COMING to SANDWICH: APRIL 27, 2014!
The internationally famed “Irish Tenor” will fill the Sandwich High School auditorium with his amazing voice to everyone’s astonishment and joy.
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Born in 1960 in Johnstown, County Kilkenny, Ireland, Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy; he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician.
Born with lower limb disability that didn’t sideline him, Ronan rode horses and raced motorcycles throughout his childhood. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident caused serious complications. Just weeks after the operation, he was climbing up the steps of his college dorm, and within a year, he was winning gold medals in the Paralympics as a multitalented athlete.
Between 1981 and 1984, Tynan amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records of which he still holds nine. The determination instilled in Ronan by his parents soon propelled him to conquer a whole new field. Tynan became the first disabled person ever admitted to the National College of Physical Education.
He later became a full-fledged medical doctor, specializing in orthopedic sports injuries, with a degree from prestigious Trinity College. At 34, Ronan won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show “Go for It” less than one year after beginning the study of voice. The following year, he won the International Operatic Singing Competition in Maumarde, France.
Faced with numerous challenges throughout his life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination.
The big Irishman has a special relationship with American audiences now. “I think Americans are fantastic people, amazing,” he says. And while Tynan claims that America has given him so much more than he’ll ever be able to give back, those who have attended his concerts, basking in the stirring beauty of his music and rolling with laughter at his self-effacing humor, may well just have to disagree.
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