AT 5.30am this morning (Thursday) there were 170 people queueing up in the centre of Kilkenny city to buy Bruce Springsteen tickets for the upcoming concerts in Nowlan Park on July 27 and 28. That figure hit 220 by 6am. The queue stretched from the ticket outlet, RollerCoaster, run by the unflappable Willie Meighan, down as far as Crotty’s Cafe at the end of the street.
Gillian Kavanagh from Michael Street, Kilkenny was first in the queue. With the temperature at -2 degrees centigrade, she was well wrapped up for the Bruce Vigil at around 5.30pm on Tuesday evening. She and her brother Tommy had two chairs out on the street. Next in line was Johnny Ryan of O’Loughlin Gaels GAA club and he was there since 6pm but had got a break when his sister-in-law sat in his fold up chair for an hour.
The Boss fans received tea, coffee and sandwiches from Ray Langton in the Marble City Bar at around 10.30pm while at 2am, Supermacs sent down chips and boxes of chicken and promised to send breakfast stuff down at 8am .
One of Bruce’s biggest fans, John Brennan from Castlecomer started queueing at round 7pm. He has seen his idol on no less than 23 occasions and can’t wait for the concert in Nowlan Park and described it as a kind of homecoming.