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Irish tenor Ronan Tynan to teach at University of Kentucky

Alltech president and founder, Pearse Lyons, left got a hug from Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor after a press conference at the 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium at  Heritage Hall in Lexington, Ky., on Monday May 23, 2011. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff
Alltech president and founder, Pearse Lyons, left got a hug from Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor after a press conference at the 27th Annual International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium at Heritage Hall in Lexington, Ky., on Monday May 23, 2011. Photo by Pablo Alcala | Staff

Alltech presented its first Humanitarian Award on Monday to Irish tenor Ronan Tynan and probably landed another voice for the University of Kentucky opera program.

Alltech founder and president Pearse Lyons honored Tynan, who lives in Boston, for overcoming a double leg amputation and going on to win Paralympic gold medals and become an orthopedic surgeon and world-class singer.

"UK has decided to take him on, and he'll be a visiting professor," Lyons said Monday.

Tynan said he's the son of an Irish dairyman, so he knows well the importance of agriculture and increasing production to feed a growing planet.

"Farming is the mainstay of the world," Tynan said. "As my father used to say, 'Sing to the girls, and they'll be happy.'"

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