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Bruce Springsteen goes bowling in Kilkenny

Caitlin McBride

Published 26/07/2013 | 08:46

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Bruce Springsteen may call the shots on stage but there's only one real boss in Clare - Davy Fitzgerald

How else do you celebrate when you're a rock legend touring Ireland? Why bowling, of course.

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Bruce Springsteen may be Born in the USA, but he certainly has an affinity for Ireland. In particular, our bowling alleys. The iconic musician is currently touring the country as part of a five-day tour with the E Street Band, and is making the most of his time in Kilkenny by making a stop at K-Bowl.

He was mobbed by hundreds of fans as he exited the building, which was closed to the public for his stint on the lanes. And the world-famous performer, who is just as well known for his dedication to fans as he is for music, signed as many autographs as possible before driving away in his blacked-out SUV. He will be taking to the stage tomorrow and Sunday night in Kilkenny as he wraps his Wrecking Ball European Tour.

Springsteen has visited Ireland several times over the course of lengthy career. During his stays in Dublin, he stays at the Merrion hotel and during his last visit here in 2012, he also made headlines for enjoying a bowling session at the Leisureplex in Stillorgan.

Last year, after his sell-out gig, he spent an estimated €30,000 on renting out the complex and putting on a show to remember for his production crew and close friends.

"The whole place was on lockdown from early on in the evening and they closed it off to members of the public," said a source at the time. "It was crawling with security staff as they patrolled the outside of the complex to make sure nobody got in that wasn't on the list.

"It was the perfect place for a private party as you could close the whole place off and there was lots for them to do like play pool, go bowling or try Quasar. It's also the last place you could expect to see him so it was ideal for them."

In 2009, he also booked out the Leisureplex.

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