(born May 14
, in Dublin
) is a popular tenor
, singing in the classical Irish
style. He is most famous for his renditions of God Bless America
at Yankee Stadium
during important New York Yankee
games, such as Opening Day, nationally-televised games, the last game at the Stadium, and playoff games. Additionally he has sung for the National Hockey League
's Buffalo Sabres
and before 71,217 fans at the AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic
along with Sabres anthem singer Doug Allen, who performed the Canadian national anthem
, on January 1
, when the Sabres played the Pittsburgh Penguins
. He is also known for participating in the 1984 Paralympics
Tynan was a member of the Irish Tenors until he left to pursue his solo career in May 2004. In this same year, he sang "New York , New York" at Belmont Stakes and less than a week later he was at the Washington National Cathedral for former United States President Ronald Reagan's state funeral, where he sang "Amazing Grace" and Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria.
Born with lower limb disabilities, Tynan elected to have both legs amputated
at the age of 20 due to complications caused by a car accident. Within weeks of the accident, he was climbing stairs at his college dormitory on artificial legs. Within a year, Tynan was winning in the international Paralympics. Between 1981 and 1984, he amassed eighteen gold medals and fourteen world records.
In the following years, Tynan became the first person with a disability ever to be admitted to the National College of Physical Education in Limerick. He worked for about two years in the prosthetics industry. Then he went on to Trinity College, became a physician specializing in Orthopedic Sports Injuries, and graduated in 1993.
Encouraged to also study voice by his father Edmund, Tynan won a series of prestigious voice competition awards and joined the Irish Tenors.
A devout Roman Catholic, Tynan has appeared on Eternal Word television Network (EWTN).
Tynan has also performed in several events President George W. Bush
has attended. Some of them include (boldface indicate those that occurred at Washington National Cathedral
Halfway Home: My life 'til Now by Ronan Tynan. 2002, Scribner ISBN 0-7432-2291-1