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Bruce Springsteen Photo by: Google Images

Bruce Springsteen and Ireland continue the love affair

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Bruce Springsteen Photo by: Google Images

Bruce Springsteen is now set for a total of five appearances in Ireland this summer, including a concert at Kilkenny's Nowlan Park in July.

Tickets for shows in Cork, Limerick, and Belfast are already sold out, the Irish Times reports. The Kilkenny gigs, which will bring the European leg of his Wrecking Ball tour to a close, are also likely to sell out when they go on sale next Thursday, bringing his ticket sales in Ireland to about 140,000 for the year.

With tickets priced at €90 and €100 a shot for the upcoming Irish shows, Springsteen will be grossing around €13 million ($17.75 million) just this summer.

The only other act that can rival the Boss for those kinds of sales in Ireland is U2.

Springsteen does have strong Irish roots. According to Greg Lewis and Moira Sharkey, authors of the book "Land of Hope and Dreams: Celebrating 25 Years of Bruce Springsteen in Ireland" the singer's great-great-grandmother, Ann Garrity, hailed from Mullingar.

Springsteen's first Irish appearance was at Slane Castle in 1985 and has had a 28-year run of successful Irish shows with the help of Aiken Promotions.

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