At the Annual Congress of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Kathryn Browne was elected as one of two national youth members (óg bhaill) of the Árd-Chomhairle. The congress was held at the national headquarters of Comhaltas in Monkstown Co Dublin last weekend where many delegates from all over Ireland, Britain and America were gathered. There was resounding applause when the result was announced. Kathryn, who shaded the vote by the tightest of margins, is an active participant of the many activities undertaken by the Roscrea branch of Comhaltas. She is a talented musician and prepares groups for various competitions and events. She played a key role in the music arrangements for the recording of the branch CD which will be launched on Wednesday 16th May as part of the Tipperary County Fleadh Cheoil programme and the recently successful Scoraíocht competition programme. She also assisted her father John put the finishing touches to his second book ‘Wandering Back and Forth’ which will be launched on Thursday 17th May. She is a daughter of John and Kay Browne, Ballycleary, Roscrea. Kay was branch secretary for many years and during that time she was also secretary for a number of fleadhanna ceoil.
The position of ‘óg bhall’ is not new to Roscrea as it was previously held by Kathryn’s near neighbour and fellow branch member, Tadhg Maher. The ‘óg bhall’ position is reserved for persons under twenty five years of age so that they can bring the perspective of youth to the governing body of Comhaltas. The Ard Chomhairle welcomes her to the team and looks forward to working with her. Go n-éirí go geal léi.