There was warm applause, and the occasional tear shed by some of his family who were present at Monday night’s meeting, when Martin Browne junior was co-opted to Cashel Town Council to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father Cllr. Martin Browne.
He was proposed by Cllr. Eoghan Lawrence, who described it as the end of one era and the beginning of another.
The new Cllr. Browne, 26, said it was with great pride that he sat in the seat to replace his father, who died just over three weeks ago.
It was a great honour to replace his father, who took enormous pride in the role and was passionate and dedicated to his work in the Council for 26 years.
Cllr. Browne said he realised he had massive shoes to fill and he promised to do his best. He was grateful to the staff and every member of the Council for all their support throughout the past couple of weeks and for the beautiful tributes paid to his father.
He said he had so much to learn and he had a hard act to follow, but he hoped they could all work together in a positive and productive manner for the good of the town.
Cllr. Eoghan Lawrence said it was an emotional and difficult evening for the Browne family. He said that Martin Browne junior was entering a role in the public service as the newest member of the Cashel fire brigade and he had grown up in a house steeped in local politics.
Cllr. Lawrence said he was delighted when Martin Browne came to him and said he intended to fill his father’s seat.
Seconding the proposal, Cllr. Dan Dillon said it was sad to see the vacancy but excellent to see a member of the family putting his name forward to fill the role.
The new Cllr. Browne was welcomed by the Mayor, Cllr. Maribel Wood; Council Manager Sean Keating and Town Clerk Marie McGivern and the other members. They wished him all the very best and assured him of their help and co-operation.