Ferguson-Clark Author Series to Present Irish Tenor Ronan TynanThe 2007 featured speaker of the Ferguson-Clark Author Series is world-renowned singing sensation and author Ronan Tynan. While many may know Tynan as one of the Irish Tenors, his autobiography, Halfway Home: My Life ‘til Now, tells the inspirational story of a man who was able to overcome adversity because of those who believed in him.
Although he was born with a lower limb disability and eventually had his legs amputated at age 20, Tynan has accomplished more in his life than many ever dare to dream. A year after his operation, he was competing in the Paralympic Games in both track and field and as an equestrian. During the 11 years he competed, he won 18 gold medals and set 14 world records, nine of which are still in place today. Tynan was also the first disabled person ever admitted to Ireland's National College of Physical Education and later earned a medical degree from Trinity College in Dublin, where he specialized in orthopedic sports injuries.
At age 33, Tynan began formally studying voice, and within a year he won both the John McCormack Cup for Tenor Voice and the BBC talent show Go For It. The next year, he went on to win the International Operatic Singing Competition. Tynan attributes his accomplishments to his parents and to his faith, and his story proves anyone can triumph over life's obstacles no matter the circumstances.
This year's Ferguson-Clark Lecture will take place on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m. in Waco Hall. Tickets can be purchased at the Exit Desks in Moody and Jones Libraries or online.
- Tina Libhart