Born in the USA? Bruce Springsteen's Irish roots uncovered

His great-great-great-grandfather hails from Kildare

Bruce Springsteen, Ireland, roots, ancestry, Christy Gerrity, Kildare,

Bruce Springsteen watches his daughter Jessica complete at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horseshow in 2014 | Image:

As thousands of Bruce Springsteen fans get ready to head to Croke Park this weekend, it has been revealed that 'The Boss' has Irish ancestry.

Research carried out by genealogists at the Irish Family History Centre confirms that before the Springsteens, Ireland had the Gerritys.

Christy Gerrity, from the parish of Rathangan in Co Kildare, was the great-great-great-grandfather of Bruce Springsteen.

He left Ireland for New Jersey in 1853.

Mark Henry, Tourism Ireland's central marketing director, said: "Bruce Springsteen may have been 'Born in the USA' - but his ancestors emigrated from Ireland in 1853 and we are delighted to share the details of his Irish ancestry".

"We are encouraging people around the world to visit the island of Ireland in 2016 and learn more about their heritage", he added.

His family tree (below) shows how it all comes together: