Remembering Conor Browne: A Pillar of K-FEST and the Killorglin Community

Saturday July 15th 2023

It’s with a very heavy heart that we learned of the passing of our beloved Conor Browne, at the age of 41 after courageously battling a prolonged illness.

Conor’s love and passion for spoken word and art were vital sparks that ignited K-FEST into becoming the festival it is today. His presence on our team went far beyond that of a valued colleague. Conor became a close friend, and to many of us, he was like a brother.

Conor put his heart and soul into everything he did. His commitment to his native place and his community made him the driving force behind much of what is great about Killorglin. He was able, energetic and driven, and this brought out the best in all of us lucky enough to number among his many friends. This combined with his tireless efforts, meant that K-FEST always punched above its weight on the national arts calendar.

Conor’s commitment didn’t stop at K-FEST. He was actively involved in various community-led organisations and initiatives, including founding Biddys Day and petitioning for that cultural event being added to the waiting list for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.

In 2023, K-FEST awarded Conor the prestigious Portrait of Killorglin, a distinction he himself had initiated, marking a significant moment of recognition for his extraordinary contributions. This annual honor highlights the selfless and respectful efforts of those within our community who have made a substantial impact on our town.

Here is some of Conor’s tireless work for our community and the arts.

  • Committee Member K-FEST (2013 – 2020)
  • Head of Drama – K-FEST (2016-2019)
  • Founder of ‘The Portrait of Killorglin’ (2014)
  • Founding Member of ‘The Screaming Pope Prize’ (2014)
  • Founder of ‘Biddys Day’ (2016)
  • Founder of ‘Bealtaine – May Day’ (2018)
  • Manager of ‘The Four Festival‘ Initiative in Killorglin
  • Volunteer – Flavour Of Killorglin (2015)
  • Board of Directors – The Sean Scoil (2017 – 2023)
  • Founder of The Graveyard Biddy Group (2023)

Author of three poetry books about Killorglin:

  • The Puck Poets (2016)
  • A Very Kerry Year (2021)
  • King Puck Saves Christmas (2022)

Each member of the K-FEST family, both past and present, expresses our heartfelt condolences and love to Conor’s parents, Billy and Jacinta, his beloved partner Dee, his twin brother Neil, his elder brother Jason, younger brother Billy, his extended family, and his numerous friends. We mourn this great loss with you.