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Friday 31 October 2014

Visit the beaches of Wexford? I'd love to, says Boss

Fintan Lambe

Published 30/07/2013 | 05:34

ROCK legend Bruce Springsteen said he might just well visit Wexford on his next trip to Ireland, after hearing from Kilmuckridge man Shane Murphy about the fine beaches from Morriscastle down the coastline.

The Boss finished a series of five concerts around Ireland with two shows in Kilkenny at the weekend, and in the days before the shows he took time out to spend an evening at a local bowling centre.

The K-Bowl in Kilkenny is owned by Shane Murphy, who said they knew in advance of the booking for the tour band and crew, but didn't expect to see Springsteen himself.

'We had to keep it very quiet beforehand or they were going to cancel,' he said. 'The crew and members of the band came in for the evening, and an hour later, Bruce walked in, and spent the evening socialising with everyone, and playing bowls. They had great fun.'

During the evening, Shane got chatting to The Boss. 'I said I was from Wexford, and I told him about the lovely beaches around Morriscastle and Kilmuckridge,' he said. 'I told him he was welcome to Wexford any time, and he said he'd love to visit at some stage.'

'He was an absolute gentleman, and very friendly,' he added.

Shane didn't get to see either concert in Nowlan Park at the weekend because he was working, but he can still say he spent an evening in the company of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and he got a lot closer than most.

Gorey Guardian

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