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Born in the USA perhaps, but did you know Bruce Springsteen has Irish roots?

As thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans across Europe embrace Bruce Springsteen on his The River tour, Tourism Ireland has revealed that The Boss himself might have some Irish blood running in his veins.

27 May 2016 – As thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans get ready to head to Croke Park this weekend for his long-awaited gigs, Tourism Ireland today unveiled details of the Irish ancestry of The Boss. Further media information: Sinéad Grace, Tourism Ireland 087-685 9027
Image by Tourism Ireland

Research carried out by genealogists at the Irish Family History Centre confirms that before the Springsteens, Ireland had the Gerritys. Christy Gerrity, from Rathangan in Co Kildare, was something of a hell-raiser as a young man – and he was the great-great-great-grandfather of none other than Bruce Springsteen himself.

Bruce Springsteen dances with 91-year-old Jeanne Heinz
Bruce Springsteen dances with 91-year-old Jeanne Heinz  on his current tour Image by nally722 Instagram

He left Ireland for New Jersey in 1853, and 96 years later The Boss was born there.  He is in Ireland this weekend to play two sold out gigs in Dublin’s Croke Park stadium.

Springsteen is not the only famous American with surprising Irish roots – Barack Obama himself has ancestral roots in Moneygall, County Offaly, while Tom Cruise was presented with a certificate declaring him to be of Irish origin back in 2013.

Tourism Ireland is now encouraging those with Irish connections around the world to follow in Bruce’s footsteps and visit Ireland in 2016, to learn more about their heritage.