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Researchers uncover the Boss's Irish roots

By Brian Hutton

Published 28/05/2016

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen may have been Born In The USA - but his roots are in Ireland.

Researchers have uncovered The Boss's great-great-great-grandfather was from Co Kildare.

Christy Gerrity, from Rathangan, was known as a hellraiser and outspoken protester in his glory days.

He was arrested and imprisoned in 1823 under the Insurrection Act - which targeted those protesting the social injustice of excessive tithes, rent payments and related evictions of the time.

Records show he settled down in 1827, married Catherine Kelly and the pair went on to have no fewer than eight children.

In 1847 - one of the worst years of Ireland's Great Famine - Gerrity worked as a carrier, earning a living by transporting people, goods and livestock.

Like millions of others, the Gerritys eventually succumbed to being famine refugees and left Ireland for New Jersey in 1853.

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