Tuesday 12th January, 2010 after a short illness.
Allen founded his first company, Galen Ltd, in 1968. Galen floated on the stock market in 1997 and subsequently became Northern Ireland’s first £1 billion company. However, around the year 2000 the direction of the company changed and took a different path to Allen’s vision. Allen therefore realised his substantial shareholding and formed, with his personal wealth, the organisation we now know as Almac Group whilst maintaining controlling share of Galen.
As part of his generosity he established the McClay Foundation as a charitable institution and has already donated in excess of £20 million to enhance the research capabilities at the Queen’s University of Belfast.
In order to appreciate the high esteem in which Allen was held within the world of business and politics, refer to the numerous tributes. The greatest tribute that Galen, as a company, will pay to Allen is to continue with his passion and to deliver on his vision: “Advancing of Human Health.”
- Tributes from politicians and business-leaders
- Tribute From MLAs at Stormont Assembly
- Tribute from BBC website
- Tribute from Belfast Telegraph
Tributes from Portadown Times (local newspaper)