Published DateLACONIA — Ronan Tynan, one of the three famed "Irish Tenors" and a frequent singer at major televised sporting events, will be performing on Friday night at Sacred Heart Church in Laconia. The performance is funded by the Putnam Fund, and as such there is no charge for admission.
Attendees will be seated on a first come, first seated basis. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Though best known as a singer and recording artist, Tynan didn't pursue music as a profession until he was 33.
Born in 1960 in County Kilkenny, Ireland, Tynan was faced with adversity early in his life. He was born with a disability that left his lower limbs underdeveloped. Then, after an automobile accident when he was 20, he had both of his legs amputated.
The disability didn't slow Tynan down, however. He went from the operating room to medical school, becoming a physician by profession. He also became a decorated Paralympian, winning 18 gold medals.
While in his residency as a physician, Tynan began to also study voice and began winning prestigious singing competitions in the United Kingdom. After winning the International Operatic Singing Competition, he began a career performing operatic and classical music. He joined with Anthony Kearns and John McDermott in 1998 to form the Irish Tenors.
Also in 1998, Tynan emigrated to the United States, and made his clear voice heard by millions of new fans in 2000 when he first sang "God Bless America" during the seventh inning stretch of occasional home games for the New York Yankees.
Since then, Tynan's voice has been requested for the funeral of President Ronald Reagan, at many 9/11 remembrances, the Belmont Stakes, the 80th birthday of President George H. W. Bush, and twice at the White House during the George W. Bush administration.