Bruce Springsteen dominated Irish news last weekend as he played two sold-out shows at Croke Park.
First there were reports on a genealogy company tracing The Boss’s roots back to Ireland, before close friend Bono jumped on the media bandwagon by appearing on stage with him on Sunday night.
He was spotted relaxing in a low-key fashion on the night in between his two shows, as he went bowling in Stillorgan’s Leisureplex, complete with security and blackout vans.
Over 160,000 people rocked out to Springsteen over the two nights, and even the Taoiseach got in on the action, as a video of him in the VIP section, alongside GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, rocking out, waving to the audience and playing air guitar went viral.
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Springsteen’s Irish roots found
Genealogists discover The Boss can trace his heritage back to Co. Kildare
Genealogists have discovered that Bruce Springsteen can trace his heritage back to Co. Kildare. The Boss is the great-great-great- grandson of a man from Rathangan – Christy Gerrity.
And some have suggested that this is where 66-year-old gets his rebellious streak from – Mr Gerrity was arrested and imprisoned in 1823 under the Insurrection Act.
This legislation targeted those protesting the social injustice of excessive tithes, rent payments and related evictions of the time.
Mr Gerrity travelled to America in 1853, resettling in New Jersey as a result of the Great Famine.
He had worked hard to remain in Ireland, acting as a carrier in 1847 – one of the worst years of the famine – transporting people, goods and livestock.
He also insisted that his sons gained an education, sending them to study at Rathangan National School. But, like so many others, Mr Gerrity, his wife, Catherine, and their eight children were forced to become refugees as times ultimately proved too difficult at home.
Mark Henry of Tourism Ireland, the group that revealed these roots, revelled in the fact that they could break the news while Springsteen was in Dublin.
He added that people should visit the website Ireland.com to help them find out more about their own Irish heritage following this discovery.
“We are encouraging people around the world to visit the island of Ireland in 2016 and learn more about their heritage,” he said.
“Our message to the Irish diaspora everywhere is that there has never been a better time to visit, to trace their ancestry and learn more about their Irish roots.”