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Sinn Féin mayor who shook Queen's hand dies

Michael Browne made history by officially greeting Britain’s Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Ireland in May.
Jul 12th 2011, 4:17 PM 2,029 12

THE SINN FÉIN councillor who became the first Irish Republican to officially greet a British monarch has died.

Former Mayor of Cashel Michael Browne shook hands with Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Ireland last May. “I just said to her – ‘Welcome to Cashel, Your Majesty, and I hope you enjoy your stay’. No more, no less,” the Belfast Telegraph quotes Browne as saying after the event.

He passed away in Clonoulty, Co Tipperary, last Saturday following a battle with a serious illness.

Gerry Adams has called Browne’s death a “loss for his family, the people of Cashel and for Sinn Fein”, the BBC reports.

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