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IT'S MISSION IMBOSSIBLE; Mullingar council to invite rock legend Bruce to his ancestral home for concert..

Byline: SARAH BARDON

ROCK legend Bruce Springsteen has been invited to play a one-off gig in his ancestral home of Mullingar.

The local council has written to The Boss to persuade him to rock his army of fans in a tiny market square - following confirmation the Co Westmeath town was home to his great-great-grandmother.

Chairwoman Ruth Illingworth said: "We had a town council meeting and we decided to extend a formal invitation to Bruce Springsteen to come to the home of his ancestral roots.

"We are hoping to send the letter His great-off this week. I was delighted to hear that Bruce Springsteen has ancestral roots here.

"His great-great grandmother spent her childhood and young adulthood here in Mullingar.

"It would be fabulous if he was to do a concert as he has plenty of fans in the town.

"So if he was to add a date in Mullingar during his next European tour, we would be delighted." Bruce is currently on tour in the US playing in New York's Madison Square Garden and Giants Stadium in New Jersey over the next few weeks.

If he does make it to Mullingar, Belvedere House and Gardens is being hailed as a possible venue for the gig - but Market Square is also in the ring.

Cllr Illingworth said: "There has been talk of a concert in the Market Square, though that might be a tight squeeze.

"Mullingar, like every other town in the country, has had a hard year of it. This would be a great opportunity to showcase the town."

HERITAGE A new book entitled Land Of Hope And Dreams: Celebrating 25 Years of Bruce Springsteen In Ireland discovered that Springsteen's great-great-grandmother Ann Garrity grew up in the Mullingar area and later crossed the Atlantic for a better life.

She arrived in the US in 1852 and settled in Freehold, New Jersey, where Springsteen was born 60 years ago.

Author Moira Sharkey said: "This is the first time the full extent of Springsteen's Irish roots has been uncovered. Bruce's paternal lineage is made up of generation after generation of Irishmen and women.

"Springsteen has an incredible connection with Irish audiences. Perhaps this family history reveals why that connection is so strong."

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SLEEPY Mullingar town centre may be tight squeeze for crowds VENUE Belvedere House has more scope for outside concert PICTURESQUE Belvedere House overlooking Lough Ennel WORKING ON A DREAM Officials are hoping Bruce Springsteen will rock Co Westmeath
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