Ronan Tynan

December 28, 2007
by findingDulcinea Staff
Ronan Tynan’s story is one of hard work and triumph. A double amputee, Tynan became a record-holding athlete in the Paralympics, a medical doctor, and a world-famous singer.

An Origin of Overcoming

Tynan’s official Web site has a biography detailing his life and singing career. He’d grown up with a congenital leg ailment but refused to let it slow him down. When Tynan was in college, however, a car accident led to the amputation of both legs below the knee. Tynan soon began walking on prosthetic lower limbs.

He became active in the Paralympics, winning gold medals and setting records in the early 1980s. He also became a medical doctor, specializing in orthopedics. While in medical school, Tynan began taking voice lessons, and began to take a potential singing career more seriously once in his residency as a physician.

In 1995, after just two years of formal training, Tynan won the International Operatic Singing Competition, and a BBC show called Go For It. He then went on to debut in Madame Butterfly.

Besides his biography, his site includes photos from his appearances, and a video on Ronan, one of his albums. Listen to clips from his album, Faith of our Fathers, which was released in 2006.

International Fame

Tynan became one of the Irish Tenors in 1998. The group has released albums and DVDs of their performances, including The Very Best of the Irish Tenors.

When U2 lead singer Bono’s father died in 2001, Tynan sang at his funeral, according to the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. “When Ronan sings, the clouds cry but the sun turns up sooner than it would have,” Bono wrote for one of Tynan’s albums.

Bridging the Pond

Though Tynan is Irish, he “considers New York his home away from home,” according to his biography. He sang “Amazing Grace” at President Ronald Reagan’s funeral in 2004, and “God Bless America” at Yankees Stadium.
He is part of the USO 2007 Christmas tour, along with a varied list of celebrities that includes Kid Rock, Lance Armstrong, Robin Williams, and comedian Lewis Black.

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