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Colm Browne receiving his trophy

Colm Browne is stepping it out for West Clare

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THE people of West Clare are a talented bunch and Cree teenager Colm Browne is no exception.

He recently added the title of U18 Rince ar an Sean Nos Steip Beo 2017 Champion to his extensive collection.

The 2017 Oireachtas na Samhna festival was held in Killarney, Co. Kerry recently, drawing 10,000 people through the doors.

Seventeen year old Colm faced the best Sean Nos dancers in the country and came out on top.

“There was very stiff competition. You had all the top people from Connemara and all the Gaeltacht people,” he said.

Colm said he is delighted to have won, as he also won the All Ireland Fleadh title this summer in Ennis.

He is a very deserving winner as he has put in hours of practise with his dance teacher Siobhan Hughes, who hails from Spanish Point.

Colm won the under 15 All Ireland concertina in 2015 and got third place that year in the All Ireland Sean Nos competition.

“My parents and grandparents have a great interest in dancing and my parents dance and my grandfather Tommy Browne is a great dancer, singer and musician. He did the Oireachtas himself three years ago in Killarney in Sean Nos,” he added.

Elaine has been a member of staff with The Clare Echo since its foundation in October 2017. The paper's first Chief Reporter, the Kilrush woman is now working as a sub-editor in our busy newsroom. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Limerick with a Masters in Journalism. Elaine briefly worked with the RTE Investigations Unit on the Standards in Public Office investigation before returning to Clare to continue her career as a reporter with the Clare People where she spent nine months as the West Clare correspondent and also covered the 2016 General Election and 2016 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

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