John Browne (hurler)
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|Irish name||Seán de Brún|
Blackrock, County Cork, Ireland
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
Browne made his first appearance for the team during the 1998 championship and was a regular member of the starting fifteen until his retirement after the 2004 championship. During that time he won two All-Ireland winners' medals and two Munster winners' medals.
John Browne was born in Blackrock just outside Cork in 1977. He was educated locally and later studied at University College Cork where he qualified with a degree in dentistry. While at the UCC, Browne developed his hurling skills by joining the college’s hurling team. He subsequently won a Fitzgibbon Cup title with the college. Browne played his club hurling with Blackrock, a successful hurling club in Cork. With Blackrock he won Cork SHC titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002.
Browne's skill was quickly spotted by the Cork inter-county selectors. He won an All-Ireland medal with the under-21 side in 1997 before joining the senior panel in 1998. That year he won a National Hurling League medal. In 1999, Browne won his first Munster title before later converting this into his first All-Ireland medal following a victory over Kilkenny. In 2000, Browne captured a second Munster title, however, Cork were beaten by Offaly in the All-Ireland semi-final. Browne was subsequently joined on the inter-county team by his brother Alan Browne. In 2004, Browne captured a second All-Ireland medal when he came on as a sub in the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.
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