Ronan Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man”. Medical doctor, renowned Tenor and Paralympic Gold Medalist he has faced numerous challenges in his life but has persevered with enormous passion and determination. A truly inspiring speaker.
Tynan is a physician, a champion disabled athlete and a world-class tenor. His life story was the subject of an ABC 20/20 profile and the BBC documentary, Dr. Courageous. In his speeches, he also delivers top-notch performances.
Tynan was born with a lower limb disability, which led to the amputation of both his legs at age 20. Within a year after the operation, he was competing in the Paralympic Games — both in track and field and as an equestrian. Between 1981 and 1990, Tynan won 18 gold medals and set 14 world records.
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.
Ronan enjoyed singing as a boy but he did not seriously consider formal voice study until he was 33, when he was well into his residency as a physician. His quick success is a typical development in a life of extraordinary achievement.
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. He made his operatic debut as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and cut his teeth on the concert repertoire in performances of Verdi’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Puccini’s Messa di Gloria. His first album “My Life Belongs to You,” was released in 1998. It didn’t take long for it to become platinum. Tynan was approached about joining The Irish Tenors. Accepting the honour, he has continued to perform with them to this day.
Since debuting with The Irish Tenors, Tynan has become nothing short of an international sensation. From sold-out solo concerts and an exclusive three-week engagement at New York’s famed cabaret, Feinstein’s, to solo performances at Yankee Stadium during the World Series and the 9/11 memorial service at Madison Square Garden, Tynan’s career knows no bounds.
In 2002 he starred in a solo PBS concert, Ronan Tynan: The Impossible Dream, published his memoir, Halfway Home: My Life ’Til Now and released his first solo CD, My Life Belongs to You (platinum in the UK). The Irish Tenors’ PBS Special was one of the most successful in the history of Public Broadcasting and the accompanying CD went gold in the U.S.
Most recently he sang for a worldwide audience during the memorial service for Ronald Reagan.
Tynan’s message is as humble as it is empowering. “You can mentally make your mind strong enough to overcome any obstacles that come your way. Make a deal with yourself to take risks, because when you do and they come out, it’s an unforgettable feeling of accomplishment.”
On stage, Tynan emanates a loving, gentle humor. When he has the audience sing along he makes a connection that is heartening and rare. He is one of the most sought after motivational speakers in the U.S., presenting nearly 50 speeches annually for major international corporations and organizations.
- Hitting the High Notes
- Living Life to the Fullest
- Achieving Top Performance
- The Power of the Mind over the Body