Springsteen invited to visit 'all six pubs' in ancestral Kildare home town

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Springsteen invited to visit 'all six pubs' in ancestral Kildare home town

The Boss visits Ireland in May

Bruce Springsteen is to be invited to Kildare, not to a civic function, but to visit Rathangan, plant a tree, drop into all six pubs, have a ham sandwich in the community centre and meet his long lost relatives in Mount Prospect.

The eight Kildare Newbridge Municipal District councillors backed Cllr Mark Stafford’s (FG) proposal to send the invite at the meeting last week. Springsteen plays at Croke Park this May.

He stressed a civic reception in the council offices wasn’t the way to go. He said Rathangan had a large number of famous off spring including Jedward, Brian Dowling, and Maura Laverty. Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin added William A Byrne to the list.

He described how the Boss’s great-great-granny Anne Garrity, who came from Mount Prospect to New Jersey, brought a beach tree seed to plant on American soil. He supported the Rathangan Community Association’s wishes that Bruce Springsteen might be asked to plant a tree in Rathangan.

“There are no Garritys in Rathangan anymore but there are certainly lots of Kellys and with Mario Corrigan’s help, I have no doubt we would be able to narrow it down and find his relations,” he said.

Cllr Fiona O’Loughlin (FF) said she had also contacted Aiken Promotions, who are organising the Croke Park gigs to pass on the invite.