Tycoon and patron who never forgot his roots – The Irish Times – Sat, Jan 16, 2010
SIR ALLEN McClay, the Tyrone entrepreneur and philanthropist who has died aged 79, created the first billion pound company in Northern Ireland.
Having begun his working life as a chemist, he founded two international pharmaceutical companies Galen and Almac.
An unfulfilling career as a sales rep for a medical firm that ultimately proved to be the inspiration for him to set up his own business in 1968. He established Galen in Craigavon, at first glance an unlikely location for what one day would become the most successful company to be created from scratch in the North and a major global pharmaceutical group.