Mayor of Kilkenny Seán Ó hArgáin has given a warm welcome to the announcement last week that American rock legend Bruce Springsteen is to finish his European ‘Wrecking Ball’ tour in the city this summer. The mayor, who is a long-time Springsteen fan, is also to propose that ‘The Boss’ be afforded a civic reception by the city’s borough council.
There will be two headline concerts featuring Irish stars Imelda May, Damien Dempsey, Glenn Hansard and folk legends LAPD on July 27 and 28. The mayor said he was positive that the city would get fully behind the weekend festival which will see 70,000 tickets available and is estimated to be worth more than €10 million to the area.
“These concerts will be an unbelievable boost to our festival city,” said Mayor Ó hArgáin.
“Two weeks later, our famous Arts Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary and now we have one of the premier music festivals of the summer. We are also announcing a new ‘Trad Fest’ for St Patrick’s Weekend so it’s a musical paradise in Kilkenny this year.”
The mayor was present in 1985 for Springsteen’s concert in Slane Castle and has seen him twice since then.
“We are delighted that the Aiken family are returning to our city and I will do everything in my power to ensure that the local community gives the event every possible support,” he said.
“I also congratulate the officers of Kilkenny County Board of the GAA for the professional way in which they have negotiated with Aiken Promotions to bring us this huge event. No doubt it will be a boost to the coffers of the GAA and to the county’s efforts to win yet another three in a row hurling titles.”