Henry Lyons is a native of Kerry, where he gained his early education at Tarbert Comprehensive School. He was awarded a scholarship to study for a Chemistry degree in UCD, from where he graduated in 1967. He taught part-time at Kevin Street and at Ringsend for some time, while also doing full-time research for his Master’s degree. In 1972 he was appointed full-time lecturer at Kevin Street. He discusses the major changes which occurred in Kevin Street during the 1970s, which included the setting up of the National Council for Educational Awards. In 1979 he drew up several chemistry courses for a proposed third level college, which did not come about, much to his disappointment. He moved to Tralee Regional Technical College in 1979, where he spent the next twenty-six years until his retirement in 2005.