Ronan is a native of Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo. There, at an early age, his piano tuition began and he also became immersed in traditional Irish music, winning numerous All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann and Slógadh. His organ studies began with Fr. Frank McNamara as a scholarship student at the Schola Cantorum at St Finian’s College, Mullingar, and continued with Professor Gerard Gillen at Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral. He has obtained both an honours Bachelor of Music degree from UCD and a Masters Degree in the Performance and Interpretation of Organ Music from NUI Maynooth, and holds the Performance Licentiate of Trinity College, London. He also teaches Liturgical Music Composition at the Pontifical University, Maynooth.
Since 1990, he has held the full-time position of Organist and Director of Music at St Teresa’s Church (Carmelite), Clarendon Street, Dublin. In recent years he has become widely known as a composer of liturgical music. His compositions include instrumental music, Mass settings, unison hymns and psalms, homophonic and polyphonic choral pieces, and challenging contemporary motets for advanced choirs. Many of his compositions have been published in Ireland by Veritas and Carmelite Publications, while GIA (Gregorian Institute of America) has published some of his choral works in the United States.
In Fuaimlaoi Ronan plays organ, uilleann pipes, low whistle and accordion.