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Anti-Defamation League invites Ronan Tynan to sing in Boston this week

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Ronan Tynan, right, and state Sen. Jack Hart at the St. Patrick's  Day breakfast last spring (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)

Irish tenor Ronan Tynan left New York for Boston last year amid allegations he'd made an anti-Semitic remark. But Tynan's got supporters in the Anti-Defamation League, and Thursday he'll be singing at the annual meeting of the ADL's national commission at the Boston Sheraton. The controversy last year over a remark Tynan made to a woman looking at an apartment in his Manhattan apartment building led the Yankees to drop Tynan as the singer of "God Bless America" during home games. (The Sox had him sing at Fenway this season.) Derrek Shulman, the ADL's New England director, said the singer's friends in the ADL had always accepted his explanation that an awkward attempt at humor was misconstrued by his accuser. "We're delighted that Ronan will be joining us," said Shulman. "And all fans of Red Sox nation know that the Yankees loss is our gain."

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