Born in Woodtown, he was the child of two woodworkers, but soon showed a lot of talent with his sword, making a name for himself at local and later national tournaments. He still worked in the homely forests from the age of eleven Springs, bettering up his pocket money as a logdragger.
He had known Maev Baintreach of the Tribe of Cork since his schooldays, they competed against each other many times over the course of the years, but in 1983, they fell in love, marrying in 1986 and with their first daughter, Marla, being born in 1990.
In 2006, his wife died in an accident during a tournament.
Tyran is very proud of his daughters,