Barbara Walters said it best when introducing Ronan Tynan to ABC’s 20/20 audience: "WE HAVE TOLD YOU ABOUT A LOT OF INCREDIBLE PEOPLE, BUT WE HAVE NEVER PROFILED ANYONE WITH THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE MAN YOU ARE ABOUT TO MEET…”
The Summit At Plantsville, located in Southington, is honored to have the unique opportunity to host Dr. Ronan Tynan, world renowned Irish Tenor, Motivational Speaker, Physician, Author, Double Amputee, and Paralympic Gold Medalist on September 9, 2013. Dr. Tynan is truly a modern day “Renaissance Man.” Faced with numerous challenges throughout his well-documented life, he has persevered with enormous passion and determination. First introduced to audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors, Tynan has gained international recognition for his unique voice, irresistible appeal, and adherence to classic Irish genres. He is currently one of the most sought after motivational speakers delivering over fifty speeches to major corporations and charity organizations annually, during which he recounts his impressive life experience as a singer, physician, and a Paralympic gold-medalist.
Though 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. His quick success is a typical development in a life of extraordinary achievement. Born with lower limb disability that threatened to sideline him throughout his childhood, Tynan was still “as wild as a March hare” when he was a growing boy, riding horses and racing motorcycles. When he was twenty, his legs had to be amputated below the knee after an auto accident.. 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. In 1998, Tynan joined Anthony Kearns and John as The Irish Tenors, an instant worldwide sensation. Among Tynan’s illustrious musical performances are his renditions of Amazing Grace and Ave Maria at the funeral of President Reagan, an appearance at the wedding of New York Mayor Rudy Guliani, the 80th birthday celebration of President George H.W. Bush, the singing of God Bless America at countless seventh inning stretches at Yankee Stadium, and most recently a performance at the Washington DC Memorial Day celebration.
The big Irishman has a special relationship with American audiences now. "America is powerful and intense, and it begs you to take it on," Tynan marvels..” 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. The Summit At Plantsville is thrilled to have Ronan Tynan grace them with his wit, humility and immense talent on September 9th for an “Honor & Remember 9/11” Ceremony. Admission is $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Limited seating available. For Tickets contact Barbara or Colleen at 860-628-0364