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Michael Browne
Michael Browne

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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