Belfast Telegraph

Lady Ballyedmond accepts accolade for late husband

Lady Ballyedmond received a posthumous award from the NI Science Park for her late husband Lord Ballyedmond, in recognition of his contribution to the Northern Ireland economy.

Finance Minister Arlene Foster presented Lady Ballyedmond with the special innovation founder accolade, with Dr Peter Fitzgerald from Randox  and Richard Milliken, chairman of NI Science Park.

Lord Ballyedmond, who died in a helicopter crash in Cumbria last year, founded Norbrook in the late 1960s and built it into a multi-million pound global company. The veterinary pharmaceutical firm retains its base in Newry, close to the late entrepreneur’s Co Louth birthplace.

Lord Ballyedmond joins entrepreneurs such as the late Prof John Anderson, co-founder of Intelesens and HeartSine, and Randox founder Dr Fitzgerald, in winning the award.

Mr Milliken said: “Sadly, the untimely accident last year deprived us of a great business entrepreneur and innovator and the opportunity to directly recognise Lord Ballyedmond’s outstanding contribution. 

“However, we hope this special award will continue to keep his name alive as an inspiring role model for future generations of entrepreneurs and innovators.”

Lady Ballyedmond received the specially-commissioned sculptural award created by Northern Ireland artist Heather Wilson.

Belfast Telegraph