THE sudden death of a Town Councillor in Cashel has stunned and shocked the local community.
Independent Cllr Martin Browne died suddenly on Sunday while holidaying in Kenmare, Co Kerry, with his wife Annette.
A former Mayor of Cashel, Cllr Browne was also a past Chairman of the Cashel Hospital Action Committee, and was heavily involved in all aspects of Cashel public life. He is survived by his daughters Sonya, Laura and Ruth, and son Martin (Jnr).
Cashel Town Council will hold a special meeting this Wednesday (May 25th) at 11am to allow the other Councillors to express their condolences and sympathies. The Annual Meeting of Cashel Town Council to elect a new Mayor and Deputy Mayor, which was to be held on Tuesday evening this week, has been postponed until next Friday as a mark of respect.
Cllr Browne’s career in politics spanned about 26 years, having first entered politics in 1985 as a Fianna Fail candidate for Cashel Town Council, later becoming Chairman of the Council in 1989. He ran as an Independent candidate in 1991. Cllr Browne was elected as Mayor in 2008
Last Friday, Cllr Browne was one of the invited guests who took part in greeting Queen Elisabeth to Cashel. Tributes have been paid to him by his fellow Councillors and friends. South Tipperary County Cllr Tom Wood said Cllr Browne had an interest in all aspects of life around town, having been a board member of the Cashel Heritage Trust, a trustee of Halla Na Feile, and speaker at many St Patrick’s Day Parades down the years
However , it was his outstanding role as Chairman of the Cashel Hospital Action Committee that he will be most remembered for, said Cllr Wood. “If there was anything to be remembered about Martin’s public life, it was the energy and time he gave to save the acute services at Our Lady’s Hospital.
When that didn’t materialise, he did the best he could to secure the best deal for Cashel.”
Cllr Wood also said Cllr Browne did a huge amount of work behind the scenes for his constituents, and was a forthright and passionate debater at the meetings of Cashel Town Council.
In particular, Cllr Browne defended the interests of small businesses, and took a keen interest in new developments around town, along with having a wealth of local knowledge and contacts.
Cllr Browne will be laid to rest this Wednesday at 12 noon followed by Burial in Cormac’s Cemetery.