Sudden death of former Cashel mayor

Cashel was stunned and saddened at the weekend at the death of a member of the Town Council, who was a former Mayor of the town.

Cashel was stunned and saddened at the weekend at the death of a member of the Town Council, who was a former Mayor of the town.

Martin Browne, who was 58, died suddenly on Sunday while returning from a weekend break in Kerry with his wife Annette, only days after he met the Queen of England on her visit to the Rock of Cashel.

A well-known auctioneer, the late Cllr. Browne was first elected to the Council as a Fianna Fail member in 1985. He later left the party and became an Independent member.

He successfully contested every election since 1985 and had 26 years unbroken service on the Council.

Son of the late Mickey and Lena Browne, he served as chairman in 1989 and was elected Mayor in 2008.

A special Council meeting to extend sympathy to Martin Browne’s family will be held at 11am this morning, Wednesday.

The Council’s annual meeting, which was due to be held to elect a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Tuesday evening, was postponed as a mark of respect and will instead be held on this Friday evening.

The removal took place from Devitt’s funeral home to St. John the Baptist Church on Tuesday evening. He will be buried at Cormac’s Cemetery following Requiem Mass today, Wednesday, at 12 noon.

The late Cllr. Browne is survived by his wife Annette; daughters Sonya, Laura and Ruth; son Martin (Jnr); brothers Willie, John and Michael; sister Mary; grandchildren, other relations and a wide circle of friends, to whom sincere sympathy is extended.