‘The Boss’ leaves the GAA rocking

Bruce Springsteen onstage at Nowlan Park. Photo: Pat Moore.
Kilkenny GAA was left rocking and rolling after ‘The Boss’ enthralled the hordes in Nowlan Park during the Summer, writes John Knox.

Kilkenny GAA was left rocking and rolling after ‘The Boss’ enthralled the hordes in Nowlan Park during the Summer, writes John Knox.

The two Bruce Springsteen concerts were the biggest money makers ever and they netted the County Board a cool €120,000, it has been learned.

Since the ’Board joined forces with promoter Jim Aiken the best part of 20 years ago to open up Nowlan Park as a concert venue, Kilkenny GAA has netted a whopping €715,602 as some of the hottest acts in the world visited the City.

All the money earned through the concerts was ploughed back into the redevelopment of Nowlan Park, which is now second only to Croke Park in Leinster in terms of seating capacity (17,000).

“People from 18 countries attended the Springsteen concerts,” County Board chairman, Ned Quinn revealed when he referred to the July visit of ‘The Boss’ during his annual address to Convention on Monday night. “They provided a substantial financial boost to ourselves and to many businesses in Kilkenny and its environs.”

It was only when trawling through the accounts that the full financial benefits of the concerts became apparent, which reflects well on the business acumen of the ’Board and the strong working relationship they have with the promoter and other stake holders.

“Successfully staging major events like these requires the full support and cooperation of all statutory bodies,” Mr Quinn said when he extended thanks to the Gardai, officials and elected members of the Local Authorities, those involved in health and safety, those who provided car parks and to local residents “for their understanding and cooperation”.